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    Oregon State was down three runs when a steady mist moved in at TD Ameritrade Park in the eighth inning Wednesday night. Perfect conditions for a team from the Pacific Northwest. 'Every time we're playing and it starts to rain, everyone looks around and says, 'OK, we're going to come back and do what we do at home,'' OSU shortstop Cadyn Grenier said. 'When the rain comes, we know there's a possibility of a storm coming — and that's from us.' The Beavers stormed back all right and knocked North Carolina out of the College World Series with an 11-6 win. Brett Daniels walked in the go-ahead run after Adley Rutschman tied it with a three-run double. Tyler Malone hit his second homer of the CWS, and the Beavers' third of the game, as Oregon State (51-11-1) built a five-run cushion and avenged Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Tar Heels (44-20). It was a stunning turnabout after the Tar Heels wiped out a 3-0 deficit to go up 6-3 in the sixth. North Carolina had been 37-0 when leading after seven innings and had won 50 straight when scoring six runs, the longest streak in Division I. 'Until that final out, we never feel we're out of the game,' OSU star second baseman Nick Madrigal said. 'That's the way Oregon State baseball is. We're going to fight to the end.' North Carolina's eighth-inning meltdown saw three pitchers walk four batters, one intentionally, and allow three hits. No. 9 batter Zak Taylor started things off with a leadoff single. Madrigal, the No. 4 overall draft pick by the Chicago White Sox, followed with a base hit and Grenier won a 12-pitch duel with Joey Lancelotti to walk and load the bases. 'Zak Taylor got us going,' Madrigal said. 'Sometimes it takes one hit to break it open. That's the way baseball is.' Rutschman followed with a drive to the center-field wall off Daniels (6-1) for his bases-clearing double. 'We were playing no doubles,' Carolina coach Mike Fox said, 'but we would have had to be standing on the warning track to catch that ball.' Daniels then walked two in a row, the first intentionally, to fill the bases again. Daniels ran the count full against Jack Anderson before walking him to force in Rutschman. Carolina wiped out a 3-0 deficit in the third on Brandon Riley's two-run double off Luke Heimlich and led 4-3 in the fifth on Ike Freeman's single. Kyle Datres' hooked Christian Chamberlain's pitch just inside the left-field foul pole, putting the Tar Heels up 6-3 in the sixth. Jake Mulholland (3-2) pitched three innings of shutout relief for the win. 'They were resilient, they were tough, they fought, they were tough — and they put up with my emotions,' Beavers coach Pat Casey said. 'I ask guys all the time just be as competitive as you can possibly be. I've got to tell you it was a great comeback. They stayed with it.' Heimlich, the two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year, couldn't make it out of the third inning for a second straight start in Omaha. Heimlich's appearance at the CWS had drawn mixed reaction from the public. Last year, he left the team for the super regionals and the CWS after it was revealed he had pleaded guilty to molesting a young relative when he was 15. The university allowed him to return to the team this year. He served two years' probation and went through a treatment program but denied wrongdoing in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated and The New York Times. BEAVERS' KWAN LIMITED Oregon State All-Pac-12 center fielder Steven Kwan didn't start after injuring a hamstring Wednesday against Mississippi State. Nick Madrigal took Kwan's spot as leadoff man. Kwan pinch hit in the eighth and was intentionally walked, and Preston Jones pinch ran for him. ERROR-PRONE OSU Oregon State committed two errors against Carolina and has six in three CWS games. That's as many as the Beavers committed in their previous 18 games. The Beavers had come into the CWS as the best fielding team in the field and seventh-best in the country at .980. UP NEXT Oregon State will play Mississippi State in a bracket final. The Beavers would need to win Friday and again Saturday to reach the best-of-three finals. ___ For more AP CWS coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/CollegeWorldSeries
  • As a crisis of migrant children separated from their families provoked national outrage, President Donald Trump said he was powerless to act through an executive order. Five days later, he did just that. The president's abrupt about-face laid bare the administration's capricious use of executive power as it presses forward with a crackdown on illegal immigration, first ensnaring children in its 'zero tolerance' prosecution policy, then coming up with a 'stopgap' reprieve in the face of global condemnation. The president who had declared as a candidate that 'I alone can fix' the nation's problems in recent weeks threw up his arms and said only Congress could solve the problem of children being separated from their parents — and then reversed course once again. What changed? Brookings Institution senior fellow Bill Galston, a presidential scholar and a Clinton White House official, described it as 'classic blame shifting' in the face of mounting bipartisan criticism and amid heartbreaking tales of toddlers kept from their parents. The president, he said, was in an 'unsustainable position and would like to be bailed out of it without having to admit fault.' White House officials, advocates and congressional leaders were blindsided Wednesday when word emerged that Trump was considering doing precisely what he'd forcefully claimed he couldn't do — act unilaterally to quell a growing humanitarian and political crisis. The four-page order he signed will keep together children and parents apprehended for crossing the border illegally for at least 20 days, and directs the Justice Department to fight in court to permanently remove the threat of separation. Trump acted after encountering mushrooming blowback from Democrats, Republicans, evangelical leaders, former first ladies — even the pope. But White House officials offered little explanation for the reversal or why the president didn't act sooner. It was a rare public step-down from the president in the face of a monumental self-imposed crisis. 'I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,' Trump said. Family separations soared after the Justice Department's April announcement that all unlawful border crossings would be criminally prosecuted set in motion what officials described alternately as a predictable chain of unintended consequences, or a deliberate effort to pressure Congress to finally enact the president's immigration priorities. As distressing images and audio of bereft children emerged, Trump found himself lobbied privately by his wife and eldest daughter to do more. 'The first lady has been making her opinion known to the president for some time now,' a White House official said, 'which was that he needed to do all he could to help families stay together, whether it was by working with Congress or anything he could do on his own.' The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe her thinking. White House spokesman Raj Shah said Ivanka Trump had phoned lawmakers on Capitol Hill to echo the president's call to pass legislation to solve the issue completely. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who became the face of the family separations with her combative press briefing Monday, began to have second thoughts of her own. On Monday evening, she faced protesters at her home. On Tuesday, she was heckled out of a Mexican restaurant. Alumni of her Berkeley, California, high school circulated an open letter of condemnation. Nielsen pushed the president to find a way to de-escalate the situation, said two officials, who were not authorized to describe the discussions and requested anonymity. That came in the form of the executive order, which Justice Department lawyers had drafted in the days earlier in case the president should want that option. Wednesday morning, he ordered attorneys to get it ready for his signature. The order stated: 'It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.' But despite the presidential pomp — Trump gave Nielsen the marker he used to sign the order — the president's action is unlikely to completely fix the problem. It would keep children detained together with their parents as they await criminal prosecution and deportation, potentially indefinitely. The more than 2,000 children who already have been moved to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services won't be immediately reunited with family members. And a top Justice Department official, Gene Hamilton, described the order as a 'stopgap' fix to give the courts or Congress time to overturn the 20-day limitation on the detention of children in Department of Homeland Security facilities. If neither branch acts within 20 days, newly detained families may again be separated. On Capitol Hill, Republican leaders were caught off-guard by Trump's sudden reversal, according to senior GOP aides who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name. House Speaker Paul Ryan heard about it as he was taking wayward GOP lawmakers to a midday meeting with Trump at the White House to cajole them to vote for a sweeping immigration bill. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office learned about it from an Associated Press news alert just before the Californian and his staff gathered for their daily meeting. Trump's decision came as Republicans in the House had hoped they were on the verge of bridging internal divisions to pass a wide-ranging election-year immigration bill to provide deportation protections for so-called Dreamers and funding for Trump's border wall. White House legislative officials watched as the president's action threatened a delicately negotiated balance between conservative and moderate House Republicans. A so-called compromise bill between GOP factions had been teetering on brink of collapse ever since it was introduced last week. Trump had largely stayed on the sidelines of the talks but inserted himself Friday morning when he told reporters at an impromptu press conference he would not sign it. GOP leaders quickly convinced Trump to reverse course and hours later he tweeted his support. Arrangements were made for a quick Trump visit to Capitol Hill late Tuesday to reinforce his endorsement. And as the crisis at the border escalated, House GOP leaders added a provision to address the family-separation matter. But when Trump visited with House Republicans on Tuesday, he spent considerable time showcasing unrelated accomplishments, recognizing his supporters and mocking his political opponents. He did call on Congress to alleviate the plight of the separated children — but reiterated that his hands were tied. ___ Associated Press writers Lisa Moscaro, Jill Colvin and Colleen Long contributed to this report.
  • Ivanka Trump, the presidential adviser who has billed herself as a 'force for good' in the administration, remained silent for days as the firestorm over forced separations of migrant families consumed the White House. In a closed-door meeting with Republicans late Tuesday, President Donald Trump confided that his daughter urged him to find a solution. But despite days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents, she stayed publicly quiet until Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order designed to keep families together. Then the first daughter tweeted, 'Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border,' and called on Congress to 'find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values.' Still, Ivanka Trump's conspicuous silence drew criticism as outrage mounted over the separations. And it wasn't the first time that Ivanka Trump, as well as her husband and fellow influential presidential adviser, Jared Kushner, had tried to fly under the radar during crisis and tumult in her father's administration. Kushner has been in the Middle East working on the administration's peace plan while cable news filled with emotional photos of children in cages and audio of kids crying for their parents at the Mexican border. And Ivanka Trump was in California this week, getting heckled on her way to a fundraiser for Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy. After Trump's Capitol Hill meeting, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., said the president 'mentioned that his daughter Ivanka encouraged him to end this. And he said that he does recognize that it needs to end, that the images are painful.' As he signed the executive order Wednesday, Trump stressed that he had heard from his daughter, saying, 'Ivanka feels very strongly' and 'I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it. We don't like to see families separated.' White House spokesman Raj Shah said Ivanka Trump had made calls to congressional leaders, advocating for a fix. She was at a meeting Wednesday between Trump and lawmakers at the White House. Her prolonged silence was the latest example of the challenges and calculations faced by the first daughter as she seeks to promote a family-friendly agenda in an administration focused on hard-line immigration tactics and protectionist trade policies —under a president whose comments on race, gender and inclusivity have drawn bipartisan rebukes. First lady Melania Trump weighed in more quickly, with her office issuing a statement over the weekend saying she 'hates' to see families separated at the border. On Wednesday, a White House official said she 'has been making her opinion known' to her husband that he needs to do all he can to keep migrant families together. The mounting criticism mirrors the harsh spotlight on Ivanka Trump last summer for her silence after the deadly clash involving counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the time, the president pointedly refused to single out neo-Nazis and white supremacists, suggesting there was blame to be shared 'on both sides.' She also stayed quiet when her father unleashed a brutal attack on MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, questioning her intelligence and saying she was 'bleeding badly from a face-lift' in a December encounter. At the time, Brzezinski and her co-host, Joe Scarborough, called on Ivanka Trump to condemn the remarks. Ivanka Trump was targeted recently by late-night comedian Samantha Bee over immigration policy, though Bee apologized for using a crude epithet to describe her. Last year, Ivanka Trump did offer strong words against Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, who was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls during the late 1970s, when he was in his 30s. She told The Associated Press at the time: 'There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I've yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts.' After her father took office, Ivanka Trump said she aimed to 'be a force for good and to make a positive impact' in her White House role. Throughout her time in the administration, she has sought to position herself above the fray, arguing in interviews that her focus is on policy and that she is more effective working behind the scenes if she disagrees with her father. While liberal critics have expressed frustration that she has not done more to temper her father's conservative agenda, Ivanka Trump has made clear that she sees limitations to her role. 'I came here with specific areas I could add value,' she said last year in an AP interview. 'In the areas I don't agree, I state my opinion.' She and her husband also got criticized by some in the West Wing for being absent during difficult moments; they were off on a ski vacation when the GOP's health care plan collapsed last year. The crisis at the border has upended the White House, even as the president has told confidants he thinks being tough on immigration will be a winning issue for Republicans in this fall's midterm elections. ___ Lemire reported from New York. ___ Follow Lucey on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@catherine_lucey and Lemire at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire
  • Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Donald Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally to defend his hard-line immigration policies while unleashing a torrent of grievances about the media and those investigating him. Trump downplayed the crisis that has threatened to envelop the White House amid days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents along the nation's southern border. He made only a brief mention of his decision to sign an executive order after spending days insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. 'We're going to keep families together and the border is going to be just as tough as it's been,' Trump told the cheering crowd in Duluth on Wednesday night. Seemingly motivated to promote his hawkish immigration bona fides after his about-face on forced separations, the president denounced his political opponents and those who make unauthorized border crossings, suggesting that the money used to care for those immigrants could be better spent on the nation's rural communities and inner cities. 'Democrats put illegal immigrants before they put American citizens. What the hell is going on?' asked Trump, prompting the crowd to chant 'Build the wall!' He even invoked his campaign kickoff speech, held three years ago this week, in which he declared that Mexico 'wasn't sending their best' in terms of migrants crossing into the U.S. That wasn't the only throwback moment at the rally, featuring a packed arena festooned with American flags and approximately 8,000 people responding in chants to many of Trump's cues. He fumed over what he deemed 'dishonest' coverage of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He raved about the economy and his tough new tariffs meant to create fair trade. And he erroneously suggested that a recent Justice Department watchdog report into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe proved his innocence in the special counsel's Russia investigation while covering up Clinton's guilt. 'Have you been seeing this whole scam? Do you believe what you're seeing — how that no matter what she did, no matter how many crimes she committed, which were numerous, they wanted her to be innocent,' Trump said. 'But with me, nothing. No collusion, no nothing. They wanted to put us in trouble.' The crowd responded with a 'Lock her up!' chant. Trump simply shook his head. Again attacking the special counsel probe as a 'witch hunt,' Trump went on to blast the media for focusing on the recent immigration crisis at the expense of covering what he contends is bias against him at the FBI. He also accused the media of providing one-sided reports about his Singapore summit with Kim. 'We had a great meeting. We had great chemistry,' said Trump, who predicted that Kim 'will turn that country into a great successful country.' 'These people,' said Trump, gesturing to the media at the back of the arena, 'say, 'He's given away so much.' You know what I gave up? A meeting.' The Duluth rally was Trump's first in a blue state since taking office. He narrowly lost Minnesota in 2016. And with the industrial and upper Midwest looming large for Trump's re-election hopes, the president vowed to spend more time there before 2020. 'You know, I hate to bring this up, but we came this close to winning the state of Minnesota,' the president said. 'And in 2½ years, it's going to be really easy, I think.' Trump was in Minnesota to back Pete Stauber, a Republican congressional candidate running in a traditionally Democratic district. Home of the Iron Range, Minnesota is a place where Trump's tariffs on foreign steel could play especially well. While economists wince and farmers brace for blowback, the crowd cheered when tariffs were mentioned on Wednesday. Trump also held a small roundtable with representatives from the mining industry and local leaders before the rally. Trump brought Stauber to the stage and offered an enthusiastic endorsement. But he made no mention of the state's GOP gubernatorial primary to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. It pits former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Trump critic running for his old job, against Jeff Johnson, the state GOP's endorsed candidate who has been stronger in his support of the president. Energized by the roaring crowd in his first rally since the Singapore summit, Trump soaked in the applause and caustically dismissed a few protesters who tried to interrupt. He beamed as the crowd chanted 'Space Force!' in response to his plan to create a new branch of the military to safeguard the cosmos. And he leaned hard into his self-appointed role as champion of the working class and defender of traditional American values, but also mocked the idea that his opponents — whether liberals or media executives — were always called 'the elite.' 'The elite! Why are they elite?' Trump wondered. 'I have a much better apartment than they do. I'm smarter than they are. I'm richer than they are. I became president and they didn't.' ___ Lemire reported from New York ___ Follow Colvin on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@colvinj and Lemire at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire
  • A Boston-based consumer watchdog group is issuing its annual summer safety report flagging toys it says pose a danger to children. World Against Toys Causing Harm — better known by its acronym, W.A.T.C.H. — says its latest report will highlight 'warm weather recreational products and hazards that parents should avoid.' W.A.T.C.H.'s 2018 warnings are set to be made public Thursday morning at Franciscan Children's Hospital in the city's Brighton neighborhood. The group says more than 2.5 million American children are injured each summer. It says many of those accidents are preventable. Last summer, the organization singled out fidget spinners — those popular plastic and metal toys that users spin around a finger — saying they pose a choking hazard.
  • Hundreds of family members were waiting in desperation at a small port on Indonesia's Lake Toba for news of missing relatives as the search for more than 190 people unaccounted for after a ferry sinking entered its fourth day. Separately, Indonesia's President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo called for an overhaul of safety standards for passenger boats in response to what is likely the worst sinking in the archipelago nation in more than a decade. Only 18 passengers were rescued and four confirmed dead since the overcrowded ferry sank early Monday evening in waters said to be up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) deep. No more bodies had been recovered as of midmorning Thursday.
  • Peter Fonda apologized Wednesday for a late-night Twitter rant in which he suggested 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from 'his mother's arms and put in a cage with pedophiles.' The all-capitals tweet in the wee hours went on to call President Donald Trump an expletive. The actor later deleted the tweet and drew sharp rebukes from first lady Melania Trump and Donald Trump Jr. The two-time Oscar nominee, brother of Jane Fonda and son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda said in a statement hours later that he was upset over children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border. 'I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television,' Fonda said in the statement, released by both his manager and his publicist. 'Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.' In another tweet, Fonda suggested people opposed to the border policy should track down the addresses of federal agents and 'surround their homes in protest,' adding: 'We should find out what schools their children go to and surround the schools in protest.' Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, said via email regarding the Barron remarks: 'The tweet is sick and irresponsible.' She said the U.S. Secret Service was notified. A spokesman for the agency said via email the Secret Service is aware of Fonda's tweets but 'as a matter of practice' would have no additional comment. Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, did some tweeting of his own, addressing Fonda: 'You're clearly a sick individual' who behaved 'like a bully and a coward.' Trump Jr. called on Sony Pictures Classics to stop the release of its film 'Boundaries,' in which Fonda has a small role. The company condemned Fonda's tweets as 'abhorrent' but said the film would be released as planned. ___ Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.
  • Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there. The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some privacy advocates who say there are no formal rules in place for handling data gleaned from the scans, nor formal guidelines on what should happen if a passenger is wrongly prevented from boarding. Airports in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and Washington already use face scans for some departing international flights, but they don't involve all international travelers at the airports like the program's expansion in Orlando would. The image from the face scan is compared to a Department of Homeland Security biometric database that has images of people who should be on the flight, in order to verify the traveler's identity. U.S. citizens at these airports can opt out, but the agency 'doesn't seem to be doing an adequate job letting Americans know they can opt out,' said Harrison Rudolph, an associate at the Center on Privacy & Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center. U.S. citizens at the Orlando airport will be able to opt out just like at the other airports if they don't want to provide their photograph, Jennifer Gabris, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in an email. However, a notice about a possible rule change for the program states that 'U.S. citizens may be required to provide photographs upon entering or departing the United States.' The Orlando announcement marks a step up in the scope of the face scan program, Rudolph said. 'We're not talking about one gate,' he said. 'We're talking about every international departure gate, which is a huge expansion of the number of people who will be scanned. Errors tend to go up as uses go up.' Orlando International Airport had about 6 million international passengers in the past year. Rudolph said he has concerns about the face scans' accuracy, since some research shows they are less accurate with racial minorities, women and children. Researchers say this is because photos used to train the face-scanning software underrepresent minorities, women and young people. Two U.S. senators last month sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, which is home to the border protection agency, urging that formal rules be implemented before the program is expanded. 'It will also ensure a full vetting of this potentially sweeping program that could impact every American leaving the country by airport,' said the letter from U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
  • Giancarlo Stanton lined a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees erased a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Wednesday night. Gary Sanchez tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth, and the Yankees went on to complete their largest comeback victory of the season. Didi Gregorius singled with two outs in the ninth and Stanton hammered an 0-2 breaking ball from reliever Ryan Cook (1-1). The slugger knew it was gone the moment he connected, and he took a little jump at home plate and pumped his arm before tossing his bat aside and circling the bases. The drive traveled a projected 453 feet to left-center for Stanton's first walk-off homer with the Yankees — his previous one came in April 2014 for the Marlins (also vs. Seattle). He was mobbed by teammates and doused as he crossed the plate, throwing his helmet into the air and smiling from ear to ear. 'I'm not worried about my personal signature moment,' Stanton said. 'Just happy to be able to get it for us.' New York is a season-high 27 games above .500 with the majors' best record at 49-22. The Yankees have won nine of 11 against Seattle (46-28) and will try for a three-game series sweep Thursday afternoon. 'Until the game is over, we've got a chance. It showed tonight,' Stanton said. Aroldis Chapman (3-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win. The Mariners have lost three straight for the first time since April 17-19 against the World Series champion Astros. Seattle starter Felix Hernandez lasted five innings and 95 pitches. He was charged with two runs, one earned, and six hits. Sanchez drove Alex Colome's cutter 439 feet off the back wall of the left-center bullpen, knotting the score at 5. Dee Gordon had two RBIs for the Mariners. Denard Span and Ryon Healy each drove home a run in the fifth, extending Seattle's advantage to 5-0. Yankees rookie Jonathan Loaisiga, making his second major league start in place of injured Masahiro Tanaka, allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. New York broke through in the fifth with two outs and runners on first and second. Aaron Judge hit a broken-bat single to left, scoring Miguel Andujar. Aaron Hicks also came home when Span bobbled the ball. Gregorius' sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 5-3. SAYING GOODBYE A moment of silence was held before the game for Billy Connors, a three-time Yankees pitching coach and confidant of late owner George Steinbrenner. Connors died Saturday, the team said. He was 76. Connors also served as vice president of player personnel from 1996 to 2012. TRAINER'S ROOM Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (right shoulder surgery) remains in Arizona, where his first rehab start was pushed back due to soreness. He was scheduled to play catch Wednesday. ... OF Guillermo Heredia was not in the starting lineup after batting just .122 this month, but entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh. 'G is struggling a bit lately,' manager Scott Servais said. 'Also, extra left-handed hitter in this ballpark (is) not a bad thing.' Yankees: OF Brett Gardner (swollen right knee) ran and took batting practice before the game. He has not played since Saturday. 'Feeling optimistic that it's not going to be a DL thing,' manager Aaron Boone said. ... Tanaka (two strained hamstrings) played catch and rode an exercise bike. ... Jacoby Ellsbury is in Florida and might be getting close to resuming baseball activities, according to Boone. The outfielder has been sidelined all season by a string of injuries, including a strained right oblique, sore back, sore left hip and plantar fasciitis in his right heel. UP NEXT Mariners: LHP James Paxton (6-1, 3.44 ERA) starts the series finale. He is 5-0 with a 2.55 ERA since the beginning of May, a span of nine starts that included a no-hitter in Toronto. Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (10-2, 2.09) threw eight scoreless innings Saturday against Tampa Bay, becoming the first Yankees pitcher with 10 wins before the All-Star break since Tanaka in 2014. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Now that he's no longer an active player, maybe Ichiro Suzuki wants to start swinging for the fences. How about at next month's Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities in Washington? What began as light-hearted banter among Seattle Mariners coaches grew into something that caused a stir in the clubhouse before Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees. 'He's got power and he's been launching balls into the seats,' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. 'A couple of coaches said the other day, 'You know, no one wants to do this Home Run Derby. Why don't we just send Ichiro? He'd be awesome.'' The idea gained momentum when Servais mentioned it on a radio show Wednesday, and suddenly a new Twitter hashtag was born — #IchiForDC. Not officially retired but unlikely to appear in another major league game, the Japanese-born Suzuki shifted to a new role with Seattle as special assistant to the chairman in early May after batting .205 in 15 games this season. The 44-year-old travels with the team and is in uniform for games, helping out with batting practice and other drills while keeping a locker in the clubhouse. Even though he's still in game shape, Suzuki didn't seem to be entertaining the idea of throwing his hat in the ring for the annual power contest. 'I'm not a player (anymore) and just the long, great history that MLB has, I don't think it would be good for it,' Suzuki said through a translator. 'But I think it's fun and I'm happy that it's come up.' Servais was happy the concept was being discussed, even if it was nothing more than a joke. 'This is really good because he's been giving me a hard time so I'm really glad to throw this back in his lap,' he said with a grin. Suzuki, the 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, found humor in the situation — but promised revenge on Servais. 'It's the funniest thing he's said this first half of the year,' Suzuki said. 'I'm definitely going to get him back. I'm going to continue to get him.' Suzuki has 3,089 big league hits, but only 117 of those were home runs. Despite reaching double-digit homers in just three of his 18 major league seasons, Suzuki often displayed surprising power in batting practice and it was widely believed he could have clubbed a lot more over the fence if he tried. But the 10-time All-Star maintained his unorthodox, slashing swing throughout his career, leading the league in hits seven times. 'Right now I'm eating two hamburgers at lunch, and now that this Home Run Derby thing came up I'll have to up it to three cheeseburgers for lunch, get some more power,' he quipped. If Suzuki did try his hand against some of the game's top sluggers in the nation's capital, however, he knows who he'd want pitching to him. 'Mark Buehrle,' he said, after a long, contemplative pause. Suzuki was 27 for 66 (.409) against the left-hander, who won 214 games over 16 seasons. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball