In today's sports in brief, Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is favored in the Preakness, the Clippers' Doc Rivers won't return as coach, and the Bears opt for Nick Foles at QB.

Given the difficulties of trying to finish the shortened 2020 regular season and all the restrictions required, then factoring in the lack of a coronavirus vaccine and the inability to institute universal rapid testing, it's illogical to assume the 2021 baseball season will return to normal.

After taking a second fastball that registered more than 90 mph off his helmet in the span of six days, Seattle's Dylan Moore was forced to the seven-day concussion injured list and his season is done.

In a game they needed to win to keep the pulse of their fading postseason hopes alive, the Mariners knew they would probably need to get four quality innings of bullpen work to have any sort of chance at a victory, well, unless they scored eight or nine runs.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Wednesday night in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington.

Kyle Lewis makes a leaping, grand-slam robbing catch in Mariners' play of the year.

PHOENIX — Caleb Smith had a miserable start to the abbreviated 2020 season, but it didn't have anything to do with his performance on the field. Instead, he was one of more than a dozen Miami Marlins who was quarantining in separate small hotel rooms after testing positive for COVID-19.

SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Yastrzemski hit a three-run homer as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Seattle Mariners 10-1 for their fifth straight win Wednesday night under skies turned orange by raging wildfires in Northern California.

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SEATTLE — Scorching slugger Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer, rookie Kyle Lewis stayed hot with an RBI single, and the Seattle Mariners overcame two home runs by Mike Trout to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-6 on Wednesday night.

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For the sixth time in their only six games of the 2020 season, the Mariners allowed more than six runs in game -- numerology aside -- it's a dubious distinction to be certain. But given the limited pitch counts for their starting pitchers and some of their inexperience or past inconsistency,…

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The unmistakable sound — not as jarring as a rifle blast but more intoxicating than a popped cork of celebratory Champagne — came first.