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HOUSTON (AP) - Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning that helped the Houston Astros to a 7-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. Houston eliminated the Mariners from AL West contention and moved five games in front of second-place Oakland, which lost at home to the Angels.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Blake Snell became the major leagues' first 20-game winner in two years, helping pitch the Tampa Bay Rays past the Texas Rangers 4-0. Snell improved to 20-5 by throwing one-hit ball for five innings. He tied the Tampa Bay record for victories in a season set by David Price in 2012. No one in the big leagues won 20 last season. Rick Porcello won 22 in 2016, with Max Scherzer and J.A. Happ each winning 20. Tampa Bay began the day 6 ½ games behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are changing their Triple-A affiliation to Nashville. The Rangers and Triple-A Nashville Sounds announced that the organizations have entered into a four-year player development contract through the 2022 season. That announcement came a day after the Rangers said their eight-year affiliation with the Round Rock Express in suburban Austin was ending.

HOUSTON (AP) - An East Texas school superintendent who wrote "You can't count on a black quarterback" in the comment section of an online news article says he thought it was a private message. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney Woods, about 75 miles north of Houston. In his post on the Houston Chronicle's website, Redden referred to the last play of Sunday's game in which Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson held the ball as time expired.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - No. 17 TCU is focused on Big 12 play that could put Horned Frogs in the playoff conversation even after that loss to Ohio State. Coach Gary Patterson says it won't matter how people view the loss to the Buckeyes if the Frogs don't win their conference games. TCU opens Big 12 play Saturday at Texas. The Frogs have won four consecutive games in the series.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed veteran receiver Brice Butler after his short time with Arizona. Butler spent the past three seasons in Dallas before leaving in free agency last spring. But Butler was one of the final cuts by the Cardinals after training camp. He dealt with a foot injury even while considered Arizona's No. 2 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald. The Cowboys released rookie safety Tyree Robinson to make room on their roster.

MIAMI (AP) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts have sent a letter to players around the league reminding them that help with their mental wellness is available. The letter also tells players that the NBA and NBPA will continue supporting any efforts to spur positive change off the court. All-Stars Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan last season revealed and detailed their struggles with mental health

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas freshman Pooka Williams has already put together back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to start his college football career. More importantly, those two big games have helped the Jayhawks to their first two-game winning streak in seven years. The emerging star from Boutte, Louisiana, will try to keep the momentum going when Big 12 play starts with a trip to Baylor.

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