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Walker hurls one-hitter to lead Mariners past Twins, 6-1

MINNEAPOLIS — Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has said it after bad starts and brilliant ones alike. It’s not a scolding, but so much a reminder — don’t place too much emphasis on the most recent start for Taijuan Walker. At the tender age of 22 and in his first full season in the big leagues, Walker is far from a finished product. And because of that, he could have a clunker one week and pitching brilliance the next. And this season, Walker’s has had stretches both.

Another Major League Soccer rule change could be on its way: The “core player” dropped a pair of Major League Soccer news bombs on what had been an otherwise quiet Tuesday afternoon. First, it reported that L.A. Galaxy is in “advanced talks” with Spanish club Villarreal for Mexican star Giovani dos Santos. Secondly — and with wider-ranging implications — it reported that MLS owners are ready to approve changes to the existing salary cap rules to allow for a “core player” roster spot, essentially a fourth designated player slot for teams currently using the existing three.