TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Radim Vrbata scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Phoenix Coyotes past the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 last night. Vrbata beat Ben Bishop with a backhand. Mike Smith stopped all three Lightning shootout shots.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 37 points in the first quarter and made 14 of 16 shots before fouling out, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 112-105 last night for their eighth straight victory. Goran Dragic had 23 points and five assists during a foul-plagued 33 minutes for the Suns.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's Patrick Corbin gave up three runs and six hits in four innings in the Diamondbacks' 3-3 tie with a Seattle Mariners split squad last night. It was the next-to-last start for the 24-year-old left-hander before he takes the mound in Sydney, Australia, on March 22 in Arizona's season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seattle's James Paxton threw three scoreless innings, running his streak to seven to open the spring, before allowing a run in his fourth and final inning.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Diamondbacks have confirmed signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a two-year contract. The $4.25 million deal had been reported late last week and Perez was in uniform at the team's spring training facility in Scottsdale on Sunday. But the signing wasn't announced by the club until yesterday.
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