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love and fighting
SEATTLE -- Before beginning the most important home series of the season, Seattle coach Lloyd McClendon had a brief message. The playoffs for the Mariners start now. "I told my guys, this is real simple This is really playoff baseball," McClendon said. "Averages, slumps, all those things are out the window. What you did against a guy last time really makes no difference. Its all about grinding your at-bats out, staying in your inner circle and believing in each other. If you do that you have a good chance to get it done." Clearly McClendons team paid attention and now Seattle is just a half-game behind in the AL wild-card chase after beating Oakland 4-2 on Friday night. Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison all homered as Seattle took another chunk out of Oaklands wild-card lead that was double digits in early August. Seattle and Kansas City are tied behind the As, who have dropped 12 of their last 15. Cano hit his 13th homer in the first inning and Morrison added his eighth in the fifth inning, both off Jason Hammel (10-11). Morales hit a line drive out to right-centre field off Eric OFlaherty in the sixth. "We played a good game today, but we have to be ready for tomorrow," Cano said. Seattle starter James Paxton (6-2) pitched six innings despite control trouble. Paxton walked three batters in the third inning alone, but struck out eight and three times left runners stranded in scoring position. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 45th save despite giving up a pair of singles to open the inning. Rodney tied Kazuhiro Sasakis franchise record for saves in a season. Rodney didnt know about the record until being told postgame. "Its a lot of saves, 45, but 16 games left want to continue it rolling, pitch good and make good pitches," Rodney said. "Its a good series we have in here right now with Oakland and we see what happens tomorrow." Canos homer skimmed the top of the left-field wall and gave Seattle a 1-0 lead. Morrisons drive curled inside the right-field foul pole, breaking a 2-2 tie. Morrisons homer came at the same time fireworks erupted across the street at CenturyLink Field when the Seattle Sounders scored in their MLS match with Real Salt Lake. Seattle also got a bloop RBI double from Mike Zunino that Oakland left fielder Jonny Gomes appeared to lose in the lights. PITCHER AT THE PLATE Hammel was lifted after the fifth despite throwing just 78 pitches, partly because of issues with Oaklands batting order. The As lost their designated hitter in the bottom of the third inning when Geovany Soto left with back spasms. Derek Norris took over behind the plate but the As lost their DH in the move. Hammel batted in the top of the fourth and reached on a fielders choice after an errant throw allowed Nate Freiman to reach second. Freiman later scored on Sam Fulds bunt to pull Oakland even at 2-2. "Kind of unlucky the way it went tonight," Hammel said. "Both pitches that left he yard I would throw them again." SERIES CLINCHER Seattle clinched the season series against Oakland with its 10th win over the As. The Mariners have won consecutive season series over the As for the first time since taking three straight from 2001-03. TRAINERS ROOM Athletics: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after being out with a strained right intercostal muscle. Manager Bob Melvin said Doolittles return should settle the As bullpen. Mariners: OF Dustin Ackley was back in the lineup after missing four games with soreness in his foot and ankle. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Ackley should be able to make it through the final 17 games. UP NEXT Athletics: Sonny Gray (13-8) is 1-4 with a 5.32 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 6. He does love pitching in Seattle with a 3-0 record and 0.46 ERA in three starts at Safeco Field. Mariners: Felix Hernandez (14-5) makes what could be his final home start of the regular season. Hernandez has at least two more road starts and could pitch the final day of the regular season at home or be held for a potential wild-card game. Hernandez is 19-7 in his career against Oakland and 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts this year. Chris Owings Jersey . Nick Holden scored two goals and had an assist and the Avalanche held off the Nashville Predators 5-4 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Jarrod Dyson Diamondbacks Jersey . The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions at Kintetsu Kashikojima. http://www.authenticdiamondbacksproshop....on-jersey/ . The mood in Seattle was electrified as the parade featuring the NFL champions began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team. At a ceremony inside the stadium, the team thanked its loyal followers -- the 12th Man -- capping a day of boisterous celebration that drew an estimated 700,000 revelers to Seattle. Shelby Miller Diamondbacks Jersey . Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the Houston Texans No. 1 pick in the draft, was on the field Tuesday for the first time with former NFL Defensive Player of the Year J. Brad Boxberger Diamondbacks Jersey .com) - The Toronto Raptors set their sights on a second straight victory with the Oklahoma City Thunder visiting the Air Canada Centre tonight riding a two game streak of their own.Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week, they discuss the NCAAs revenue sharing, Don Zimmer, soccer language and Super Bowl 50. Dave Naylor, TSN Radio 1050: My thumb is down to world of big-time American college sports, which reminded us again this week there is no end to hypocrisy when it comes to sharing wealth with its players. This week Alabama football coach Nick Saban and Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari were rewarded with contracts worth more than $50 million each. This comes just as the NCAA is about to begin defending its right not to share revenues with players; in the lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed OBannon, which starts on Monday. How the NCAA can argue theres not enough money in the system to compensate players when coaches like Saban and Calapari can earn more than $6 million a year should be interesting. But we just know theyll find a way to do it. Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star: My thumb is up to baseball characters. May they live forever in our memory, even as they leave us. The game lost an unforgettable one this week with the passing of Don Zimmer. In a sport built on stories, his was a pure classic. Zimmer met Babe Ruth as a boy, got married to his high-school sweetheart at home plate of a minor-league park, played with Jackie Robinson and won a World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hell probably be remembered best for charging Pedro Martinez back in 2003, when Zimmer was in his 70s at the time. As he said later, "I sure wasnt going over there to kiss him." Baseballs heroes arent always so easy to embrace. So often today we focus on money and moneyball. Zimmers life was about finding a love and fighting to keep it. He loved basebaall so much, it nearly killed him.dddddddddddd As a player, he survived two fastballs to the head. One put him in a coma, another caved in his face. He kept playing after both. He got fired four times as a manager, but he never retired. Nobody ever wanted him to. For characters as unique as Zimmer, there are no replacements. Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: As I said four years ago, and plan to say again in 2018, my thumb is down to anybody in this country who plans to speak world cup soccer English for the next month. I dont want anyone saying a goalkeeper had a clean sheet. Clean sheets are in your linen closet. He had a shutout. The score, maybe, was one nothing, not one nil. And please dont tell me the United States needs a result against Ghana. A loss is a result, not a good result, but a result. And just so were clear, its not football here, its soccer. Alright, now carry on and keep calm. Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is up, though not for long, to the National Football League for deciding to ditch the Roman numeral "l" for super bowl 50, to be played in February of 2016. The use of Roman numerals began with super bowl 5, sorry, "v", and it has proved to be very successful - in creating confusion. Now that couldnt have been its intention, but what else, pray tell, was it supposed to do? Make the event seem bigger than it is? It needs no help from an ancient alphabet. But, as I said, the NFL is praised here only briefly, because it will return to Roman numerals for super bowl 51 - LI - and theres no end in sight, unless its super bowl 59, which will read LIX, and maybe the NFL wont be fond of Super Bowl licks, which come to think of it, was last seasons super bowl - Denver taking its licks from Seattle. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Baseball Jerseys Free Shipping Cheapest College Jerseys Sale Cheap Football Jerseys China Nike NFL Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys From China MLB Jerseys Outlet Canada Wholesale NBA Jerseys Canada Store Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Canada ' ' '
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