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robably tell people that I sniped it -- that sounds a lot better. Weve still got five more road games, so it is big

SEATTLE -- Two pitching rotations that have been in constant rotation will turn to fill-in starters again when the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers return to action Tuesday night at Safeco Field. Black Buccaneers Jerseys .Tigers starter Daniel Norris (1-0) returns to the rotation after a month in Triple-A, having been summoned from Norfolk when Jordan Zimmermann went on the disabled list with recurring neck problems. Norris, a left-hander, is one of eight starters Detroit has used this season.Seattle has already gone through 11 starters, with the wheel landing on lefty Wade LeBlanc on Tuesday. LeBlanc (1-0) has been making spot starts since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system in June. He finally has a legitimate shot to stay in the rotation, and to pitch every five days, as the Mariners made a bold move Monday by sending 23-year-old phenom Taijuan Walker back to Triple-A.His last 13 starts, hes had like three quality starts, manager Scott Servais said before Mondays game. It may be different if we were 10 or 15 games below .500. Were not, thanks to the guys in that clubhouse continuing to play good baseball.The Mariners (58-53) have clawed their way back into the wild-card race, doing most of the makeup work while Walker was on the disabled list nursing a sore foot. He hasnt impressed since being activated on Aug. 5, so the Mariners made the difficult decision of sending their two-time top prospect and Opening Day No. 2 starter back to Triple-A.I certainly think Taijuan Walker is a part of our future, a big part of it, Servais said. But right now, we need to take a step back and do whats best for him.Now with a starting rotation that includes just two members of the Opening Day roster, the Mariners have inched back into contention and moved to within 2 1/2 games of the Tigers in the AL wild-card standings.Overall, slugger Nelson Cruz said, were playing pretty good.The Mariners are almost as hot as Detroit was heading into the weekend, although the Tigers (61-51) have now lost two in a row. Detroit got shut out for the first time since July 8 on Monday and has scored just one run over its past two games.After the Tigers managed just five hits in Mondays 3-0 loss at Seattle, manager Brad Ausmus said: We just couldnt get much going offensively.Detroit hopes to have better luck against LeBlanc, a journeyman pitcher who has spent most of his major league career as a reliever and was pitching in Japan last year before the Blue Jays signed him to a minor league contract in the offseason. The Mariners were so desperate for starting pitchers that they traded for LeBlanc, immediately promoted him and put him in the starting rotation. With Felix Hernandez back from an injury and former Baltimore farmhand Ariel Miranda joining the rotation, LeBlanc has been used sparingly -- he has just two starts and one relief appearance over the past month -- but he has been effective.The struggling Tigers bats hope to catch him on a night when hes off his game. Throwback Buccaneers Jerseys . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. Camo Buccaneers Jerseys . "Were just throwing s--- at the wall hoping something sticks," said Tortorella about the possible line combinations for Fridays game against Columbus. The Canucks have lost five straight games and six of their last seven, leaving them in a logjam in the Pacific Division, currently sitting fifth - good for ninth in the Western Conference. . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. DETROIT -- Mikael Backlund and the Calgary Flames got their six-game road trip started in the best way possible.Backlund scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:46 left in the third period to give Calgary a 3-2 victory over the slumping Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.This is huge, because were looking at these six games almost like a playoff series, said Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who had three assists. We know we have to pick up some wins on this trip, and this is a good start.Garnet Hathaway got his first career goal and Matt Stajan also scored for Calgary. Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots.I thought this was a very even game, but we did a nice job of capitalizing on our chances, Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. We didnt lose any momentum coming out of the Chicago game, where we played very well in a loss.Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight game. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.I think we gave them their chances. I think from the start, a few turnovers in our own end, all of a sudden they end up spending a minute, minute and a half in our end instead of making a simple play and move the play out to the neutral zone, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said.Backlund broke a 2-all tie when he slammed Michael Froliks pass from the left circle past Howard and into the open side of the net for his second goal.We better pick ourselves up and we better come to work tomorrow to get better, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. And we better put the work in that it takes to earn confidence come Wednesday (at Buffalo). Thats the bottom line. We better pick ourselves up in a hurry and focus on coming to win a hockey game on Wednesday.Mantha tied it 2-all 7:59 into the third with his first of the season. He put a snap shot under the crossbar on the short side after bringing the puck out from behind the net.Stajan gave the Flames a 2-1 lead at 2:31 of the third with his first goal of the season. He tipped in Hamilltons slap shot from the right point. Cheap Buccaneers Jerseys. athaway tied it 1-all at 3:40 of the second. Hathaway, who was beside the net and battling with a Red Wings player, got the shaft of his stick on a high shot by Hamilton from the top of the right circle and deflected it into the empty side of the net.Thats an amazing feeling. I saw Fer (Micheal Ferland) get the puck to Dougie, so I went to the net, Hathaway said. It was an odd play, because Howard was still flailing around, so I wasnt sure if he had the puck or if it had gone in. Ill probably tell people that I sniped it -- that sounds a lot better. Weve still got five more road games, so it is big to get this one and get some momentum.Tatar gave Detroit a 1-0 lead 8:06 into the game. He blindly slid a puck toward the net from the high slot that beat Johnson. It was Tatars third goal and only his second in 14 games.Howard was forced to make a couple of saves in close after Red Wings giveaways deep in their zone.Detroit defenseman Alexey Marchenko left with an upper-body injury after taking a hit from Ferland with a little less than 5:30 left in the second period. Blashill said Marchenko will likely be out a little while and the team would have more information Monday.Game notes Detroit LW Thomas Vanek returned after missing 11 games with a hip injury. The Red Wings were 3-7-1 without Vanek and averaged under two goals per game. He had four goals and eight points in seven games. ... Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau missed his second game after sustaining a broken finger on a slash by Minnesota C Eric Staal. Gaudreau will miss six to eight weeks. ... Red Wings C Darren Helm missed his second game after dislocating his shoulder. He also will be out six to eight weeks.UP NEXTFlames: Visit the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.Red Wings: Visit the Sabres on Wednesday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '