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ANAHEIM, Calif. Cheap Air Max Online . - A day after the Los Angeles Angels partied into the wee hours to celebrate their AL West title, a lineup composed of backups, Triple-A regulars, and a spot starter took on Felix Hernandez and the desperate Seattle Mariners. And for eight innings, the Angels junior varsity looked ready to pull out an unlikely win. Instead, Logan Morrison hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth, and Seattle boosted its AL wild-card hopes with a 3-1 victory Thursday night. With late night celebrations still ringing in their ears, several Angels got Thursday off, including Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, Kole Calhoun and Erick Aybar. Manager Mike Scioscia also scratched ace Jered Weaver and handed the ball to Wade LeBlanc, who matched zeros with Hernandez into the sixth inning. "I think it just sets some things up for what we want to do in our rotation moving forward this next week, and then getting ready for the first playoff series," Scioscia said. "It gives us the best shot to hopefully win the best record. It was something we felt strongly about doing, and Wade came through." LeBlanc pitched three-hit ball in his second start for the major league-leading Angels, who are still playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Their lead over Baltimore for the majors best record is down to 2 1-2 games. The Angels pulled Weaver about six hours before game time, pushing his next start back to Saturday to put him in line to start the AL division series opener on Oct. 2. LeBlanc significantly improved on his only previous start for the Angels, a 7-1 loss to Miami on Aug. 25. LeBlanc cleared waivers and returned for the Angels post-season push, making five solid relief appearances before striking out three Mariners and walking none. "Thats the life of a swingman, or a long reliever, or a spot starter," LeBlanc said. "Ive been fortunate to do that in the past, so it wasnt anything new. Anytime they want to give me the ball, Im ready for it." Hernandez struck out 11 during seven innings of three-hit ball as the Mariners pulled within one game of the slumping Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot. Seattle still had to sweat out its third win in nine games, ending a 17-inning scoreless stretch with Morrisons ninth homer. "Words cant describe that feeling," Morrison said. "I just know were in a race, and we need every hit we can get. We need every run we can get. We need every win we can get. Weve had some offensive struggles lately, but weve got a bunch of guys that dont know how to quit." After Kendrys Morales singled and pinch-runner James Jones advanced on a bad pickoff throw by Kevin Jepsen (0-2), Morrison deposited a belt-high changeup into the left-field stands. "We had to lure them into a false sense of security," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said with a grin. "Everybody thinks thats easy (to face a lineup of unknowns)," McClendon added. "Thats scary. Its hard to prepare. You read scouting reports, but you havent had firsthand competition against them, so that makes it tough." Tom Wilhelmsen (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam of his own making in the eighth. Fernando Rodney allowed Hank Congers homer in the ninth before finishing his 46th save, passing Kazuhiro Sasaki for the most in a single season in club history. TRAINERS ROOM Angels: Cleanup hitter Josh Hamilton has a new pain in his upper body, and he sat out for the 13th time in 14 games. Scioscia hopes the injury is minor. UP NEXT Mariners: Taijuan Walker (1-2, 2.96) travelled early to Houston to prepare for the opener of a key series against Brad Peacock and the Astros. 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"It wasnt as easy as the scoreline indicates," said Djokovic, who has won in Dubai on four occasions.TAMPA, Fla. - Ben Bishop made the needed saves and also set up the game-winning goal.Victor Hedman scored on a power play off a feed from the goalie 1:11 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 in their season opener Thursday night.I thought he was in command of his game, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Bishop.Hedman took Bishops pass at the offensive blue line, skated in all alone during a Panthers line change and beat Roberto Luongo from the left circle.I tried to shoot high and fortunately it got in, Hedman said. I dont think we played our best, but good teams find a way to win and thats what we did.Bishop stopped 19 shots in his first regular-season game since dislocating his elbow late last season. He also had a wrist injury in the second half of last season that impacted his stick-handling.Its nice, Bishop said about his assist. I was looking for an odd-man rush.Tampa Bay also got goals from Tyler Johnson and Ryan Callahan. Valtteri Filppula had two assists.The Lightning went 3 for 7 on the power play, while Florida failed to score on two chances.Unfortunately, the power plays cost us, said Luongo, who made 29 saves. Weve just got to be more disciplined there.Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for Florida in Gerard Gallants first game as Panthers coach.Callahan scored on a rebound of Filppulas shot during a 5-on-3 power play, putting Tampa Bay up 2-1 at 7:17 of the third.Florida pulled even at 2 when Huberdeau put a shot past Bishop during a delayyed penalty call at 9:16 of the third. Wholesale Air Max 95. Tampa Bay had six of the seven power-play chances up to that point.After Gudbranson opened the scoring at 5:03 of the second, Johnson tied it at 1 when he beat Luongo from the low right circle during a power play 2:09 later.Luongo stopped Ondrej Palats breakaway backhander with 9 minutes left in the second. He also stopped Johnson during a 2-on-1 early in the third.Floridas Scottie Upshall was briefly shaken up in the second after a questionable hit by Tampa Bays Radko Gudas. No penalty was called on the play.He got hit in the head and nobody (saw) it, so what can you do? Gallant said. Its disappointing, but nobody (saw) the call.Tampa Bay won all four games between the teams last season. The Lightning also took a pair of preseason games this year, outscoring the Panthers 7-1.NOTES: Bishop has won all five of his games against Florida. ... Tampa Bay D Eric Brewer (965 NHL games) was a healthy scratch. Its their decision, the 35-year-old Brewer said. I dont like it. Its not easy. ... Lightning rookie F Jonathan Drouin (broken right thumb) is practicing with the team and nearing his NHL debut. ... Florida D Aaron Ekblad, selected first overall in the 2014 draft, had an assist in his NHL debut. ... Luongo needs one victory to tie John Vanbiesbrouck (374) for 13th place on the career list. ... Tampa Bay lost RW Richard Panik on waivers to Toronto. ... U.S. womens team player Anne Schleper will skate with the Lightning in practice Monday. 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 ' ' '