SEATTLE -- After two tough starts on the road, Joe Saunders was back home where he is nearly invincible. Saunders allowed his first earned run in three home starts this season but pitched his eighth career complete game to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Monday night before the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history. Saunders (2-3) gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two in his first complete game since April 27, 2012, while improving to 8-0 at the Mariners home. This season, he is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA in Seattle and 0-3 with a 12.51 ERA in three road starts, although neither he nor his manager can explain the numbers. "I dont know," Mariners skipper Eric Wedge said. "Thats the beauty of baseball. Some guys just have more success against certain teams, or certain hitters, or at certain places." In his last two starts, Sanders didnt get past the fifth inning, allowing seven runs at Texas and then eight runs at Houston. The left-hander said hed been bothered by soreness in his quadriceps against the Astros, but was pain-free against the Orioles as he finished them off in 105 pitches. "I dont know whats going on," Saunders said. "I pride myself on being a good road pitcher, and havent done that well this year. In my mind, I need to be a lot more consistent." The Mariners offence also made things easy for their starting pitcher, beginning with leadoff hitter Michael Saunders, who homered in his first at-bat since he was activated from the disabled list. Michael Saunders sprained his right shoulder April 10 when he crashed into the fence while making a catch. He sent Zach Brittons second pitch into the right-centre seats for his first career leadoff home run. Kyle Seager had a two-run triple and Jason Bay added three hits as the Mariners won their third straight game for their longest winning streak of the season. Their latest victory came in front of 9,818 fans at the 14-year-old ballpark. Joe Saunders only costly mistake came when Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead. It was the last hit for the Orioles. Seattle broke the game open against Britton (0-1), who gave up six runs and 10 hits over six innings in his first start of the season after being called up from Triple-A Norfolk. "After the home run, I was dog-cussing myself in the dugout because I didnt want to make a mistake," Joe Saunders said. "For the guys to come back like they did, and keep going off a pretty good sinkerball pitcher in Britton, it was impressive to watch and it was fun to watch." Britton got into trouble after a strange sequence in the sixth. After Justin Smoak singled to start the inning, umpire Alan Porter made a hard throw to give Britton the new ball, hitting the left-hander on his throwing shoulder, and the pitcher was briefly shaken up. "The umpire smoked me. I had no idea. I was looking down at the ball, and all of a sudden another ball hit me. It didnt feel great," Britton said. "It kind of hit a nerve so it tingled a little bit, but it was fine after that." When he returned to the mound it didnt get any better. Bay followed with his third hit of the game and, after Robert Andinos sacrifice, Brendan Ryan hit an RBI single. It looked as if Britton might get out of the inning when Michael Saunders hit a weak, broken-bat grounder to second base, but the ball was too slow for the Orioles to turn a double play, and Seager followed with his triple. "Weve all got a good momentum," Andino said. "Everybodys pitching in, doing their part, passing the baton and weve got a good flow going on right now." NOTES: Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, the fourth selection in the 2011 amateur draft, received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for six weeks. Bundy has what manager Buck Showalter termed a flexor mass, which caused pain in his forearm and elbow. "Were just going to take a conservative approach and get it resolved," Showalter said. "We look forward to him getting going in six weeks." ... After the game, Baltimore optioned C Luis Exposito to Triple-A Norfolk. Before the game, Showalter said the Orioles might activate C Chris Snyder on Tuesday. Snyder was acquired in a trade from the Angels after backup catcher Taylor Teagarden was placed on the disabled list Sunday. ... Seattle optioned OF Carlos Peguero to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Michael Saunders. http://www.hockeycanadiensshop.com/Red-Guy-Lapointe-Jersey/
.Y. -- Sore nose and all, Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help Pittsburgh beat Buffalo 5-3 on Friday night, snapping the Penguins mini-slump and slowing the Sabres late-season surge. http://www.hockeycanadiensshop.com/Red-P-K-Subban-Jersey/
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. The veteran centre scored a short-handed goal in his first game in almost a year to help the Toronto Maple Leafs get off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.After weeks of anticipation, the Winnipeg Jets finally revealed their logo on Friday with a new look representing their new future in the National Hockey League. The emblem, launched on their official website on Friday afternoon, looks dramatically different from the old one that the represented the city 15 years ago when the original Jets franchise left for Phoenix. It features a silhouette of a CF-18 Hornet pointing skywards and centred squarely on top of a red Maple Leaf. "True North Sports & Entertainment felt it was important for the new Winnipeg Jets to develop a strong new identity," said Mark Chipman, Chairman & Governor of True North Sports & Entertainment in a statement. "We felt it was important to authenticate the name Jets and we believe the new logo does that through its connection to our countrys remarkable Air Force heritage, including the rich history and relationship that our city and province have enjoyed with the Canadian Forces.dddddddddddd" The logo is ready to be printed on NHL and other hockey publications, as well as 2011-12 tickets for all 30 teams. The clubs home and away jerseys are expected to be revealed later this summer. The team announced at the NHL Entry Draft last month that it would nicknamed the Jets after the league approved the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg. The Jets first regular season game will be at home against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, October 9. ' ' '