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SEATTLE -- Which pitcher has the longest scoreless innings streak in baseball?Clayton Kershaw? Jake Arrieta? Madison Bumgarner? Try Wade LeBlanc. Heren/Dames New Balance 997.5 Schoenen Wit/Lichtgrijs .The improbable and obscure owner of that distinction takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners on Friday night as the 31-year-old left-hander brings a 23 2/3-innings scoreless streak into his start against the Baltimore Orioles.LeBlancs scoreless streak, which only applies to major league games, extends all the way back to Sept. 2, 2014, when he was pitching out of the Los Angeles Angels bullpen. He finished off that season with seven consecutive scoreless outings -- five as a reliever -- and spent the 2015 season pitching in Japan.He was in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system this year when the pitching-desperate Mariners acquired him to start a game June 24. LeBlanc took the mound two days after being dealt from Toronto and threw six scoreless innings to help the Mariners snap a six-game losing streak in what was originally expected to be a spot start.LeBlanc used an 88-mile-per-hour fastball, drawing numerous comparisons to former Mariners star Jamie Moyer, to help beat the St. Louis Cardinals and the Mariners are curious to see if he can continue to grind out more zeroes.Baltimores offense was on a tear in June with a major league record 56 home runs, but the Orioles (47-40) couldnt get much going against Seattles Taijuan Walker in Thursdays series opener.After that game, which saw Baltimores seven-game winning streak come to an end, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was able to see the bright side.Three winning months, and thats the kind of consistency well have to have to stay atop the American League East, Showalter said after Baltimore finished June 19-9. ... Were going to have to continue to do that to stay where we are.Seattles month went much worse as the Mariners fell from the top of the American League West to third place with a 10-18 record in June. The series-opening win over the Orioles had Seattle feeling optimistic as the Mariners head into Friday nights game.We needed a win, closer Steve Cishek said after getting the final four outs to earn his 19th save of the season Thursday. Its almost the All-Star Break, and were trying to get something going before the break.The Mariners are hoping that LeBlanc can keep the momentum going, while Baltimore hands the ball to Kevin Gausman (1-5, 3.93 ERA). The 25-year-old right-hander is coming off his best start of the season, having thrown 7 2/3 shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay and earn his first victory of 2016.The Orioles have lost three of four games played against Seattle (40-39) this season. They still hold a five-game lead over the Boston Red Sox, who open a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. New Balance Aanbieding . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Nike Vapormax Blauw . -- Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game. Hes the rock Sydney FC hope to build their season on and so far, its the perfect foundation.The Sky Blues are yet to concede a goal in the three competitive games veteran defender Alex Wilkinson has played since joining Sydney FC over the winter, including last weeks season-opening clean sheet.Their defence was an overlooked aspect of their resounding A-League derby win over Western Sydney, extending their perfect defensive run to four games.Coach Graham Arnolds side also havent conceded a goal throughout their FFA Cup campaign.You pride yourself on clean sheets. Arnie likes to have his teams defensively well-organised, but we can still be better than what we have been. Western Sydney created a few chances, Wilkinson told AAP on Wednesday.Its obviously a good start to show that the structures are in place that things are starting to work without us conceding, but theres a lot of improvement left in us still.After spending half of last season with Melbourne City, Wilkinson re-unites with Arnold in the harbour city after the pair enjoyed plenty of success at Central Coast between 2010-12.The 32-year-oold former Socceroo said Arnold was a huge factor in him changing clubs. Limited Edition New Balance 997.5BBK Wit/Royal Blauw/Bordeaux. Im originally from Sydney and my wifes from Sydney, so after being away for four years in Asia, it was nice to be back home. Its good to have that support network, he said.And also obviously knowing Arnie and a lot of the players here, it made it a good decision both professionally and personally.Ahead of Saturdays home-opener against the Mariners, Wilkinson is one of eight players and coaches who have been involved in either camp.Mariners trio Jacques Faty, Mickael Tavares and Ivan Necevski all switched camps over the off-season and were a part of their 3-3 comeback draw with Perth in round one.Wilkinson said all three would have a point to prove against their old club.Always when you come up against your old club, you want to play well and you want to perform. Im sure thatll be no different for the guys who left here and went up there, he said.Im sure theyll come out and want to impress. 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 ' ' '