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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A pitcher enjoying one of his best seasons will face another experiencing perhaps his most frustrating one when the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels conclude their four-game series Thursday night at Angel Stadium.Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7, 3.84 ERA) needs one more victory to tie his career high, which he established in 2014. Los Angeles right-hander Matt Shoemaker (6-13, 4.22 ERA) already has a career-high loss total despite dramatic, sustained improvement since the seasons first five weeks.The Mariners will be looking to win a series that has begun with three consecutive one-game games. Seattle posted a 3-2 win Monday, fell 7-6 Tuesday, then held on for a 4-3 victory Wednesday.Iwakuma, a veteran of 11 seasons in Japan, leads the Mariners in wins as well as with 150 innings pitched and 113 strikeouts.He enters Thursday nights game having won his past three starts and eight of his past nine. During that stretch, which covers 55 innings, Iwaukuma has compiled a 2.78 ERA while collecting 41 strikeouts and issuing only 10 walks.However, one day before his last start, Saturday against the Oakland Athletics, Iwakuma awoke with neck spasms that forced him to get immediate treatment, which cost him his preparation routine.Until noon, Seattle manager Scott Servais told the Seattle Times on Saturday, we didnt even know if hed make the start.Iwakuma allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, yet the Mariners earned a 4-3 victory.This morning I spoke with the skipper to tell him I was OK to go today, but as the game progressed, I started to feel stiffness, Iwakuma said. My body was starting to fly open. I wasnt as high as I wanted it to be. I kind of felt that throughout the third, fourth, fifth inning, but I was able to get out of jams.Iwakumas neck improved Sunday to the point where he resumed his post-start throwing routine.Shoemaker, the runner-up to the Chicago White Soxs Jose Abreu for American League Rookie of the Year in 2014, began the season 1-5 with a 9.12 ERA. Since May 16, though, Shoemaker has amassed 109 strikeouts in 114 innings while conceding just 16 walks and compiling a 3.16 ERA.In the process, Shoemaker also became the second American League pitcher in the past century to collect at least 30 strikeouts without issuing a walk in a three-game span, after the Tampa Bay Rays Chris Archer first accomplished the feat last year. Shoemaker, 29, accumulated 49 strikeouts without issuing a walk to tie Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the third-longest such stretch in major league history.Yet Shoemaker has lost four of his past five starts. Against the Indians on Saturday night, Shoemaker gave up five runs on 12 hits in six innings as the Angels took their ninth successive defeat. Three of Clevelands runs came in the opening inning.Except for the first inning, he did a good job, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. He had good fastball command and he finished strong.Nevertheless, Shoemaker is confronting an opponent not found in any batting order: frustration.You could argue its very high, he told the Los Angeles Times. But Im going out every game fighting for this team. As Ive said a lot, Im trying to go out and put up zeros. If we put up a lot of zeros, we are going to win games.Jack Roslovic Jersey . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. Teemu Selanne Jersey .ca! Kerry, Two nights after the Scott-Eriksson incident in Buffalo, the Bruins returned home to play San Jose. In that game, Zdeno Chara put a check on Tommy Wingels that clearly targeted his head. http://www.jetsauthentic.com/authentic-bryan-little-jets-jersey/ . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. Laurent Brossoit Jersey . Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursdays opening training session. Jack Roslovic Jets Jersey . Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks.A month into the NFL season and weve learned that the Broncos think they could be the 1985 Bears on defense -- and the 1998 Denver team that repeated as Super Bowl champions.Weve learned the Browns are banged-up and bad. Then again, they were that when the preseason ended.And weve seen some player meltdowns (Odell Beckham Jr., Bills vs. Patriots) that should be troubling the league office.A look at the first four weeks, what they mean, and what might be ahead:REVIVALSStart with the Eagles (3-0), Rams (3-1) and Raiders (3-1).Whats going on in Philly is more like a throwback after Chip Kellys system worked temporarily. With rookie sensation Carson Wentz performing like a veteran star, a revitalized defense led by Fletcher Cox, and harmony everywhere, this is a story with staying power. The NFC East has no members with a losing record, but dont be fooled, its still a mediocre division. If the Eagles come back strong from the bye as they play four of their next five on the road -- including visits to all three division foes -- stamp them legitimate.Oakland was pegged by many as a playoff challenger as GM Reggie McKenzie has rebuilt the roster superbly. The Raiders are winning despite a sieve of a defense, and with Khalil Mack and David Amerson on hand, that unit should improve. Still, hanging with Denver seems too much to ask.The Rams are a feel-good story everywhere except in St. Louis. The franchise move has had little negative impact, and after an awful opener, Jeff Fishers group looks like a wild-card contender even without top overall pick QB Jared Goff on the field.REGRESSIONSIts gotten ugly early in Arizona, Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, New Orleans, Detroit and the Jersey Meadowlands. All of those teams -- the Jets in the Big Apple -- are 1-3.Most alarming is seeing the Panther s and Cardinals down with the dregs of the league. Hey, they played for the NFC title in January, and now they have quarterbacks who have concussion issues, defenses that are stumbling around, and a division rival (Atlanta in the NFC South, Seattle in the NFC West) with a solid lead on them.Look for both to make turnarounds, although not approaching the success we saw from them last season.Injuries have also caused some of the other regressions, though the talent base with the Lions and Jets signals that they should be doing better. Not so in the Big Easy, where playing defense apparently is too hard, or in Indy, where being down on your Luck usually means Colts QB Andrew Luck has been sacked. Those problems figure to continue.INDIVIDUAL STANDOUTSSome of the guys wed expect to excel are doing just that, boosting their teams toward the top of the standings. Certainly Von Miller and Aqib Talib on Denvers dominant defense, where Derek Wolfe has beecome a force, too.ddddddddddddDefinitely Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and the RB combo of LeVeon Bell and DeAngelo Williams on Pittsburghs offense.Barring injuries, those two clubs have the elements to ride the D or the O all the way to the Super Bowl.Julio Jones cant be covered by Falcons foes. Hes averaging 22.2 yards a catch.Running back LeGarrette Blount has been a godsend to the Tom Brady-less Patriots.Everson Griffen is reigning in purple as the main cog in the Vikings dynamic defense. Richard Sherman remains a shutdown cornerback for the Seahawks.How about a few shout-outs to the less-heralded players who should be drawing attention and headlines regardless of how their teams are faring? Try ball-hawking cornerback Marcus Peters in Kansas City, punt returner Jamison Crowder in Washington, sacks demon Kerry Hyder in Detroit, running back Isaiah Crowell in Cleveland and receiver Stefon Diggs in Minnesota.THE KIDSThe 2016 rookie crop is already looking quite sharp.In todays NFL, with salary cap restraints, lack of patience by ownership and significant injuries, its imperative that the newcomers make an impact. Weve seen that happen with Wentz in Philly, QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, receiver Michael Thomas in New Orleans, CB Jalen Ramsey and DE Yannick Ngakoue in Jacksonville, and LBs Deion Jones in Atlanta and Sua Cravens in Washington.SIDELINE BRILLIANCE AND BRAINLESSNESSIn the case of the Mikes, Minnesotas Zimmer already has one hand on the APs Coach of the Year award, and San Diegos McCoy already has one foot out the door.Sure, its only one month into a season that ends on New Years Day. To argue that we havent already seen some superb coaching and some inept decision making would be ignoring the results.Zimmer has the Vikings at 4-0 without the NFLs best running back, Adrian Peterson, and his regular quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater.The trade for Sam Bradford looks canny as long as the oft-injured QB can stay healthy. But Zimmers work gives you the feeling he can make things stay positive under most any circumstance.McCoys Chargers have become adept at blowing leads, and not only because of the execution on the field.Some coaches to keep an eye on over the next quarter of the season:Doug Pederson -- Can he keep the Eagles on track?Chuck Pagano -- Can he get the Colts back on track in a weak division?Dan Quinn -- Atlanta started 6-1 last season and finished 8-8. But these Falcons look far more reliable.Jim Caldwell -- The Lions are heading in the wrong direction after a big opening win at Indianapolis.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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