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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - You want to know how important the Seattle Mariners signing of Nelson Cruz was? They dont have to do another thing this offseason and they will be my pick to win the American League West. Now with that said, I dont think they are done just yet. Seattle went into this offseason intent on upgrading its lineup - as it did last winter when it signed Robinson Cano. Yes they probably overpaid Cano, but they had to land one superstar to get another. Felix Hernandez or not, Seattle just wasnt a popular landing spot for free agents. It seemed to be the same story every offseason for the Mariners. They were in on every big bat available, yet theyd land nobody. Or anyone who would make a difference. Thats why the Cano signing last winter was so important. The ground work was being laid for something much bigger. And they knew more had to be done. Cano may have watched his power numbers decline in spacious Safeco Field, but he remained one of the best left-handed hitters in the game, despite having little or no protection in a lineup that ranked second to last in the AL last season with a .244 average. Seattle, and Cano for that matter, desperately needed some help from the right-side of the plate, as the Mariners .604 OPS by right-handed hitters in 2014 was the lowest for any team since the 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-handed hitting Cruz, meanwhile, had a .977 OPS against left-handed pitchers. As good as Cano was a year ago, hell be even better with Cruz, the only player in the league last season to hit 40 home runs. Even at 34 years of age, Cruz will drastically upgrade a designated hitter spot for the Mariners that last season produced an awful .190/.266/.301 line with 15 home runs and 50 RBI. Of course Safeco Field will likely sap some of Cruz power, but the majority of his power numbers last season came on the road rather than the hitter friendly confines of Camden Yards. Cruz hit .289 with 25 homers and 68 RBI away from home last year opposed to the 15 HRs and 40 RBI in Baltimore. Regardless, hes a nice piece to slot in between Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager, who recently inked a $100 million extension. And the Mariners arent done. They are still in on outfielders Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes. Of the three the Mariners would probably prefer Kemp since he is signed through 2019, whereas Cespedes and Upton can become a free agents after this season. Its no secret that the Los Angels Dodgers - like many other teams - covet Mariners right-handed pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, but Seattle doesnt seem inclined to include him in a deal for Kemp or anyone else for that matter. This much is certain. 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The Kings previous five-game losing streak came Dec. 3-13, 2011. Oshie scored twice in a 91-second span in the second period to push the lead to 3-0. After his second tally, the standing-room only crowd of 19,839 broke into chants of, "USA, USA," in honour of Oshies selection to the United States Olympic team Wednesday. It was the first two-goal game of the season for Oshie. Elliott, who improved to 11-1-2, picked up his third shutout of the season and 24th of his career. He stopped 13 shots in the opening period, including a pad save on Jarret Stoll. Brenden Morrow, Vladimir Tarasenko and Barret Jackman also scored for St. Louis. Morrow scored just 4:42 into the game to give the Blues to a 1-0 lead. Kevin Shattenkirk, another Olympic team selection, missed on a long shot, but Morrow pounced on the rebound at the side of the net and banked it in off goalie Martin Jones. 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