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PORTLAND, Ore. - With no picks in this years NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers still made news in offering All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge a maximum contract extension. The offer was confirmed Thursday by a person close to the negotiations who could not comment publicly because the team had not formally announced it. The offer, made to Aldridges representatives last week, was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. Aldridge, in the fifth and final year of a $65 million contract, is set to become a free agent next summer. The Blazers hope to lure him to stay with a five-year, $108 million extension. Aldridge averaged a career-best 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds last season for the Blazers, who went 54-28 and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals before losing to eventual NBA champion San Antonio. The move does not come as a surprise after general manager Neil Olshey emphasized the importance of getting the deal with Aldridge done. "The most important thing is everybody, including LaMarcus, knows hes the number one priority in the organization right now," Olshey said when the season ended. There was talk last summer that Aldridge was interested in entertaining other offers, but as the season drew to a close he said several times that he was happy in Portland. The Blazers have been known in recent years to pull off draft night surprises, but the team was quiet with no picks this season. It was the third time that the Blazers had gone without a selection, but first since 1999. The team surrendered its picks in this years draft because of earlier trades. The No. 24 overall pick went to the Charlotte Hornets as part of a 2011 trade that brought Gerald Wallace to Portland. The No. 56 pick went to the Denver Nuggets in the 2011 trade that sent Andre Miller to the Nuggets. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys . -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are tightening the race for second place in the Atlantic Division. 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Then he scored from first when Victor Martinez doubled off Charlie Furbush (2-6). In the top of the fifth, Fielder chased after a foul ball that dropped near the stands. Before returning to his position, he took what looked like a nacho from one of the fans near the front and ate it, while receiving a pat on the back from another fan. "Thought about dipping in the cheese, but he might double dip," Fielder joked. "I dont think he even noticed it." Detroit maintained its six-game lead in the AL Central over second-place Cleveland, which beat Houston 2-1 in 11 innings. Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers. Doug Fister (13-9) struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings. Drew Smyly got one out, and Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 22 chances. Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias left after being hit on the left hand by a pitch in the sixth inning. X-rays were negative. "The good thing is its not broken. Its really painful," Iglesias said. "I got lucky." Detroit acquired Iglesias from Boston in a trade shortly before shortstop Jhonny Peralta was suspended as part of Major League Baseballs investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Peralta is eligible to return Sept. 27, but the Tigers plan to keep Iglesias at shortstop and work out Peralta in the outfield. Fielder doubled in the third and fifth. After Hunter led off tthe Detroit seventh with a double and went to third on Miguel Cabreras flyout, Fielder hit a single to make it 4-all.dddddddddddd Martinez, who had already been intentionally walked twice, followed with his second double of the game -- to the corner in left field. Fielder scored, although the Mariners argued the call. "It was a bang-bang play at the plate," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "(Catcher Mike Zunino) did a great job of getting the throw and making it close." Martinez is hitting .367 since the All-Star break. "Ive known him a long time, and I know all the ways he can beat you, "Wedge said. "The last time, there wasnt anywhere to put him because Prince was on first, and he did what hes done for years. Hes just a great hitter." Seattle scored a run in the first on an RBI single by Raul Ibanez. Hunter tied it in the bottom half with a solo shot, and Martinez added an RBI double later in the inning. Seattle intentionally walked Martinez in the third with men on second and third, but starter James Paxton walked Omar Infante on four pitches to force in a run and make it 3-1. Fister allowed four runs and nine hits with one walk. His only major mistake was a pitch to Ackley in the fifth that the Seattle outfielder hit over the wall in right for his fourth homer of the year. Paxton allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. Detroit has three games left on this homestand, and the Tigers could clinch a third straight AL Central title as early as Saturday if enough results fall into place. 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