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FRISCO Braden Smith Jersey , Texas (AP) ? Tyler Seguin showed up in Dallas five years ago mired in a Twitter-fed mess and vowing to show fans he could be one of the faces of the only NHL franchise in Texas.

The high-scoring forward has nearly 80 million ways to prove he pulled it off.

The Stars avoided any lingering questions about the future of Seguin by signing the five-time All-Star center to a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension that goes through the 2026-27 season.

General manager Jim Nill announced the deal Thursday before the Stars flew to Boise, Idaho, for training camp. The team posted a Mario-inspired video on its Twitter account celebrating the news.

Without the extension, Seguin could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season, when he will make $6.5 million to wrap up his current $34.5 million, six-year contract.

?This was a growing up summer in a way,? the 26-year-old Seguin said, about a month removed from expressing disappointment during a camp in Canada that the deal wasn?t done.

?I had to actually to think about life decisions that before summer, I thought I was kind of still a kid at the end of the day. But I was thinking about things that I never thought about before. It kind of forced you to grow up a little bit even more.?

Seguin was saying similar things in a different context in the summer of 2013 when Boston traded him to Dallas. His former GM had said Seguin needed to a ?better pro Y.A. Tittle Jersey ,? then an anti-gay comment was posted on his Twitter account two days after the trade.

While Seguin said his account had been hacked and he shut it down, he acknowledged even he wouldn?t have believed the story he was telling. In the years since, he?s back on Twitter, engaging fans and acquiring something of a ?most eligible bachelor? label.

Even though the Stars have been hit-and-miss as a playoff team in Seguin?s five seasons, Nill had no doubt he wanted captain Jamie Benn?s prolific partner as part of a core that?s locked up for several years. Alexander Radulov and defenseman John Klingberg are included in that mix.

?You don?t find these guys on the Kmart shelf,? Nill said. ?He?s an elite player. He?s a center ice man. He?s got a great skill set. And he?s been an elite scorer for a long time.?

Nill noted Seguin?s development as a two-way player in one season under now-retired coach Ken Hitchcock. Seguin played on the penalty kill for the first time in his career, giving Jim Montgomery more options with one of his best players in his first year as an NHL coach.

Hitchcock made a similar transformation with the original face of the franchise in Dallas: Hall of Famer Mike Modano.

?I think Hitch taught (Seguin) some of those things and I think (Seguin) has grown as a two-way player,? Benn said. ?Obviously, played a lot of PK last year taking big faceoffs. And got put into a bigger leadership role. If he can build off of that, that would be great.?

The Bruins won the Stanley Cup when Seguin was a 19-year-old rookie in 2011. He spent two more seasons in Boston before the trade.

Seguin scored a career-high 40 goals last season and had 78 total points. Only Benn Matt Milano Jersey , a two-time All-Star who is 29, had more points last season with 79 (36 goals, 43 assists).

?With Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, I think our franchise is in good spot over the next eight or nine years,? Nill said.

That?s what the GM was hoping when he made the deal with Boston five years ago.

A fist pump and a late fastball on the cusp of 100 mph was all the indication needed to know just how good German Marquez felt Saturday.

He pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and Ian Desmond homered as the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1.

Marquez (6-8) retired his first 15 batters before Enrique Hernandez connected for a home run off the left-field foul pole leading off the sixth. After a Chase Utley single, Marquez dispatched the Dodgers on three fly balls to end the inning and pumped his right fist to emphasize the moment.

?Isn?t that great? I loved that? Rockies manager Bud Black said of the fist pump. ?He uses (his energy) with his fastball. I want him to use it with his fastball but not overthrow. There is a time you can stand on a pitch and lean on it and I think he does that.?

He appeared to do just that with his fastball in the eighth inning. Facing Hernandez two innings after the home run, Marquez struck out the Dodgers? utility man on a 99.9 mph fastball.

?No doubt I let it rip on that one,? Marquez said through an interpreter. ?But I worked hard in my preparation in between starts and my goal is to maintain my stamina deep into games. I think today I was able to accomplish that.?

Marquez struck out nine and walked none after entering with a 5.53 ERA, third-worst among qualified National League starters.

The Rockies closed out June with three consecutive victories and two consecutive over the Dodgers after getting swept by Los Angeles in a three-game series at Coors Field to begin the month. Colorado finished June with an 11-16 record.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (5-5) gave up three runs, two earned Craig Anderson Jersey , on five hits over seven innings and lost for the first time in four June starts. He had a short stint on the disabled list during the month due to a right hip strain. He struck out nine for the second consecutive start.

?It was a good outing,? Maeda said through an interpreter. ?My desire is to be able to pitch deeper into the game and being able to pitch seven innings and is a good thing. But unfortunately, we didn?t get the win and that was something we wanted.?

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when DJ LeMahieu scored from third base on a passed ball by catcher Yasmani Grandal. Nolan Arenado struck out, but advanced to first with LeMahieu scoring when the ball got through Grandal.

Desmond went deep in the fifth for a 2-0 lead. It was his 17th home run of the season and career-best 13th on the road.

Trevor Story doubled for the Rockies in the seventh and scored on Chris Iannetta?s single to make it 3-1.

After a strong start to the month, the Dodgers finished June with a 17-9 record, losing four of their last five games.

CLOSER FOR THE DAY

Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth Saturday for his second save. Closer Wade Davis, who earned the save after Tyler Anderson?s eight-inning outing Friday, was given the night off.

?He pitched great and he deserved to win,? Ottavino said of Marquez. ?That?s two games straight that we got eight innings out of our starters so we appreciate that down in the bullpen. I think everybody does on the team so I think that was just an awesome job by (Marquez).?

Davis is expected to return to the closer role Sunday.

DODGERS DRIVE 55

Hernandez?s home run gave the Dodgers 55 in the month of June, to increase their franchise record for a month. The previous record of 53 was set in June of last season.

His home run was his 14th of the season and third this week. Max Muncy and Joc Pederson each finished with 10 home runs in June. Pederson has 11 on the season.

?I worked really hard in the off season to get stronger and get in better shape Youth Terrell Suggs Jersey ,? said Hernandez, whose previous best was 11 home runs last season. ?Last year I hit a lot of doubles and this year those doubles are turning into homers. Hopefully we can keep swinging the bats in July the way we are in June.?

TRAINER?S ROOM

Rockies: OF David Dahl (broken right foot) is out of a walking boot and will join the team Monday in Colorado to continue his rehab.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (right rib microfracture), who made one appearance this week after returning from the DL, will likely need two starts at Class A Rancho Cucamonga before he returns to the Dodgers, according to manager Dave Roberts. ? RHP Pedro Baez (right biceps tendinitis) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session, but no timetable for his return has been revealed.

UP NEXT

Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis (5-1, 5.07 ERA) will be back on the road where he excels, as his five road victories were tied for third in the National League at the start of play Saturday. Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.98) has a loss and a no-decision in his past two starts following a six-start win streak.

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