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33 J.A. Happ SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/205 | Birthdate: 10/19/1982 | Birthplace: Peru, IL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Seattle | College: Northwestern | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $3,700,000 | Owned/Started%: 67/47 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mariners' J.A. Happ earns third straight no-decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Mariners starter J.A. Happ allowed three runs in six innings but left with a no-decision, his third straight start without being credited with a win or charged with a loss.

Happ gave up seven hits and walked one, while striking out three. It's also his third straight outing with exactly three strikeouts. 

Happ's next start will be Sunday, against Cleveland. 


Mariners' Happ limited due to rain, Farquhar tagged with loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ was only able to pitch two innings during Thursday afternoon's 5-4 loss against the Orioles due to rain. 

A two-hour delay ended Happ's day on the mound and forced the Mariners to go through six pitchers. However, Happ may have been pulled anyway because in those two innings he allowed four earned runs on four hits. He struck out three batters and walked two others. 

Happ now has a 3.61 ERA for the season. This performance came after two consecutive games where he only allowed one earned run in each. 

With the game tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Danny Farquhar entered the game and surrendered an RBI single to J.J. Hardy. This would prove to be Baltimore's winning run for the game. Farquhar is now 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA this season. 

For Happ, his next start is projected for May 26 against the Rays. 


Mariners starter J.A. Happ take no-decision despite seven strong IP


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Mariners starting pitcher J.A. Happ yielded one run on five hits in seven innings Friday for a no-decision against the Red Sox.

The one run allowed by Happ was an RBI triple by Xander Bogaerts in the second inning.

With his one run in five innings performance is his last start, Happ has lowered his ERA to 2.98.

Happ returns to the mound for his next start set for Thursday in Baltimore.

Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ strikes out eight in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ allowed one run on four hits in five innings of work in Seattle's 7-2 win over the Athletics on Saturday.

Happ cruised through the first four innings, striking out six. His only issue came in the fifth when he walked back-to-back hitters before surrendering an RBI single to Billy Butler. Happ finished off his last inning of work with a strikeout of Mark Canha.

Happ, now 3-1, lowered his ERA to 3.29 in 38 1/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Red Sox.


Mariners' J.A. Happ rocked for six runs in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ wasn't a factor in the decision Sunday after giving up six earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 7-6 defeat against the Astros.

Happ served up a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to fall behind early, then followed with a two-run homer in the third. After a fourth-inning RBI single pushed the Astros' lead to 6-1, the Mariners starter looked like he would take a loss Sunday, but his offense was able to rally and tie the game in the seventh.

Happ owns a 3.51 ERA and 24:6 K:BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Saturday in Houston.


Mariners starting pitcher J.A. Happ pitches into seven inning for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Mariners starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2-1) allowed one run on six hits and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings to beat the Rangers on Tuesday.

Happ walked one batter in the game and has now issued just three free passes in 27 1/3 innings this season.

"He kept them off balance all night, really commanded his fastball and curveball," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "His velocity last year was right up there with all the top hard-throwing lefties. I don't think he had his best velocity fastball tonight, but certainly had real good command."

Happ's next scheduled start is set for Sunday in Houston.


Control keys comeback for Mariners starter J.A. Happ


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) It doesn't take a baseball genius to figure out why veteran left-hander J.A. Happ is finally finding success with the Mariners.

He's throwing strikes. Quality strikes.

Control has always been his bugaboo. Though he did show signs of finding the plate more consistently in 2014, he averaged about four walks per nine innings previously in his career. But he has just two walks in 20 2/3 innings in 2015. Thus a 2.61 ERA. Not bad for a guy whose best ERA since 2011 has been 4.22.

His latest triumph was a two-run performance in 7 1/3 innings to beat Houston on Wednesday. Happ walked none and fanned five in the effort.

"My God, prayer works," Lloyd McClendon quipped to MLB.com after the game. "He really pounded the zone and was outstanding again."

Catcher Mike Zunino agreed.

"He had great command of the strike zone and his two-seam and changeup were great," he said. "He got a lot of early contact with that and it allowed him to pitch into the eighth."


Mariners' J.A. Happ strikes out five in win over Astros


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ struck out five batters in Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over the Astros.

Happ went 7 1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs on eight hits. Happ walked zero batters but did give up a home run. Happ’s ERA is now 2.61 for the season.

Happ’s next projected start is on April 28 against the Rangers.


Mariners starter J.A. Happ handed first defeat on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Mariners starter J.A. Happ (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings against the Rangers.

Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos touched Happ for a home run.

Happ will look to even his record in his next start Wednesday against the Astros.


J.A. Happ gets no decision in Mariners win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Mariners starter J.A. Happ pitched 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision in Saturday's 5-4 win over the A's.

"That was a much-needed start, I can tell you that," manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game, per MLB.com. "Our bullpen had been a little bit overworked to that point. For him to come out and give us those innings was special for us."

Happ gave up two runs on seven hits and didn't walk a batter. He struck out one and threw 54 strikes in 82 pitches.

"I thought his secondary stuff was very good," McClendon said. "He threw some good changeups, good breaking balls. His fastball was 92-93. He did a nice job. I think they found holes [in the seventh]. His velocity didn't fade. He made quality pitches. That's just baseball."

Happ's next start will be Friday against the Rangers and Yovani Gallardo. 


Mariners announce starting rotation for Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has decided on his starting rotation to begin the season, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

The rotation will go as follows: Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and J.A. Happ.

Happ was expected to be either the fourth or fifth starter in the rotation.


Mariners P J.A. Happ throws four scoreless innings


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ pitched four scoreless innings in a 5-4 victory over the Rockies.

Happ, 32, struggled his last two starts. On Friday, he allowed only two hits and two walks with four strikeouts on 69 pitches, lowering his ERA to 6.11 this spring. He is slated as the fourth or fifth starter in the Mariners' rotation. 


Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ hit hard again in start Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ gave five runs on 11 hits in five innings of work Sunday against the Padres in his second consecutive rough outing.

"I was being way too tentative early on," Happ said to MLB.com. "I just wasn't finishing and as aggressive as I was later in the game. Maybe trying to be a little too fine after the previous outing. I think if I throw like I did the second part of that game, I'll be OK."

Happ, who is expected to be the fourth starter in Seattle's rotation, is now 1-3 this spring with a 7.90 ERA.


Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ gets torched in outing Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ continued to struggle Tuesday, throwing 80 pitches over 3 2/3 innings. Happ allowed five earned runs, six total, on eight hits, including one home run, with three walks and three strikeouts.

The tough day on the hill pushed his spring training ERA to 7.27.

"The result was ugly," said Happ to MLB.com. "They poked a few through and then got the big hit. I don't think it was an absolute disaster. I certainly could have been sharper, and my offspeed and breaking ball wasn't there today. But I got my pitches in."

Manager Lloyd McClendon knows it was a struggle for Happ Tuesday.

"He probably fatigued a little bit, but this is spring training," McClendon said. "He didn't look good. But he got the pitch count up to 80, which was good. That's the positive part of it. It's Spring Training. It wasn't very pretty. I think we all know he's better than that."


Mariners' J.A. Happ moved to simulated game with minor-leaguers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ was moved to a simulated game against minor-league players instead of Wednesday's Cactus League game against the A's, because he's in line to face Oakland to start the season in April. Erasmo Ramirez got the start in his place. Happ allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk over four innings of work. Of his 76 pitches, 46 were called strikes.

Mariners' Kevin Correia, J.A. Happ to throw 'pen sessions Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Kevin Correia, who signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners on Monday, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday morning, according to MLB.com. J.A. Happ, who is working on perfecting his changeup, will also take the mound for a bullpen session.

Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ working on his changeup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ is working on his changeup and hoping to use it more this season, pitching coach Rick Waits said Saturday.

Happ went 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA in 158 innings pitched in 2014 with 133 strikeouts.


M's McClendon: We didn't acquire J.A. Happ to pitch out of the 'pen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced Thursday pitcher J.A. Happ, who was acquired in a December trade from Toronto, will be in the rotation.

"We didn't acquire Happ to pitch out of the bullpen. We can put that to rest," he said. "He pitched in two small ballparks. I think coming to Seattle will help him immensely."

Happ is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two career starts at Safeco Field.


Blue Jays acquire Michael Saunders from Mariners


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Michael Saunders from the Mariners for pitcher J.A. Happ, according to ESPN. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

The 28-year-old Saunders is coming off a season in which he hit .273/.341/.450 over 231 at-bats. He had been mentioned as a popular trade candidate all offseason. Saunders is entering his second year of arbitration, and is set to become a free-agent following the 2016 season.

Happ, 32, posted a 4.22 ERA over 158 innings with Toronto. The Blue Jays picked up his $6.7 million option earlier in the offseason. He'll be a free-agent at the end of the year. 


Jays' GM: Happ penciled in as No. 5 SP, but Sanchez will be SP depth


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday starting pitcher J.A. Happ is penciled in to the final spot in the team's rotation as of late November, according to MLB Network Radio.

However, he added the team wants prospect Aaron Sanchez to remain stretched out as a starter in the spring.


Blue Jays exercise options on J.A. Happ, Josh Thole


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Blue Jays have exercised the 2015 options on pitcher J.A. Happ and catcher Josh Thole, Sportsnet.ca reports.

Happ will earn $6.7 million in 2015 as the team opted to retain him rather than pay a $200,000 buyout. Thole is set to make $1.75 million next season.


Blue Jays to pick up J.A. Happ's option


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Blue Jays will pick up an option on pitcher J.A. Happ, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Happ posted a 4.22 ERA over 156 innings with the club last season. Happ will return to the club for $6.7 million next year. 


J.A. Happ ends season at .500


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ posted a quality start in his final start of the season on Saturday at home against the Orioles, improving to 11-11 on the year.

Happ allowed a run-scoring single to Delmon Young in the second and a solo home run to Adam Jones in the sixth for his only damage of the afternoon. He was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-2 victory. Of his 93 pitches, 62 were strikes.

Happ ends his 2014 campaign with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 158 innings of work.


J.A. Happ gets back on track Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ got back on track with a dominant outing Monday night at home against Seattle, improving to 11-10 on the year. He allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of a 14-4 victory.

Happ owns a 4.27 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 151 2/3 innings of work. He will look to end the year two games over .500 on Sunday at home against Baltimore.


J.A. Happ turns in a tough start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had a tough start Wednesday against the Orioles.

Happ allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out six and did not issue a walk during the outing. Steve Pearce appeared to be the main issue for Happ. Pearce belted a solo home run in the third inning, starting the scoring. With two men on in the fifth inning, Pearce struck again. His two home runs accounted for four of the five runs Happ allowed. After giving up a leadoff single to start the seventh inning, Happ was pulled. The run would come around to score, and was charged to Happ.

With the loss, Happ dropped to 10-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start.