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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: 8 | Salary: $3,700,000 | Owned/Started%: 20/13 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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. 


J.A. Happ pegged with tough-luck loss Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ twirled a gem but was pegged with a tough-luck loss Friday night at home against Tampa Bay. He permitted one run on two hits and one walk while striking out seven over seven innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Happ allowed one run or fewer in a start for the first time since Aug. 1. He owns a 4.28 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 138 2/3 innings of work. He will make his next start Wednesday at Baltimore.

J.A. Happ turns in tough start Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had a tough start Saturday against the Red Sox.

Happ allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three during the outing. Happ had trouble early, giving up a run in each of his first four innings. A leadoff triple in the first inning managed to come home on a groundout. In the second inning, Happ gave up three singles, which led to the second run. Yoenis Cespedes would double in a run in the third, and Christian Vazquez did the same in the fourth.

With the loss, Happ dropped to 9-9. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.


J.A. Happ wins for first time in seven starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ won for the first time in seven starts during a 4-3 victory Sunday against the Yankees. The left-hander allowed three runs on nine hits and no walks, while striking out six in seven innings.

Happ (9-8) didn't waste any time giving New York an early lead, as Brett Gardner led off the game with a home run. New York extended the lead to 2-0 on Francisco Cervelli's two-out RBI single in the fourth inning. The Yankees then went up 3-0 in the fifth inning after Brett Gardner hit a one-out triple and then scored on Jose Reyes' throwing error.

Toronto would rally from the three-run deficit with help from Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who all hit solo home runs.

Happ won for the first time since July 22. Though, he has allowed at least three runs in four straight starts. He will be back on the hill Saturday at Boston.


J.A. Happ avoids the loss Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ avoided the loss Monday against the Red Sox.

Happ allowed three runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two during the outing. Happ got off to a strong start, tossing four scoreless frames to open the game. Things broke open for the Red Sox in the fifth inning. Mookie Betts knocked a solo shot to left for the first run of the inning. After a walk, Happ gave up a two-run shot to Dustin Pedroia. The Blue Jays managed a late comeback, giving Happ the no-decision.

Happ will take on the Yankees in his next start. 


J.A. Happ can't make it out of the fourth inning Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ couldn't make it out of the fourth inning Tuesday against the Brewers.

Happ allowed four runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Problems started almost immediately for Happ. He allowed two straight doubled to open the game. After getting a lineout against the third batter, Happ gave up his third double of the inning to Aramis Ramirez. He was able to get through the second inning without any issues, but ran into trouble again in the third. Two straight doubles drove in the third run of the game, and a sac fly was responsible for the fourth run. Happ came out to start the fourth inning, but was pulled after giving up a single and a walk. 

With the loss, Happ fell to 8-8. He'll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


J.A. Happ gives up five runs in loss vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a loss Tuesday after allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk in six innings and striking out one in his team's 6-3 defeat against the Mariners.

Happ (8-7) had his worst start of the second half Tuesday, giving up runs in each of his last four innings after tossing two scoreless frames to open the game. He surrendered two home runs in the loss as well. Happ owns a 4.20 ERA and 90:40 K:BB ratio in 109 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers next Tuesday.


J.A. Happ fans career-high 12 despite tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ struck out a career-high 12 and was hit with a tough-luck loss Thursday night at home against the Orioles, dropping to 8-6 on the year. The right-hander yielded only two runs on five its and one walk over eight innings of a 2-1 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 26 1/3 innings, Happ has allowed only five earned runs. He owns a 4.09 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 103 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Tuesday at Seattle.

J.A. Happ settles for no-decision in sharp outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ wasn't a factor into the decision Friday night against the Astros in Houston. The right-hander permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 3-1 defeat.

Happ owns a 4.34 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 95 1/3 innings of work. He will look to stay sharp in his next start at home on Thursday against Baltimore.

J.A. Happ can't pick up a quality start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ couldn’t pick up a quality start Sunday against the Yankees.

Happ gave up three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two. Happ started out well, but seemed to tire as the game progressed. He tossed four scoreless innings of work before the Yankees were able to scratch out a run against him. Home runs became an issue in the fifth. Happ gave up two solo shots during the inning. He came out for the sixth, but immediately put two men on. After he was pulled from the game, one run came around to score. That run was charged to Happ.

The Blue Jays managed to battle back, giving Happ the no-decision. His next start will come against the Astros.


J.A. Happ twirls six scoreless innings in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ earned a win Tuesday, giving up seven hits and one walk in six scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 7-3 victory over the Red Sox.

Happ (8-5) hadn't secured a win since holding the White Sox scoreless in 7 2/3 innings on June 26, but he was able to keep Boston at bay one night after they racked up 14 runs in the series opener. He owns a 4.55 ERA and 68:34 K:BB ratio in 83 innings. Happ is slated to take on the Yankees Sunday.


Blue Jays announce rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced their pitching rotation following the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey will get the ball Friday against the Rangers and be followed by Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and J.A. Happ.

J.A. Happ gives up five runs in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a loss Monday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Angels.

Happ (7-5) took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth before getting into trouble, loading the bases with no outs then allowing three runs to cross the plate on two singles and a sacrifice fly. He was then removed, and the bullpen allowed one of the inherited runners to score. It was the third time in Happ's last six starts that he failed to complete five innings. Happ owns a 4.72 ERA and 63:33 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rays Sunday.


J.A. Happ bounces back for decent outing in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Left-hander J.A. Happ locked in after a rocky start Wednesday against the visiting Brewers, allowing his Blue Jays to stay in the game and eventually win.

Happ surrendered four runs in the first three innings, including a three-run third in which Ryan Braun slammed a two-run triple and rode home on a sacrifice fly. But he retired 12 in a row and 14 of 15 before being removed in a tie game. He finished with no walks and four strikeouts.

That alone is remarkable considered the control problems Happ has battled throughout his career. He entered having walked 30 in 65 innings. He will attempt to maintain that control Monday against the Angels.