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32 Taijuan Walker SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 8/13/1992 | Birthplace: Shreveport, LA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 90/50 | Average Draft Position: 161.83
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Mariners SP Taijuan Walker notches 10th win of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:01 am ET) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker recorded his 10th win of the season on Friday against the White Sox.

Walker struck out six batters while throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

With the win, Walker improved to 10-7 with a 4.53 ERA this season.

Walker left the game with a cramp in his right hip flexor.


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker picks up victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) Taijuan Walker wasn't particularly sharp Sunday, but did enough to pick up his ninth win of the season as the Mariners outlasted the White Sox. 

Walker went 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. He struck out four, but got the hook after just 87 pitches given his struggles and Seattle's desire to hold on to its lead. 

The win is Walker's first since a complete-game one hitter on July 31. Since then, Walker (9-7) has been up and down, with three straight no-decisions until Sunday's win. 


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker allows 10 hits in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Despite allowing 10 hits, Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker was able to earn a quality start during Monday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers.

Walker received a no-decision after allowing three runs on 10 hits over six innings of work. He also struck out three and walked one.

Walker is winless in his last three outings despite producing quality starts in each.


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker posts quality start on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Mariners young right-hander Taijuan Walker overcame a rocky start to put up a quality performance on Tuesday against the Orioles. Walker allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out six. 

Both runs Walker allowed came in a 33-pitch first inning. But he settled in after that, and the Mariners put up four runs in their half of the first to claim the lead.

The Mariners' bullpen would cough up the lead however, leaving Walker with a no decision in the 6-5 victory.

After going through a rough stretch in early July, Walker has been much better lately, going 1-0 with a 2.86 ERA over his past four starts.



Mariners SP Taijuan Walker strong again in Mile High City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) If his outing Wednesday is any indication, perhaps Mariners starter Taijuan Walker has found the consistency he has been searching for all season.

Walker performed well again, this time in the launching pad in Colorado. He gave up three earned runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked three and fanned five in the no-decision.

He faced only two batters over the minimum in blanking the Rockies over the first five. He was touched by a three-run homer by sizzling Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth, but recovered to keep his team ahead in a game it eventually lost.

Walker has recorded three straight quality starts. He has surrendered just seven runs on 12 hits in his last 22 1/3 innings.


Mariners Taijuan Walker gets second career complete game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker pitched a complete game to beat Minnesota on Friday. 

Walker gave up one run and recorded his second career complete game. He previously went the distance on September 24 of last year. 

Walker recorded his first career one-hitter and struck out a season-high 11 to improve to 8-7. 


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker strikes out six in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/26/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker struck out six batters in a no-decision on Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Walker allowed four runs, three of them earned, while giving up six hits and three walks in six innings of work. 

Walker now has a 5.03 ERA with 110 strikeouts and 30 walks in 112 2/3 innings this season.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker picks up no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker gave up six runs, five earned, in 4 1/3 innings but escaped with a no-decision against Detroit on Tuesday. 

Walker allowed seven hits, including two home runs. He's given up 16 earned runs in his last three starts but has only picked up one loss over that stretch. 


Mariners tab J.A. Happ to start Monday, Taijuan Walker on Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) The Mariners will recall starting pitcher J.A. Happ from Class A Bakersfield to start Monday against the Tigers. Taijuan Walker will start the second game of the series before the rotation resets.

Mike Montgomery, Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez will start in the first series after the All-Star break against the Yankees, which begins Friday.


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker allows seven runs in Sunday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker struggled throughout his start Sunday against the Angels.

Walker allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over five innings of work. He also struck out seven and he did not walk a batter. He received his seventh loss of the season for his effort and his ERA is now 4.84.

After winning five starts in a row, Walker has now given up a total of 13 runs over his last two starts.


No-decision snaps five straight wins for Mariners' Taijuan Walker


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker took a no-decision in Tuesday's extra-inning game against Detroit.

Walker left after six innings with a one-run lead, but the bullpen couldn't close out Detroit.

The no-decision snapped a streak of wins in five straight starts for Walker. He hasn't lost since June 3. His last no-decision before Tuesday was May 19. 

Walker gave up five runs, the most since May 2. That was also the date of the last time he surrendered three home runs before Tuesday's game. 

Half of the six hits Walker allowed were home runs. 


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker fans seven in dominant showing


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker was simply dominant on Wednesday against the Padres.

Walker allowed just one hit over six innings of work, while striking out seven batters and picking up his seventh win of the season. Walker didn't allow any runs and needed just 76 pitches to get through six innings.

Walker (7-6) has a 4.34 ERA with 90 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 91 1/3 innings this season.


Mariners move Taijuan Walker ahead of Roenis Elias in rotation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) The Mariners took advantage of an open date this week to make an adjustment to their starting rotation.

RHP Taijuan Walker will start Wednesday's game at San Diego, per the Tacoma News Tribune. Walker was originally scheduled to start Thursday.

Walker replaces Roenis Elias as Wednesday's starter. Manager Lloyd McClendon made the change, because he didn't want to start back-to-back lefthanders against San Diego. Southpaw Mike Montgomery starts Tuesday's game against the Padres.  


Mariners' Taijuan Walker wins fourth straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker earned his fourth win in as many starts and won for the fifth time in the last six, Friday against the Angels.

Walker allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings and didn't walk a batter. He's allowed zero or one run in four of the last six starts and evened his record at 6-6. 


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker Ks 11 Astros on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker struck out a career-high 11 batters in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Astros. Walker pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He did not issue a walk, throwing 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

Walker (5-6) lowered his ERA to 4.94 with Saturday's outing. He gave up a couple of solo home runs to Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena, but was otherwise sharp, keeping the Astros' hitters off balance for much of the night. Walker struck out six of the first nine batters to face him in the game.

The young hurler has now posted five consecutive quality starts, winning all but one of those starts. He's set to square off against the Angels in Anaheim on Friday.


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker allows one run in Monday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker produced a solid seven innings of work to lead the Mariners to a 5-1 win over the Giants on Monday.

Walker scattered seven hits which led to one run. He also struck out six and did not walk a batter. Walker (4-6) now has a 5.00 ERA.

Walker has allowed a total of five runs over his last four starts and he is 3-1 over that time. His next expected start is scheduled for Saturday against the Astros.


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker strikes out six in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker was in total command during his team's 9-3 win over the Indians on Wednesday.

Walker threw six innings, struck out six batter and allowed just one earned run while picking up his third win of the year. He threw 92 pitches and allowed eight hits.

Walker (3-6) has a 5.40 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 65 innings this season.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker serves up two HRs in loss to Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker put together a quality start, but was outdueled by Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees on Wednesday, dropping to 2-6 on the year.

"He was outstanding," manager Lloyd McClendon said of Walker, per MLB.com. "It was a tremendous outing and it's nice to see him turning the corner."

Walker permitted a solo home run to Mark Teixeira in second inning and a two-run home run to Garrett Jones in the fourth, which proved to be the difference. He was charged with three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven over eight innings of 3-1 defeat. Of his 108 pitches, 76 were strikes.

"The last couple starts, he's had a plus fastball and had great command with it," catcher Mike Zunino said. "It's had great life at the end and he's throwing a great changeup and a good curveball to keep them off balance. That's the key. We know he's going to throw his fastball quite a bit and he's throwing his offspeed for strikes and just below the zone where he needs to, for the most part."

Walker has allowed seven earned runs over his last three starts (21 2/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cleveland.


Taijuan Walker moves to 2-5 with win for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker improved to 2-5 with a win, Friday, over Cleveland. 

Walker pitched eight shutout innings, allowing two hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out eight. 

"I think he’s taken a step forward in his last two outings,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He worked fast, he threw strikes and worked ahead in the count. He did everything we asked of him

His next start will be Wednesday, against the Yankees. 


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker rocked again on road


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker continued his road woes, allowing four runs and six hits in just 5 2/3 innings as the Mariners dropped an 8-2 decision to Toronto on Sunday. 

Walker did not allow a hit through the first four innings, but the wheels fell off quickly in the fifth inning as the young pitcher fell to 0-4 on the road this season in six starts away from Seattle. 

"I was trying to get ahead and thought I did a pretty good job," said Walker to MLB.com. "I felt like my command was pretty good. I just missed with two pitches, and they made it hurt."

Walker, who is 1-5 overall on the season, hasn't won since an April 27 victory against Texas. In the five starts he's made since then, the right-hander has allowed 20 earned runs. 


Taijuan Walker drops to 1-5 for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker dropped to 1-5, losing his third straight decision, Sunday against Toronto. 

Walker will go more than a month without a win. His last victory was April 27. 

Walker allowed four runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three, allowing two home runs. 

His next start will be Friday, against Cleveland. 


Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker lasts less than four innings in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Seattle's 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday, but did not factor into the decision.

Walker had issues in the first when he put two men on and then allowed an RBI single to Steve Pearce. Then in the fourth, Walker allowed the first four hitters to reach base safely, leading to another run. After forcing Manny Machado to ground into a double play, Walker gave up an RBI single to Jimmy Paredes before getting the hook.

Walker, who remains 1-4, moved his ERA to 7.47 in 37 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Blue Jays. 


Mariners' Taijuan Walker allows two runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker took the loss on Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk in six innings while striking out six in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Padres.

Walker (1-4) gave up a pair of runs in the third inning, with one coming on a solo home run, but it was a largely positive outing for the young pitcher, who has struggled through much of the season after an excellent spring.

Walker owns a 7.22 ERA and 33:15 K:BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. He's lined up to face the Orioles in Baltimore Tuesday.


After rotation change, Mariners' Walker to pitch Wednesday at SD


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) The Mariners have confirmed that right-hander Taijuan Walker and left-hander Roenis Elias will switch places in the rotation. Walker will now pitch on Wednesday against the Padres, while Elias will go on Thursday against the Red Sox, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

The move was made in-part due to the large amount of right-handed bats in the Padres' lineup. Right-handed hitters are hitting .256 off of Elias during his career, so manager Lloyd McClendon decided to make the change in the rotation. 


Mariners starter Taijuan Walker allows three runs in five IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker yielded three runs on five hits in five innings Friday to take a no-decision against the Athletics. 

Two of the three runs Walker allowed came via a two-run homer in the fifth inning from Josh Reddick. 

Walker returns to the mound for his next start Thursday against the Red Sox.