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65 James Paxton SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 11/6/1988 | Birthplace: Ladner, B.C., CAN | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 84/61 | Average Draft Position: 189.14
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Mariners SP James Paxton survives rocky sixth to earn win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Red-hot Mariners lefty James Paxton had to wait a bit Saturday afternoon to find out if his record had been raised to 3-2, but three fine relief performances indeed clinched a victory for him in Toronto.

Paxton allowed two earned runs on four hits in six innings. He walked three and fanned four in lowering his ERA to 3.52.

It was two of those walks to start the sixth that nearly cost him the win. But he recovered to induce a popout and double play that ended his outing and started the waiting game.

Paxton has strung together five straight quality starts. He has surrendered just six runs on 21 hits in 34 innings during that stretch. He will seek to keep up the good work against equally hot Indians starter Corey Kluber next Thursday.


M's starter James Paxton throws eight scoreless IP in Sunday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (2-2) did not allow a run in eight innings of work Sunday, scattering five hits in a win over the Red Sox.

Paxton allowed one extra base hit in the gem, a seventh-inning double to Brock Holt.

The right hander has now stretched his scoreless streak to a career-best 20 innings.

"It's no secret," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon to MLB.com. "Command the fastball and you're going to win and it's going to make all your other pitches better. And when you're commanding a 98-mph fastball, it's going to make everything else special. I thought you saw that today."

Paxton struck out two and walked two, throwing 105 pitches in the outing.

Paxton's next start is set for Saturday in Toronto.


Mariners SP James Paxton gets back on track, picks up first win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton got back on track and picked up his first win of the season Tuesday night against San Diego.

Paxton (1-2) allowed three hits and walked five while striking out five over six scoreless innings of an 11-4 victory. Of his 109 pitches, 64 strikes.

Paxton has allowed five earned runs over his last four starts (24 2/3 innings). He will look to secure his second win of the season Sunday at home against Boston.


Mariners' James Paxton settles for no-decision vs. Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton turned in a sharp outing but had to settle for a no-decision Tuesday night against the Angels in Anaheim.

Paxton permitted a two-run home run to Albert Pujols in the opening frame for his only damage of the evening before settling down. He was charged with two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one over seven innings of a 5-4 defeat. Of his 91 pitches, 51 were strikes.

Paxton has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last three starts, but has yet to pick up his first win of the season. He will seek win No.1 on Tuesday at home against San Diego.


McClendon on James Paxton: 'I feel good about where he is right now'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton heads into Tuesday's start against the Angels coming off a very promising start against the Astros.

Paxton had a few rough outings after a strong performance in his first start April 7 against the Angels, but manager Lloyd McClendon feels Paxton is on the right track after missing time during the spring due to a forearm injury.

"I feel like he's been building since the injury in spring training. I feel real good about where he is right now," McClendon said, per MLB Network Radio.

The lefty pitcher is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in five career starts against the Angels.


Mechanical fix helps Mariners' James Paxton get back on track


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) After three poor outings, Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton bounced back Thursday to have his best outing since his first start April 7. He allowed two runs in seven innings and had seven strikeouts in a no-decision against the Astros.

"He threw the ball just like I thought he was going to throw it," manager Lloyd McClendon said, per MLB.com. "He was very, very good. He really commanded the zone pretty darn good. His pitch count was down where he wanted it to be. It was just an outstanding outing for him."

Paxton had some troubles early in the game, as he allowed the first two batters in the first and second innings to reach base. However, he allowed just one run in the first two innings, and the Astros went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position in the first three innings. 

Paxton, who allowed 21 hits and 16 runs (13 earned) in 13 2/3 innings in his previous three starts, said his struggles were because he was drifting toward third base. On Thursday, he tried to stay more direct to home plate.

"I was just staying on line, being aggressive and going after them with the fastball," he said. "Everything was working pretty good for me today."


Mariners P James Paxton strikes out seven in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton pitched seven solid innings and earned a no-decision in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Astros in 10 innings. 

Paxton struck out seven batters and walked two. He allowed two earned runs, five hits and now has a 5.74 ERA. His next start is projected for May 5 against the Angels. 

Reliever Dominic Leone earned the loss after giving up a walk-off single to Jose Altuve in the 10th inning. 


Mariners pitcher James Paxton earns another loss Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of work in Seattle's 8-5 loss to the Twins Saturday.

Paxton's defense betrayed him against Minnesota when he put two runners on base in the first inning before allowing a walk with the bases loaded to bring home a run. Paxton then gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Rscobar in the fourth inning.

Paxton then couldn't get out of the fifth inning, when after Trevor Plouffe reached on an error with Joe Mauer on first, Mauer scored on a Nelson Cruz single to center. Paxton gave up one more RBI single to Kurt Suzuki before getting pulled.

Paxton, now 0-2 on the year, boasts a 6.86 ERA in 19 2/3 innings this season. He will look to get back on track Thursday against the Astros.


Lloyd McClendon says mechanics not Mariners P James Paxton's problem


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon dismissed the notion that starting pitcher James Paxton’s struggles are connected to his delivery, per MLB.com.

 “No, I don’t see that and I’m not going to talk about Paxton,” McClendon said. "I don’t want to hear anything about mechanics. That’s over with. He’s got to pitch.” 

Paxton was shelled in his start on Sunday, allowing seven runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, and now has a 5.40 ERA on the season.


Mariners pitcher James Paxton tagged for seven runs in ND Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton allowed seven runs on nine hits in just 2 2/3 innings in Seattle's 11-10 win over of the Rangers Sunday.

It all fell apart for Paxton in the third inning when the first four batters of the inning reached base safely, leading to a run. Then with the bases loaded, Shin-Soo Choo grounded out to bring home another run. Texas continued to peck away at Paxton, scoring five runs all on singles or fielder's choices. Jake Smolinski then smacked a two-run home run over the left center field wall. The Rangers added another run before Paxton was pulled.

"Things weren't going my way, but I also wasn't making good pitches," Paxton said to MLB.com. "I was staying in the middle of the zone too much and making mistakes. I'm struggling right now, but I'm not going to quit fighting. I'm going to figure it out and persevere."

Paxton, still 0-1 on the year, now boasts a 5.40 ERA and will look for his first win of the year Saturday against the Twins.


Mariners SP James Paxton allows five runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton surrendered five earned runs over 6 1/3 innings during Monday’s game against the Dodgers.

Paxton fanned six batters and walked two. Despite the poor performance, Paxton received a no-decision.

His next start will likely be Sunday against the Rangers.


James Paxton suffers hard-luck loss for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) James Paxton pitched well enough to win, but the Mariners couldn't provide any offense in a 2-0 loss to the Angels. 

Paxton pitched six innings, striking out five. He walked one and gave up four hits. The big hit was a two-run home run by David Freese in the fourth inning that provided all the offense the Angels needed.

"I left that fastball up and away to him and that's where he hits the ball hard," Paxton said, per the Associated Press. "I was trying to go down and away and left the ball up."

Paxton threw 87 pitches, 52 for strikes. His next start will be Monday, on the road at the Dodgers, against Zack Greinke. 


Mariners' James Paxton unconcerned with mediocre spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton got a late start to the spring and finished spring training with a 7.84 ERA but said he's not concerned with his spring numbers, MLB.com reports.

"I didn’t get the results, obviously," Paxton said. "But I felt like I got myself ready. I feel like my arm is where I need it to be to take that next step up here. I know it didn’t look like it, but I felt like I threw some good pitches and my stuff is where I want to be right now. Once I get out on the mound and it’s for real, it’ll change a little bit."

Paxton will square off with the Angels Tuesday, and he went 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA against the team in 2014, including picking up two wins in the first seven days of the season.

"We know each other pretty well now," Paxton said. "Then it becomes baseball. It’s the game within the game now, the chess match. They know what I’ve got. I know what they’ve got. So it makes it fun."


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' James Paxton surrenders seven runs vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 12-4 loss to the White Sox Wednesday.

"Not the results I was looking for, but my body felt really good," Paxton said after the outing, per MLB.com. "The ball was running quite a bit today and I was having trouble locating."

Paxton tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his spring debut but has struggled over his last two starts, and he finishes Cactus League action with a 7.84 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings. The Mariners have yet to set the rotation, but Paxton's next start will come during the regular season.


James Paxton returns to hill for Mariners


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, who has been recovering from a forearm injury, made his first start of the spring Sunday tossing 3 1/3 innings against the Rangers. 

Paxton allowed five hits, issued one walk and struck out two batters while tossing 61 pitches. He hit a max of 95 mph on the radar gun. 


Mariners SP James Paxton vows to be ready for start of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton vowed to reporters that he'll be ready for the start of the season, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Paxton, who is working his way back from a forearm injury, pitched three simulated innings against minor-leaguers -- his first action of the spring.

"I felt like it was pretty good," Paxton said. "I was throwing some curveballs and cutters for strikes. I was moving the fastball around a little bit. I threw some OK change-ups…but I have some time to tighten those things up."

Manager Lloyd McClendon expects Paxton to make four Cactus League starts, starting on Sunday, according to ESPN 710 AM in Seattle. The left-hander believes that's enough for him to be ready for the start of the season.

"I'll be ready," Paxton said. "Absolutely."


Mariners' James Paxton set for three innings of simulated work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton is scheduled to take part in a simulated game on Tuesday, per the Tacoma News Tribune. Paxton, who is working his way back from a forearm injury, is scheduled to log three innings of 45 pitches. Tom Wilhelmsen and Fernando Rodney are also expected to make an appearance in the simulated game.

Paxton vowed that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, per the Tribune.


Mariners' James Paxton (forearm) throws first live BP session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) threw live batting practice Wednesday for the first time this spring, per MLB.com. Paxton threw 30 warmup pitches in the bullpen and another 30 to minor-league batters.

Paxton is expected to make his spring debut Tuesday against the White Sox.

"I feel real good. Healthy. Nothing is wrong with my arm," Paxton said. "When you get a guy in the box for the first time in six months, it's a little weird. A different optical thing. But it's good to get back out there and get that feeling again and get ready for games."


Mariners' James Paxton scheduled for March 17 debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton is scheduled to make his spring debut March 17, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Paxton threw his first official bullpen session Friday and reported no soreness in his forearm. If he can start March 17 as scheduled, he'd be in line to make four spring starts before the start of the season.


Mariners SP James Paxton feels good after 30-pitch bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday. He reported no soreness and will throw another bullpen session in a few days, per the Tacoma News Tribune.

Mariners' James Paxton scheduled for Friday bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated that will stick to the original plan and have starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) throw his first bullpen session on Friday, reports MLB.com. 

McClendon: Mariners' Paxton feeling good after playing catch Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) felt great after playing catch Monday, per The Seattle Times. Paxton will long toss Tuesday.

Mariners' James Paxton on track to throw bullpen session Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) said Monday he feels great and ready to go after playing catch, per MLB.com. The plan is for Paxton to play catch again Tuesday and throw a bullpen Friday.

McClendon: Paxton to long toss from 120 feet Mon., throw off mound Tues.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said the tentative plan for starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) is to long toss from 120 feet Monday and throw off a mound Tuesday.