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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%: 51/1 | Average Draft Position: 189.07
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Mariners pitcher James Paxton extends throwing program


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton has started playing catch from 60 feet, reports the Seattle Times.

Paxton has been out since May 28 with a sprained finger on his left hand. Despite the progress, manager Lloyd McClendon said Paxton won't be back anytime soon.

"This is going to be a slow process for Paxton," McClendon said. "Pax is going to be out for a while."


James Paxton plays catch for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton played catch before Friday's game. 

It was Paxton's first throwing session since going on the disabled list with a sprained finger on his left hand at the end of May, per MLB.com


Mariners P James Paxton's finger injury feeling better


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton is beginning to feel relief in his strained middle finger, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

Paxton hasn't pitched since May 28 with his finger healing slower than expected. However, Paxton's finger is beginning to feel better and he's hoping to play catch this weekend. This season, Paxton is 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA. 


Mariners P James Paxton hasn't started throwing program yet


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said pitcher James Paxton has not begun a throwing program, according to MLB.com. 

Paxton, dealing with a strained middle finger, hasn't seen a specialist yet either. Paxton's injury has been slow to heal. On the disabled list, Paxton hasn't pitched since May 28. 


Mariners P James Paxton (finger) won't begin throwing program


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton will not begin his expected throwing program next week, according to The Tacoma News Tribune

Paxton has a strained middle finger and isn't healing as fast as the team had hoped. On the disabled list, Paxton hasn't pitched since May 28. 


Mariners pitcher James Paxton will begin throwing next week


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton has been cleared to begin throwing next week, reports 710 AM ESPN Seattle.

Paxton has not been able to pitch since May 28 because of a strained tendon in his middle finger, which caused him to be placed on the disabled list.


Mariners SP James Paxton (finger) still not cleared to throw


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Mariners starter James Paxton, who has been dealing with a strained tendon on his middle finger that landed him on the disabled list, still has not been cleared by doctors to begin throwing, per the Seattle Times

Paxton was placed on a two-week throwing shutdown on May 30 and now that the time is up, the pitcher still isn't ready to start the recovery process, delying his return to the Seattle rotation even more. 

Paxton is 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts this season. 


Mariners SP James Paxton (finger) on two-week shutdown


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Mariners starter James Paxton, who suffered a strained tendon on the middle finger of his pitching hand, was placed on a two-week shutdown of all throwing activities, per the Tacoma News-Tribune

Even if Paxton is given the green light after two weeks, it would likely take another two-to-three weeks for him to go through the full rehab process. 

"I'm trying to stay positive," Paxton said. "I've just got to do my best to let it rest and get back as soon as possible."

Paxton is 3-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 starts this season. 


Mariners SP James Paxton (finger) going on 15-day DL


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Mariners starter James Paxton is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a strained tendon in his middle finger, according to the Seattle Times.

Paxton exited his start on Thursday in the fifth inning with the injury. The team announced they have called up left-hander Dominic Leone from Triple-A to take Paxton's place on the roster. There is no timetable for Paxton's return at this time. 

"We're going to go over it and make a plan going forward," Paxton said, per MLB.com. "Right now, I don't know anything more than I did last night, but I'll know more pretty soon here."


Mariners' James Paxton suffers finger injury Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton left Thursday's start against the Indians due to discomfort in his left middle finger, the team announced.

"Obviously I'm not happy about it, but I'm staying positive and I don't think it's going to be anything too big, hopefully," Paxton said after the game, per MLB.com. "We'll find out tomorrow. Right now it has pretty good movement and it already feels better than it did an hour ago. Hopefully by tomorrow it'll feel much better."

Paxton gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four before being removed after striking out a batter in the fifth with none on and two outs. He came into the game on a three-start winning streak having allowed two runs or less in six straight starts, but he ran into trouble on Thursday, serving up a solo homer in the second inning before the Indians pushed three runs across in the fourth.

Paxton owns a 3.70 ERA and 45:22 K:BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Yankees on Tuesday if he can make his scheduled start.


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.