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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%: 64/22 | Average Draft Position: 189.19
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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.

Mariners pitcher James Paxton to begin playing catch Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton is scheduled to start playing catch Monday as he recovers from a forearm injury, pitching coach Rick Waits said Saturday.

Paxton, who went 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 74 innings pitched in 2014, is building toward throwing a bullpen session and Waits wants to see him get to five innings pitched in the Cactus League.


McClendon: James Paxton doing well in recovery from forearm injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday starting pitcher James Paxton is “progressing fine" in his recovery from a bruised left forearm, per MLB.com.

“He feels good. They just want to wait until the first of the week to have him throw," McClendon said.


James Paxton (forearm) expected to resume throwing next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday the plan for starting pitcher James Paxton is to start throwing again early next week, per MLB.com. Paxton has been sidelined for more than a week after hurting his forearm when he fell to the ground during agility drills.

James Paxton sidelined after hurting arms in fall during agility drills


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Mariners pitcher James Paxton said Monday he hurt his forearm nine days ago when he fell during agility drills. He felt some mild soreness while throwing, but X-rays and an MRI came back negative.

Paxton has been held out of workouts the last few days, but he is not seriously injured. He is expected to be sidelined for a few more days before he starts throwing again.

“He actually hurt both arms,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said, per MLB.com. “He fell and grabbed himself. His left arm is a little sore and his right arm, we’re not that concerned about. But both of them, he kind of braced himself and jammed it. So no sense pushing it. We’ll let him get treatment, let it quiet down and get him out here as soon as he’s ready.”

Paxton said his foot got caught on the artificial turf in the workout area at the team’s spring complex in Arizona. He called it "an unathletic moment for me."

“You get here and ‘C’mon, you’ve got to be kidding me,’” he said. “I busted it getting ready for this and now something like this happens. It’s putting me back a little and it’s frustrating, but I just have to take it one day at a time and get ready to go for when it matters.”


Report: James Paxton sits out Monday due to minor forearm issue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton is not working out Monday after landing awkwardly on his right forearm during an agility drill Sunday, according to FOX Sports. However, the Mariners believe Paxton will be fine.

Mariners SP James Paxton focused on pitching for entire season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton has spent the offseason in Seattle in order to work on a regular basis with the team's training staff. Paxton is looking for ways to improve his durability after he missed several months in 2014 due to a strained lat, per MLB.com.

"It's been great. I've been living in Kirkland, so I'm in here every day working out at Safeco," Paxton said. "I've really got into a routine working out with our trainers here. They've got me doing some things, and my body is feeling really good.

"My goal and focus the whole offseason has been getting myself ready to pitch for an entire season and stay healthy and make all my starts. I'm doing whatever they ask me."

Part of Paxton's offseason routine includes participating in yoga sessions four times per week.

"This year, I've focused on it more and tried to do it a little more often, so I can really loosen up those muscles," he said. "It's hot yoga, so I'm sweating buckets in there. It's a workout as well as stretching."


Report: Dodgers insisted on Mariners' Walker, Paxton in Kemp deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) The Mariners and Dodgers were close to a deal that would have sent outfielder Matt Kemp to Seattle before the Dodgers insisted on receiving either Taijuan Walker or James Paxton in the trade, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

This turn of events reportedly happened before the Mariners brought Nelson Cruz into the fold, making it seem less likely that the team would acquiesce to the Dodgers' demands at this point. However, the Mariners' one big need heading into the Winter Meetings remains run-producing right fielder who can bat right-handed, and if they ultimately don't wind up signing Melky Cabrera, a Kemp trade could conceivably end up back on the table at some point this offseason.