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Mariners’ Southpaw James Paxton No-Hits Blue Jays

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Major League Baseball experienced its third no-hitter of the young season on Tuesday night, this time courtesy of Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton.

Paxton walked three and struck out seven Toronto Blue Jays, inducing a sharp Josh Donaldson groundout to third on the 99th pitch to complete his first career no-no.

The no-hitter was the sixth in Mariners franchise history.

Paxton’s no-hitter was his second consecutive dominant start, as it followed a 16-strikeout performance against the Oakland Athletics on May 2. Obviously, Paxton is solidifying himself as an ace-type pitcher with these last two gems.

Talk about a memorable homecoming for Paxton, who is originally from British Columbia.

According to MLB.com’s Greg Johns, Paxton is the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter, and the first since 1945 (Dick Fowler).

“To have it happen in Canada. What are the odds? It’s pretty amazing. Just very special,” said Paxton. “And against the Blue Jays? You couldn’t write this stuff.”

Paxton, 29, was originally drafted by Toronto as the 37th overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft, but did not sign; he was drafted in the fourth round a year later by Seattle before signing in March 2011.

Paxton joins Athletics lefty Sean Manaea as the only two pitchers to throw individual no-hitters this season; the Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit the San Diego Padres on Friday to account for the season’s third.

All three no-nos this season have occurred in different countries (United States, Mexico, Canada), an interesting fact to say the least.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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