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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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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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