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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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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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