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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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