A nation away, a no-hitter. Mariners' James Paxton enters baseball history

A nation away, a no-hitter. Mariners' James Paxton enters baseball history

A nation away, a no-hitter. Mariners' James Paxton enters baseball history

James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners is pitching a no-hitter through eight innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. Paxton, aka "The Big Maple", is just the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter there, joining Oakland's Dave Stewart (1990) and Detroit's Justin Verlander (2011).

In the bottom of the seventh, Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager ranged to his right to make a spectacular diving stab of a hot one-hopper off the bat of Kevin Pillar.

The 33-year-old lefty made one appearance against the Blue Jays in 2017, allowing two earned runs in two innings out of the bullpen.Since 2015, LeBlanc has pitched five total innings of relief out of the bullpen against the Blue Jays, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits - four of which have left the ballpark.

Paxton is congratulated by Mariners teammates after the game.

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"I was just throwing as hard as I could", Paxton said of his approach in the final inning. Adrenaline was no doubt surging through Paxton's system tonight, but his fast work and his willingness to rely on his defense rather than strike out a dozen or more guys certainly helped. "That was unbelievable. Those guys were making every play", Paxton said. Kendrys Morales then lined the next pitch hard to center field but right at Dee Gordon. His second-to-last pitch clocked in on the Rogers Centre gun at 100 m.p.h. He moved to 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA on the season. May. First baseman Ryon Healy also made some very impressive scoops to keep runners at bay.

When he does get going like this, he can be as good as any pitcher in the game. There had been 255 no-hitters thrown in the modern era (starting in 1901).

Ladner's James Paxton has become just the second Canadian-born pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to throw a no-hitter.

The Mariners improved to 20-14 with the win. He also hit the go-ahead two-run shot in the Mariners' eventual extra-innings win over the Angels on Saturday. That's 35 this decade, the most in any decade. It's the first ever complete game for Paxton, who was making his 82nd big-league start.

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