Ex-Falcon spins no hitter against Blue Jays

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Alerts on Kurt Schlosser's iPhone on Tuesday from ESPN about Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton. And awesome that it was on TV in Ladner, B.C., on Rogers. It is their best 17-game run since also going 16-1 from June 3-18, 1953.

"I could hear a few of them on me saying, 'You're going to give it up, '" Paxton recalled.

The 29-year-old Paxton, a native of British Columbia, needed just 99 pitches over his nine innings in the Mariners' 5-0 win. Aaron Altherr, Jorge Alfaro and Carlos Santana each ripped a solo home run for the Phillies, who have won the first two games in this four-game series.

"It was definitely special to do in Canada", Paxton said.

"Everyone was watching", he added. "It was pretty fantastic". Being in the news business all these years has fed that appetite - I think kids call it FOMO. "It's just been a whirlwind".

Paxton was a first-round draft pick by Toronto in 2009 out of the University of Kentucky, but didn't sign. The alert came in at 6:17 p.m, and looking back at my history, it seems I missed one at 6:05 p.m. that said he'd made it through seven innings. "Everybody has got their champagne, ready to dump the champagne on his head and do that stuff". "I mean, the guy's pretty good".




The only other Canadian to do so was Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics, all the way back in 1945. It was the seventh no-hitter thrown outside the United States, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. "That was fantastic. Those guys were making every play", Paxton said.

Paxton got some help from third baseman Kyle Seager for the final out of the seventh. Some of that was due to terrific glove work by the Mariners but the fact remains that the Blue Jays were no-hit for the first time since Justin Verlander did it for the Tigers on May 7, 2011.

It was the second straight standout start for Paxton.

Paxton's was the sixth no-hitter for the Mariners, and the first since Hisashi Iwakuma did it against Baltimore in 2015. As FanGraphs' Jay Jaffe noted Monday in the wake of the Dodgers' combined no-hitter, pitchers are being pulled from no-hitters in progress more and more often.

All-Star closer Roberto Osuna of the Toronto Blue Jays was charged with assault Tuesday and put on administrative leave by Major League Baseball, preventing him from playing for at least a week. Toronto has been no-hit five times. Leake is 1-2 with a 9.20 ERA, a 2.05 WHIP, five walks and 11 strikeouts over 14.2 innings in his last three starts.

He said he appreciated how the fans cheered him following the game and wanted to show his respect to the fans. "I really appreciate their cheers after the game, supporting me being Canadian. It's just very special". "It just reminds me of home".

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