Seattle Mariners Game Recap: M’s “Cruz” Past Rangers

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Mar 22, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (65) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

James Paxton was on the bump for the first time this spring on Sunday afternoon in Peoria. Paxton looked a little rusty in the early going today, but he managed to keep the Rangers off the scoreboard. The Rangers had runners on the corners with just one out in the first inning. However, Pax danced out of danger by inducing an inning ending double play ball. The first two Rangers reached on singles in the second, but once again Paxton tiptoed out of trouble. Jazzy James looked much more comfortable in his third inning. Pax froze Mitch Moreland on a beautiful low fastball for the final out in the inning. The 26-year-old southpaw pitched stronger as the game went on.

The Ladner, BC product had an impressive debut season in 2014, and all indications point to him improving in the coming year. Health is really the only question mark with Paxton. If he can stay healthy, he will have a long and productive career. Look for Pax to get two more starts before the team heads north. In his next outing he will likely throw 70-75 pitches, and hopefully last five innings.

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