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James Paxton’s scoreless innings streak at 20 after 5-0 Mariners win over Boston

SEATTLE – Those were eight strong innings James Paxton pitched on Sunday afternoon, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was told, and he had to issue a correction.

“Actually,” McClendon said, “that’s 20 strong innings.”

Actually, he’s right.

Paxton pitched deeper into Sunday’s game at Safeco Field than he had in any of his previous 24 Major League starts, throwing eight scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox in a 5-0 Seattle victory before a crowd of 39,936.

He commanded his fastball, which topped out at 98 miles per hour and didn’t lose any velocity throughout the game. He mixed off-speed pitches in when he had to, catcher Mike Zunino said.

And because he did, Paxton’s scoreless innings streak now sits at 20, as McClendon so deftly noted, which is the longest scoreless innings streak by a Mariners pitcher this season. The 26-year-old left-hander hasn’t allowed a run since the second inning of his start against the Los Angeles Angels on May 5.

This is the version of Paxton that McClendon has been clamoring for. All this after he posted a 6.86 ERA in his first four starts of the season.

“All it is,” Paxton said, “is attacking. He wants to see me attack and see me compete, and that’s what I’m trying to do out there.”

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Mariners beat Angels to (barely) stay alive: “Game 161 and we’re still in it. It’s awesome.”

(With the Seahawks on a bye-week vacation, I pinch-hit tonight for Bob. He had a personal planes-trains-automobiles day with delays in airports trying to get back from Toronto that would have impressed John Candy and Steve Martin. Not sure it impressed Bob much, though.)

What I saw at Safeco tonight:

The Mariners passed out white towels on Fan Appreciation Night. It was a sea of ivory waving throughout the yard when Dustin Ackley, Kendrys Morales and Michael Saunders hit home runs.

No, these white flags were not signaling a Seattle surrender. Not yet.

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Want to replace Aaron Harang? Well here’s the candidates

Following another less than stellar outing on August 7 against the Toronto Blue Jays where Aaron Harang never made it out of the third inning and gave up seven runs on five hits with three walks, acting manager Robby Thompson was asked if the veteran right-hander would remain in the starting rotation.

Thompson replied: “I can’t answer that right now. As far as I’m concerned, he’s still in the rotation.”

Barring an unexpected change in the next few days, Harang will start for the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.

It’s a source of

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Capps command issues continue – Pryor, Paxton notes and Mariners minor league report

Michael Morse, Jesus Montero and Stephen Pryor all made appearances pretty fresh off the disabled list in the Tacoma Rainiers 4-2 win over the Tucson Padres on Monday at Cheney Stadium, but Carter Capps also played and still had trouble with his command.

Capps entered in the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Eddy Rodriguez (the ninth batter in the order) then hit Gregorio Petit two batters later.

He hit two batters Sunday in Fresno, so clunking Petit on Monday continues to hammer the point that he needs to make strides with his command.

Capps has hit between

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Morse homers in first Rainiers rehab assignment

Michael Morse wasn’t sure how his quad would hold up in an all-out sprint around the bases.

So his first at-bat, his first game since saddled to the disabled list a month ago, Morse sent a line-drive two-run home run toward over the right field wall toward Foss High School.

“You don’t have to sprint or nothing,” Morse deadpanned. “Just a nice jog around the bases. I’m hoping to do that more.”

Morse last played with the Tacoma Rainiers in 2009 when he was playing shortstop and just trying

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Morse batting third, DH at Cheney Stadium


The last time Mike Morse wore a Tacoma Rainiers jersey, it was back in 2009 when he was still trying to break into the major leagues.

He’s wearing one tonight for entirely different reasons. Morse is making his first minor-league rehab appearance since heading to the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps on June 22, though he first injured it against the San Diego Padres on May 28.

He’ll bat third as the designated hitter at Cheney Stadium tonight against the Tuscon Padres.

Also in tonight’s lineup is Jesus Montero. He’s at first base in his first home

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Taijuan Walker arrives in Tacoma

Taijuan Walker was crammed into the middle seat of a plane at a Tennessee airport, destined for Tacoma.

The 6-foot-4, 210 pound pitcher said it was one of the more uncomfortable flights he’s endured.

But now, being in Tacoma and only a short distance from Seattle, he’s feeling plenty comfortable.

“Seattle is just right there,” the 20-year-old flame-throwing right-hander said.

He arrived in Tacoma on Saturday, picked up a Tacoma Rainiers uniform and now Walker, who he says he threw a 100 mph pitch earlier in the year, waits for Tuesday when he makes his first Triple-A start.

“I was

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Mariners minor league report, May 9, 2013: Rainiers blow a six run lead with two outs in the ninth

Every year in baseball, there are games that are beyond comprehension. Last night in Oklahoma City (BOOOOO!!!) the Tacoma Rainiers managed to lose a game in 10 innings, 7-6. But here’s the kicker. They had a six run lead …. in the ninth inning …. with two outs.

Here’s the story from Mike Curto …

Trailing by six runs with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Oklahoma rallied for to tie and then won the game in the tenth inning, 7-6.

It was a stunning turnabout in a game that the Rainiers

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