Paxton wins in his return to Seattle

Ladner native works five innings to improve to 11-6 on the season for MLB leading Yankees

It was a victorious return to Seattle for James Paxton.

The Ladner lefty worked five innings to improve to 11-6 on the season in the New York Yankees 7-3 win over the Mariners at T-Mobile Park on Wednesday afternoon in front of 32,000 fans. He surrendered just one hit — a two-run homer to Kyle Seager in the fourth inning — but did issue five walks and left the game after 86 pitches.

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Paxton was pitching for the first time in Seattle since he was traded to the Yankees back in November. 

The 30-year-old spent the first six seasons of his Major League career with the Mariners — compiling a 41-26 record and 617 strikeouts. The highlight of that stretch was a no-hitter last year at Toronto.

The Delta Secondary graduate was coming off a superb 11-strikeout performance in a 10-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 6-0 in August. 

He is poised to be pitching in the post-season for the first time in his career. New York owns a MLB best 88-47 record and have an 11-game lead in the American East over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. 

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