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Mariners 4, A's 2 -- James Paxton powers through command issues, Fernando Rodney ties Seattle save record

brightcove.createExperiences(); There were times on Friday night when it seemed like James Paxton's start would freefall into a messy disaster and take the Mariners' victory hopes down with him. Perhaps a year or two ago, that might have happened. But the rookie lefthander just wouldn't break. Sure his command had left him and he had runners on nearly every inning, but Paxton maintained his composure, continued to fire mid-to-upper 90s fastballs and kept his team in the game. His mettle was rewarded with a trio of solo home runs from Robinson...
Rotoworld Aug 31, 2014

Rodney throws scoreless ninth for 39th save - Fernando Rodney (R) Seattle Mariners

Fernando Rodney threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Nationals on Sunday to earn his 39th save of the season.
Mariners notebook: When does rest become rust for relievers?

Mariners notebook: When does rest become rust for relievers?

  PHILADELPHIA — Four days. That’s the maximum rest that manager Lloyd McClendon wants for his relievers in general but for veteran closer Fernando Rodney in particular. That explains why Rodney got the call Monday night with the Mariners trailing Philadelphia by three runs in the eighth inning. “Command can become an issue with him from time to time,” McClendon said. “If he’s not out there on a regular basis…you ask him to close a game out after five days, and it could become an issue.” McClendon cited four days as a preferred maximum with all relievers. “I like to see...

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