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Mariners starter Paxton leaves with muscle strain

Mariners starter Paxton leaves with muscle strain
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, left, is accompanied by a trainer as he leaves the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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SEATTLE (AP) - Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton has left Seattle's home opener against the Los Angeles Angels after straining a muscle in his left side.

Paxton left in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night. The team announced a preliminary diagnosis of a strain of the left lat muscle and said he will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Paxton had retired 14 straight batters entering the sixth. Kole Calhoun snapped the streak with a single leading off the inning. Paxton threw one pitch to Mike Trout, and manager Lloyd McClendon and athletic trainer Rob Nodine immediately went to the mound. Paxton appeared to point toward the back of his left shoulder and arm, and was removed from the game. He was replaced by Yoervis Medina.

Paxton gave up three runs and four hits in five-plus innings.
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