Mariners pitcher James Paxton exits with lower-back stiffness

Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton exited his start Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels because of stiffness in his lower back.
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Paxton threw only 17 pitches in two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on three hits, including two home runs, before he was removed. Authentic Heath Miller Jersey Chasen Bradford came into relieve Paxton.

The 20 runs followed by 16-inning game — I’ve never seen something like that, Lovullo said. Our positions players had to cover four-plus innings. So it’s a weird set of circumstances, but today only counts as one loss.

Arenado has faced the toughest pitchers in the game with confidence but facing Descalso in the fourth inning was stressful for the All-Star third baseman.

It was awkward, my heart was beating really fast because I didn’t want to get out, he said. It was nice to get a hit.

It turned out, though, that there was quickly an opening for another starting pitcher and Sanchez has been one of the reasons that the surprising Braves are fighting for first Logan Shaw Womens Jersey place in the National League East.

He’s really saved us, Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. I had no idea he was going to have this kind of impact on our club. I knew he was capable, but I hadn’t seen him in a while. He’s way surpassed anything we thought we’d get from him.

The Braves are a rotation-best 7-3 in Sanchez’s starts and the 34-year-old takes a 4-2 record and 2.72 ERA into Friday night’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series at SunTrust Park.

Zack Godley (10-6, 4.85 ERA) will start for Arizona as both the Braves (51-40) and the Diamondbacks (51-43) hope to go into the All-Star break as division leaders.

The Diamondbacks have come back to the rest of the NL West with nine losses in their past 13 games. The Braves have dropped six of their last eight games to lose their NL East edge.