Mariners’ Paxton pitches no-hitter

James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners pitched a no-hitter in Toronto Tuesday night, shutting down the Blue Jays 5-0, The Associated Press reported.

Paxton was the first Canadian to pull the feat in his home country. The only other Canadian to throw a no-hitter was Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics, the AP said.

“Of all places, to do it in Toronto, it’s pretty amazing,” he said. “The fans were great. They were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that, they started kind of cheering me on. It was cool.”

Paxton, a 29-year-old left-hander, is nicknamed “The Big Maple.” He threw 99 pitches Tuesday during the third no-hitter so far this year.

Oakland’s Sean Manaea pitched one against Boston on April 21 in California and four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday, according to the AP.