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Paxton soaking in positive vibes from no-hitter

Lefty has enjoyed excitement from achievement, but is staying focused
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TORONTO -- For James Paxton, the whirlwind that surrounds a no-hitter only started with the Gatorade shower and group hug with his teammates on the Rogers Centre mound after Tuesday's 5-0 win.

A day later, life was still coming at him like one of the 99-mph fastballs he fired against the Blue Jays.

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TORONTO -- For James Paxton, the whirlwind that surrounds a no-hitter only started with the Gatorade shower and group hug with his teammates on the Rogers Centre mound after Tuesday's 5-0 win.

A day later, life was still coming at him like one of the 99-mph fastballs he fired against the Blue Jays.

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"I don't think I've stopped talking since the game ended," Paxton said Wednesday afternoon. "Since I went back [to the hotel] last night, I was on the phone for like three hours, and then my buddy came by and we got a beer.

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"I got a few hours of sleep, then had three interviews this morning and got here and have been talking to media ever since. It's worth it, absolutely. Like they say, 'Don't do anything great if you can't handle the congratulations.' But it's definitely been a crazy 12 hours here."

Such is the world of Major League Baseball that the page will turn so quickly, however.

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"It was a great night for Pax and Mariners fans everywhere," manager Scott Servais said. "But life goes on in the big leagues. We have another game today. I was in the workout room today, and he came in and started his program like he always does.

"He had a smile on his face, and he should. It was great. But he knows, we have a lot ahead of us this year. Hopefully there's a lot of other great outings. I don't know if we'll see another no-hitter, but it was fun to enjoy it and take it all in last night."

Paxton's next outing will be Sunday in Detroit, and he knows everything starts fresh in that game. There'll be no bonus points against the Tigers for having a no-hitter now on his resume.

"I'm probably not going to throw no-hitters every time out," he said. "That's the first thing I need to realize. It's not always going to be like this.

"This is very special and an amazing moment, but I do need to pitch again in five days. It's important I don't try to chase the results of a no-hitter. Instead, I need to stick to my approach, and that's what allows me to be successful."

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The King could relate

Nobody understood what Paxton was going through more than teammate Felix Hernandez, who remains the only Mariner to throw a perfect game and one of four other individuals to pitch a no-hitter in a Seattle uniform.

Hernandez, who accomplished his feat in 2012, stayed in the visitors' clubhouse watching most of Paxton's performance on TV rather than jinx anything by changing his position.

"I wasn't going to go outside and mess it up," Hernandez said. "He was so focused. He was on it. He started a little low [with the velocity], then after that he just took off. It was fun to watch. By the end, he was throwing 100 [mph]. That's the kind of stuff he has."

Very close to 100, according to Statcast™. Paxton averaged 95.3 mph with his four-seam fastball, which he used on 63 of his 99 pitches. And his last three pitches to Josh Donaldson in the final at-bat were 98.3, 99.5 and 99.0 mph. The last two are Paxton's fastest pitches this season.

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Servais, who caught a Darryl Kile no-hitter for the Astros in 1993, said one of the best things about Paxton's night was how the entire team rallied around him.

"What stood out to me was how much our whole team was into it," Servais said. "We played so well in the field behind him, and the excitement and what that does for a team. It's an individual accomplishment, but everybody felt they all played a role in it. Whether you're on the field or not, you get attached to the moment, and that's a really good thing for our team going forward."

Honorary Bat Girl selected for Mother's Day

Yvette Jones of Milton, Wash., has been selected as this year's Honorary Mariners Bat Girl for Mother's Day activities as part of MLB's "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative.

Since the Mariners are on the road this Sunday, they'll have their Mother's Day festivities the following Sunday, May 20, prior to that day's game against the Tigers at Safeco Field.

Jones had a mammogram earlier this year that revealed ductal carcinoma in her left breast. The cancer spread to one lymph node, and she now has had two surgeries to remove the tumor and cancerous skin areas.

Jones is currently awaiting chemotherapy and radiation treatment but will be at Safeco to throw out the first pitch.

Worth noting

• Servais said starter Erasmo Ramirez has yet to throw as he goes through rehab in Seattle while recovering from the right shoulder strain that has sidelined him since his last start on April 27.

"He won't touch a ball for a few more weeks," Servais said.

• Reliever Dan Altavilla threw a bullpen session in Double-A Arkansas and is slated to pitch in his first rehab game Thursday as he works back from more minor shoulder inflammation.

• With the Mariners facing five lefty starters in the next six games starting Wednesday, Guillermo Heredia will see increased playing time in left field on the rest of the road trip.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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