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September 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

James Paxton to start Saturday as Mariners go to six-man rotation

The Mariners enter play tonight having dropped two in a row, with one run scored in their last 26 innings.

The Mariners enter play tonight having dropped two in a row, with one run scored in their last 26 innings.

The youth infusion continues by the truckload for the Mariners, though not necessarily in relation to any dazzling statistics put up by the prospects being brought in. Today, the Mariners called up James Paxton, Hector Noesi, Chance Ruffin, and Carlos Triunfel.

Of that bunch, it’s possible none will still be here come next spring, which is indeed one of the reasons the Mairners are bringing them up now. Last December, at the winter meetings, general manager Jack Zduriencik was increasingly frustrated by his attempts to get value in return for prospects via trade. He said at the time that his fellow GMs were drawing a clear line of demarcation between guys who had even minimal experience in the majors versus those who did not. So, Zduriencik could talk all he wanted about Nick Franklin and his vaunted “Big 3” pitchers to other teams last winter, but they were not about to ow to the hype of prospects who had yet to be battle-tested in the bigs. Zduriencik’s strategy this season now seems to be to get as much playing time as possible in the majors for a boatload of prospects and minor leaguers in order to try to flip some of them this winter.

And that means, we’re about to see a bunch of guys in the majors who normally would not be here based on what they’ve done to earn it in AAA.

Paxton went 8-11 with a 4.45 ERA in AAA and is joining what will be a six-man rotation going forward. He’ll start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday and continue in the rotation the rest of this month. Taijuan Walker goes tomorrow here in Kansas City, then will start once more next Tuesday in Seattle. He gets the extra day’s rest because of Paxton now joining the rotation.

After that, Walker will have hit his innings limit and then Brandon Maurer will take his spot in the six-man rotation the rest of the way.

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