Paxton joins Hernandez in Mariners record books, Cubs win

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James Paxton took a big step towards becoming the Seattle Mariners' new ace in MLB, while the Chicago Cubs raised their World Series banner.

Paxton joined current ace Felix Hernandez as the only two pitchers in Mariners history to begin a season with two scoreless starts of at least six innings pitched, leading his team to a 6-0 shut-out of the Houston Astros.

He tossed seven scoreless innings Monday while allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts.

The Cubs raised their banner from 2016 before overcoming the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in a thriller.

The New York Yankees thrashed the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1, the Detroit Tigers edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 and the Oakland Athletics shut out the Kansas City Royals 2-0.

The San Francisco Giants had a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 and the New York Mets overcame the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.

The Washington Nationals crushed the St Louis Cardinals 14-6 and the San Diego Padres enjoyed a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

 

PINEDA, MYERS DELIVER

Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (1-1) gave up just one run with 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings against the Rays. Pineda carried a perfect game into the seventh but then allowed two hits in the dominant win.

Wil Myers went four-for-four for the Padres against the Rockies. He recorded just the second cycle in Padres history when he tripled to deep left center field in the eighth inning.

POSEY HIT

Giants catcher Buster Posey was thankfully all right after getting hit in the head.

PROBLEMS FOR GLASNOW

Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow (0-1) was unable to put his command issues to rest Monday while allowing five earned runs off four hits and five walks in just 1.2 innings against the Reds.

 

ORIOLES IN BOSTON

Dylan Bundy (1-0) will try to build on his first start that included eight strikeouts and no walks. Still just 24, the former top prospect still has plenty of time to reach his ace potential in Baltimore (4-1). Boston (3-3) will try to shake off a flu bug that affected a number of players against the Tigers.