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A fan favorite is back with the Mariners for 2021: The Big Maple, pitcher James Paxton

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Ted S. Warren
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The Associated Press
They may not be able to be in the stands to cheer him on, but fans of pitcher James Paxton are happy that the Canada native known affectionately as The Big Maple has returned to the Mariners for the 2021 season. Here's The Maple Grove in 2018 in Seattle.

The Seattle Mariners begin spring training workouts next week in Arizona. And a familiar face is back. Starting pitcher James Paxton has signed a one-year deal with the team worth $8.5 million. We learn more about Paxton's return and the Mariners' 2021 season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.
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Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
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