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Eagle lands on James Paxton’s shoulder during national anthem

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SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 31: James Paxton #65 of the Seattle Mariners delivers in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Safeco Field on March 31, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

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Doug Pederson wasn’t the only Eagle stealing the pre-game spotlight on Thursday. An eagle mistook Mariners starter James Paxton for its handler, landing on the left-hander’s non-throwing shoulder during the national anthem prior to Thursday afternoon’s game in Minnesota against the Twins.

Paxton didn’t seemed fazed at all by the eagle. As of this writing, he’s tossed a pair of scoreless innings against the Twins.

Coincidentally, Paxton appeared in a commercial for the Mariners before the season in which he seemed to have an affinity for birds -- provided they aren’t Blue Jays or Orioles.

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