Eagle lands on Mariners pitcher James Paxton during national anthem

Fans enjoy 68 degrees at the Twins home opener in 2010. Image Paul Huttner  MPR News

Fans enjoy 68 degrees at the Twins home opener in 2010. Image Paul Huttner MPR News

For his part, Paxton played this pretty coolly, perhaps figuring the less he moved, the less likely this feathered America-loving dinosaur would rip the tendons from his non-throwing shoulder. One is that Paxton was standing alone in an open space which might have mimicked the environment of a handler's training and usually strategy to the eagle.

"It was coming right for me and I was like, 'Alright, the guy is over there". It settled on the ground in front of him, and then tried again to land on Paxton's shoulder. "But I guess this eagle was just confused - apparently the first time ever". He definitely grades out better than Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, who went six innings without giving up a hit in his first start this year against Baltimore. It was, I think, trying to stand on my back, " Paxton told reporters. He said he did feel a "sharp pain", but there were no scratches.

"I guess the eagle knew I was Canadian". They are now 3-2. Twins closer Fernando Rodney joked about using one of the imaginary arrows he shoots into the air after converting a save to try to bring down the bird. Robinson Cano is leading the team thus far with a.500 average and three doubles while Mitch Haniger had two home runs with five RBI.

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