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STEWART MOWS DOWN TWINS
From Elias: White Sox rookie Zach Stewart shut out the Twins on Monday night and allowed only one batter to reach base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch), on a double by Danny Valencia. Only two other rookie pitchers since 1900 have thrown a shutout in which they struck out at least nine with no more than one batter reaching base safely. Oakland's Vida Blue had nine strikeouts in a no-hitter on Sept. 21, 1970 (the lone batter to reach base was Harmon Killebrew, on a walk) and Gary Peters of the White Sox had 13 strikeouts in a one-hitter (by the opposing starting pitcher, Robin Roberts) on July 15, 1963.
Before Monday, the last White Sox rookie to throw a shutout was Wilson Alvarez, in his no-hitter on August 11, 1991. The only team to go longer since its last shutout by a rookie is the Braves, whose last was by Paul Marak on September 23, 1990.
LEE'S SIXTH SHUTOUT OF THE SEASON
From Elias: Cliff Lee threw his sixth shutout of the season on Monday, tying the highest total by any pitcher over the last 22 seasons; Randy Johnson had six in 1998 (two for Seattle, four for Houston).
Lee has allowed two runs in 48 2/3 innings over his last six starts, a 0.37 ERA. Only two other Phillies pitchers, both cream-of-the-crop Hall of Famers, have had an ERA under 0.40 in a six-start span in one season: Steve Carlton in 1972 and Grover Alexander in 1915.
LEE AND HALLADAY PITCHING LIKE A PAIR OF ACES
From Elias: Cliff Lee is now 16-7 with a 2.47 ERA; Roy Halladay is 16-5 with a 2.49 ERA. The only other pair of teammates over the past 40 seasons to have at least 16 wins and an ERA under 2.50 on-or-before Labor Day was Pedro Martinez (17-4, 2.22 ERA) and Derek Lowe (18-6, 2.33 ERA) for Boston in 2002.
MONTERO HITS FIRST TWO HOME RUNS
From Elias: Jesus Montero, 21 years old, hit two home runs in the Yankees' win over the Orioles on Monday. He's only the fourth Yankees player to have a multiple-homer game before turning 22 years old, joining Joe DiMaggio (three times in 1936 at age 21), Mickey Mantle (at 20 years old in 1952) and Joe Pepitone (at 21 in 1962).
Montero is the first major-league rookie to hit two opposite-field homers in one game since Ryan Church had two for the Nationals at Texas on June 18, 2005.
RIVERA'S 69TH SAVE AGAINST BALTIMORE
From Elias: Mariano Rivera recorded his 69th save against the Orioles on Monday, setting a record for the most saves by any pitcher against any team. Rivera had been tied with Trevor Hoffman, who had 68 saves against the Dodgers.
LAWRIE'S BLAST LIFTS TORONTO TO WIN
From Elias: Brett Lawrie hit an 11th-inning home run in the 30th game of his career to end a scoreless game against the Red Sox on Monday. Through 30 career games, Lawrie has eight homers, 19 extra-base hits and 21 RBIs. The only other active players with as many homers, extra-base hits and RBIs through 30 career games are Albert Pujols (10 HR, 19 XBH, 34 RBIs) and Jeff Francoeur (10 HR, 21 XBH, 28 RBIs).
DIAMONDBACKS HAVE WON 12 OF 13
From Elias: The Diamondbacks won for the 12th time in 13 games on Monday, and they've outscored the opposition by 41 runs over that time, 69 to 28. The only other major-league team to win 12 of 13 this season while holding opponents to 28 or fewer runs is the Brewers (August 3-17).
SHIELDS BAFFLES RANGERS BOTH TIMES
From Elias: James Shields threw a complete-game four-hitter in the Rays' 5-1 win over the Rangers on Monday. In his previous start, also against the Rangers, on August 31, Shields allowed only four hits in eight shutout innings. He's the first pitcher to make consecutive starts against the same team while pitching at least eight innings, allowing no more than one run or four hits since the Cubs' Jason Marquis did so against the Pirates in May 2007.
WOLF BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND
From Elias: Randy Wolf limited the Cardinals to one run in eight innings on Monday after he had allowed six runs in five innings to St. Louis in his last start. Wolf has made consecutive starts against the same team 22 times in his career, and he's pitched better in the second of those back-to-back games, with a 3.64 ERA, 120 hits and 13 home runs allowed in 141 innings. In the first games of consecutive starts against the same team, Wolf has a 4.31 ERA with 134 hits and 26 homers allowed in 133 2/3 innings.
RAMIREZ ENDS RBI DROUGHT
From Elias: Aramis Ramirez ended his streak of 53 plate appearances without an RBI with a two-run single on Monday. That tied the longest RBI drought of Ramirez's career - he went 53 plate appearances without one in July 2000.
NATIONALS HIT FOUR HOMERS OFF KURODA
From Elias: The Nationals hit four home runs off Hiroki Kuroda on Monday, twice as many as he had allowed in any other career game. Michael Morse became the first player to hit two home runs in one game against Kuroda.
Kuroda, who picked up his 15th loss of the season despite a 3.18 ERA, is in line to become the first pitcher with 15 or more losses and an ERA under 3.50 since Dwight Gooden went 12-15 with a 3.45 ERA for the 1993 Mets.
FISTER FANS 13
From Elias: Doug Fister had 13 strikeouts on Monday, the first game in which he reached double-digits in strikeouts, and over his last five starts he has 36 strikeouts against only three walks. The only other Tigers pitcher to have that many strikeouts and that few walks over five starts was Mickey Lolich in 1971 (51 strikeouts, 3 walks from July 19 through August 4).
Fister and Justin Verlander, who had 14 strikeouts against Arizona on June 25, are the first pair of Tigers pitchers to have games with more than 12 strikeouts in one season since Mickey Lolich and Bill Slayback did it in 1972.
BUMGARNER FANS 13
From Elias: Madison Bumgarner struck out 13 batters on Monday after fanning 11 in his last start. He's the first Giants left-hander in the modern era (1900 to date) with consecutive starts of more than 10 strikeouts.
HOSMER HAS THREE HITS IN OAKLAND
From Elias: Eric Hosmer had three hits in Oakland on Monday, giving him at least three hits in each of his last three road games (he also had three hits in each of the Royals' last two games of their last road series, in Detroit). The only other Royals rookie to have three straight road games with three or more hits was Don Slaught late in the 1983 season.
TRUMBO TERRIFIES MARINERS
From Elias: Mark Trumbo hit his sixth home run against Seattle this season on Monday night. That's the most home runs against one team by any rookie in Angels history. The previous most was five, set by Leroy Stanton (1972 vs. Indians) and tied by Wally Joyner (1986 vs. Brewers), J.T. Snow (1993 vs. Indians) and Tim Salmon (1993 against Indians and Tigers).
LEE GOES DEEP FOR PIRATES
From Elias: Derrek Lee hit his fourth home run for the Pirates on Monday in his eighth game with the team. Lee, who had 10 RBIs, is the third player with at least four homers and 10 RBIs in his first eight games with Pittsburgh, joining Reggie Sanders (2003) and Shawon Dunston (1997).
FOUR MARLINS HAVE THREE HITS
From Elias: Four Marlins players had three hits against the Mets on Monday: Emilio Bonifacio, Jose Lopez, Gaby Sanchez and Logan Morrison. It's the first time this season that the Marlins have had four players collect three or more hits in one game.