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DARVISH TAMES TIGERS
From Elias: Yu Darvish won his 10th game of the season against the Tigers on Tuesday and with 10 strikeouts, he increased his season total to 106. In the modern era (1900 to date), only two other rookies have had at least 10 wins and 100 strikeouts before the start of July: Grover Alexander for the 1911 Phillies (15-4, 115 strikeouts in 21 games, 16 starts, all of which were complete games) and Ray Culp for the 1963 Phillies (10-5, 104 strikeouts in 18 games, 14 starts).
DARVISH & GONZALEZ TOP LIST OF PITCHERS ACQUIRED IN OFFSEASON
From Elias: Yu Darvish is 10-4 with 106 strikeouts in 15 starts; Gio Gonzalez, after a win over the Rockies on Tuesday, is 10-3 with 108 strikeouts in 15 starts. The only other active pitchers who had at least 10 wins and 100 strikeouts in their first 15 starts for a team are Francisco Liriano (10-4, 104 strikeouts in his first 15 starts for the Twins) and Edinson Volquez (10-1, 108 strikeouts in his first 15 starts for the Reds).
WILSON COMING ON STRONG
From Elias: C.J. Wilson allowed one run in seven innings on Tuesday, and since the second of his starts on consecutive days (May 12), he has a 1.56 ERA. The only pitchers who have thrown at least 30 innings over that time with a lower ERA than Wilson are Jose Quintana (1.43) and R.A. Dickey (1.49).
ARROYO MAKES A BID FOR A NO-HITTER
From Elias: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter going with one out the eighth inning on Tuesday before it was broken up by Taylor Green. Since Tom Browning's perfect game on Sept. 16, 1988, three other Reds pitchers have taken a no-hitter to the eighth inning: Browning on July 4, 1989 at Philadelphia; Tim Pugh on Sept. 29, 1993 in San Diego; and Travis Wood on July 10, 2010 against the Phillies.
STUBBS PROVIDES WINNING RUN
From Elias: Drew Stubbs's eighth-inning go-ahead home run on Tuesday was the fourth homer that's been hit off John Axford in June. Before this month, Axford had allowed only five home runs in 152 career games.
MOLINA HITS 12TH HOME RUN
From Elias: Yadier Molina hit his 12th home run of the season in the Cardinals' win over the Marlins on Tuesday. The only other catcher in Cardinals history to have a dozen home runs before July was Ted Simmons, who had 18 in 1979.
ERRORS UNDO ZAMBRANO
From Elias: Carlos Zambrano allowed five runs in the first inning on Tuesday, all of which were unearned, after a pair of errors, by Zambrano and Jose Reyes. He's the first pitcher to be charged with five or more unearned runs in the first inning of a game since Kyle Lohse, who was starting against Zambrano Tuesday, did it for the Cardinals against the Cubs last season (July 30).
RUIZ HAS A PAIR OF 0-2 HITS
From Elias: Carlos Ruiz went three for four on Tuesday, with two hits on 0-2 pitches, including a home run. Ruiz had been 1 for 19 on 0-2 pitches on the season, before Tuesday; he hadn't had two 0-2 hits in one game since May 31, 2011 and he hadn't hit an 0-2 homer since last April 9.
CABRERA TAKES KERSHAW DEEP
From Elias: Melky Cabrera hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw-the first that Kershaw had ever allowed at AT&T Park-on Tuesday. Cabrera had a .233 batting average as a right-handed batter in 2010 (.313 OBP, .329 SLG, 1 HR) but he improved to .304/.329/.459 with 7 homers from the right side of the plate last season and with Tuesday's performance, he's at .420/.469/.670 with four homers.
SALTALAMACCHIA COMING THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH
From Elias: Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of the Boston's win over Toronto on Tuesday. Saltalamacchia has eight hits in his last 18 at-bats in Late Inning Pressure Situations*, including three home runs. Before this stretch began on May 26, Saltalamacchia had 10 hits in 69 at-bats in LIPS for Boston, a .145 batting average. And his three LIPS homers since May 26 are as many as he had in his career to that point.
*7th inning or later with score tied or team at bat trailing by up to three runs (or by four runs if there are two-or-more runners on base).
BOURN STARTS WITH A BANG
From Elias: Michael Bourn hit his third leadoff home run of the season on Tuesday, tying him for second-most in the major leagues this season, behind Derek Jeter, who has four. Before this season, Bourn had just two leadoff home runs in 476 starts batting in the first spot in the order.
FLOYD BEATS NEMESIS
From Elias: Gavin Floyd threw seven scoreless innings against the Twins on Tuesday, ending his streak of losses in eight consecutive starts against Minnesota (in which Floyd had an 8.86 ERA). That had been the longest current streak of consecutive starts with a loss against one team. That unwanted distinction now falls to CC Sabathia, who won't be adding to his streak anytime soon-he's lost his last seven starts against the Yankees.
SIX INFIELD HITS FOR CUBS
From Elias: The Cubs had six infield hits in their win over the Mets on Tuesday, the highest total for any team in one game this season. Two teams legged out six infield hits in one game in 2011: the Pirates (also against the Mets) on June 1 and the Dodgers (against the Rockies) on August 20.
HUGHES THROWS EIGHT SCORELESS INNINGS
From Elias: Phil Hughes pitched eight scoreless innings in a win over Cleveland on Tuesday, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out four. It was the second start of Hughes's career in which he allowed no runs in eight-or-more innings; the other was May 25, 2009 in Texas.
WELLS JOINS LONG LIST OF PADRES STARTING PITCHERS
From Elias: Kip Wells made his first start the season on Tuesday, making him the 13th pitcher to start a game for the Padres this season. That's tied for the most starting pitchers used in a team's first 75 games of a season over the last 50 years. Three other teams used 13: the 1964 Mets, 1989 Mariners and 1992 Phillies.