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VERLANDER WHIFFS 14 YANKEES
From Elias: Justin Verlander registered 14 strikeouts and allowed two unearned runs to lead the Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Yankees in Detroit on Friday night. It is the second time that Verlander has struck out at least 14 batters without allowing an earned run in a start in his career (he also did that against Arizona on June 25, 2011). No other pitcher in Tigers history has done that more than once (three Detroit pitchers did it once: Mickey Lolich in 1970, Jeremy Bonderman in 2004 and Max Scherzer in 2010).
Verlander is only the third pitcher with 14+ strikeouts and no earned runs allowed in a game against the Yankees since 1913, the first season in which earned runs were compiled officially in the American League. The others are Chuck Finley on May 23, 1995 (15 strikeouts) and Jim Shaw on September 4, 1914 (14 strikeouts). Only one other active pitcher has had multiple games with 14-or-more strikeouts and no earned runs allowed: Johan Santana.
RED SOX GET EXTRA EFFORT FROM TOP THREE HITTERS IN LINEUP
From Elias: Jacoby Ellsbury (two doubles), Carl Crawford (two doubles) and Dustin Pedroia (three doubles), the top three hitters in the Red Sox' lineup, each had multiple extra base hits to lead Boston to a 9-2 victory over the Rangers at Fenway Park on Monday night. It is the first time in nearly 72 years that each of the top three hitters in Boston's lineup had at least two extra base hits. On August 17, 1940, leadoff hitter Dom DiMaggio had a double and a homer, second place hitter Doc Cramer had two doubles and number three hitter Jimmie Foxx chipped in with a double and a homer in Boston's 12-9 win over the Washington Senators.
WEAVER WINS 15TH
From Elias: Jered Weaver tossed a four-hit shutout to run his record to 15-1 in the Angels' 4-0 win over the A's in Oakland on Monday night. Only five other pitchers in the expansion era have won 15 of their first 16 decisions in a season: Dave McNally (1969), Gaylord Perry (1974), Ron Guidry (1978), Roger Clemens (2001) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010).
ASTROS NOW 0-10 IN EXTRA INNING GAMES
From Elias: The Nationals scored a run in the top of the 11th inning to beat the Astros 5-4 in Houston on Monday night. The Astros record fell to 0-10 in extra-inning games with the loss. Only three other teams in major-league history lost each of its first 10 extra-inning games of a season: the 1982 Twins (first 10), the 1969 Expos (first 12) and the 1907 Cardinals (first 10).
ORIOLES WIN, BUT SCORELESS STREAK ENDS
From Elias: The Orioles defeated the Mariners by a score of 3-1 in Baltimore on Monday night. Seattle did not score its run until the eighth inning, ending Baltimore's streak of consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 28 (over a four-game span). Over the last 15 years, Orioles pitching had only one longer streak of consecutive scoreless innings: 30 straight from August 27-31, 2010.
BEDARD TOSSES A GEM
From Elias: Erik Bedard pitched seven shutout innings while allowing only two hits and no walks to lead Pittsburgh to a 4-0 win over Arizona on Monday night. It marked only the second time in 186 career starts that Bedard allowed as few as two base-runners while pitching at least seven innings. The only other time he did that was when he hurled a two-hit complete game shutout as a member of the Orioles against the Rangers on July 7, 2007.
BRAVES WIN DESPITE STRIKEOUT LESS PERFORMANCE FROM THEIR PITCHERS
From Elias: The Braves defeated the Phillies by a score of 6-1 despite the fact that none of their three pitchers registered a single strikeout. It marked the first time Atlanta pitchers did not strike out a batter since August 15, 1995, when the Braves defeated the Marlins 4-1.
Atlanta starter Ben Sheets earned the victory, the first time he has won a game without registering a strikeout in his career.
TWINS SCORE 10 RUNS IN THE SECOND INNING
From Elias: The Twins scored 10 runs in the second inning en-route to a 14-3 victory over the Indians in Cleveland on Monday night. It marked only the fourth time that the Twins scored 10-or-more runs in an inning on the road since the team moved to Minnesota. The Twins scored 11 runs in the tenth inning at Oakland on June 21, 1969, 10 runs in the fourth inning at Detroit on April 30, 1985 and 10 runs in the fourth inning at Oakland on June 28, 1992.
MCALLISTER ALLOWS SEVEN UNEARNED RUNS
From Elias: Zach McAllister allowed nine runs, seven of which were unearned, in Cleveland's 14-3 loss to Minnesota on Monday night. Over the last 70 years, only three other Indians pitchers allowed as many as seven unearned runs in a single game: Sam McDowell on June 27, 1968 (seven), Charles Nagy on April 22, 1998 (eight) and Brian Anderson on April 19, 2003 (seven).
CUBS LEADOFF K'S IN ALL FOUR TRIPS TO THE PLATE
From Elias: Cubs rookie Brett Jackson struck out in each of his four trips to the plate out of the leadoff spot in Chicago's 2-0 loss to the Padres. Over the last 90 years, only four other Cubs leadoff hitters that have come to the plate at least four times have struck out in every plate appearance in a game: Tony Campana (June 6, 2012), Corey Patterson (twice in 2004) , Willie Wilson (July 10, 1993) and Adolfo Phillips (June 10, 1966). (Phillips was the only one to do it in each of five trips to the plate).
BECKHAM'S LATE HOMER LEADS WHITE SOX TO VICTORY
From Elias: Gordon Beckham homered in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the White Sox the lead in Chicago's 4-2 win over the Royals on Monday night. It marked the second time this season that Beckham has hit a home run in the eighth inning or later to give his team the lead (he also did it in the eighth inning on May 18). Prior to this season, Beckham had never hit a go-ahead home run that late in a game in his career.
BIG NIGHT FOR BREWERS' ROOKIE CATCHER
From Elias: Martin Maldonado went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs to lead the Brewers t o a 6-3 win over the Reds on Monday night. Maldonado became the first rookie catcher in Brewers' history with at least three extra base hits and three RBIs in a game.