Date: June 18, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Scherzer is 10-0 with no complete games

Max Scherzer pitched only six innings against the Orioles, but he earned the win and improved to 10-0 this season. Scherzer is the first starting pitcher in major-league history to begin a season 10-0 with no complete games thrown to that point.

Scherzer struck out 10 batters on Monday night and he's recorded at least six strikeouts in all 14 of his starts this season. The only other pitcher in American-League history to strike out more than five batters in each of his first 14 starts of a season is Pedro Martinez, who did so in each of three straight years for the Red Sox: 1999 (first 15 starts), 2000 (all 29 starts) and 2001 (first 14).

Detroit Tigers


Gee, that hurts

Dillon Gee lost a shutout and the game when he allowed a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the ninth inning, which gave the Braves a 2-1 victory over the Mets. Gee was the first starting pitcher since the Angels' John Lackey in 2008 to allow a walkoff home run. The only other pitcher in Mets history who had a shutout spoiled by a walkoff homer was Roger Craig in 1963; he was taken deep by the Phillies' Roy Sievers at Connie Mack Stadium.

New York Mets


Milestone night for Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton, playing in his 400th major-league game, hit his 99th and 100th career home runs, helping the Marlins defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-2. Stanton, Bob Horner and Eddie Mathews are the only players in major-league history who made their big-league debuts before their 21st birthdays and then hit at least 100 homers in their first 400 games.

Miami Marlins


Howard ends home-run drought

Ryan Howard was 3-for-3 with a home run in the Phillies' win over the Nationals. Howard, before going deep in the second inning, had hit only one home run in his previous 117 at-bats. That was the longest span of at-bats in his major-league career in which he hit no more than one homer.

Philadelphia Phillies

Trout scores 200th run

Mike Trout is the sixth player in the last 50 years to score his 200th career run in the major leagues at age 21 or younger. The others were Tony Conigliaro, Cesar Cedeno, Robin Yount, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Alex Rodriguez.

Los Angeles Angels

Royals undefeated when tied entering 9th inning

The Royals scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie and held on to beat the Indians, 2-1. Kansas City is now 5-0 this season in games that were tied entering the ninth inning and is the only team in the major leagues that has not lost a game of that kind in 2013.

Kansas City Royals

Blue Jays win with three singles

The Blue Jays managed only three singles against the Rockies, but thanks to Maicer Izturis's two-run hit in the eighth inning they defeated Colorado, 2-0. It was the first time in more than a year that a major-league team won a regular-season game with three or fewer hits and no extra-base hits. That had last happened on June 13, 2012 when the Rangers edged the Diamondbacks, 1-0, while mustering just three singles. (During the 2012 postseason the Giants beat the Reds in a 10-inning game in which San Francisco had three hits, all singles.)

The home team has won all 13 games between the Blue Jays and Rockies, who first played each other in 2002. That ties the longest current streak of games won by the home club in any matchup. Each of the last 13 games between the Braves and Brewers has been won by the hosting team.

Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies


Cruz crushes Athletics

Nelson Cruz hit two home runs and a double in four at-bats, helping the Rangers defeat the Athletics, 8-7. Cruz entered the night batting .203 (47 for 232) against Oakland over the last five seasons. That was the lowest batting average since 2009 versus the Athletics among the 26 players with at least 150 at-bats against them over that span.

Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers


Viciedo clears the bases

Dayan Viciedo's three-run triple was the highlight of the White Sox' 4-2 win over the Astros. The White Sox entered the game with only one extra-base hit with the bases loaded this season, which tied them with the Nationals for the fewest in the majors prior to Monday's games.

Chicago White Sox

Reds score all four runs on solo homers

Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce hit home runs in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Pirates. One other major-league team scored four (or more) runs in a game this season, with solo homers accounting for all of their runs: the Phillies, in a 4-3 win against the Red Sox on May 29.

Cincinnati Reds



Paille scores winning goal in consecutive games

Daniel Paille scored the first goal in the Bruins' 2-0 victory in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, after scoring the overtime goal that earned Boston a 2-1 win in Game 2. Paille is only the second player in the last 17 years to score the winning goal in each of two consecutive games in a Stanley Cup Final series, joining Fernando Pisani, who did that for Edmonton in Games 5 and 6 of the 2006 Final against Carolina. That used to be a fairly common feat. In fact, someone pulled it off in each of four consecutive Finals from 1992 through 1995: Mario Lemieux in 1992, John LeClair in 1993, Glenn Anderson in 1994 and Neal Broten in 1995.

Boston Bruins


Rask blanks Blackhawks

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask recorded the first shutout of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final with a 2-0 win in Game 3. There were only three shutouts in the 12 Stanley Cup Finals that were contested from 1987 through 1998 (one each in 1991, 1992 and 1996), but there have been 23 shutouts in the 14 Finals since then, with at least one in every series except 2010, when Chicago beat Philadelphia.

Boston Bruins