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19 May 2016

Chris Sale (CHW)

He threw his third complete game of the season and continues his unbeaten streak through his first nine outings, putting his ERA at 1.58. He is the second pitcher of the Chicago White Sox to win his first nine starts and the third in MLB since 1920 that achieves that feat with an earned run average as low as Sale's. No hurler for their club had completed 3 games as a starter in his first 9 games since 1991.                  

Extra: The Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins have registered the worst records in each league (10-30). It is only the second Major League Baseball season in the Modern Era (since 1900) in which two franchises have lost at least 30 of their first 40 games.
18 May 2016

Justin Verlander (DET)

He struck out ten batters for the second time this season and reaches 10+ strikeouts for the thirtieth time in his career. This performance allowed him to reach 2,003 strikeouts in 12 seasons in the Majors, all while wearing the uniform of the Detroit Tigers. He is the sixth active pitcher to have 2,000+ K's and the 76th in MLB history.

Extra: Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals) became the catcher with the most games played in franchise history (1,475). A total of 39 backstops have played in 1,400+ games in the Majors.
17 May 2016

Khris Davis (OAK)

In just his fourth season, he had a 3-homer game for the first time, the last of which was a walk-off grand slam (also the first of his career). He is the second player in MLB history that connects his third homer of the game with the bases loaded to win a contest. Since August of last year, the Oakland Athletics' outfielder has hit more home runs than any other player in the Majors.                                                      

Extra: Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers) reached his sixth consecutive start in which he struck out 10+ batters and averaged no more than a walk, which extends his record in the Majors (Modern Era, since 1900). On the season, he registers 88 strikeouts and just 4 free passes to a 22K / BB ratio, which allows him to have the possibility of overcoming the current mark of 11.63 K / BB for a campaign in the Modern Era.
16 May 2016

Yan Gomes (CLE)

He's hit a home run in the last 3 games in which he starts as the catcher in the Cleveland Indians' lineup and reached number 50 with the club (54 total home runs in his career). The first Brazilian player to debut in the Majors is the third backstop of the franchise that connects on home runs in at least 3 consecutive games since 1975 (Sandy Alomar Jr. 1994 -2 times, and 1997 / Victor Martinez 2006).
15 May 2016

Carlos Beltran (NYY)

He became the sixth active player and 54th in MLB history to connect on 400+ career homers. He is the eighth player to reach the mark playing for New York Yankees, and no other club has had that amount of players getting 400 home runs while wearing the uniform of a team.
Beltran is the fourth ambidextrous in getting to this figure; the other three are members of the Hall of Fame.
He is now part of a group of just 5 players who have 400+ longballs and 300+ stolen bases. 

Extra: Kendrys Morales (Kansas City Royals) hit the third walk-off home run of his career, and all have been in extra innings and with three different teams (the other two were with the Los Angeles Angels in 2010 and the Seattle Mariners in 2013). He is the third active player to achieve that feat.
14 May 2016

David Ortiz (BOS)

He homered in the third inning, tripled to tie the game in the ninth inning, and belted a walk-off double in the eleventh frame. The designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox is the oldest player since 1900 to connect on a double, a triple, and a home run in one game. 
For Big Papi, it was the 600th double of his career (MLB Rank #15) and he became just the third player in the Majors history with 500+ home runs and 600+ doubles. 

Extra: Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals) got the win to improve his record to 6-0, leaving just 3 pitchers unbeaten this season with 6+ wins. He is the second pitcher to start off the season for the team with a 6-0 or better mark. He improved his career record to 60-37 and reached 60 wins in fewer decisions than any other pitcher in franchise history.
13 May 2016

Chris Sale (CHW)

He has started the campaign in a perfect way to get 8 wins in his first 8 starts (ERA 1.67), becoming the fourth White Sox pitcher to achieve that (the last time this happened they were World Series champions, Jon Garland 2005).
Since 1951, Sale is just the fifth pitcher in the Majors to triumph in his first 8 games of the season while having an ERA under 2.00.

Extra: Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles) and Troy Tulowitzki (Toronto Blue Jays) both connected on home run number 200, and are now among the 330 players who have reached that mark in their careers. Tulowitzki is the thirteenth shortstop in history and Jones is the third active center fielder with that amount of longballs.
12 May 2016

Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

The left-hander threw his second shutout of the year and the fourteenth of his career, in a 5-0 win over the New York Mets, in which he struck out 13 batters (unbeaten against the Mets, 7-0 in the regular season). He now has a 5-1 record this season with a 1.74 ERA and leads the Majors in strikeouts (77).
In each of his last 5 starts, the Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher has had 10+ strikeouts and averaged less than a walk, which sets a record in MLB for games in a row with those numbers. 
Kershaw has a record of 81-0 in his career as a starter when the Dodgers score 4 or more runs. 
This was his 250th start in his ninth year in the Majors, and has accumulated a 119-57 record, a 2.40 ERA, and 1,823 strikeouts (MLB Rank #106, active). 

Extra: The Boston Red Sox for the second time in franchise history, have a streak of 4 games in a row in which they score 11+ runs. Since 1950, only 3 other teams have had a similar streak with 10+ runs.
11 May 2016

Max Scherzer (WSH)

The Washington Nationals' pitcher, who before the game had the worst ERA (4.60) among the starters of the team and had allowed the most home runs (9), including 4 in their last game, dominated the Detroit Tigers, reaching 20 strikeouts and tying the mark for K's in a 9-inning game (record is 21 K's in 16 frames). He is the fourth pitcher in history to reach that total of strikeouts and did it with the highest percentage (80.7) of strikes thrown (119 pitches - 96 strikes). Scherzer is the second of them that has also thrown two no-hitters. 
His maximum number of whiffs prior to this game was 17, which got him his second no-hitter of 2015.

With his first victory against his former club, Max has beaten all 30 MLB teams, a mark he shares with John Lackey (Chicago Cubs) among active pitchers.

10 May 2016

Joe Mauer (MIN)

The Minnesota Twins' manager trying to find ways to win (the club has the worst record in its history starting off a season), put Mauer who leads the league in on-base percentage, in the lead-off spot. It was the first time in his career that he was first in the batting order and was unable to contribute going 0-3 with a walk; with the defeat, the team left its record at 8-24.

Mauer in 13 seasons has played 920 games as a catcher and is one of only three backstops that debuted in the Expansion Era (since 1961), to bat first in the lineup after 800+ games behind the plate. He is also the third defensive player at any position (last 20 seasons), that starts in the leadoff spot after 1,400+ games in the Majors.

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