Date: August 28, 2012

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

MLB

FELIX IS KING OF THE 1-0 SHUTOUT

Felix Hernandez blanked the Twins on Monday night for his third 1-0 shutout victory since August 4. Only two other pitchers in major-league history recorded three 1-0 shutout wins in a calendar month: Carl Hubbell for the Giants in July 1933 and the Braves' Dick Rudolph in August 1916.

Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins

BREWERS' STAFF SETS MODERN-DAY RECORD

Milwaukee's pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters in Monday night's 15-4 win against the Cubs. It was the seventh straight game in which the Brewers' staff recorded 10 or more strikeouts, setting a modern-day (since 1900) single-season major-league record. The previous longest streak of that kind was six straight games by the 1990 Mets, 2006 Cubs and 2008 Cubs.

Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs

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Soriano

YANKEES SQUANDER LATE LEAD

The Yankees had a 6-4 lead with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer off Rafael Soriano and the Blue Jays went on to win in 11 innings, 8-7.

It was the Yankees' first home loss in a game they led by two or more runs with two outs in the ninth inning since August 18, 2000 against the Angels. On that night in the Bronx, Mariano Rivera squandered a four-run lead with one out to go, allowing an RBI-double and then a game-tying three-run homer by Mo Vaughn. The Angels went on to win that game in 11 innings, 9-8.

New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays

ORIOLES WIN 13th STRAIGHT ONE-RUN GAME

The Orioles' 4-3 triumph over the White Sox was their 13th straight victory in a game decided by one run, the longest single-season winning streak in games decided by the minimum margin for any team since the Blue Jays won a major-league record 19 consecutive one-run games in 1984.

Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox

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Ellsbury

ELLSBURY HITS AND SCORES

Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run on Monday, giving him five consecutive games with at least two hits and a run scored. That's one shy of the longest such streak in the majors this season; Albert Pujols registered multiple hits and crossed the plate in each of six straight games from July 30 to August 4. The only other Boston player in the last five years who had a single-season streak of at least five games of that type was Ellsbury himself, who fashioned a six-game run of that kind in June 2011.

Boston Red Sox

INDIANS' SCORING SLUMP CONTINUES

The slumping Indians were shut out by the Athletics on Monday night, the eighth straight game in which they've been held to three or fewer runs. That is Cleveland's second-longest streak of games scoring no more than three runs in the designated-hitter era. The Indians' only longer stretch of that kind over those 40 seasons came in June 1991, when they failed to score at least four runs in nine consecutive games on the way to finishing with a 57-105 (.352) record.

Cleveland Indians

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Kelly

SUCCESSFUL DEBUT FOR KELLY

Casey Kelly, in his first big-league game, threw six scoreless innings and went 1-for-2 at the plate, helping the Padres defeat the Braves, 3-0. Only three other active pitchers had a major-league debut in which they started, earned a win, did not allow a run and had at least one hit as a batter: Josh Beckett (2001 Marlins), Paul Maholm (2005 Pirates) and Matt Harvey (2012 Mets).

San Diego Padres

ROCKIES ROUT DODGERS

The Rockies (51-75 entering the game) whitewashed the Dodgers (69-59 prior to Monday) by a 10-0 score, marking only the third time in the last 30 years that a team at least 20 games under .500 won a double-digit shutout over an opponent 10-or-more games above .500. That also happened over the last three decades in 1990, when the Braves blanked the Reds, 10-0, and in 2006, when the Rays skunked the Red Sox, 11-0.

Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Beltre

RANGERS HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS OFF PRICE

Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz connected for back-to-back home runs off David Price highlighting the Rangers' 6-5 win over the Rays. It was the first time in Price's major-league career that he allowed consecutive home runs and it was the first time this season that a Rays pitcher allowed back-to-back homers.

Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays

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Arroyo

ARROYO'S 6 HOMERS ARE MOST FOR REDS PITCHER SINCE SEAVER

Bronson Arroyo hit a home run and earned the win in the Reds' 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. It was Arroyo's first four-bagger this season, but the fourth by a Cincinnati pitcher, the most for any staff in the majors. Arroyo's six career home runs are the most by a Reds pitcher since Tom Seaver hit six from 1977 to 1982.

Cincinnati Reds


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