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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• There were seven shutouts in the major leagues on Tuesday night. It was the seventh time in major league history that there were seven or more shutouts in one day and it was one shy of the record for blankings in a single day. There were eight shutouts on June 4, 1972.
Five of the eight shutouts on June 4, 1972 were complete games: Catfish Hunter (Oakland), Tom Timmerman (Detroit), John Curtis (Boston), Bob Gibson (St. Louis) and Don Wilson (Houston). Only two of the seven shutouts on Tuesday night were complete games: Bronson Arroyo and Doug Davis.
• Arroyo threw a shutout for the Reds against the Giants, and he did it on three days' rest. Arroyo's teammate, Aaron Harang, is the only other pitcher this season to throw a shutout on short rest. From 2001 to 2005, only one pitcher threw a shutout on three days (or less) of rest: Jason Marquis did it for the Cardinals at Washington on Aug. 27, 2005.
• Johan Santana did not throw a complete-game shutout Tuesday night, but he allowed no runs on two hits and struck out 12 in eight innings. It was only the third time this season that a major league pitcher allowed no runs and two or fewer hits with at least 12 strikeouts. The others were by San Diego's Jake Peavy against Milwaukee on May 11 (7 IP, 2 H, 13 SO) and Baltimore's Erik Bedard against Florida on June 21 (8 IP, 2 H, 12 SO).
Prior to tonight, there had been only two other games since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961 in which a Twins pitcher had such a game. Santana himself had a similar game against Toronto in 2002 and Eric Milton did it in his no-hitter against Anaheim in 1999.
Santana leads the major leagues in wins (17), strikeouts (219) and EA (2.84) and he trails Roy Halladay by 2/3 of an inning for the lead in innings pitched. The last pitcher to lead the majors in all four of those categories in a single season was Sandy Koufax in 1966 (27 wins, 323 innings, 317 strikeouts and a 1.73 ERA).
• The Twins have won 14 straight games against the Devil Rays. It's the second-longest current winning streak by one major league team against another, behind Oakland's 15-game win streak against Seattle.
It is also the third-longest winning streak against a particular team for the Twins since they moved to Minnesota from Washington in 1961. The Twins had a 17-game winning streak against Boston (1965-1966) and a 16-game winning streak against Detroit (2002-2003).
• Kason Gabbard earned his first major league win as the Red Sox nipped the White Sox 1-0. Gabbard is the third pitcher this season whose first major league victory was as a starting pitcher in a 1-0 game, following the Cubs' Ryan O'Malley and Houston's Chris Sampson. It has been 11 years since three pitchers got their first major league win as a starting pitcher in a 1-0 game -- Philadelphia's Mike Grace, Cincinnati's C.J. Nitkowski and Milwaukee's Steve Sparks did it in 1995.
• Javier Vazquez was the losing pitcher in the Chicago's 1-0 loss at Fenway Park. The Sox had scored 170 runs in Vazquez's previous 26 starts this season, an average of 6.54 runs per game. That run support was the second-highest for any major league pitcher with at least 20 starts this season, behind Cleveland's Paul Byrd (6.63 runs per start).
• Roy Halladay left after seven innings with the Blue Jays holding a 2-1 lead, a game Toronto eventually lost 7-2. It was the sixth time this season that Halladay left a game as the pitcher of decision on the winning side only to watch Toronto relievers blow the lead (and thus a win for Halladay). The six "blown wins" tie Halladay with John Smoltz for the major league lead in that category.
• Jeremy Sowers is 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA and two shutouts in nine starts since July 22. Sowers leads all major league pitchers in ERA and shutouts since that date and only Jon Garland (7) has more wins.
• The Phillies' game against Houston was rained out Tuesday night, the eighth time this season that the Phillies had a game postponed. No other major league team has had more than five postponed games this season. Boston and Atlanta (which was also rained out on Tuesday) are next on the list with five postponements.
Eight major league teams have not had any games postponed this season: Cincinnati, Colorado, Milwaukee, Minnesota, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
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