Blue Jays fail to support Halladay once again
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A COMPLETE GEM
By Mark Simon, ESPN ResearchRoy Halladay is chasing history, albeit the pursuit of what would seem to be baseball's most unbreakable record. Halladay, in losing to the Red Sox, threw his fourth straight complete game on Tuesday night. Halladay is the first pitcher in the majors to throw four straight complete games since he did it in 2003.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BASEBALL
|• Brewers at Cubs, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN|
The Blue Jays haven't helped their ace much; they've lost three straight starts that Halladay has made (and finished). Toronto is sputtering in an AL East in which it looks like Tampa Bay and Baltimore are much improved. The Jays are wasting opportunities by not winning games like the one on Tuesday, in which they couldn't touch Boston starter Jon Lester.
And that record Halladay is pursuing he has a long way to go. The mark for most consecutive complete games is an eye-popping 198, set by Jack Lynch from 1881-1890. But maybe Halladay could reach the American League mark of 54 complete games in a row, set by two pitchers, one of whose name you and Halladay may know: Cy Young.
|How Roy Halladay has pitched in his last four starts:|
|* The first pitcher to throw four straight complete games since Halladay did it in 2003.|
FORWARD THINKING: WEDNESDAY• Reds at Cardinals, 1:15 p.m. ET: Aaron Harang (1-3, 2.76 ERA) will make the start for the Reds. He's on pace to pitch more than 200 innings for the fourth straight season. He'll face Braden Looper (3-1, 4.05 ERA), who has allowed three or fewer runs in four of his five starts.
• Mariners at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET: Jarrod Washburn (1-3, 4.03 ERA) will get the start for the Mariners. In three road starts, he has allowed 22 hits in 18 innings pitched. Cliff Lee (4-0, 0.28 ERA) will counter for the Indians. He's pitched eight or more innings in each of his past three starts.
• A's at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET: Dana Eveland (3-1, 2.48 ERA) will make the start for the A's. He's allowed one home run in five starts (29 innings pitched). He'll face Ervin Santana (4-0, 2.97 ERA), who has given up a combined three runs in two starts at home.
NEWS AND NOTES• Mets outfielder Moises Alou was cleared to play after an MRI of his left ankle showed no damage. The oft-injured 41-year-old could be activated on Friday.
• The White Sox announced that their suspended game from Monday night, tied 3-3 with Baltimore after 11 innings when it was halted by rain, will be resumed before the two teams meet on Aug. 25.
• Dodgers right-handed pitcher Jason Schmidt, recovering from shoulder surgery last June, threw 78 pitches in a bullpen session and may start a rehab assignment this week.
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TUESDAY'S NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES
|• Jon Lester allowed one hit while pitching eight shutout innings in the Red Sox's 1-0 win over the Blue Jays. He got a no-decision, however, when the Red Sox scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring single by Kevin Youkilis.||BAD|
|• The Yankees stranded 13 runners on base, including eight in scoring position, in their 6-4 defeat to the Tigers.||UGLY|
|• Jason Jennings lasted just two-plus innings and gave up five runs on eight hits in the Rangers' 9-5 loss to the Royals. He remains winless on the season (0-5), and his ERA rose to 8.56.|
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THIS DATE IN MLB HISTORY (APRIL 30)
• 1946: Dispelling the rumors that he had lost his fastball after nearly four years in the Navy, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians hurled his second career no-hitter, beating the New York Yankees 1-0 on Frankie Hayes' home run in the ninth inning.
• 1961: Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants hit four home runs in a 14-4 victory over the Braves in Milwaukee.
• 2005: The players were asked by commissioner Bud Selig to agree to a 50-game suspension for the first offense, 100-game suspension for the second offense and a lifelong ban after the third offense for the use of steroids. In addition to the harsher three-strike rule, the commissioner also sought a ban on amphetamines.