The Detroit Tigers are on their longest win streak since 1968, thanks to another stellar pitching performance by their 23-game ace, Justin Verlander.
Verlander hurled seven innings of six-hit ball in pitching the Tigers to their 11th straight win, 5-0 over the Chicago White Sox. Verlander is 23-5. He’s the first Tiger hurler since Hal Newhouser in 1946 to win 11 straight starts. He’s the AL’s first 23-game winner since Barry Zito did it in 2002.
Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer for the AL Central-leading Tigers.
Rivera closes in…
Mariano Rivera earned his 600th save, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman’s major league record, by closing out the New York Yankees’ 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. It came in the 1,037th big league appearance for the 41-year-old Rivera, who called 600 saves “a great number” before adding: “I’m not a guy who looks for things like that.”
A little Boston home cooking…
Tim Wakefield earned his 200th win on his eighth try, Dustin Pedroia hit two homers in Boston’s highest-scoring game of the season and the Red Sox ended a five-game losing streak with an 18-6 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox’ lead in the wild card is four over Tampa Bay. The 45-year-old Wakefield is the 108th pitcher to record 200 wins.
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