|With his rapid strikeout rate, Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish put name alongside all-time greats in his second Major League season in 2013.
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|Of all the regular-season games played between 1916-2013, 148 of them witnessed a starting pitcher end his day with the following line: at least nine innings pitched, no more than one hit allowed and no runs or walks surrendered.
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|When slicing the 2013 campaign neatly into monthly segments, there were 20 pitchers to produce a single month that saw a line include at least five starts, an ERA below 2.00, a WHIP below 1.00 and a winning percentage of at least .800.
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|The very first season National League hurlers could measure themselves up against American League pitchers -- the 1901 campaign -- the claimant for the lowest ERA among both the leagues' qualifiers was none other than Cy Young, who posted a 1.62 mark for the Boston team in the AL. Over a century later, Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is slowly cementing his status among some of the game's all-time great hurlers.
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|From 1893-2012, 20 players qualified for the batting title in their age-20 season and finished that campaign with an on-base plus slugging percentage of at least 120.
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|With 710 plate appearances last season -- a campaign that saw Paul Goldschmidt take a substantial leap forward, emerge as a league-leader in a number of categories and fill up the trophy case with a bevy of honors -- the slugger became one of 351 players since 1893 to be in his age-25 or younger season qualify for the batting title and play at least 75 percent of his games at first base.
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|John Lackey, who won the second Fall Classic clincher of his career, World Series MVP Award winner David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, who drove in four runs in Game 6, helped to lift the Red Sox to their third title in the past 10 seasons.
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|With his World Series Game 2 victory at Fenway Park on Thursday, Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha became the seventh pitcher in history to open with starts and wins in each of his first four career playoff appearances.
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|Starter Jon Lester went 7 2/3 scoreless innings and cleanup man David Ortiz had a home run and three RBIs to lift the Red Sox to an 8-1 win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
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|Every World Series casts its own shadow and becomes memorable for its own set of numerical and narrative contributions, but it also aligns itself with all of the Fall Classics that preceded it. With these perspectives in mind, we look at some thoughts to consider before the 109th Fall Classic begins.
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|At 21 years and 16 days old for Thursday's ALCS Game 5 win over the Tigers, Xander Bogaerts became the youngest Red Sox starter in a postseason game. The previous youngest was Babe Ruth, who took the mound at the age of 21 years and 246 days in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series.
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|The Dodgers tied a franchise postseason record with four home runs Wednesday, staving off elimination and sending the NLCS back to St. Louis for Game 6.
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|Boston's 1-0 win over Detroit on Tuesday marked the fourth time this postseason only a single run was scored in a game, tying the 1991 playoffs for the most in history.
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|In Division Series history, only seven times has a starter fanned 10 batters while not allowing a run. With his performance Thursday in Game 5 vs. Oakland, Justin Verlander added his name to that list for the third time.
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|Adam Wainwright's win over the Pirates in Game 5 on Wednesday put the Cardinals into the National League Championship Series and marked the sixth time in team history a starter had gone the distance for a victory in a winner-take-all finale.
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|Limited to just six singles in their 3-1 ALDS-clinching win over the Rays on Tuesday, the Red Sox won a playoff game without the benefit of an extra-base hit for the first time since Game 1 of the 1986 World Series.
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|On Thursday, Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw became just the 12th and 13th pitchers to fan at least nine and allow three hits or fewer in the opener of a postseason series.
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|Alex Cobb tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in the Rays' 4-0 win in the AL Wild Card Game, becoming just the 30th starter in history to win a winner-take-all playoff game on the road.
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|Starter Francisco Liriano allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings and catcher Russell Martin went deep twice to lift the Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Reds in the NL Wild Card Game.
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|Braves leadoff man Jason Heyward had five hits, including a a homer and three triples on Thursday vs. the Phillies, becoming the 43rd player since 1916 to collect four extra-base hits from the top spot in the order.
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