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Friday, September 27, 2013

Tigers pitching staff ties single-season MLB strikeout record


Tigers pitchers struck out seven batters in Friday’s game against the Marlins, allowing them to tie the Major League Baseball single-season record for strikeouts by a pitching staff.

The 2003 Cubs held the record for a decade, after Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Clement spearheaded a staff that racked up 1,404 punch-outs (8.7 strikeouts per nine innings).

Detroit’s staff of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and company came into Friday’s game with an MLB-best 1,397 strikeouts — already a franchise record and 57 more than the next closest team — as well as an MLB-best 8.75 K/9 ratio, best in franchise history.

Jose Veras struck out Giancarlo Stanton to tie the record.

The Tigers have put together 59 games with double-digit strikeout totals.

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