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The Tampa Bay Rays improved to an MLB best 21-3 since June 28th thanks to Chris Archer's two-hit shutout of the New York Yankees. Who's Chris Archer you ask? He's the next in a long line of fantastic pitchers that have been developed by the Rays since 2006.
Since '06, Rays have drafted/developed Shields, Kazmir, Price, Moore, Hellickson, Cobb and now Archer. Simply unparalleled.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2013
That's pretty remarkable. And the 24-year-old rookie is also on the verge of making history after recording his second shutout in his past three starts.
Via @eliassports Chris Archer should finish July with an 0.73 ERA, the lowest ERA by a rookie for that calendar month in MLB history!
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 27, 2013
Wait, there's more.
Tampa Bay starters' WHIP over the last calendar month: 0.89. Only two starters have a better WHIP in '13: Kershaw (0.87) and Harvey (0.88).
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2013
When the pitching is going that well, you can afford a rough day offensively. The Rays certainly benefited on Saturday, winning 1-0 on Kelly Johnson's RBI single.
Dan Haren gets the duke: Winless since May 8 — a span covering 11 starts — Dan Haren pitched seven innings of one-run ball to finally get back in the left hand column in Washington's 4-1 victory. He did so by limiting the New York Mets to one run on three hits while striking out six. In between victories, Haren had the look of a pitcher who was finished, going 0-8 with a 6.18 ERA. To make matters worse, Washington lost all 11 games, But he can finally take that monkey off his back after Saturday.
Shutout City: Behind eight scoreless innings from Justin Masterson, the Cleveland Indians earned an important 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers. The shutout victory was their 13th this season, tying them with the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates for the MLB lead. It was also necessary since Yu Darvish was every bit as dominant for Texas.
Braves 2, Cardinals 0: Scoreless until the eighth, Andrelton Simmons delivered a two-run double to provide the difference.
Astros 8, Blue Jays 6: Houston scored four in the first inning and held on tight for their second win in 10 games. Worth noting: Toronto is also 2-8 in their last 10.
A's 3, Angels 1: Derek Norris hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh.
Twins 4, Mariners 0: Seattle's offensive struggles continue as Minnesota tosses its fifth shutout of the season. Justin Morneau and Brian Dozier each homered in the win.
Red Sox 7, Orioles 3: On the good side, Stephen Drew hit two homers and drove in five runs. On the bad side, David Ortiz went straight up batty.
Royals 1, White Sox 0: Kansas City holds on with some incredible defense, including a game-saving catch by David Lough in the ninth.
Tigers 10, Phillies 0: Plenty of offensive support for Max Scherzer as he improves to 15-1. Miguel Cabrera knocked in three in his return from a hip ailment.
Pirates 7, Marlins 4: Career-high four hits for backup catcher Michael McKenry.
Brewers 7, Rockies 5: All-Star Carlos Gomez collected two hits and stole three bases.
Padres 12, Diamondbacks 3: Andrew Cashner was the winner on the hill and also hit his first career home run for San Diego.
Cubs 1, Giants 0: Nate Schierholtz comes back to haunt San Francisco with a ninth inning solo homer.
Dodgers 4, Reds 1: If not for the ridiculous Rays, Los Angeles would be baseball's hottest team. They've won 25 of their last 31.
''I laugh every day. It can be a pitcher throwing his 'out' pitch in the right location, and he'll hit it for a home run. It just doesn't surprise you, anything he does. He's obviously the best.''
— Max Scherzer on Miguel Cabrera
Old school uniforms and old school batting stances.
• Miguel Cabrera is hitting .447 with nine homers and 34 hits in games started by Max Scherzer this season.
• Saturday was only the second day in MLB history with four 1-0 shutouts. The first came on Sept. 2, 2001. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)
• According to Terry Collins, Matt Harvey will get ten more starts before being shut down by the New York Mets.