Each night in the 2016 baseball season, we'll run down the top news, facts and highlights from action around Major League Baseball.
Danny Duffy set a Kansas City Royals record Monday with 16 strikeouts in a 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 27-year-old hurler brought a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but Desmond Jennings broke it up with a double to left field on Duffy's 101st pitch. Duffy improved to 7-1 with a 2.98 ERA on the season with the win.
"The way my stuff was moving early on, I knew I had things going," Duffy told MLB Network. "I was just trying to follow Salvi (Royals catcher Salvador Perez). He called a great game."
Duffy also became just the seventh pitcher since 1913 to have 16 strikeouts or more, while allowing one walk or fewer and one hit or fewer while giving up zero runs.
Kendrys Morales helped Duffy secure the win by collecting two hits, one of which was a solo home run. Paulo Orlando added three hits.
Chris Archer took the tough-luck loss after allowing three runs with six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. He fell to 5-15 on the season.
Players of the Day:
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler hit three home runs in a 12-5 win over the Cleveland Indians Monday. Kepler has now hit 11 Home runs since the start of July (most in MLB during that span). He is the first Twins player with a three-home run game since Justin Morneau in 2007.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks tossed a complete-game shutout Monday in a 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins. Hendricks improves to 10-7 on the season and now has a 2.22 ERA this season; good for third in MLB.
Curtis Granderson helped the New York Mets rob Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner of a leadoff inside-the-park home run:
Three things to know:
— There were 18 trades made before the trade deadline — involving 50 players — which is the most on a non-waiver trade deadline in the wild-card era (since 1995).
— New Indians closer Andrew Miller gave up a home run to the first batter he faced with his new team in mop-up duty against the Twins. Joe Mauer did the damage in the eighth inning.
— Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin hit a towering shot for his seventh career, game-tying or go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later (first this season). Toronto ultimately lost the game, 2-1.
Rangers (62-44) at Orioles (59-45) 7:05 p.m. ET — This game features a great pitching duel. Yu Darvish (2-2, 3.09) takes the mound for Texas against rising young star Dylan Bundy (3-3, 3.46 ERA). Darvish says he's ready for 100 pitches after coming back from Tommy John surgery, but that remains to be seen.
Marlins (57-49) at Cubs (64-41) 8:05 p.m. ET — Jose Fernandez (12-5, 2.79 ERA) faces off against Jason Hammel (10-5, 3.23 ERA). The Cubs have won two straight games after a rough stretch.