Price in more elite company
Rays LHP David Price accomplished a lot on Tuesday, and furthered his candidacy for the AL Cy Young Award along the way:
* He lowered his major-league leading ERA to 2.56.
* He won his 19th game, matching the Angels' Jered Weaver for the AL lead and tying his own 2010 Rays team record. Worth nting, the last 8 pitchers to lead the AL in ERA and wins (solo or shared) have won the Cy Young Award.
* He crossed the 200 strikeout and 200 innings marks, and with that he and James Shields became the seventh set of teammates to have 200 Ks in back to back seasons. They joined:
Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax 1962-65 Dodgers
Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling 2001-02 D-backs
Nolan Ryan, Frank Tanana 1976-77 Angels
Eddie Plank, Rube Waddell 1904-05 A's
Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant 1967-68 Indians
Joe Coleman, Mickey Lolich 1971-73 Tigers
* He became the second pitcher since 1918 to pitch a complete game at Fenway against the Sox with 13 or more strikeouts and 0 walks, joining Mike Mussina. He is the fourth visiting lefty to have at least 13 Ks in a game at Fenway, joining Jack Harshman ('54 White Sox), McDowell ('71 Indians), Johnson ('98 Mariners). And he is the second Ray to have a 13-K, 0-walk game at any point, joining Scott Kazmir (2007 vs. Oakland).