Left-hander blanks Red Sox on one hit with 11 K's in eight innings
By Roger Schlueter
Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues on Tuesday …
• The Rays defeated the Red Sox, 3-0, in 10 innings at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay starter Drew Smyly set the tone by working eight innings of one-hit, 11-strikeout ball, becoming just the fourth left-hander since 1913 to face Boston at Fenway and come away with a line that included no runs and at least 11 strikeouts, and the first since Randy Johnson in 1992. Smyly's line also produced a game score of 89 -- the third highest for a southpaw in Rays history, and the highest for any lefty against the Red Sox in the past seven years.
• Making his third start of the year, White Sox right-hander Mat Latos improved to 3-0 after 6 1/3 innings of two-hit ball. In his three outings, Latos has allowed one hit and no runs in six innings, three hits and one run in six innings, and no runs and two hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is the fourth pitcher in the past four seasons to begin his season with three straight appearances featuring at least six innings pitched, three or fewer hits and no more than one run allowed, joining Matt Harvey 2013, Scott Feldman in '14 and Eduardo Rodriguez a year ago.
• Making his third start of the year, Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel worked six innings and allowed one run. He has gone exactly six innings in each of his three starts, allowing one, zero and one runs in his outings thus far. Before Hammel, Rich Hill (2007) was the most recent Cubs hurler to open the year with three straight efforts of at least six innings pitched and no more than one run allowed.
• Batting third in Cleveland's lineup, shortstop Francisco Lindor doubled and singled twice, drew a walk and notched one run and one RBI in the Indians' 3-2 win over the Mariners. The 22-year-old Lindor has started 10 games this season while hitting in the third spot in the order. In the live-ball era, there have been only five shortstops to have a season with at least 75 starts in the three-hole while being younger than 23 years old: Cal Ripken Jr. in 1983, Jim Fregosi in '64, Arky Vaughan in '32, and Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts in 2015.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.