MLB Notebook: Winning by slimmest margin

MLB Notebook: Winning by slimmest margin

MLB Notebook: Winning by slimmest margin
Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Pete Alexander own three of the top four career victory totals in baseball history. In the modern era, Mathewson has the most 30-win seasons, Alexander the second most and Johnson is tied for third. Alexander and Johnson are tied for the most pitching Triple Crowns, with three apiece, with Matty right behind them with two.

Johnson has the most career shutouts, with Old Pete second and Mathewson third. And when it comes to the ultimate kind of shutout -- a 1-0 win -- the trio again dominates the top of the all-time leaderboards. The Big Train threw the most (38), Alexander has the second most (17) and Mathewson stands in fourth place (14). The man breaking up the trio's monopoly in this category might surprise some folks; it is Bert Blyleven, who threw 15 career complete-game shutouts in which the final score was 1-0.

• In their annual Patriots' Day game, the Red Sox lost to the Rays, 1-0.

With the defeat, the Red Sox fell to 67-50 all-time on Patriots' Day. They also fell to 0-3 against Tampa Bay in these affairs. The last time the two teams met in the annual ballgame was on April 19, 2010.

Boston's 1-0 loss marked the fifth time since the beginning of the 2008 season it lost a game of that score. Those five over the past five seasons are tied for the seventh fewest in the Majors. The Orioles and Rangers each have one 1-0 loss since 2008, the Cubs and Tigers each have three, the Rockies and Yankees have four, and the Red Sox are tied with the White Sox, Phillies, Marlins and Cardinals. At the other extreme, the Padres have endured 17 such losses since the beginning of the 2008 season.

• The Rays' 1-0 win over the Red Sox was built on the foundation of James Shields' 8 1/3 innings of four-hit ball. It was the first time that Shields started and got the win in a 1-0 contest. Among active pitchers, Johan Santana has the most 1-0 wins in starts, with seven.

Active pitchers: Most starts and wins in 1-0 games
Pitcher Ws in 1-0 games SOs in 1-0 games
Johan Santana 7 1
Roy Halladay 6 3
Tim Hudson 5 1
Jamie Moyer 4 0
Andy Pettitte 4 0
CC Sabathia 4 4
CC Sabathia 4 4
Barry Zito 4 0
Dan Haren 4 1
Chad Billingsley 4 0
Jake Peavy 4 2
Anibal Sanchez 4 1
• On Monday, Derek Jeter hit his 26th career leadoff home run, moving out of a tie with Brian Downing, Hanley Ramirez and Rickie Weeks and into sole possession of 18th place on the all-time list. Curtis Granderson followed Jeter's long ball with one of his own, giving New York its first back-to-back homers to begin a game since Jeter and Robinson Cano did it on Sept. 23, 2005.

Josh Willingham went 1-for-5 with an RBI in the Twins' 7-3 victory over the Yankees and has at least one hit in each of Minnesota's first 10 games. He is the first Twins player to do that since Jacque Jones in 2002.

• Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters homered twice and hit his first career grand slam in the Orioles' 10-4 win over the White Sox in 10 innings. Wieters, who tied a career high with five RBIs, has two career multihomer games. Since 1954 -- the year the franchise moved to Baltimore -- Gus Triandos has the most career multihomer games (10) for the club as a catcher. Chris Hoiles has nine, followed by Rick Dempsey, Ramon Hernandez and Charles Johnson, who are tied with four.

Adam Jones went 2-for-6 and hit his fourth home run of the season for Baltimore against Chicago. Jones has collected at least one hit in each of the first 10 games of the year; he is the first player to do that since Brian Roberts in 2005.

Paul Konerko went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Chicago's loss to Baltimore. Konerko has at least one hit in each of the first nine games of the season, marking the second straight year he has accomplished this feat. In addition, Konerko has an extra-base hit in six of the first nine games. The other players to do that for the franchise over the past 40 seasons are Jim Thome in 2006 (an extra-base hit in seven of the first nine contests), plus Dick Allen (1973), Carlton Fisk (1981), Frank Thomas (1994) and Konerko (2001), all of whom had six in the first nine.

• Pablo Sandoval went 1-for-4 on Monday and has hit safely in each of the Giants' first 10 games. He is the first player since Ray Durham in 2007 to do that for the club.

In the first regular-season matchup between two-time Cy Young Award winners since May 16, 2009, Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (eight innings, seven hits, two runs) picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season, defeating San Francisco's Tim Lincecum (six innings, eight hits, five runs), who fell to 0-2 for the year.

In that 2009 matchup, Johan Santana allowed six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in seven innings but recorded the win and beat Randy Johnson (four innings, 11 hits, seven runs).

• Arizona's Chris Young went 3-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season in the D-backs' 5-1 win over the Pirates. Young also has three doubles for the season, giving him eight extra-base hits through his club's first 10 games. That total is the third most for a D-backs player (behind Luis Gonzalez's 10 in 2001 and Troy Glaus' nine in 2005) but not among the highest totals in the Majors over the past 20 seasons.

Most extra-base hits through first 10 games: 1993-2012
Player Year Extra-base hits
Chris Shelton 2006 15
Dante Bichette 1994 13
Derek Jeter 1999 12
Larry Walker 1997 11
Aramis Ramirez 2004 11
Alex Rodriguez 2007 11
Ian Kinsler 2009 11
• Jered Weaver (6 2/3 innings, five hits) and three relievers combined on a six-hitter in the Angels' 6-0 win over the Athletics.

Weaver fanned six batters in the game, giving him 1,000 K's for his career. He is the eighth pitcher in franchise history to collect at least 1,000, joining Nolan Ryan (2,416), Chuck Finley (2,151), Mike Witt (1,283), Frank Tanana (1,233), John Lackey (1,201), Mark Langston (1,112) and Ervin Santana (1,041).

Weaver is also the 80th pitcher in the modern era to reach 1,000 strikeouts through his first seven seasons. Tom Seaver has the most, with 1,655, followed by Blyleven (1,546) and Fergie Jenkins (1,466).

Oakland's 6-0 loss marked the third time this season the club has been shut out. Those three shutouts through the team's first 11 games are the most since the 1966 Kansas City Athletics were blanked three times within their first 10 contests.

Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.