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Roger Schlueter

MLB Notebook: Moyer improves with age

MLB Notebook: Moyer improves with age

MLB Notebook: Moyer improves with age
Jamie Moyer is the rare pitcher who has actually seen his production increase after celebrating his 35 th birthday.

At 49 years and 151 days, Moyer (seven innings, six hits, two unearned runs) became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to win a game in the Rockies' 5-3 win over the Padres on Tuesday. The previous oldest had been Jack Quinn, who picked up the victory in relief with five innings of scoreless ball on Sept. 13, 1932, at the age of 49 years and 74 days.

Moyer has won 104 games since the beginning of his age-40 season, the second most in history behind Phil Niekro's 121.

From his age-23 season in 1986 through his age-36 season in '99, Moyer was 118-101 with a 106 ERA+ in 1,928 1/3 innings. From his age-37 season in 2000 through Tuesday, Moyer has gone 150-105 with a 102 ERA+ in 2,109 2/3 innings.

Phil Niekro vs. Jamie Moyer, Age-40 season and on
Pitcher Wins ERA+ IP WHIP K:BB
Phil Niekro 121 103 1977.0 1.385 1.46
Jamie Moyer 104 100 1515.1 1.330 2.07
Moyer's victory gave him 268 for his career, tying him with Jim Palmer for 35th on the all-time list. Moyer also fanned one in the game, leaving him five shy of tying Luis Tiant for 36th on the all-time list.

Remember the Browns
The 1922 St. Louis Browns were an exceptional offensive ballclub. That season, the Browns led the American League in runs, hits, triples, steals, total bases, batting average, slugging, OPS and OPS+, and they finished second in doubles, homers and on-base percentage.

The two undeniable leaders of this attack were first baseman George Sisler and outfielder Ken Williams. Sisler led the league in runs, hits, triples, steals and batting average, while Williams led in home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases. Sisler batted a career-high .420, while Williams became Major League Baseball's first 30-30 man. And both Sisler and Williams actually have a connection to some of the happenings in Tuesday's games.

In 1925, Sisler opened the season by hitting safely in 34 straight games -- a modern-era record that still stands, and currently sits as a lofty goal for Pablo Sandoval and Josh Willingham, who last night inched just a little bit closer toward matching Sisler's feat. And in the '22 season, Williams set a Major League record by homering in six straight contests. While that record has since been eclipsed, Williams' home run streak still stands as the benchmark for the franchise, and serves as perhaps a more realistic goal for Nolan Reimold, a current Orioles outfielder who homered again Tuesday night.

The Twins' Willingham homered in a 1-for-4 night and extended his hitting streak to begin the season to 11 games. The Giants' Sandoval went 2-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak since the start of the season to 11 games.

Meanwhile, Reimold homered in his fourth straight game, the longest streak for an Orioles player since Luke Scott had a four-game run in 2009. The franchise record is shared by Williams (1922) and Reggie Jackson ('76).

Nationals
The Nationals defeated the Astros, 1-0, behind Gio Gonzalez's seven innings of two-hit baseball. The start marked the second straight in which the lefty went at least seven and allowed no more than two hits. The most recent pitcher to have two consecutive starts like this for the franchise was Floyd Youmans, in 1986.

Last season, four pitchers in the Majors had back-to-back starts during which they finished with at least seven innings pitched and no more than two hits allowed: Josh Johnson, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Justin Verlander and Dan Haren.

The Nats' 1-0 win propelled the team to a 9-3 record, tying the 1972 and '74 Expos for the second-best 12-game start for the franchise. The '81 Expos began the year 10-2.

Rangers
The Rangers collected 21 hits in an 18-3 victory over the Red Sox.

The 21 hits were the most for Texas since it had 27 against the Twins last July 25. The Rangers last collected at least 21 hits in a game on the road when they had 22 against the Athletics on Sept. 26, 2010.

The 18 runs were the most for the Rangers since the club scored 20 against the Twins in that aforementioned July 25 game last season. The 18 runs on the road were the most for the Rangers since beating the Orioles, 30-3, on Aug. 22, 2007.

The Rangers hit six homers in the game -- two by Mike Napoli, one apiece from Michael Young, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. The team last hit six in a game on Aug. 20, 2008. The club record is eight, accomplished twice in 2005.

Seven different Rangers had an extra-base hit. The club record for that category is eight, done four times.

Lohse
Kyle Lohse allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, but he came away without a decision in the Cardinals' extra-inning victory over the Reds.

In his three starts on the season, Lohse has allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings, one run in six innings and no runs in seven innings. Before Lohse, the most recent Cardinals pitcher to begin the season with three straight starts of at least six innings and no more than one run allowed in any of them was Woody Williams, in 2003.

Here and there
• With a 3-1 victory over the Royals, the Tigers improved to 8-3 on the season -- the best 11-game start for the franchise since opening 10-1 in 1984.

• Carlos Santana hit his third homer of the year in the Indians' 9-8 win over the Mariners, giving Cleveland at least one home run in all nine of its games this season. Santana is the fifth Indians catcher in the live-ball era to have at least three homers within the team's first nine games, joining Sandy Alomar in 1997 (five), Glenn Myatt in '25 (three), John Romano in '64 (three) and Duke Sims in '68 (three). Before this season, the last time Cleveland had a homer in each of its first nine games was in 2006.

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