Roger Schlueter

MLB Notebook: Cook pitches to contact in Boston

MLB Notebook: Cook pitches to contact in Boston

MLB Notebook: Cook pitches to contact in Boston
In 1919, left-hander Slim Sallee joined Christy Mathewson as the only pitchers since 1893 to qualify for the ERA title and finish the season with more wins than walks allowed. Perhaps even more startling than Sallee's wins and walks totals were his only 24 strikeouts. That season, Sallee threw four shutouts, with three of them featuring no strikeouts and no walks.

Since Sallee's four shutouts, only one other pitcher -- Jack Quinn in 1928 -- has had three such shutouts in a season. Since Sallee in 1919, only one other qualifying pitcher has finished a year with more victories than walks.

Bret Saberhagen finished the 1994 season with 14 wins and 13 walks. Four seasons later, Saberhagen -- pitching for the Red Sox against the Angels -- posted an interesting line in what turned out to be his 11th victory of the year.

Facing a lineup that featured Darin Erstad, Jim Edmonds, Tim Salmon, Troy Glaus, Cecil Fielder and Garret Anderson, Saberhagen finished his start with seven innings pitched, five hits, one run (unearned), no walks and no strikeouts.

Aaron Cook
In Boston's 5-1 win over Chicago on Monday, Cook became the first pitcher since Justin Verlander in 2006 to have an outing of at least seven innings with no earned runs, walks or strikeouts. Cook is the first Red Sox starter to have a line like this since Saberhagen in 1998.

Chicago's Adam Dunn -- who leads the Majors in both strikeouts (138) and walks (72) -- had neither in three at-bats against Cook. It was only the third time Dunn has finished with no K's or walks this season.

Miguel Montero
In Arizona's 5-3 victory over Cincinnati, Montero went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and four RBIs. The game marked the fourth time in his Diamondbacks career the catcher has had three extra-base hits in a game.

Those four are the most for any backstop in D-backs history. Since the start of the 2011 season, Montero's 77 extra-base hits are third most for any catcher, behind the 80 by Yadier Molina and 78 from Matt Wieters.

Hanley Ramirez
Ramirez hit his 13th home run and stole his 13th base as the Marlins defeated the Nationals, 5-3. Since his first full season in 2006, Ramirez has 19 games with a home run and stolen base.

Ramirez's 19 are the fifth most in the Majors since 2006. Alex Rios leads the way with 23 such games. Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes each have 22 such games since 2006.

Shin-Soo Choo
Choo doubled twice, scored twice and stole a base as the Indians defeated the Rays, 3-2. Choo -- whose 29 doubles tie him with the Royals' Alex Gordon for the American League lead -- started his 54th game in the leadoff spot for Cleveland.

In those 54 games, he owns a .324/.390/.560/.950 slash line. Among players with at least 30 games in the leadoff spot, Choo's .950 OPS is the third highest. He trails Dexter Fowler of the Rockies (.990) and Mike Trout of the Angels (.972).

Austin Jackson
Jackson went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run in his 13th straight game.

The run-scoring streak is the longest in the Majors since Orlando Cabrera had a 13-game stretch in 2009. It's the longest such streak for Detroit since Johnny Groth's 13-game streak in 1950.

The Bombers defeated the Blue Jays, 6-3, and extended their streak of games with three or more runs to 40.

The Yankeees are now one game behind the 1930 Athletics for the second-longest single-season streak in the live-ball era. During their run, the Yankees have averaged 5.28 runs per game and are 29-11.

Casper Wells
In Seattle's 9-4 victory over Kansas City, Wells homered, tripled and set a career high with five RBIs. The Mariners' franchise record for RBIs in a game is eight, set by Alvin Davis in 1986. Davis' total was matched by Mike Blowers in 1995 and Mike Cameron in 2001.

Lance Lynn
Lynn struck out 10 and issued no walks in a seven-inning no-decision. Lynn has three career double-digit strikeout games through his first 36 career appearances (20 starts).

Three such games through his first 36 appearances tie Lynn with Paul Derringer and Alan Benes for the second most for any Cardinals pitcher since 1918. Rick Ankiel had five.

The Twins set a season high for runs (19) and tied a season high for hits (20) while cruising by the Orioles, 19-7. The 19 runs are the most for Minnesota since they defeated the Royals, 19-1, on July 26, 2010.

This game marked the third time this season Minnesota has collected 20 hits. The last season this club had three 20-hit games was 2007. The last year to see the team have more than three was 1997, when it had four. The three games with at least 20 hits are the most in the Majors this season. The Rockies and White Sox have had two apiece.

Denard Span
Span drove in five runs from the leadoff spot in Monday's game. It is third time in his Twins career he has had at least five RBIs while leading off.

He is the only player for the franchise (Senators/Twins) in the live-ball era to have three games with five-plus RBIs from the leadoff spot. Among active players, his three tie him with Grady Sizemore for the second most in the Majors, behind the five by Alfonso Soriano.

Joe Mauer
Mauer went 2-for-5 and hit his sixth home run of the year in Monday's game.

Mauer is second in the AL in batting with a .328 batting average. Mauer is tied for first with David Ortiz in on-base percentage at .414.

J.A. Happ
Happ (6 1/3 innings, four hits) and three Astros relievers combined on a six-hit shutout and led Houston to a 2-0 win over San Diego.

Houston has five team shutouts this season. This total ties them with the Nationals, Padres, Reds and Diamondbacks for the fourth most in the National League. The Mets and Giants each have 10, and the Cubs have seven.

Shane Victorino
In the Phillies' 3-2 win over the Dodgers, Victorino collected three hits -- including his fifth triple of the season. Victorino has tripled in three straight games. This is the longest streak in the Majors this season and the longest since Victorino had a three-game streak in May 2011.

Before Victorino, the last player to have triples in three straight games was Carl Crawford in July of 2009. The last player to have a three-base hit in four consecutive games was Nomar Garciaparra in 2003.

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