First number, last word

77: Strikes, out of a total of 114 pitches, thrown by Edinson Volquez in his complete-game, six-hit, 9-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday -- his most in a game since delivering 82 strikes (out of 133 pitches) on July 5, 2012, for the Padres.

"My dad was a big Yankee fan. He wore me out. It was all about the Yankees, the history -- Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle. My first team I was on, at the age of 6, we were the Yankees, and I had No. 3. I do think he had his hand involved in that somehow." -- Hurdle, reminiscing on the 100th anniversary of the Major League debut with the Red Sox of Babe Ruth -- who eventually gained immortality in uniform No. 3 for the Yankees.

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