Jon Lester records fourth straight 10-K game

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With 12 strikeouts in a gem against the Mariners on Monday, Jon Lester became the first pitcher since Jake Peavy in 2007 to fan 10 batters in four straight starts.
He’s the sixth different pitcher to have such a streak since 2000:
1. Randy Johnson – 7 starts in 2001
2. Randy Johnson – 6 starts in 2000
2. Randy Johnson – 6 starts in 2002
4. Pedro Martinez – 5 starts in 2000
4. Pedro Martinez – 5 starts in 2001
4. Johan Santana – 5 starts in 2004
7. Pedro Astacio – 4 starts in 2000
7. Randy Johnson – 4 starts in 2000
7. Randy Johnson – 4 starts in 2004
7. Jake Peavy – 4 starts in 2007
7. Jon Lester – 4 starts in 2010
Lester has won all four of his starts during the streak and is now 17-8 with a 3.17 ERA for the season. He’s tied for third in baseball with 208 strikeouts, six behind Felix Hernandez and three behind Jered Weaver.

Mariners acquire Nick Rumbelow from Yankees

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The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.

The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.

Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.

Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.