Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the pitchers

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American League

Wins
1. Justin Verlander (Det): 24
2. CC Sabathia (NYY): 19
3. Jered Weaver (LAA): 18

ERA
1. Justin Verlander (Det): 2.40
2. Jered Weaver (LAA): 2.41
3. James Shields (TB): 2.82

Strikeouts
1. Justin Verlander (Det): 250
2. CC Sabathia (NYY): 230
3. James Shields (TB): 225

WHIP
1. Justin Verlander (Det): 0.92
2. Jered Weaver (LAA): 1.01
3. Dan Haren (LAA): 1.02

Saves
1. Jose Valverde (Det): 49
2. Mariano Rivera (NYY): 44
3. Brandon League (Sea): 37

Relief ERA (min. 50 IP)
1. David Robertson (NYY): 1.08
2. Scott Downs (LAA): 1.34
3. Greg Holland (KC): 1.80

Holds
1. Daniel Bard (Bos): 34
1. David Robertson (NYY): 34
3. Joaquin Benoit (Det): 29

National League

Wins
1. Ian Kennedy (Ari): 21
1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD): 21
3. Roy Halladay (Phi): 19

ERA
1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD): 2.28
2. Roy Halladay (Phi): 2.35
3. Cliff Lee (Phi): 2.40

Strikeouts
1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD): 248
2. Cliff Lee (Phi): 238
3. Roy Halladay (Phi): 220
3. Tim Lincecum (SF): 220
WHIP
1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD): 0.98
2. Cole Hamels (Phi): 0.99
3. Cliff Lee (Phi): 1.03

Saves
1. John Axford (Mil): 46
1. Craig Kimbrel (Atl): 46
3. J.J. Putz (Ari): 45

Relief ERA (min. 50 IP)
1. Eric O’Flaherty (Atl): 0.98
2. Santiago Casilla (SF): 1.74
3. Tyler Clippard (Was): 1.83

Holds
1. Tyler Clippard (Was): 38
2. Jonny Venters (Atl): 35
3. Sean Marshall (ChC): 34

Video: The greatest — or worst — first pitch of all time

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The Red Sox are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 “Impossible Dream” team during Wednesday night’s series finale against the Cardinals. Jordan Leandre took the mound to throw out the first pitch. With past players lined up behind him, Leandre wound up and fired to home… juuuuust a bit outside. The ball hit photographer Tony Capobianco right in the family jewels.

Video from Bleacher Report’s Steve Perrault:

To his credit, Capobianco had a sense of humor about it:

Wil Myers stole second, third, and home in the same inning

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Padres first baseman Wil Myers hit an RBI single off of Nick Pivetta in the bottom of the fourth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game, giving his team a 1-0 lead. He then proceeded to steal second base, then third base, and finally home on a double-steal, scoring the Padres’ second run.

Per CSN Philly’s Marshall Harris, it’s the first time a player has stolen all three bases in the same inning since Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon in 2011. Indeed, on July 1 that year, Gordon stole all three bases against Angels pitcher Bobby Cassevah.

Myers is currently batting .238/.322/.459 with 24 home runs, 59 RBI, 61 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 491 plate appearances this season.