Corey Kluber pitched the Indians past the Twins on Sunday afternoon, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Oh, and he also struck out 14 batters. In his second consecutive start. Per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Kluber is the first to strike out 14 in back-to-back starts since Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2004 with the Diamondbacks.
It’s Kluber’s 10th double-digit strikeout performance of the season, leaving him one shy of David Price for the most in baseball. Kluber jumped ahead of Price for the major league lead in strikeouts, 258 to 255, but Kluber has one start over Price.
The 28-year-old right-hander has had a breakout season, now 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA and a 258/49 K/BB ratio.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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