Indians set all-time strikeout record for a pitching staff

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Corey Kluber’s eighth-inning strikeout of Rays DH David DeJesus notched his third consecutive double-digit strikeout start and it helped the Indians set the all-time record for strikeouts in a season by a pitching staff at 1,429, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. The Tigers pitching staff set the previous record last season. Kluber added another strikeout in the eighth and Cody Allen struck out one in the ninth inning as well, bringing the total up to 1,431.

Kluber finished with eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and a pair of walks along with the 11 strikeouts. As Bastian also noted with a mid-game tweet, Kluber also climbed up the Indians’ leaderboard for strikeouts in a season by a pitcher, taking sixth place at 269. He trails Bob Feller, who struck out 348 in 1946, and four Sam McDowell seasons.

Kluber has a serious case for the American League Cy Young award. Following Friday night’s win, he’s 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 269/51 K/BB ratio. Mariners starter Felix Hernandez — Kluber’s fiercest competitor for the award — will start on Sunday against the Angels as he will get one last shot to pad his resume. King Felix is currently 14-6 with a 2.34 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and a 241/46 K/BB ratio.

The Buffalo Blue Jays? The team has reportedly asked about playing there

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The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.

The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:

Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.

This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.

As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.