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.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.