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The Braves and Twins stayed winless with losses on Wednesday

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In our preview of Wednesday’s action, we noted that both the Braves and the Twins were baseball’s only teams yet to win a game this season. That remains true as both teams were shut out: the Braves 3-0 to the Nationals, and the Twins 3-0 to the White Sox. The Twins have further set the mark for the worst start in franchise history, while the Braves are inching closer to matching their franchise record worst start of 0-10 in 1988.

The Braves were simply overmatched by Tanner Roark, who pitched seven shutout innings on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Roark starting was supposed to be a good thing, as Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start but was scratched due to an illness. Braves starter Matt Wisler was undone by a pair of fourth-inning homers: a solo shot by Stephen Drew, and a two-run round-tripper by Jayson Werth.

Meanwhile, the Twins couldn’t convert on any of their opportunities as White Sox starter Carlos Rodon gave up three hits and five walks in six innings. Jerry Sands boosted the White Sox lead to 3-0 with a two-run homer in the seventh off of Phil Hughes.

The run differentials through eight games…

Braves

  • Scored: 22 runs (2.75 per game)
  • Allowed: 49 runs (6.125  per game)
  • Differential: -27 runs (3.375 per game)

Twins

  • Scored: 13 runs (1.625 per game)
  • Allowed: 33 runs (4.125 per game)
  • Differential: -20 runs (2.5 per game)

Hoo boy.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.