Tigers reliever Tyler Alexander recorded nine consecutive strikeouts against the Reds on Sunday afternoon, setting a major league record for a reliever and tying the American League record for a pitcher. Tom Seaver holds the all-time record, striking out 10 in a row for the Mets against the Padres on April 22, 1970.
Other pitchers to strike out nine in a row include Doug Fister (Tigers), Max Scherzer (Nationals), Ricky Nolasco (Marlins), and Aaron Harang (Dodgers).
Alexander took over in the third inning for Rony García, who gave up three runs to the Reds on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts over two innings. Alexander went right to work, striking out Mike Moustakas, Eugenio Suárez, and Jesse Winker. In the fourth, the lefty fanned Nick Senzel, Josh VanMeter, and Freddy Galvis in succession. Alexander set down Tucker Barnhart, Shogo Akiyama, and Nick Castellanos in the fifth to tie the AL record.
We’ll keep you updated as Alexander tries to add No. 10 to the list. [Update: Alexander hit Moustakas on a 1-2 count to start the sixth inning, so his streak ends at nine.]
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.
The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.
Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.
The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.
The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.
Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.
Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.