Continued youth sets Major League record

Continued youth sets Major League record

OAKLAND -- James Shields delivered the Rays' first pitch of the game at approximately 7:17 p.m. PT -- a strike to Jemile Weeks. And just like that, Tampa Bay made Major League history by starting a pitcher under the age of 30 for the 705th consecutive time.

In the process, the Rays broke the record established by the 1913-17 Washington Senators, led by Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.

Jae Seo made the last start by a Tampa Bay pitcher of 30 years or older when he took the mound on his 30th birthday on May 24, 2007. Shields started the following day against the White Sox and took a no-decision in a 5-4 loss, and he was the culprit again in Wednesday's 13-4 defeat.

During the life of the streak, the Rays have used only 14 starters, the fewest in Major League Baseball over that same period. Entering Wednesday night's game, the Rays were 377-327 through those 704 games.

Shields has started the most games during the streak with 143. Matt Garza and Andy Sonnanstine rank second and third on the list with 94 and 80 games started, respectively.