Rays' pitching staff rewriting record books

Rays' pitching staff rewriting record books

CHICAGO -- Rays pitchers struck out 12 batters Wednesday night in Boston, the 58th time this season they have struck out 10-plus batters in a game, a new Major League mark breaking the old mark of 57 set by the 2003 Chicago Cubs.

Entering play Thursday, the Rays lead the Major Leagues in ERA (3.24), opposing average (.230) and are third in strikeouts (1,317, first in the AL while setting a new single-season AL mark).

The last AL team to lead the Majors in all three categories was the 1947 Yankees.

The 1999 Red Sox are the only staff in the last 25 years to lead the AL in all three categories.

The Rays' current .230 opposing average would rank as the lowest by an AL team in the DH era.