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Kevin Millwood notches 2,000th strikeout in beating Yankees

May 13, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

Kevin Millwood AP

One could stump a lot of people with this question: who is the active leader in strikeouts among right-handed pitchers?

It will soon by Roy Halladay, who stands at 1,980, but for now, Kevin Millwood is tops. The Mariners veteran fanned six Yankees in a 6-2 win Sunday, upping his career total from 1,998 to 2,004.

Javier Vazquez ended last season as the active strikeout leader with 2,536. Since he’s now out of the league, the list is topped by two left-handers who actually didn’t pitch at all in 2011: Jamie Moyer (2,429) and Andy Pettitte (2,253). CC Sabathia (2,070) is third and rising. Millwood is fourth even though he’s finished in the top 10 of his league in strikeouts just twice: a fourth-place finish in 1999 and and a 10th-place showing in 2002.

Millwood today spoiled Pettitte’s return to Yankee Stadium with his best effort of the season. He allowed just one run and three hits to earn his first win in seven starts and lower his ERA from 5.88 to 5.09. Pettitte gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings and took the loss.

  1. contraryguy - May 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Would’ve stumped me too. Decent early years w/ Braves are the highlight of his career, but the AL years killed his record.

    • foreverchipper10 - May 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      I would say the no-hitter he threw while a member of the Phillies is probably his highlight moment.

  2. pisano - May 13, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Give credit where it’s due, the guy has good stuff, and he hit 93 mph on the gun a few times. Maybe some teams should have given him more of a look.

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