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The Rays set the strikeout record for a single month

Jul 1, 2014, 9:45 AM EST

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Thank goodness for extra innings in last night’s Yankees-Rays game. Because if it wasn’t for extras, the Rays wouldn’t have set a record.

Rays reliever Brad Boxberger struck out Ichiro Suzuki in the 12th inning. In doing so, he notched the Rays’287th strikeout in the month of June. That stands as the most ever by one team in any month in Major League history. The Chicago Cubs had the record previously, with 286  in August 2002.

The Rays lead all of baseball with 744 in 85 games.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    That and a bag of chips has them in last place.

    • Detroit Michael - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      The Rays aren’t in last place because of their June pitching though. June staff ERA is third lowest among the 15 AL teams.

    • aresachaela - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Achieving the strikeout record is probably worth it XD!!

    • raysfan1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Of course I’d trade the K’s record for a winning record in a heartbeat. However, it’s been a long, trying season (numerous injuries, certain players underperforming, Zim’s passing), so we will take our moments of joy where we can find them, thanks.

      • indaburg - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        What raysfan said. For us, it’s been a sad, difficult season without much to cheer. We’ll take this moment.

      • nbjays - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        ‘Burgie, I’ll cheer your boys beating the Yankees any day of the week… loudly!

  2. breezysmeezy - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Still got a ways to go to pass Tigers record of 1,428 set last season but very impressive to say the least

  3. Bar None - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Fine, don’t let the Cubs have anything!

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