October 25, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle set a major league record by retiring 45 straight batters on Tuesday night against the Twins.
Coming off a perfect game in his last start, Buehrle retired the first 16 hitters to break the record set by and San Francisco's Jim Barr in 1972 and tied by teammate Bobby Jenks, a reliever, in 2007.
Buehrle walked Alexi Casilla with two outs in the sixth, then gave up a single to the next batter Denard Span.
The performance comes against a Twins team that he has had difficulty with in the past. His 23 career victories against the Twins are his most against any opponent. But four hitters in the lineup on Tuesday night had career averages of .316 or better against the lefty.
Before Casilla, the last hitter to reach base against Buehrle wasBaltimore's Brian Roberts, who singled in the eighth inning two starts ago.