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The Blue Jays are 6-16 this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there has been only 1 team in MLB history to make the postseason after falling at least 10 games under .500 at some point before the end of April that year. The 1951 New York Giants started 2–12 before winning the National League pennant capped by Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard ‘Round the World."

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How Masahiro Tanaka won: 65% ground ball rate (17 ground balls out of 26 balls in play). That's his 4th-highest in a game since the start of last season, which wouldn't be notable but for this ... 3 of the 4 have come at Fenway Park. His putaway pitch was his splitter. Red Sox were 0-for-11 with 3 K and 8 ground balls vs the pitch.

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How Chris Sale Dominated: he had 8 strikeouts on fastball, tied for his most on fastball in his career...he's now done that in consecutive starts. He had a 23% swinging-strike rate on his fastball, his 3rd-highest swinging strike rate on the pitch since becoming a starter in 2012 and highest since August 16, 2015

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How Masahiro Tanaka won * 65% ground ball rate (17 ground balls out of 26 balls in play). That's his 4th-highest in a game since the start of last season, which wouldn't be notable but for this ... 3 of the 4 have come at Fenway Park * His putaway pitch was his splitter. Red Sox were 0-for-11 with 3 K and 8 ground balls vs the pitch. Opposing hitters are 1-for-25 against Tanakas's splitter in his last 4 starts (opponents were 5-7 against it on Opening Day) * Also of note: Threw 21% cutters, his 2nd-highest usage of the pitch in his career (2015 vs Rangers, 22%). Though he only threw 10 of 20 for strikes, he got 4 outs, yielded no baserunners with it.

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How Chris Sale Dominated ** 8 strikeouts on fastball, tied for his most on fastball in his career...he's now done that in consecutive starts (April 20, 2017 at TOR, May 19, 2016 vs HOU and June 8, 2015 vs HOU) ** He had a 23% swinging-strike rate on his fastball, his 3rd-highest swinging strike rate on the pitch since becoming a starter in 2012 and highest since August 16, 2015 (25%). ** Overall, on all pitches combined, Sale had a 75% strike rate, the 3rd-highest in any game of his career. He had a career-high 78% strike rate in his last start. Sale has 2 of the 3 highest individual-game strike rates by starters this year: his April 20 start was 1st, and this start was 3rd. Only Dan Straily's April 22 start was sandwiched between (75.3% strike rate - Sale's was 75.2 tonight)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Why have Red Sox struggled to score early in games this season? "David (Ortiz) is not here," Xander Bogaerts said. "He was a huge part of our team the years that I've been here. We definitely miss him. We've got to do it without him."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"Through 9 innings, this is the best (Masahiro Tanaka) I've ever seen." -Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Chris Sale dominates again, and again, Chris Sale has nothing to show for it. Red Sox get shut out on 97 pitches by Masahiro Tanaka and have now scored a grand total of four runs in Sale's 37 2/3 innings over five starts. Sale has a 1.19 ERA and 52 strikeouts, including four consecutive starts of at least 10 Ks, but the Red Sox are only 3-2 in his starts.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 3, Red Sox 0: Chris Sale dominates again, and again, Chris Sale has nothing to show for it. Red Sox get shut out on 97 pitches by Masahiro Tanaka and have now scored a grand total of four runs in Sale's 37 2/3 innings over five starts. Sale has a 1.19 ERA and 52 strikeouts, including four consecutive starts of at least 10 Ks, but the Red Sox are only 3-2 in his starts.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees-Red Sox game took two hours and 21 minutes. That is not a typo.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

That is what an ace performance looks like. Masahiro Tanka pitched a shutout to outduel Chris Sale, giving the Yankees a 3-0 win over the Red Sox. The Yankees took both games of this rain-shortened two-game series. They are 13-7, while the team Brian Cashman dubbed the "Golden State Warriors of baseball," the Red Sox, are 11-10.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitchers in Red Sox history with 10 or more strikeouts in four consecutive starts: Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Jon Lester, Chris Sale.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale has 10 strikeouts through seven innings, marking his fourth consecutive start with at least 10 Ks -- and the Red Sox are trailing 1-0, course.