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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer tied a franchise record Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins by recording his ninth double-digit strikeout game of the season, per Sportsnet Stats.

The mark was previously set last season by David Price, who has since pitched for both the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays.

Unfortunately for the Rays, Archer's 12-strikeout effort came in a 5-3 loss, with the ace allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk to drop the club's record to 62-64 and his own record to 11-10. Despite the loss, the 26-year-old remains among the league's top pitchers and has a legitimate shot at the AL Cy Young Award.

Archer represents one of the few bright spots for the 2015 Rays, who have fallen out of playoff contention over the last couple of weeks. After trading away Price in July 2014, the team needed another pitcher to step up and grab the ace role, and Archer has more than capably filled that void.

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It's one of the great debates among NFL fans: Which NFL draft quarterback class is the greatest of all time? Is it the 1983 class, featuring John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly? Or is it the 2004 class, featuring Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning? 

Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms discuss both QB classes and pick a winner in the video above.

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner had an incredible Sunday against the Washington Nationals.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN Stats & Information), he joined Hall of Famer Early Wynn (1959) as one of just two players in the modern era to hit a home run, record a complete-game shutout and strike out 14 batters in the same game.

In addition to his 14 strikeouts, the lefty allowed just three hits and a lone walk, needing 112 pitches to make it through the full nine innings in a 5-0 Giants victory.

San Francisco's batters provided a 3-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning, but it was Bumgarner who knocked in the insurance runsfirst with an RBI double in the fifth inning, then with a solo home run in the seventh.

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun hit a fifth-inning grand slam in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, tying Robin Yount at 251 homers for first place on the all-time franchise list, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Braun finished his day with just the one hit in four at-bats, but he did pick up another RBI on a groundout in the first inning.

Now sitting at 21 home runs with a .272/.340/.491 batting line for the season, the 31-year-old outfielder is having a great campaign by the standards of most players, yet his production has arguably been somewhat disappointing for a second straight year.

After posting an OPS above .860 in each of his first seven big league seasons, Braun had a .777 mark in 2014 and is now at .831 in 2015.

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale nearly matched a single-game franchise record in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs, falling just one strikeout shy of the 16 recorded by Jack Harshman on July 25, 1954 against the Boston Red Sox, per ESPN Stats & Info.

In addition to matching his own personal best with 15 strikeouts, Sale allowed just one hit and two walks over seven scoreless innings, putting an end to the Cubs' winning streak at nine games.

He finished the impressive outing with an MLB-best 208 strikeouts for the season, thus becoming the first White Sox pitcher since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh (1910-12) to record 200 or more strikeouts in three consecutive years, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Sale also became the fifth pitcher to record 15 strikeouts in a game this year, making 2015 the first season since 1998 in which five or more pitchers put up such a performance, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Kansas City Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto made the most of his home debut on Monday night against the Detroit Tigers, becoming the first pitcher since Cliff Lee in 2009 to record shutouts for teams in both leagues in the same season, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Coming off a pair of mediocre road outings in his first two starts with his new team, Cueto finally showed why the Royals paid a hefty price to acquire him at the trade deadline, striking out eight Tigers over nine scoreless innings to lead the way to an easy 4-0 victory.

The former Cincinnati Red only faced four batters beyond the minimum 27, allowing four hits and no walks on 116 pitches to improve to 1-1 in a Royals uniform.

Joining Curt Schilling (2000), Andy Ashby (2000), Paul Byrd (1998) and Randy Johnson (1998), Cueto is just the fifth pitcher in the last 20 years—and first in the last 15 years—to toss a shutout in his home debut after switching teams midseason, per Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN Stats & Info).

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The New York Yankees were held scoreless by the Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff Saturday and Sunday, marking the first time in an MLB-record 2,665 games that the Bronx Bombers have been shut out in consecutive contests, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Blue Jays pitcher David Price tossed seven scoreless innings during Saturday's 6-0 victory, then fellow Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada pitched 6.1 scoreless innings during Sunday's 2-0 win.

The Jays also won the first game of the series Friday night, beating the Yankees 2-1 in 10 innings.

The Yankees have now gone 26 innings without scoring, as their only run during the three-game sweep came on first baseman Mark Teixeira's home run in the second inning of Friday's game.

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Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz hit yet another home run in Tuesday's 10-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, becoming just the fifth player in MLB history to homer in five straight games twice in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

The 35-year-old Cruz, who hit a solo blast off of Rockies reliever Scott Oberg in the seventh inning, joins an impressive list comprised of Chase Utley (2008), Barry Bonds (2001), Frank Thomas (1994) and Harmon Killebrew (1970).

In addition to hitting exactly one homer in each of his last five games, Cruz has 10 over his last 15 contests, as his hot streak predates the home run streak.

He previously homered in five straight games from April 11 to 15, with the streak accounting for six of his 10 home runs during the season's first month.

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Houston Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez hit the 100th home run of his career during Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers, blasting a solo shot over the left-center field wall off of Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo in the sixth inning, per MLB Milestones.

The long ball pulled the Astros within one run at 4-3, but neither team managed to cross the plate for the rest of the evening.

Tuesday's home run was also Gomez's first in an Astros uniform, although he does have eight hits (.348 batting average), four RBI and a stolen base in 23 at-bats since joining the team in a July 30 trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gomez hit 87 of his 100 career home runs in a Milwaukee uniform, with 66 of those coming from 2012 to 2014.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco allowed just one hit over nine scoreless innings during Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels, becoming the first American League pitcher since Bobby Witt in 1994 to throw nine innings and allow two or fewer hits in consecutive starts, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Despite striking out seven batters and surrendering just one single and one walk, Carrasco did not factor into the decision, as Tuesday's game was tied 0-0 after nine innings.

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker also hurled a gem, striking out 10 Indians over six shutout innings before the Los Angeles bullpen took over and held Cleveland scoreless for another five frames.

The Indians finally broke through in the top of the 12th, plating the game's only runs on a two-run homer from third baseman Giovanny Urshela.