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Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer enjoyed a historic outing in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, becoming just the fourth player in major league history to strike out 20 batters in a single game, per MLB Stat of the Day.

In addition to the record-tying strikeout total, he held his former team to two runs on six hits over nine innings, with both runs coming via solo homers—one from Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez and the other from shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Six Detroit players had multiple strikeouts, with five of those (including star first baseman Miguel Cabrera) going down by way of the K three times.

Scherzer joined Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson as the only players to strike out 20 batters in a contest, also breaking Bill Gullickson's Montreal Expos/Nationals single-game franchise record of 18 strikeouts (1980), per Sportsnet Stats.

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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez earned the 146th win of his career on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays, passing Jamie Moyer to take sole possession of first place on the all-time franchise wins list, per Sportsnet Stats.

Now in his 12th MLB season, the 30-year-old righty had an ordinary game by his own lofty standards, limiting the struggling Tampa Bay lineup to two runs on four hits and two walks over seven innings but with only four strikeouts.

Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte provided most of his team's offense, recording four hits—including two doubles and a homer—in five at-bats, accounting for three runs and three RBI in the process.

Marte also provided the game's pivotal moment when he broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with his three-run homer off Rays reliever Steven Geltz, who had inherited both runners from fellow reliever Dana Eveland, the losing pitcher in the contest.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry just had a fantastic 24 hours. First, he set an NBA record with 17 points in the overtime period of Monday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, as the NBA shared on Twitter. Then Curry was named the first unanimous MVP in league history, the NBA announced Tuesday afternoon.

After missing the first three games of his team's Western Conference Semifinals series with a sprained knee, Curry returned to play Game 4 off the bench, eventually finishing with 40 points, nine rebounds and eight assists over 37 minutes in a 132-125 overtime win.

He scored 17 of Golden State's 21 points during Monday's overtime period, breaking the previous NBA record of 16—set by Gilbert Arenas in a regular-season game with the Washington Wizards in December 2006, per NBA.com/Stats.

Furthermore, Curry became the first player to score 40 or more points off the bench in a playoff game since Nick Van Exel did so in 2003, per Sportsnet Stats.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were unstoppable from beyond the arc during a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, falling just two three-pointers shy of the all-time record for an NBA playoffs series, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Cleveland remarkably made 77 of its 152 three-point attempts (50.7 percent) over four games against Atlanta, nearly matching the NBA single-series record of 79 that was, coincidentally, set by the 2013-14 Hawks in a seven-game first-round clash with the Indiana Pacers.

The Cavaliers easily set a new mark for most three-pointers made in a four-game series, besting their own output of 57 from a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons, per NBA History on Twitter.

Furthermore, Cleveland sunk 15 or more treys in every game of the series, thereby becoming the first NBA team to record 15-plus three-pointers made in four consecutive games—be it in the playoffs or regular season, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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The Chicago Cubs improved to 24-6 with Sunday's 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals in 13 innings, becoming the first team since the 1984 Detroit Tigers (26-4) to win 24 or more of its first 30 games in a season, per MLB Stat of the Day.

Only the 10th team in MLB history to start 24-6 or better, the Cubs boast an astounding plus-102 run differential, leading all of the majors in both runs scored (184) and allowed (82).

They already have a commanding lead in the National League Central, sitting 7.5 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14) and nine clear of the St. Louis Cardinals (16-16).

The Pirates qualified for the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, and the Cardinals are hoping to add to a streak of five straight years.

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Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper tied an MLB single-game record by drawing six walks in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs, becoming the first player to achieve the feat since Jeff Bagwell in 1999, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The 23-year-old superstar had six walks and a hit-by-pitch in seven plate appearances during the 13-inning contest, making him the first player in MLB history to reach base seven times in a game without recording a single at-bat, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

It wasn't enough to prevent his team from suffering a four-game sweep at Wrigley Field, but Harper truly had a remarkable series, drawing 13 walks while logging only four official at-bats (one hit) in 19 plate appearances against the dominant Cubs.

Even after getting swept in Chicago, the Nationals boast a 19-12 record that leaves them a half-game behind the New York Mets (19-11) for first place in the National League East.

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San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan struggled to make his presence felt during Sunday's 111-97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals, failing to score even a single point for the first time in his 249 career playoff appearances, per ESPN Stats & Info.

He finished the game with a stat line consisting solely of three rebounds in 12 minutes, having failed to so much as attempt a field goal for the first time in 1,641 career appearances between the regular season and playoffs, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Foul trouble was a major culprit, with Duncan setting another unwanted personal record by picking up four fouls before halftime for the first time ever (regular season or playoffs), per ESPN Stats & Info.

Following a regular season in which his per-game numbers dropped by a significant margin across the board, the 40-year-old Duncan has essentially been invisible this postseason, averaging just 4.4 points, five rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks over 19.5 minutes in eight games.

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New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had an interesting weekend, becoming the oldest player in MLB history to hit the first home run of his career, per MLB Stat of the Day.

With two outs and a runner on second base during the second inning of Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres, the 42-year-old Colon launched a fastball from Padres pitcher James Shields into the left field stands at Petco Park.

Prior to Saturday, Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson had been the oldest player to hit his first career homer, having done so in 2003 at the age of 40.

Furthermore, Colon became the second-oldest player to hit a home run in a Mets uniform, trailing only the ageless Julio Franco, who homered for the Amazins as a 48-year-old, per MLB Stat of the Day.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had 40 points and 10 assists during Saturday's 120-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, becoming the first Portland player since Clyde Drexler (1992) to record 40-plus points and double-digit assists in a single playoff game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

After falling into a 2-0 series hole on the road, Lillard came out firing in Portland on Saturday, putting up 25 points in the first half alone, with five of his seven three-point attempts falling through.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Lillard's 25 points were the most he's ever scored in one half of a playoff game, topping the 20 he produced in the second half of Game 1 of the ongoing series.

Had he scored three more points before halftime, Lillard would've broken the franchise playoff record of 27 points in a single half—which has oddly been achieved four times, per the Trail Blazers' PR Twitter account.

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With Saturday's 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals, the 2016 Chicago Cubs became the second-fastest major league team (since at least 1900) to reach a run differential of plus-100, per Sportsnet Stats.

The Cubs needed just 29 games to get to the century mark, trailing only a 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates club that got to plus-100 in its 26th game en route to finishing with a 103-36-3 record.

That Pirates team easily won the National League, but it didn't have an opportunity to play in the World Series, which was first contested the following year.

The Pirates lost to the Boston Red Sox (then called the Boston Americans) in the first World Series, falling by a tally of five games to three in a major upset.