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The Cleveland Indians accomplished an impressive feat against the Tampa Bay Rays this week, becoming the first team in the expansion era (since 1961) to have a pitcher throw five perfect innings in three consecutive starts, per Elias Sports Bureau via MLB Stat of the Day.

Rookie pitcher Cody Anderson started the run with 6.1 perfect innings Monday night in Tampa Bay, eventually losing both his no-hitter and perfect game on a seventh-inning solo home run by Rays outfielder Steven Souza. The Indians won 7-1, with Anderson giving up just two hits over eight innings despite striking out only two batters.

Indians pitcher Danny Salazar was similarly effective Tuesday night, losing his perfect game with no outs in the sixth inning and then losing the no-hit bid just two batters later. He allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over 7.2 innings in a 6-2 win, albeit with just two strikeouts.

Although the first two outings were impressive, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco easily outdid his teammates Wednesday night, carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning and a no-hitter into the ninth. He lost the no-hit bid with just one out remaining, when designated hitter Joey Butler smacked an RBI single to make it an 8-1 game.

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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols looked like the best version of himself during the season's third month, tying a franchise single-month record with his 13 home runs in June, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The last of those 13 homers was a game-tying solo blast off Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game, helping the Angels pick up a fourth consecutive victory.

Pujols hasn't lived up to his peak-year production since joining the Angels before the 2012 campaign, but over the last month-and-a-half, he's looked the part of a three-time MVP.

He has 19 homers since May 15 after hitting just five over the first six weeks of the season.

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale fanned 12 batters during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, joining Pedro Martinez (1999) as the only players since 1900 to record 10 or more strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, per Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN Stats & Info).

Sale gave up just one run on six hits and a walk over eight innings on Tuesday night, allowing the White Sox to eventually win in the 11th inning on a solo home run from catcher Tyler Flowers.

The lefty owns a modest 3-3 record during his eight-game streak, but his ERA (1.80), WHIP (0.77) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (97-9) have all been Cy Young-caliber.

Sale's 75 strikeouts in June (six starts) were the second-most any pitcher has ever recorded during the month, trailing only Nolan Ryan's 87 (seven starts) from 1977, per MLB Stat of the Day.

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After tossing a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates last weekend, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning in Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, making him the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden in May 1996 to throw 16 consecutive no-hit innings, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

The streak started against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 14, with Scherzer holding the Brew Crew hitless over the final two innings to finish off a one-hit, one-walk complete-game shutout that included a season-high 16 strikeouts. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning, but lost it on a single by Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Scherzer then carried a perfect game into the ninth inning of last Saturday's start against Pittsburgh, but he lost it with two outs in the final frame when he hit Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata with a pitch. The right-hander still hung on for a no-hitter, giving him 11 consecutive innings without allowing a hit, in addition to back-to-back complete-game shutouts.

Although he didn't allow a hit through the first five innings, Scherzer wasn't quite as dominant in Friday's start, as the Phillies eventually got him for two runs on five hits and a walk over eight innings. The Nationals still managed to come away with a 5-2 victory, improving Scherzer's record to 9-5 on the season and giving him exactly 100 wins for his career, per MLB Milestones.

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis made an error during the first inning of Thursday's game against the Washington Nationals, ending his record-setting streak of 398 consecutive games in the outfield without making an error, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The miscue allowed Nationals outfielder Denard Span to advance to second base on a leadoff single and later led to an unearned run on a groundout by Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar.

Markakis' previous error came back on Aug. 10, 2012, while he was playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He recently set an MLB record for an outfielder when he made it to 393 straight games without an error, breaking the old mark of 392 set by Darren Lewis to start his career between 1990 and 1994, per Ian Denomme of Yahoo! Sports.

Despite the record and his two Gold Gloves (2011 and 2014), Markakis isn't universally recognized as one of the game's top defensive right fielders—largely because his performance in advanced metrics has been inconsistent.

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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron received his third Selke Trophy on Wednesday, joining Pavel Datsyuk, Guy Carbonneau, Jere Lehtinen and Bob Gainey (four times) as the only three-time winners of the award for the forward who best excels in defensive aspects of the game, per Sportsnet Stats.

The other finalists were Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, who got his own Selke Trophy after the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

Bergeron has now received the honor in three of the past four seasons thanks to a mixture of durability, excellent play, reputation, statistical success and team success.

Although his 2014-15 campaign was impressive in terms of durability (81 games), Bergeron finished the season with his worst plus-minus (plus-two) since 2008-09, and the Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been rewarded handsomely for his spectacular 2014-15 campaign, becoming just the fourth player in NHL history to win the Hart Memorial (MVP) and Vezina (best goalie) trophies in the same season, per Sportsnet Stats.

Price joins Jacques Plante (1961-62), Jose Theodore (2001-02) and Dominik Hasek (1996-97, 1997-98), the last of whom accomplished the impressive feat in consecutive seasons.

The Hart Memorial Trophy has only gone to a goaltender eight times, with each of the last five instances also including a Vezina Trophy for the player.

Prior to Plante in 1961-62, the Hart was awarded to fellow goaltenders Ray Worters (1928-29), Chuck Rayner (1949-50) and Al Rollins (1953-54), but none of those three also received the Vezina Trophy in the same season.

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Despite giving up six runs (five earned) over 6.2 innings in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale joined Nolan Ryan (1977), Randy Johnson (2001) and Pedro Martinez (1999, twice) as the only pitchers to record 10 or more strikeouts in seven consecutive starts during the same season, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

In addition to the streak for double-digit strikeouts, Sale entered Wednesday's start with a streak of five consecutive outings with 12 or more. He finished the game at 10 strikeouts, falling two shy of becoming the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1990) to fan 12 batters in six consecutive starts.

Sale tied Johnson and Martinez at five for that record, but the 26-year-old lefty will still have a shot to break Martinez's mark of eight consecutive starts with 10 or more strikeouts.

Martinez unsurprisingly set that record during his legendary 1999 season, which also included a separate streak of seven consecutive outings with double-digit strikeouts.

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada turned in another dominant outing during Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, becoming the first hurler since Dave Stieb in 1988 to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning in consecutive starts, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Estrada's first no-hit bid, which came Friday against the Baltimore Orioles, ended on outfielder Steve Pearce's single to lead off the eighth inning.

The 31-year-old right-hander took his bid a bit deeper Wednesday night, making it through the first out of the eighth inning without allowing a single baserunner before second baseman Logan Forsythe broke things up with an infield single.

Estrada ultimately allowed just two hits and no walks over 8.2 shutout innings, striking out a season-high 10 batters on a season-high 129 pitches.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez collected two hits in three at-bats against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, tying and then moving past Al Kaline for 27th place on the all-time hits list, per MLB Milestones.

Rodriguez has seen a resurgence in 2015 despite missing the entire 2014 season due to a suspension, batting .290 on the year with 15 home runs and 44 RBI. His numbers are even more impressive since the end of April, as he batted just .232 during the season's first month, albeit with a .369 on-base percentage and .507 slugging percentage.

The veteran has also stepped up his game of late, putting together an ongoing eight-game hitting streak that has included 11 hits and three home runs in 28 at-bats.

The Yankees have benefited greatly from A-Rod's production this season, currently sitting in the first wild-card spot and just one game back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the division lead in the American League East. His play has also garnered some All-Star attention, but he remains a distant fifth in the voting.