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NEW YORK (AP) — There were seven shutouts in 15 games in the major leagues Sunday, only the ninth day with at least seven blankings in major league history.
Shelby Miller pitched the most dramatic game, coming within one out of a no-hitter in Atlanta's 6-0 win at Miami. He retired the first two batters in the ninth before Justin Bour singled to center. Dee Gordon reached on an infield single and Martin Prado popped out, ending a two-hitter. Miami fired manager Mike Redmond after the game.
Miller had the only complete game among the winners in the whitewashings. Edinson Volquez (seven innings) led Kansas City over the New York Yankees 6-0; Mike Wright (7 1-3 innings) pitched Baltimore over the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in his major league debut; A.J. Burnett (seven innings) worked around five walks as Pittsburgh beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0; Sean O'Sullivan (six innings) pitched Philadelphia over Arizona 6-0 for his first big league win since May 12, 2011; Mike Bolsinger (six innings) helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Colorado 1-0; and James Paxton (eight innings) pitched Seattle over the Boston Red Sox 5-0.
The record of eight shutouts was set on June 4, 1972, according to STATS, when Oakland's Catfish Hunter, Detroit's Tom Timmermann, Boston's John Curtis and Houston's Don Wilson all pitched complete-game blankings.
The only other days with seven shutouts were Sept. 7, 1908; Aug. 23, 1942; May 14, 1944; May 24, 1964; Aug. 26, 1968; Sept. 5, 2006; and July 27, 2013, STATS said.
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