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Rays, Twins rack up K's in marathon affair

ST. PETERSBURG -- The combined 35 strikeouts in Wednesday night's Rays-Twins contest (19 by Rays pitchers, 16 by Twins) were the most ever in a Rays game and tied for the most in a Twins game.

The previous high in a Rays game was 33 on July 30, 2012, at Oakland (Rays 21, A's 12).

The 19 strikeouts marked the second-highest strikeout total in Rays history after the aforementioned A's game. It also tied for second-highest total by a Major League team this season -- the Mariners had 21 in 14 innings on April 17 against the Tigers.

Most impressive was the fact that Rays pitchers yielded just one walk (in contrast to eight by the Twins), marking the ninth time since 1916 that a team has struck out at least 19 batters with one walk or less. The last staff to do this was the Twins on Aug. 19, 2007, against the Rangers.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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