Mark Alan Buehrle (Burr-lee). Has been very active in spreading awareness of pet adoption. Appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 27, 2009, reading 'The Top 10 Things That Went Through Mark Buehrle's Mind During His Perfect Game'… Made two appearances on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" following the White Sox' World Series Championship in 2005. Graduated from Jefferson Junior College (MO) and was selected as a NJCAA Third-Team All-America. Attended and graduated from Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Mo.
Completed his 15th Major League season... His 3.39 ERA was 1st on club (among qualifiers) and finished 2nd in quality starts (19), games started (32), innings (202.0) and wins (13)....Was the 3rd lowest ERA of his career and lowest since posting a 3.12 ERA in 2005. Marked the 14th consecutive season surpassing the 200.0+ innings plateau... Extended his streak of 10+ wins, 30+ starts and 200+ innings to 14 seasons representing the longest active streak in the Majors ... The last pitchers to throw more than 14 consecutive seasons of 200+ innings were Don Sutton and Gaylord Perry who each recorded 15 from 1966-80 ... Each streak was ended by the 1981 strike. Has now made 461 consecutive starts without a DL stint...Also represents the longest active streak in the Majors...Has not been on the disabled list at any point in his career. Along with Dickey, marked the 1st time the Blue Jays have had the same two starters record 200+ innings in back-to-back seasons since 1986-87 (Key/Clancy). Was the fastest pitcher in MLB at 17.3 seconds between pitches. Was the first pitcher in franchise history to win each of his first four starts of a season while allowing one or fewer runs in each appearance. Was the quickest to 10 wins in his career (June 1, 12 GS) & in the Majors, becoming the 1st Jay to do so since Roy Halladay in 2009 (June 7, 13-GS)... Only Roger Clemens reached 10 wins in a season quicker than Buehrle, doing so in his first 11 starts of 1997...He and Roger Clemens are the only Blue Jays to win at least 10 of their first 12 starts (Clemens won 12 of his first 13 in 1997). Was the first pitcher in franchise history to win each of his first four starts of a season while allowing one run or less in each appearance. Once again was tough to run on, only one of four base stealers was successful, and another seven were picked off (3-PCS and 4-PO)...Only Fister and Iwakuma did not allow a stolen base against in 2014...Has now allowed just 59 stolen bases over 15 seasons. From May 1-July 5 had a string of 13 straight outings of 6.0+ IP which marked his longest such streak since 13 consecutive starts from April 12-June 21, 2009 ...H is career best is 49 straight starts with 6+ IP from May 11, 2004-July 26, 2005. July 20 vs. TEX, issued a balk for the first time since October 2, 2010, a span of 114 starts … Picked off two players in a single game for the first time since July 17, 2010 (3rd career). Lasted only 3.1 IP Aug. 10 vs. DET … Represented the 1st time in his career to work less than 5.0 IP in back-to-back starts in the same season...Left trailing 5-0, however team would come back to win 6-5 in 19 innings, the longest game in team history, both in innings and time (6:37). With 99 career pickoffs, is now just four shy of Andy Pettitte for most alltime. Went 8-3 with a 2.31 ERA vs. non-AL East teams and 5-7 with a 4.39 ERA vs. the AL East...In his two seasons as a Blue Jay is now 18-5 with a 2.82 ERA vs. non-AL East teams and 7-15 with a 4.73 ERA vs. the East... Extended his losing streak vs. the Yankees to 12 straight decisions...Last pitcher to lose 12 straight vs. an opponent was Jamey Wright vs. HOU (1997-2005). Had separate six-game win and loss streaks this season. Is the only pitcher ever to record a streak of 14 or more seasons with more than 200.0 innings pitched and 61 walks or fewer, passing Cy Young who did so in 13 straight seasons from 1897-1907.
Completed his 14th Major League season... His 4.15 ERA was 1st on club and finished 2nd in quality starts (18), games started (33), innings (203.2), wins (12) and strikeouts (139)....Was only his 2nd season in last seven with an ERA above 4.00. Once again was tough to run on, only four of nine base stealers were successful, and another 10 were picked off (4-PCS and 6-PO)...Led the American League with six pickoffs...Has now allowed just 58 stolen bases in 134 attempts while picking off 149 (54-PCS, 95 PKO) base runners in his career...Since 1974, sits 2nd with 95 career pickoffs (Pettitte-103). Marked the 13th consecutive season he has surpassed the 200.0+ innings plateau ... Extended his streak of 10+ wins, 30+ starts and 200+ innings to 13 seasons representing the longest active streak in the Majors...The last to accomplish the feat was Greg Maddux (14 yrs/1988-2001). Has now made 429 consecutive starts without a DL stint...Also represents the longest active streak in the majors...Has not been on the disabled list at any point in his career. Became just the 2nd pitcher ever to record a streak of 13 or more seasons with more than 200.0 innings pitched and fewer than 61 walks, joining Cy Young who did so in 13 straight seasons from 1897-1909. Was 10-2 with a 3.29 ERA vs. non-AL East teams and 2-8 with a 5.10 ERA vs. the East. Along with Dickey, marked the 1st time the Blue Jays have had two players with 200+ innings since 2008 (Halladay/Burnett).
Finished season with 202.1 innings pitched over 31 starts, giving him 10 wins, 30 starts and 200.0 innings pitched for the 12th straight season, extending longest active streak in the Majors... Became just second pitcher ever to record a streak of 12 or more seasons with more than 200.0 innings pitched and fewer than 61 walks, joining Cy Young, who did so in 13 straight seasons from 1897-1907... He and CC Sabathia are the only active pitchers with at least 10 wins each season since 2001...Threw 28th complete game of career on May 5 at San Diego... Allowed one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts... Marked start of undefeated month, finishing May with a 4-0 record and a 3.19 ERA (36.2 IP/13 ER), while holding opponents to a .235 average...Issued just 40 walks (three intentional), fifth-fewest among NL starters (min. 30 starts), and seventh in Majors... Finished behind Cliff Lee (28 in 30 GS), Joe Blanton (34 in 30 GS), Bronson Arroyo (35 in 32 GS) and Kyle Lohse (38 in 33 GS) in NL... His 40 walks were fewest allowed in a season in which he made at least 30 starts (also, 2005)...Recorded a season-high eight strikeouts on July 5 at MIL and Sept. 28 vs. PHI... Marked his most in a game since an eight strikeout performance on July 9, 2011 at MIN... His 125 strikeouts were most in a campaign since fanning 140 in 2008, and was sixth-highest single-season total in his career... Had streak of four consecutive games with at least seven strikeouts from June 24-July 14, which was a career-best run... Entering season, had never gone more than two consecutive starts with seven+ strikeouts... Recorded 1,500th strikeout on Sept. 8 at WAS, hitting mark with second strikeout of afternoon... Is one of 25 active pitchers with 1,500-or-more strikeouts...Secured 12th consecutive season with 10-plus wins on August 15 against PHI... Is tied with CC Sabathia for the longest active streak of 10-plus win seasons... Is 41st pitcher ever to have a streak reach at least 12 seasons, and seventh with a run that began after 1970, joining Greg Maddux (20, all-time record; 1988-2007), Mike Mussina (17; 1992-2008), Nolan Ryan (16; 1971-86), Tom Glavine (14; 1989-2002), Javier Vazquez (12; 2000-11) and Sabathia (2001-present)...Was 11-3 with a 2.43 ERA when pitching at least 7.0 innings, doing so 16 times... Held opponents to a .222 average in those games, and recorded 80 strikeouts to 15 walks (one intentional)... Was 2-10 with a 5.57 ERA in 15 starts when not completing 7.0 innings, with a .304 opponents average and 45 strikeouts to 25 walks (two intentional)...Took an 8-8 record with a 3.25 ERA into All-Star break (17 starts), marking his lowest ERA heading into the Midsummer Classic since turning in a 3.03 in 2007... Went 5-5, 4.36 in 14 second-half starts...Did not make an error in 60 total chances, and has committed just two errors since start of 2008 season (273 TC/.993).
Posted a 13-9 record with a 3.59 ERA in 31 starts for Chicago-AL. Recorded at-least 10wins, 30 starts and 200.0 IP for 11th consecutive season to mark longest active streakin Majors. Streak is also a White Sox' club record...Only pitcher to throw a minimum of 200.0 innings in each of last 11 seasons, andstreak of 11 straight campaigns with 10-or-more wins is tied with CC Sabathia forlongest current run in baseball...Recorded at least 6.0 IP in 27 of 31 starts, including 22 quality starts. Of final 26 startingassignments, 21 were quality starts...For first time in career, went an entire season without recording at least one completegame...Brought home third consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award after committing justone error in 56 total chances (.982). Became first pitcher in White Sox' history to winthree Gold Glove Awards and first player in Club history to record three consecutiveGold Gloves since current manager Robin Ventura from 1991-93...In 20 starts from May 2-August 29, posted a 10-3 mark with a 2.47 ERA (138.1 IP/38 ER)...Earned first win of season on April 1 at Cleveland in ninth career Opening Day start(6.0 /4). His nine career Opening Day starts set a White Sox' record and remains tiedwith Roy Halladay and Livan Hernandez for most Opening Day starts among activepitchers...Earned Major League-record 24th career Interleague victory on May 21 vs. Dodgers,breaking tie with Jamie Moyer...Tallied 157th career win on August 5 at Minnesota, moving past Eddie Cicotte intoseventh place in White Sox' history...Went 18 consecutive starts with three runs or less from April 27-August 11, tying aWhite Sox' record.
Went 13-13 with a 4.28 ERA (100 ER/210.1 IP) in 33 starts ...recorded 10 wins, 30 starts and 200.0 IP for the 10th consecutive season,extending both his own franchise record and also the longest active streakin the major leagues...won his second straight American League RawlingsGold Glove Award®, becoming the first White Sox player to garner thehonor in back-to-back seasons since Robin Ventura in 1991-93...was theFielding Bible Award recipient for the second straight season, recognizingthe single-best fielder at each position...also won mlb.com's GIBBY (Greatnessin Baseball Yearly) Play of the Year for his assist between his legs onOpening Day vs. Cleveland...ranked among AL Leaders in starts (T4th),walks per 9.0 IP (6th, 2.1) and complete games (T8th, 3)...also led themajor leagues with 11 pickoffs...went 3-6 with a 5.40 ERA (42 ER/70.0 IP)in his first 12 starts through 6/6 but rebounded to go 9-3 with a 2.69 ERA(27 ER/90.1 IP) in his next 13 starts through 8/19...fell to 1-4 with a 5.58ERA (31 ER/50.0 IP) in his final eight outings of the campaign...induced19 double-play grounders and yielded a career-low 17 home runs (0.73 per9.0 IP), down from 27 in 2009...his 99 strikeouts were the second-fewestof his career (98 in 2006)...opponents batted .295 (246-834), the highestaverage among AL starting pitchers...his 246 hits allowed tied Tampa Bay'sJames Shields for most in the AL...was charged with a major-league highfive balks, matching his total from the previous eight seasons combined ...went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER/28.0 IP) during interleague play...led themajors in wins and ranked second in ERA behind teammate Gavin Floyd (0.92)...made his eighth career OpeningDay start on 4/5 vs. Cleveland, breaking a tie with Billy Pierce for the most in franchise history...start was the302nd of his career, moving him past Doc White into fifth place in Sox history...suffered his 100th career losson 4/27 at Texas...threw 2.1 scoreless IP on 5/26 at Cleveland before being ejected by first-base umpire JoeWest for disputing two balk calls...became the first Sox pitcher called for two balks in one game since ScottRadinsky on 6/8/93 vs. Detroit...ejection was the second of his career (also 8/1/05 at Baltimore)...made his313th start on 6/6 vs. Cleveland to pass Ed Walsh for fourth place in White Sox history...registered back-to-backcomplete games on 7/17-23 for the third time in his career and first since9/25-30/04...went the distance for the 25th time in his career in a losingeffort on 7/17 at Minnesota...game lasted just 1:52, his eighth career startplayed in under 2:00...threw a complete game in his next start on 7/23 atOakland, allowing one run on four hits on the one-year anniversary of hisperfect game vs. Tampa Bay...threw 125 pitches on 9/5 at Boston, thesecond-highest total of his career (128 on 6/26/03 at Minnesota)...wascalled for two balks for the second time of the season on 9/10 vs. KansasCity, again with West on the umpiring crew.
Threw the 18th perfect game in major-league history on 7/23 vs. Tampa Bay and set a major-league record by retiring 45 consecutive batters over three starts from 7/18-28 (see notes onfollowing page)...won his first American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award, becoming the first White Sox player to garner the honor since Robin Ventura in 1998...joined Jim Kaat (1974-75) asthe only Sox pitchers to capture the top fielding award...also was the Fielding Bible Award recipient, recognizing the single-best fielder at each position...recorded 10 wins, 30 starts and 200.0 IP for the ninth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the major leagues...became the second pitcher in Sox history to record 10 or more victories in at least nine consecutive seasons, joining Doc White (1903-13)...he and CC Sabathia are the only active pitchers with at least 10 wins each season since 2001...made 30-plus starts for the ninth straight season, extending his franchise record...was 9-3 with a 3.66 ERA (48 ER/118.0 IP) in the first half...was named to his fourth AL All-Star Team, the second-highest total by a White Sox pitcher behind Billy Pierce (seven)...pitched a 1-2-3 third inning on 7/14 at Busch Stadium, retiring Chase Utley, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun...rankedamong the AL leaders in pickoffs (1st, eight), starts (T4th, 33) and IP (8th, 213.1)...went 4-7 with a 4.06 ERA (43 ER/95.1 IP) after the break...was 2-7 with a 4.78 ERA (42 ER/79.0 IP) in 13 starts after his perfect game on 7/23 vs. Tampa Bay...induced 28 double play grounders, second-most in the AL, after leading the league in2008 with 34...his starts lasted an average of 2:41...made his seventh career opening day start on 4/7 vs. Kansas city, tying Billy Pierce (1951-52, '54, '56-59) for the most in franchise history...recorded his 1,099th career strikeout (Kevin Millar) on 4/25 vs. Toronto to move past Gary Peters into fifth place in Sox history...retired the first 19 batters on 5/7 vs. Detroit, the second time in his career to that point he had been perfect into the seventh inning and the longest streak by a White Sox pitcher to start a game since Freddy Garcia on 9/13/06 at the Angels (23)...was the first Sox pitcher to start the season 5-0 since Jose Contreras in 2006 (9-0) and first lefty since Wilson Alvarez in 1994 (8-0)...allowed one run on 12 hits over 7.0 IP on 5/24 vs. Pittsburgh...became the first pitcher in Sox history to allow 12 or more hits over 7.0 IP or less with just one run allowed...hit his first career home run on 6/14 at Milwaukee, a solo shot off Jeff Suppan...homer was the first by a Sox pitcher since Jon Garland on 6/18/06 at Cincinnati...made his 284th start on 7/2 at Kansas City, tying Joel Horlen for seventh in Sox history...made his 286th start on 7/12 at Minnesota, tying Wilbur Wood for sixth in club history...induced six double play grounders on 8/7 vs. Cleveland (all by Buehrle), setting a franchise record and tying the AL record (14thtime)...became the first pitcher to induce six GIDP's since Kansas City's Dick Drago 5/6/72 at Baltimore...also reached the 2,000.0 IP-plateau in that start...made his 300th career start on 9/23 vs. Minnesota...made his 301st start on 9/30 at Cleveland, tying Doc White for fifth-most in Sox history...he and his wife Jamie, welcomedtheir second child on 3/3, daughter Brooklyn.
Went 15-12 with a 3.79 ERA (92 ER/218.1 IP) in 34 starts ... registered10 wins, 30 starts and 200.0 IP for the eighth consecutive season, theonly pitcher in baseball to accomplish that feat ... won 15 or more gamesfor the fi fth time in his career ... ranked among American League leadersin quality starts (1st, 24) and opponents GIDP (1st, 34), starts (T1st, 34),pickoffs (T3rd, 7), IP (5th, 218.2), wins (10th, 15) and walks per 9.0 IP (11th,2.14) ... went 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA (25 ER/70.1 IP) in his last 11 starts and13-6 with a 3.08 ERA (50 ER/146.0 IP) over his last 22, the fi fth-best ERAin the al during that span ... allowed one or no earned runs in 13 of his last26 starts ... was 11-3 with a 2.65 ERA (34 ER/115.1 IP) at home, comparedto 4-9 with a 5.05 ERA (58 ER/103.1) on the road ... 2.65 home ERA rankedfourth in the al ... sox went 18-16 in his starts ... opponents hit .281, withlefties at .293 and right-handers at .277 ... gave up an AL-high 240 hits... gave up 14 unearned runs, third-most in the AL ... averaged 6.4 IP and99.3 pitches per start ... received 5.67 runs of support per 9.0 IP (131 R)... recorded 60.8 percent of his outs on ground balls, the eighth-highesttotal in the AL ... starts lasted an average of 2:38 after his 2007 starts wereplayed in 2:39 ... went 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA (9 ER/32.1 IP) in Septemberafter posting a 5.86 ERA in August ... was 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA (4 ER/29.2IP) in four interleague starts ... ERA ranked fourth in the majors ... was 15-8on grass and 0-4 on artifi cial turf ... defeated Cleveland in his fi nal starton 9/28 at U.S. Cellular Field, allowing one run on nine hits over 7.0 IP ...working on three days rest for the third time this season and second time in three starts, threw 111 pitches, tiedfor his second-highest total of the season ... earned his 10th win on 8/13 vs. Kansas City with 7.0 scoreless IP... retired the fi nal 12 batters faced, the 45th time in his career he has set down 10 or more in a row ... won on8/8 vs. Boston, allowing one run on four hits over 7.0 IP ... matched his season high with eight strikeouts (secondtime) ... allowed 14 hits on 8/2 at Kansas City, matching his career high ... worked on three days rest for thefourth time in his career on 7/22 vs. Texas (W, 1 ER/7.1 IP) ... recorded his 1,009th strikeout on 7/10 at KansasCity to move past Joel Horlen into eighth place in Sox history ... went 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA (8 ER/45.0 IP) in June... June ERA ranked fourth in the AL and was the third-lowest monthly totalof his career behind June 2005 (0.96) and May 2004 (0.96) ... won his fourthstraight decision on 6/29 vs. the Cubs (1 ER/7.0 IP) ... made his 250th careerstart on 6/24 at the Dodgers (1 ER/8.0 IP) ... struck out Mark Sweeney inthe eighth inning for career no. 1,000 ... went 8.0 ip for the fourth straightstart ... won on 6/18 vs. Pittsburgh (2 ER/8.0 IP) ... did not allow a hit untilJose Bautista homered leading off the sixth inning ... earned his fi rst win athome on 6/7 vs. Minnesota (1 ER/8.0 IP) ... game on 4/29 at Tampa Baylasted 2:02, the fastest in tropicana field history ... made his sixth careerOpening Day start on 3/31 at Cleveland, second-most in franchise historybehind Billy Pierce (seven) ... allowed seven runs on seven hits over 1.2 IP,the second-shortest start of his career.
Recorded 10 wins, 30 starts and 200.0 IP for the seventhconsecutive season, joining Livan Hernandez (2000-current) as theonly pitchers in baseball to accomplish that feat (Javier Vazquez fell 2.0IP short in 2004 of joining that elite group) ... is the only pitcher in WhiteSox history to make 30 starts and throw 200.0 IP in seven straightseasons and is one of seven to record 10 or more victories in at leastseven consecutive seasons (first since Joe Horlen, 1963-69) ... rankedamong the American League leaders in complete games (T3rd, 3),shutouts (T4th, 1) and ERA (10th, 3.63) ... lowered his ERA from 4.99in 2006 to 3.63 in 2007, the sixth-largest improvement in the majorleagues ... issued just 2.01 walks per 9.0 IP (45 BB), the eighth-bestfigure in the AL ... his 10 wins, 30 starts and 201.0 IP all were careerlows ... allowed 22 home runs in 201.0 IP, down from a career-high 36in 204.0 IP in 2006 ... Sox went 17-13 in his starts ... left with the leadin five of his 11 no decisions ... made 20 quality starts, tied for the 12thhighesttotal in the AL ... averaged 5.1 strikeouts per 9.0 IP, up from 4.3in 2006 ... averaging 6.7 IP and 103.4 pitches per start ... compiled a2.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... lasted at least 6.0 IP in 27 of his 30 starts,including 20 in a row from 4/18-8/3 ... went at least 7.0 IP on 17occasions and 8.0 IP or more eight times ... received 4.25 runs of support per 9.0 IP, the third-lowest total in theAL ... picked off five runners, tied for the most in the AL ... induced 20 double-play grounders, tied for 13th-mostin the league ... went 6-3 with a 3.00 ERA (33 ER/99.0 IP) on the road, compared to 4-6 with a 4.24 ERA (48 ER/102. IP) at home ... 3.00 road ERA ranked sixth in the AL ... posted sub-3.00 ERAs in April (2.97), June (2.75)and July (2.44) ... ERA was above 5.00 in August (5.06) and September (5.12) ... went 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA (7ER/29.2 IP) in interleague play and 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA (74 ER/171.1 IP) vs. the AL ... opponents batted .269,with lefties hitting .258 and right-handers .314 ... his starts lasted an average of 2:39...Threw the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history on 4/18 vs. Texas, the first since Wilson Alvarez on 8/11/91 at Baltimore and first at home since Joe Horlen on 9/10/67 vs. Detroit ... it was the first no-hitter in themajor leagues since Florida's Anibal Sanchez on 9/6/06 vs. Arizona and first in the AL since Boston's DerekLowe on 4/27/02 vs. Tampa Bay ... was named AL Player of the Week for his efforts, his first career weeklyhonor ... retired the first 13 hitters before issuing a one-out walk to Sammy Sosa in the fifth inning, who hethen picked off first base ... retired the final 13 batters ... it marked the second time in his career in whichhe faced the minimum 27 batters ... also faced 27 in a 14-0 win on 7/21/04 at Cleveland ... issued one walkand struck out eight, his most since also fanning eight on 9/3/05 vs. Detroit ... threw 106 pitches (66 strikes)... the game was the first in major-league history (more than 180,000 games) to feature a no-hitter (Buehrle),grand slam (Jermaine Dye) and multihomer effort (Jim Thome) ... game lasted 2:03, the fastest no-hittersince 1988 when Cincinnati's Tom Browning threw a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1:51 ... besidesBuehrle, the most recent major-leaguers to throw non-perfect game no-hitters with the minimum 27 batterswere Philadelphia's Terry Mulholland on 8/15/90 vs. San Francisco, the Dodgers Sandy Koufax on 6/4/64at Philadelphia, Milwaukee's Warren Spahn on 4/28/61 vs. San Francisco and Lew Burdette on 8/18/60 vs.Philadelphia ... the game was just the third in the last 30 years in which the opposing pitcher (Kevin Millwood)also owned a no-hitter ... the other occasions were St. Louis' Jose Jimenez on 6/25/99 at Arizona (oppositeRandy Johnson) and the Dodgers' Jerry Reuss on 6/27/80 at San Francisco (Vida Blue)...Won his next start following the no-hitter on 4/23 at KansasCity (3 ER/7.0 IP) ... retired 13 of the first 14 Royals ... his streakof 39 consecutive batters faced without allowing a hit ended onEsteban German's second-inning double, and his string of 20.0consecutive scoreless IP ended on John Buck's two-run homerin the fifth ... suffered a 2-0 loss on 5/31 at Toronto despitethrowing a complete game ... allowed solo home runs to AaronHill in the second and Frank Thomas in the eighth but otherwiseretired every batter (24 of 26 total) ... retired 16 straight hittersbetween homers ... game lasted 1:50, his sixth career startplayed in less than 2:00 ... according to the Elias Sports Bureau,the Jays became the first team in major-league history to win agame without a baserunner ... also became the first majorleaguepitcher since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2004 to throwa no-hitter and complete game with two hits or less in the sameseason and first Sox pitcher since Horlen in 1967 ... earned his100th career victory on 6/10 vs. Houston, allowing one run on sixhits over 8.0 IP ... became the fifth pitcher in history to recordeach of his first 100 career wins with the Sox, joining Red Faber,Joe Horlen, Ted Lyons and Ed Walsh ... went 0-3 with a 4.73ERA (24 ER/45.2 IP) in seven starts between wins No. 99 and100 ... won at Pittsburgh in his next start on 6/16 (1 ER/8.0 IP)... threw 8.0 scoreless IP in a win vs. Minnesota on 7/7 ... agreedto terms on a four-year $56-million contract extension on 7/8 thatwill keep him with the Sox through 2011 ... went the distance forthe third time in his first start after the break on 7/13 at Baltimorebut suffered a 2-0 loss on a pair of solo home runs ... his ERAwas 2.91 following a win at Cleveland on 7/18 but posted a 4.94ERA (39 ER/71.0 IP) over his final 11 starts ... gave up a careerhightying 14 hits on 7/23 vs. Detroit ... he and his wife, Jamie,welcomed their first child, son Braden David, on 7/26 ... threw 8.0 scoreless IP in his next start on 7/28 vs. Toronto... earned his 10th victory in his final start on 9/21 at Minnesota (4 ER/6.0 IP) ... the win also was the 107th ofhis career, tying Jim Scott and Frank Smith for 10th in White Sox history ... retired 17 of the last 18 batters facedon 4/11 at Oakland ...made his season debut on 4/5 vs. Cleveland but left after just 1.1 IP when he was hit inthe left forearm by a line drive off the bat of Ryan Garko ... start was the shortest of his career ... his streak offive consecutive Opening Day starts ended when Jose Contreras took the mound on 4/2 vs. Cleveland ... streakwas the longest by a Sox pitcher since Wilbur Wood also made five straight Opening Day starts from 1972-76.
Suffered his first losing record (12-13) in six full major-league seasons... became the first pitcher in White Sox history to make 30 or more starts in sixconsecutive seasons ... also became one of seven pitchers (eight times) infranchise history to record 10 or more victories in at least six consecutive seasonsand the first since Joel Horlen (1963-69) ... other Sox pitchers to accomplish thatfeat are Billy Pierce (1955-61), Ted Lyons (1924-30 and 1932-37), Doc White(1903-13), Eddie Cicotte (1913-20) and Ed Walsh (1906-12) ... was a part of thefirst Sox starting rotation to feature five 10-game winners since 1983 (LaMarrHoyt, Rich Dotson, Floyd Bannister, Jerry Koosman and Britt Burns) ... joinedLivan Hernandez (2000-06), Freddy Garcia (2001-06) and Barry Zito (2001-06)as the only active pitchers to throw 200.0 IP in each of the last six seasons ... his204.0 IP and 98 strikeouts both were career lows (221.1 IP in 2001 and 119strikeouts in 2003) ... also became the first Sox pitcher since Greg Hibbard in1990 to throw more than 200.0 IP and strike out less than 100 batters ... rankedamong the American League leaders in hits allowed (T1st, 247), home runsallowed (T2nd, 36), runs allowed (4th, 124), earned runs allowed (6th, 113) andlosses (T6th) ... the 36 home runs are the second-highest total in Sox history behind only Floyd Bannister's 38 in1987 ... gave up 27 homers in his last 18 starts ... led the AL with 10 pickoffs and tied for 10th by inducing 21 doubleplays ... opponents batted .305 (247-809), seventh-highest in the AL and up from his career mark of .262 enteringthe season ... lefties hit .238 (38-160) with six walks and 12 extra-base hits but right-handers were at .322 (209-649)... allowed opponents the second-highest slugging percentage (.503) and sixth-highest on-base percentage (.346)in the AL ... both figures were career highs ... Sox turned two triple plays while he was on the mound: 5/14 atMinnesota and 9/18 vs. Detroit, both on infield pop ups with runners moving ... became the first pitcher sinceWashington's Bruce Howard in 1968 to be on the mound for two triple plays in one season ... went 9-6 with a 4.02ERA (55 ER/123.0 IP) in 18 starts in the first half and was named to his third career All-Star Team and second straight(did not pitch) ... was 3-7 with a 6.44 ERA (58 ER/81.0 IP) after the break, with opponents hitting .343 (113-329)... second-half ERA was the 10th-highest in the AL ... was 7-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 10 starts through 5/24, allowingone or no earned runs in five of those starts ... went 0-5 with a 11.48 ERA (34ER/26.2 IP) in July, his second career winless month (0-4 in May 2003) ... his11.48 ERA in July was the highest in the major leagues and surpassed hisprevious career monthly high of 7.16 (May 2003) by more than four runs ...posted a 4.65 ERA (64 ER/124.0 IP) at home, compared to 5.51 (49 ER/80.0IP) on the road ... averaged 97.0 pitches per start, compared to 105.4 in 2005... averaged 2.12 walks per 9.0 IP (48 BB), the 12th-lowest average in the AL,and 4.3 strikeouts per 9.0 IP, down from his 5.4 career average entering theseason ... issued just 22 walks in his last 19 starts (114.1 IP) ... received 4.99runs of support per 9.0 IP ... allowed 10 or more hits seven times and sevenplusruns six times ... Sox were 17-15 in his starts ... made 16 quality starts... averaged 6.1 IP per start ... lasted 8.0 IP or more six times ... posted a 9.56ERA (34 ER/32.0 IP) in the first inning, with opponents hitting .395 (58-147) ...allowed a first-inning run in each of his final seven starts, giving up 10 runs totalon 19 hits in that span ... minus the first inning, his season ERA would havebeen 4.13 (79 ER/172.0 IP), and opponents would have batted .285 (189-662)... suffered a season-high, six-game losing streak from 7/2-8/17 ... went 0-6with a 8.93 ERA (45 ER/45.1 IP) in eight starts during the streak, which washis longest since a career-high, nine-game skid from 4/20-6/11/03... was 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA (6 ER/28.0 IP) in his first four starts ...struck out a season-high seven (all in the first three innings) on 8/17 vs. Kansas City ... threw a career-low 51 pitches in a loss on 7/15 at New York ... allowed a career-high 11 runs (10 earned) on13 hits over 5.0 IP on 7/2 at the Cubs ... made his 200th careerappearance on 4/15 vs. Toronto and his 200th career start in a winon 9/2 at Kansas City ... registered his 19th career complete gameand first of the season on 5/19 vs. the Cubs ... two hits tied for hissecond-fewest allowed in a complete game ... retired 25 of the last27 batters, including 12 straight in one stretch ... made his fifthstraight Opening Day start, the longest streak by a Sox pitchersince Wilbur Wood from 1972-76 ... was removed with the gametied at 3-3 following a rain delay of 2:57, ending his string of 64straight starts lasting at least 5.0 IP ... his starts lasted an averageof 2:40, including 2:10 on 4/15 vs. Toronto, 2:12 on 4/26 at Seattleand 2:07 on 5/19 vs. the Cubs ... opponents were successful onfour of 11 stolen-base attempts.
Went 16-8 with a career-best 3.12 ERA (82 ER/236.2 IP) and 149 strikeouts ... finished fifth in the AL CyYoung voting, receiving five third-place votes ... recorded at least 14 wins, 200.0 IP, 30 starts and 100 strikeoutsfor the fifth straight season ... became the first Sox pitcher since Wilbur Wood (1971-75) to record at least 10 wins,100 strikeouts and 200.0 IP in five consecutive seasons ... led the AL in IP and ranked among the leaders ERA (3rd),wins (T5th), complete games (T4th, 3), runners per 9.0 IP (5th, 10.80), shutouts (T5th, 1), walks per 9.0 IP (6th, 1.52),strikeout-to-walk ratio (7th, 3.73), opponents slugging percentage (7th, .380) and starts (T8th, 33) ... became thefirst White Sox pitcher since Wood in 1972-73 to lead the AL in IP in back-to-back seasons ... also ranked amongthe AL leaders in opponents grounded into double plays (2nd, 29) and pickoffs (T2nd, 5) ... his 149 strikeouts werethe second-highest total of his career (165 in 2004) ... went 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA in the second half, compared to10-3 with a 2.58 ERA before the break ... was named to his second career AL All-Star Team (also 2002), becomingthe sixth pitcher in White Sox history to earn the win at the Midsummer Classic ... threw 2.0 scoreless IP, allowingthree hits with three strikeouts to join Edgar Smith (1941), Early Wynn (1958), Ray Herbert (1962), Jack McDowell(1993) and James Baldwin (2000) as Sox winners ... his win was the first by a Sox pitcher who started the All-StarGame ... compiled a 2.91 ERA (57 ER/176.1 IP) over his final 25 starts ... did not allow an earned run in six of 33starts or a walk in nine of 33 ... made 20 quality starts, including 10 in a row from 5/8-6/28 ... Sox were 20-13 in hisstarts ... went 10-2 with a 2.48 ERA (35 ER/127.0 IP) at home ... his 2.48 ERA led the AL, and 10 wins tied for second... also was 9-2 with a 2.16 ERA (23 ER/95.2 IP) during the day ... was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June aftergoing 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA (4 ER/37.2 IP) and 31 strikeouts ... ERA was a personal monthly best ... it was his secondcareer monthly honor (May 2004) ... his starts lasted an average of 2:40 ... allowed 0.76 home runs per 9.0 IP (20PLAYERSHR/236.2 IP), down from 1.21 in 2004 ... gave up 12 home runs in his last10 starts (58.0 IP), compared to one in his previous 11 (76.1 IP) ... threwat least 6.0 IP in 49 consecutive starts from 5/11/04-7/26/05, the longeststreak in the major leagues since Steve Carlton went 69 straight withPhiladelphia from 1979-82 ... streak came to an end on 8/1 in Baltimorewhen he was ejected with no prior warning by home plate umpire BrianGorman after hitting B.J. Surhoff with a pitch ... compiled a career-high,nine-game winning streak from 4/16-6/28 (2.34 ERA, 28 ER/107.2 IP) ...streak spanned 14 starts and was the longest by a Sox pitcher sinceWilson Alvarez tied the club record with 15 straight wins from 1993-94 ...winning streak ended on 7/3 at Oakland when he allowed a career-high14 hits over 6.1 IP ... his 10-1 start was the best by a Sox starting pitchersince James Baldwin also won 10 of his first 11 decisions in 2000 ... went45.0 IP without allowing a home run from 6/11-7/9 ... gave up just fourhomers to lefties in 207 at-bats ... went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA (5 ER/24.0IP) working on six-plus days rest ... made fourth consecutive OpeningDay start on 4/4 vs. Cleveland, the longest streak by a Sox pitcher since Jack McDowell also made four straight from1991-94 and longest by a Sox lefty since Wood made five in a row from 1972-76 ... threw his third complete gameof the season on 9/25 vs. Minnesota ... game lasted just 1:53, his sixth career sub-2:00 game ... his career-highscoreless streak of 25.0 consecutive IP ended on 6/22 vs. Kansas City ... threw his sixth career shutout on 6/17 vs.the Dodgers ... posted a career-high four straight no decisions from 5/24-6/11 despite a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP)... threw 7.2 scoreless IP on 6/11 at San Diego and allowed one run on four hits over 9.0 IP on 5/24 at Anaheim ...earned 75th career win on 5/13 vs. Baltimore ... went the distance vs. Seattle on 4/16 ... allowed just three hits (allto Ichiro) and struck out a career-high 12, three more than his previous best ... 12 strikeouts were the most by a Soxpitcher since Wilson Alvarez also fanned 12 on 5/11/97 vs. Oakland ... game lasted 1:39, the fastest in the majorleagues since 9/30/84 when Atlanta beat San Diego at home, also in 1:39 ... streak of 17.0 consecutive scorelessIP (dating to 9/30/04) came to an end on 4/10 at Minnesota ... defeated Cleveland on Opening Day at home, holdingthe Indians to two singles over 8.0 scoreless IP.
Became the first White Sox pitcher to lead the American League in IP since Wilbur Wood threw 359.1 IP in 1973 ... his 245.1 IP are the most by a Sox pitcher since Alex Fernandez threw 258.0 in 1996 and most by a Sox lefty sinceKen Kravec's 250.0 in 1979 ... became first Sox pitcher to make 35 starts inback-to-back seasons since Jim Kaat and Wilbur Wood in 1974-75 ... his 165strikeouts were the fifth-highest total by a Sox lefty since 1975, trailing FloydBannister (198 in 1985 and 193 in 1983), Wilson Alvarez (181 in 1996) and BrittBurns (172 in 1985) ... his five complete games tied Mike Sirotka (1998) andGreg Hibbard (1991) for the most by a Sox lefty since 1990 ... ranked among theAL leaders in complete games (T1st, 5), starts (T1st, 35), quality starts (3rd, 23),shutouts (T4th, 1), fewest walks per 9.0 IP (5th, 1.87), wins (T6th, 16), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7th, 3.24), ERA (8th, 3.89) and strikeouts (9th) ... went at least 6.0IP in each of his last 28 starts, the longest streak in the major leagues since CurtSchilling went 39 straight from 9/23/01-4/1/03 and longest by a Sox pitcher sinceJack McDowell went 48 in a row from 7/4/92-9/6/93 ... joined McDowell (1990-93) as the only Sox pitchers since 1990 to record 10 wins, 100 strikeouts and200.0 IP in four consecutive seasons ... registered complete games in his last two starts (both against Kansas City)and three of his last five ... retired 41 of his final 46 batters faced ... threw 8.0-plus IP on eight occasions ... pickedoff 10 runners, most in the AL, and allowed only five stolen bases in 13 attempts ... induced 33 double play grounders,third in the AL ... received 6.64 runs of support per 9.0 IP, sixth-most in the AL, including 9.05 in his first 17 outings... Sox went 21-14 in his starts ... struck out seven-plus batters eight times, matching his career total entering theseason ... issued more than two walks only four times, with a season high of four on 8/15 at Boston ... starts lastedan average of 2:33, quickest in the AL, and 11 were played in less than 2:20 ... allowed 257 hits, second-most inthe AL, and 10-plus hits seven times ... opponents batted .271, up from his career mark of .258 entering 2004 ...was 7-3 with a 2.63 ERA (34 ER/116.1 IP) on the road ... ERA ranked second in the AL behind Minnesota's JohanSantana (2.58) ... despite a lower ERA (3.74 to 4.03), was 7-8 in the second half compared to 9-2 before the break... made his third straight Opening Day start on 4/5 at Kansas City (ND, 2 ER/6.2 IP), the longest streak by a Soxpitcher since Jack McDowell made four straight from 1991-94 and longest bya Sox lefty since Wilbur Wood's five straight from 1972-76 ... threw 17.0consecutive scoreless IP from 5/11-21, tied for the second-longest streak ofhis career ... went 20.2 consecutive scoreless IP at home from 5/11-6/8/04 ...retired 10 or more consecutive batters in one game five times, most recentlyon 9/30 at Kansas City (19) ... recorded a six-game winning streak from 5/11-6/18 (3.13 ERA) ... was named AL Pitcher of the Month for May (first careermonthly honor) after going 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA (7 ER/40.0 IP) and 37strikeouts ... ERA was above 5.00 in April, June and August and below 3.00in May, July and September ... faced the minimum 27 batters in a two-hitshutout on 7/21 at Cleveland, the first Sox pitcher to accomplish that feat sinceLaMarr Hoyt on 5/2/84 vs. the Yankees ... retired the first 17 Indians in order... both runners (singles) were erased on double plays ... twice worked onthree days rest (5/5 at Baltimore and 8/15 at Boston), going 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA(5 ER/12.2 IP) ... allowed a season-high nine runs on 8/20 vs. Boston ... twicedefeated the Phillies in interleague play (6/8 and 8/30) ... lasted just 2.0 IP on4/20 vs. the Yankees, his shortest career start.
Made career-high 35 starts ... threw at least 220.0 IP with 100 strikeouts for the third straight season ... became the first White Sox pitcher since Jack McDowell (1990-93) to throw at least 200.0 IP in three straight seasons ... ranked among the AL leaders in starts (T2nd), quality starts (3rd, 24) and IP (5th) ... induced 24 double play ground balls, tied for fifth-most in the AL ... also ranked among the AL leaders in hits allowed (2nd, 250), runs allowed (4th, 124) and losses (T7th, 14) ... Sox were 18-17 in his starts, winning 15 of the last 20 after a 3-12 start ... was 12-4 with a 3.47 ERA (54 ER/140.0 IP) over his final 20 starts ... during that stretch, received 5.94 runs in support, compared to 3.49 runs in first 15 starts ... 18 of final 24 starts were quality ... was 7-10 in the first half and 7-4 after the break ... posted 2.83:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (85 SO/30 BB) over final 22 starts, compared to 1.10 (34 SO/31 BB) in first 13 ... allowed just six home runs over last 80.2 IP (0.67 per 9.0 IP), compared to 16 in first 149.2 IP (0.96) ... compiled career-high, seven-game winning streak from 6/16-7/29 (2.88 ERA), the longest by a Sox pitcher since James Baldwin won nine in a row from 9/26/99-5/20/00 ... began season 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA (5 ER/28.2 IP) through four starts before going 0-9 with a 6.86 ERA (47 ER/61.2 IP) over his next 11 starts ... nine-game losing streak was the longest by a Sox pitcher since Jim Parque dropped his final nine decisions of the 1999 campaign ... opponents batted .278, up from career mark of .249 entering the season ... was 7-1 with a 2.22 ERA (18 ER/73.0 IP), 10 walks and 67 hits allowed over final 10 starts at home, losing only final outing on 9/23 vs. the Yankees (2 ER/7.0 IP) ... opponents were successful on just one of five stolen-base attempts ... did not allow a steal until 9/3 vs. Boston (Johnny Damon) ... despite a 6-5 record, compiled a 3.35 ERA (31 ER/83.1 IP) vs. Boston, Minnesota, New York and Oakland, the four AL playoff teams ... was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA (5 ER/21.2 IP) in three starts vs. the Red Sox, the top offense in the AL ... his starts lasted an average of 2:33, including three that were played in less than 2:00 (all vs. Oakland's Mark Mulder), six in 2:07 or less and 14 in less than 2:25 ... game on 5/6 at Oakland lasted 1:49, the fastest in the major leagues in 2003 and the Sox fastest since 5/23/84 at Kansas City (also 1:49) ... went 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in July, his first career unbeaten month as a starter ... made 100th career start on 9/2 vs. Boston ... earned 50th career win on 8/23 vs. Texas (0 ER/6.0 IP) ... streak of 26.0 IP without a walk ended on 7/12-1 at Cleveland and streak of 18.0 consecutive scoreless IP ended on 4/10 at Cleveland ... recorded 10th career complete game in victory on 6/26 at Minnesota, striking out a career-high nine while throwing 128 pitches ... also went the distance in a win on 8/8 vs. Oakland and Mulder ... allowed a career-high 10 runs on 5/16 at Minnesota and issued career-high six walks on 5/11 at Seattle ... started the season opener on 3/31 at Kansas City, the first Sox lefty to draw consecutive Opening Day starts since Wilbur Wood from 1972-76.
Narrowly missed in his bid to win 20 games, dropping his last start to finish 19-12 ... would have been the White Sox first 20-game winner since Jack McDowell went 22-10 in 1993 and the first left-hander since Jim Kaat was 20-14 in 1975 ... with 17 victories, needed to win his final three starts to reach 20 ... defeated Kansas City on 9/17 and Minnesota on 9/22 (both at home) before suffering a 3-2, complete-game loss on 9/28 at Minnesota ... led Twins, 2-1, with two outs and the bases empty in the eighth inning before yielding an infield single to Michael Cuddyer and a two-run homer to Bobby Kielty ... ranked among the AL leaders in IP (2nd, 239.0), games started (T2nd, 34), complete games (T2nd, 5), shutouts (T2nd, 2), wins (T4th, 19) and quality starts (T5th, 23) ... 19 wins tied for second among AL lefties ... 239.0 IP were the most by a Sox pitcher since Alex Fernandez threw 258.0 in 1996 ... five complete games were the most by a Sox pitcher since Fernandez (six in 1996) ... also ranked among the AL leaders in pickoffs (T1st, eight), batters faced (3rd, 984), hits allowed (4th, 236), pitches thrown (4th, 3,501), double play grounders induced (T6th, 24), losses (T8th, 12) and pitches per start (10th, 102.97) ... received 6.55 runs in support per 9.0 IP, fifth-most in the AL ... limited opposing basestealers to a 28.6 percent success rate (4-14), third-lowest in the AL ... went 12-4 with a 3.34 ERA (48 ER/129.1 IP) in 18 starts at home ... 12 home victories ranked second in baseball behind Arizona's Randy Johnson (14) ... made first All-Star appearance on 7/9 in Milwaukee, allowing one run on two hits over 2.0 IP ... became first Sox lefty All-Star since Wilson Alvarez in 1994 ... was 12-6 with a 3.57 ERA (51 ER/128.2 IP) before the break ... 12 wins tied Jack McDowell (12-4 in 1992) for the third-highest total by a Sox pitcher before the All-Star Break since 1975 ... was the first AL pitcher to reach four, five, six, seven and eight wins ... made 23 quality starts in 34 outings, and lasted at least 6.0 IP 30 times and 8.0 IP nine times ... averaged 7.0 IP per start ... opponents hit .260 (236-908), up from .230 in 2001 ... Sox were 20-14 in his starts ... issued 2.30 walks per 9.0 IP (61 BB), 13th-best in the AL ... allowed just 1.7 walks per 9.0 IP (22 BB/117.1 IP) over final 16 starts compared to 2.9 (39 BB/121.2 IP) over first 18 ... Sox scored 10-plus runs in eight of his starts ... gave up 17 home runs in last 202.1 IP compared to eight in first 36.2 IP ... went 5-1 with a 3.89 ERA (18 ER/41.2 IP) in six starts vs. Minnesota ... was 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA (3 ER/20.1 IP) in three combined starts vs. Seattle and the Yankees ... was 12-5 with a 3.27 ERA (50 ER/137.2 IP) at night ... 3.27 ERA ranked ninth in the AL ... posted a 2.57 ERA (6 ER/21.0 IP) over final three starts ... went the distance on 5/24 vs. Detroit, 7/30 at Minnesota (shutout), 8/16 at Oakland, 9/1 at Detroit (shutout) and 9/28 at Minnesota ... received consideration for AL Pitcher of the Month for May after going 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA in six starts ... won his first four starts, posting a 1.33 ERA (4 ER/27.0 IP) ... won Sox home opener on 4/12 vs. Baltimore (1 ER/7.0 IP) ... won first career Opening Day start on 4/1 at Seattle, allowing one run on two hits over 6.0 IP ... at age 23, became Sox youngest Opening Day starter since Britt Burns (22) in 1981 ... reached 500.0 IP for his career on 7/22 vs. Minnesota ... starts lasted an average of 2:41, including eight played in less than 2:30 ... was a member of the Major League All-Star Team that played in Japan in November ... made one start, allowing four runs on five hits over 3.0 IP, before leaving with a bruised left shoulder sustained when hit by a line drive off the bat of Hideki Matsui.
Went 16-8 with a 3.29 ERA in his first full Major League season...became the first Sox pitcher to win 16 games since Alex Fernandez (16-10) in 1996 and the first lefty since Floyd Bannister (16-11) in 1987...ranked among the American League leaders in runners per 9.0 IP (2nd, 9.9), ERA (4th), opponents average (4th, .230), shutouts (T4th, 2), complete games (T5th, 4), fewest walks per 9.0 IP (T6th, 2.0) and IP (10th, 221.1)...3.29 ERA topped all AL southpaws and was the fifth-lowest by a Sox left-hander since 1980...also ranked among the AL leaders in on-base percentage allowed (2nd, .279), hits per 9.0 IP (3rd, 7.64), opponents average with runners in scoring position (3rd, .219), average with men on base (4th, .215), strikeout-to-walk ratio (8th, 2.63) and slugging percentage allowed (10th, .377)...limited right-handers to a .230 average, 10th-best in the league...lefties hit just .213...two shutouts were the most by a Sox pitcher since Fernandez in 1995 and most by a lefty since Jerry Reuss in 1988...after going 1-3 with a 5.01 ERA (28 ER/50.1 IP) over his first eight starts, was 15-5 with a 2.79 ERA (53 ER/171.0 IP) over his final 24 outings...led the AL in ERA (2.99) as late as 9/8 before finishing fourth...could have become the first Sox pitcher since Joel Horlen in 1967 to lead the league in ERA and only the second pitcher in history (Mark Fidrych in 1976) to win the title in his first full Major League season...threw 24.2 consecutive scoreless IP from 5/26-6/7, the most by a Sox pitcher since Tommy John went 25.0 IP from 6/13-25/67...also threw 15.2 consecutive scoreless IP from 7/28-8/3...ERA was 3.29 before and after the break...was 9-3 with a 3.15 ERA on the road and 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA at home...3.15 road ERA was fourth in the AL and nine road wins tied for sixth...was fifth in the league with a 3.24 ERA at night and ninth with a 3.45 mark in the day...led the Sox with 126 strikeouts...221.1 IP are a career high at any level...recorded 20 quality starts...Sox were 20-12 in his starts...lasted at least 8.0 IP 10 times...retired 10 or more straight batters eight times...four wins in August were tied for third in the AL, and 2.62 ERA was fifth...2.08 ERA in June was second in the AL...recorded back-to-back complete game wins on 8/3 vs. Tampa Bay and 8/8 at Anaheim, the first Sox pitcher to accomplish the feat since Alex Fernandez on 9/21-25/95...tossed a one-hit complete-game shutout on 8/3 vs. Tampa Bay, the first by a Sox pitcher since Fernandez on 5/4/92 vs. Milwaukee...was perfect until the sixth inning and had a no-hitter until the seventh...recorded first career complete-game shutout on 5/26 at Detroit...twice won five straight decisions (5/26-6/18 and 7/28-8/24)...did not walk a batter over 30.0 consecutive IP from 6/13-29...compiled a 2.63 ERA (4 ER/13.2 IP) in two starts vs. Seattle...held the Mariners to one run on two hits over 8.0 IP in a no decision on 4/29 at Comiskey Park...was 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA (7 ER/29.0 IP) in four starts vs. Kansas City...made first Opening Day roster after going 1-0 with a 3.43 ERA (8 ER/21.0 IP) in spring training.
Made 28 appearances (three starts) in his rookie campaign ... became the Sox primary left-handed setup man after his contract was purchased from Class AA Birmingham on 7/16 ... went 3-1 with a 3.53 ERA (14 ER/35.2 IP) in relief and 1-0 with a 5.74 ERA (10 ER/15.2 IP) as a starter ... was 0-2 in save situations ... posted three holds ... first batters faced were 6-25 (.240) ... allowed 12 of 23 inherited runners (52.2 percent) to score ... averaged 6.5 strikeouts (37 SO/51.1 IP) and 3.3 walks (17 BB) per 9.0 IP ... tied for seventh in the AL with four pickoffs ... went 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA (6 ER/20.0 IP) in August ... after just 36 games in the minor leagues, including 16 above Class A, made major-league debut in relief on 7/16 vs. Milwaukee (1 ER/1.0 IP) ... won his first career start in second outing on 7/19 at Minnesota, allowing two runs on six hits over 7.0 IP ... posted no decisions in starts on 7/24 vs. Kansas City (3 ER/5.0 IP) and 7/29 at Anaheim (5 ER/3.2 IP) ... was moved to the pen following start at Anaheim ... was the winning pitcher in back-to-back games on 8/11-12 at Tampa Bay ... posted a 1.63 ERA (5 ER/27.2 IP) over 17 outings from 8/4-9/15 ... went 3.0 perfect IP on 8/29 at Oakland, combining with James Baldwin and Keith Foulke on a 3-0 shutout ... posted career relief highs with 4.2 scoreless IP and five strikeouts on 8/24 vs. Baltimore after tossing 3.0 scoreless IP with two strikeouts on 8/21 vs. Tampa Bay ... threw 3.1 perfect IP on 9/15 vs. Toronto. Was named Southern League Pitcher of the Year at Class AA Birmingham despite making only 16 starts ... was named a Second-Team Minor League All-Star as well as the No. 9 Prospect in the SL by Baseball America
... was tabbed by the same publication as having the Best Control in the Sox organization and the SL ... was named to the SL midseason and postseason and the Double-A All-Star Teams ... was the winning pitcher at the Futures Game as part of All-Star weekend ... finished second in the SL with a 2.28 ERA ... limited opponents to a .221 average ... posted a 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (68 SO/17 BB) and issued just 1.3 walks per 9.0 IP ... at time of promotion to the Sox, was second in the SL in ERA (2.28), tied for third in wins (eight) and ranked fourth in IP (118.2).
Made pro debut at Class A Burlington, appearing in 20 games (14 starts) for the Midwest League champions ... agreed to terms with the Sox on 5/21 ... was named by Baseball America
as the Best Non-Draft Sign in the organization (was a draft-and-follow from 1998) ... averaged 8.3 strikeouts (91 SO) and 1.5 walks (16 BB) per 9.0 IP ... posted a 5.7:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... went 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA (7 ER/40.2 IP) and 45 strikeouts over six starts from 7/10-8/7 ... earned MWL Pitcher of the Week honors for 8/1-7 ... struck out 11 in a complete-game, shutout victory on 8/2 at Cedar Rapids ... was recommended/signed by Nathan Durst and John Kazanas.