Walk-less marathon a baseball rarity

In Tuesday night’s 4-3, 12-inning Yankees loss to the Tigers, there were no walks and 22 strikeouts (12 by Detroit pitchers and 10 by the Yanks). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the only the fifth time in the past 100 years that a game went at least 12 innings without either club drawing a walk.

The Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates played a 13-inning game without a walk July 25, 1917. The other 12-inning games minus a walk were between the Brewers and the Angels July 5, 1987 at Anaheim, the Cubs and the Dodgers July 27, 1980 at Los Angeles and the Reds and the Pirates Sept. 19, 1959 at Pittsburgh.

The Yankees are now up to 16 consecutive games that have been decided by two or fewer runs. They are 9-7 during the stretch. It is the longest such streak since the Orioles had a similar run in 1975 from Aug. 23-Sept. 7. The last longest such stretch was an 18-game run by Twins in 1968 from May 16-June 3.

The Yankees have used 51 players this season, which ties the 2005 and 2008 clubs for the second highest total in team history. The club record is 56 set last year. This year’s breakdown is 29 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and seven outfielders. There have been 26 players this year who have played for the Yankees for the first time, seven of whom made their major-league debuts (Dean Anna, Shane Greene, Jose Ramirez, Yangervis Solarte, Masahiro Tanaka, Zelous Wheeler and Chase Whitley).

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