Buehrle Sets MLB Record, Retires 45 Straight

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2009 9:49 PM CDT
Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle smiles as he leave the mound after putting down the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning.   (Tom Olmscheid)
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(Newser) – Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle has set a major league record by retiring 45 straight batters. Coming off a perfect game in his last start against Tampa Bay, Buehrle retired the first 17 Minnesota Twins batters he faced tonight to break the record of 41 set by San Francisco's Jim Barr in 1972 and tied by Chicago reliever Bobby Jenks in 2007. Buehrle's streak ended with a walk to Alexi Casilla on a close call with two outs in the sixth. Denard Span followed with a single to break up the no-hitter.