On Thursday night in Arlington, Yu Darvish wouldn't stop striking out the Diamondbacks. In his 21st start of the season, Darvish matched a career high with 14 strikeouts in a 7-1 Rangers victory. It's the fourth time this season that he has had a 14-strikeout game. He allowed five hits and walked nobody while throwing 111 pitches. Darvish struck out every hitter in the Arizona lineup except Cody Ross, who went 1-for-3. He struck out 10 of his first 13 batters and recorded his first six outs on strikeouts in the first two innings while allowing two hits. Darvish failed to record a strikeout only in the seventh, which was his final inning.
The majority of headlines in Major League Baseball today are about the trade deadline that is at 4:00pm EST. A headline that might get missed is that the St. Louis Cardinals got swept in a doubleheader against the Pirates on Tuesday and after the Cardinals lost their second game of the day, it was announced that Yadier Molina is headed to the disabled list with a sprained right knee. Molina has played since June with persistent soreness inside his right knee, the same knee he had surgically repaired several seasons ago.With Molina now on the disabled list, the Cardinals will use a combination of Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson as their catcher, which is an obvious downgrade for them.