In these very pages, we've previously introduced you to Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese right-hander who, as our own Danny Knobler first reported, may be headed to the U.S. major leagues this offseason.
Well, speaking of Tanaka, 24-year-old ace of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, on Friday he set a Japanese record by winning his 21st consecutive start this season. Tanaka's 6-2 complete-game win over Orix moved him to, as you may have already guessed, 21-0 on the year, and in fact he hasn't suffered a loss since Aug. 19 of 2012. That's a span of 25 starts, and that means he's bested Carl Hubbell's MLB record of 24 consecutive starts without a loss from 1936 through 1937.
Some highlights of his history-making night ...
On the season, Tanaka, in addition to the 21-0 record, also boasts an ERA of 1.23 and a K/BB ratio of 6.04.