Detroit Tigers starter Doug Fister set a new American League record for consecutive strikeouts in one contest with nine, in his Thursday outing against the Kansas City Royals.
When Fister fanned Billy Butler looking for the second out of the seventh inning, he snapped the previous mark of eight. Blake Stein of the Royals was the last to accomplish the feat, on June 17, 2001. Nolan Ryan, Ron Davis, and Roger Clemens also turned the trick in the AL.
One batter earlier, when he struck out Alex Gordon looking to begin the frame, Fister set a new Tigers mark for consecutive Ks with eight. The original record of seven straight was set by Denny McLain on June 15, 1965 vs. Boston, and matched by John Hiller on Oct. 1, 1970 vs. Cleveland.
The major league record still belongs to Tom Seaver, who fanned 10 straight for the New York Mets on Apr. 22, 1970 against San Diego.
Detroit won, 5-4, sweeping the Royals in a four-game series. Fister departed after 7 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs -- two earned -- while tying a season high with 10 strikeouts.