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Look away, White Sox fans: Chris Sale makes history

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Look away, White Sox fans: Chris Sale makes history

This one may sting a bit, White Sox fans.  

On Wednesday evening, former White Sox ace Chris Sale accomplished a feat that no other American League pitcher has since 1999. The current Red Sox left-hander whiffed his 300th batter of the season, becoming the first A.L. hurler since Pedro Martinez to do so. 

Sale reached the impressive milestone in a dominant eight-inning, 13-strikeout gem. Vintage. 

Overall on the season, he's posted a 2.75 ERA with opponents hitting a mere .203 against him. Before his postseason debut in October, Sale has a shot at leading two franchises in season strikeout totals: 

The consolation on the South Side is that the prized prospect acquired in the Sale blockbuster had a pretty nice night himself. Yoan Moncada drilled a two-run blast in Houston, his seventh since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 19. 

The great trade debate wages on. 

John Lackey turned in one of the best performances ever at Coors Field

John Lackey turned in one of the best performances ever at Coors Field

Entering the second week of May, John Lackey was one of the main culprits of the Cubs' starting rotation struggles.

The veteran starter with a career 3.88 ERA went 11-8 with a 3.35 ERA in 2016, yet entered Tuesday's start in Colorado with a 5.14 mark this season.

Nobody figures a date with the best hitter's park in the league would've helped matters, but Lackey responded with one of the best starts in Coors Field history.

The 38-year-old struck out 10 in seven shutout innings, only the second such start in the field's history by a visiting player, joining the legendary Pedro Martinez.

Martinez accomplished the feat in 1997, the year he won his first Cy Young Award and posted a 1.90 ERA and 13 complete games with the Montreal Expos.

Lackey is now 3-3 on the season with a 4.29 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.