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Doug Fister Strikes Out 9 Consecutive Batters; New AL Record

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 27: Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during an MLB game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during an MLB game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister broke the AL record Thursday afternoon for consecutive strikeouts, fanning nine Kansas City Royals.

The overall MLB record of 10 strikeouts has been held by Tom Seaver since 1970.

CBSSports reports the previous AL record — 8 —  was set by Blake Stein in 2001. Prior to that, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan struck out eight consecutive Boston Red Sox in 1972. 

Perez started out the strikeout streak on a called third strike to end the 4th for the Royals. Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur both stuck out swinging and Brayan Pena was called out on strikes to end the 5th.

Due up in the 6th for the Royals were Johnny Giavotella, David Lough and Alcides Escobar. Giavotella and Lough were called out on strikes and Escobar struck out swinging.

In the 7th, Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez were due up. Gordon and Butler were both called out on strikes.

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