|2012 Season News
March 30 - At 49 age, Jamie Moyer became the oldest starting pitcher ever on an Opening Day roster. Moyer joined the Colorado Rockies on this date, which was the 20th anniversary of his being released by the Chicago Cubs. At that time, he had been released three times in three years. He will be 50 in November.
April 20 - Fenway Park celebrates its 100th birthday, with about 200 former Boston Red Sox players, managers and coaches coming out for the pre-game introduction. The New York Yankees, however, spoil the party and defeat the Red Sox 6-2 on five home runs, all off starter Clay Buchholz. One of the home runs is Alex Rodriguez' 631st and puts him past former teammate Ken Griffey, Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list. In the first game at Fenway exactly 100 years earlier, the Red Sox had defeated the Yankees' forerunner, the New York Highlanders, 7-6 in 11 innings.
April 21 - At Safeco Field, Philip Humber pitched the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4–0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. It was the 21st perfect game in major league history and first since Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. It was also the third in White Sox's history, joining Mark Buehrle against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23, 2009, and Charles Robertson against the Detroit Tigers on April 30, 1922.
June 1 - After 50 seasons and 8,020 games, the New York Mets record their first no-hitter as Johan Santana performs the deed in the Mets' 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Santana is assisted in the sixth inning by a foul ball call on a Carlos Beltrán line drive over third base that appears to land on the chalk line (Beltrán eventually grounds out to third baseman David Wright) and by Mike Baxter's seventh-inning catch to rob Yadier Molina of a possible extra-base hit. The no-hitter leaves the San Diego Padres, who began play in 1969, as the only remaining team without a no-hitter, and is the first against a defending World Series champion since Nolan Ryan no-hit the Oakland Athletics on June 11, 1990.
August 15 - At Safeco Field, Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners strikes out 12 batters en route to the 23rd perfect game in Major League history, the third of this season, and the first in franchise history as the Mariners defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. With Philip Humber having pitched his perfect game against the Mariners at Safeco on April 21 of this season, the Mariners become the first team to be on both ends of a perfect game in one season. Safeco also joins Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as stadiums with two perfect games pitched in them. The perfect game is the third in four seasons to be pitched against the Rays; they were also on the losing end of Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009 and Dallas Braden's perfect game in 2010. Along with their combined no-hitter on June 8, the Mariners become the first team with two no-hitters on the same season since the 1973 California Angels, Nolan Ryan having pitched both.
September 14 - At Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees moves into the top 10 on the all-time hits list, beating out an infield single in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The hit gives him 3,284 for his career, passing Willie Mays for 10th place. In the eighth inning of the same game, Alex Rodriguez hits his 647th career home run, which gives him 1,889 career runs scored, passing Lou Gehrig for ninth place on the all-time list.
|American League Teams Stats|
|New York Yankees||95||67||0.586||804||4.96||668||4.12||245||190||0.265||0.337||0.453||3.86||431||1318||0.987||135|
|Tampa Bay Rays||90||72||0.556||697||4.30||577||3.56||175||139||0.240||0.317||0.394||3.19||469||1383||0.981||154|
|Los Angeles Angels||89||73||0.549||767||4.73||699||4.31||187||186||0.274||0.332||0.433||4.02||483||1157||0.984||138|
|Chicago White Sox||85||77||0.525||748||4.62||676||4.17||211||186||0.255||0.318||0.422||4.02||503||1246||0.988||154|
|Toronto Blue Jays||73||89||0.451||716||4.42||784||4.84||198||204||0.245||0.320||0.411||4.64||574||1142||0.984||168|
|Kansas City Royals||72||90||0.444||676||4.17||746||4.60||131||163||0.265||0.317||0.400||4.30||542||1177||0.981||169|
|Boston Red Sox||69||93||0.426||734||4.53||806||4.98||165||190||0.260||0.315||0.415||4.72||529||1176||0.983||159|
|National League Teams Stats|
|San Francisco Giants||94||68||0.580||718||4.43||649||4.01||103||142||0.269||0.327||0.397||3.68||489||1237||0.981||134|
|St. Louis Cardinals||88||74||0.543||765||4.72||648||4.00||159||134||0.271||0.338||0.421||3.71||436||1218||0.983||149|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||86||76||0.531||637||3.93||597||3.69||116||122||0.252||0.317||0.374||3.35||539||1276||0.984||137|
|San Diego Padres||76||86||0.469||651||4.02||710||4.38||121||162||0.247||0.319||0.380||4.01||539||1205||0.980||97|
|New York Mets||74||88||0.457||650||4.01||709||4.38||139||161||0.249||0.316||0.386||4.09||488||1240||0.983||135|