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It is now August and the Marlins own rookie pitcher Josh Johnson leads the NL in ERA (2.52) and the Twins rookie phenom Francisco Liriano leads the AL in ERA (1.96). That is a remarkable achievement. I'd be interested in learning when was the last time two rookies have led each league in ERA at the same time in August.

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? Rookie Josh Johnson allowed two runs in seven innings in the Marlins' 15-2 victory over the Phillies on Monday, to take the NL lead in earned run average (2.52). Another rookie, Francisco Liriano, leads the AL and the majors with a 1.96 mark. This is the first time in major-league history that rookies lead both leagues in ERA at the end of July.

 

Eight rookies prior to Liriano and Johnson led their leagues heading into August: Mark Gardner, Expos (2.34 in 1990); Mark Fidrych, Tigers (1.80 in 1976); Dennis Eckersley, Indians (2.20 in 1975); Gary Peters, White Sox (2.04 in 1963); Spec Shea, Yankees (2.07 in 1947); Atley Donald, Yankees (2.30 in 1939); Lou Fette, Boston Bees (2.46 in 1937); and Wilcy Moore, Yankees (2.35 in 1927).

 

here is the link from ESPN

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=2535903

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