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Yankees’ Dellin Betances Sets Franchise Single-Season Reliever Strikeout Record

his 131st strikeout of the season in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees broke Mariano Rivera's franchise single-season record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher, according to a tweet from Elias Sports Bureau.

As the MLB career saves leader and one of the all-time Yankee greats, Rivera set the original mark back in the 1996 season, fanning 130 batters. Just like Betances, Rivera etched his name into the Yankee record books before he was anointed the closer, as The Sandman only collected five saves over 107.2 innings that year.

As Rivera grew to rely more on his world-famous cut fastball, his strikeout numbers went down over the course of his career, as he never once fanned 100 batters in a ...

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