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5.30.2008

Big Unit Ties Rocket in K's

Are you feeling randy?Arizona Diamondbacks veteran Randy Johnson struck out nine San Francisco Giants to tie Roger Clemens for second-most in career strikeouts during Thursday night's 4-3 loss, but The Big Unit doesn't think it's that impressive.

Maybe that's because he's already been second on the all-time list, but dropped back down to third with The Rocket still pitching last season.

"Strikeouts don't win you ballgames," he said after the game, "I can assure you that."
Yeah, but they sure do help.

The 44-year-old lefty retired the first nine batters he faced -- five by strikeout -- before giving up a Randy Winn homer to lead off the fourth. He's fanned 19 over his last two starts for a total of 4,672 strikeouts, exiting last night's game to a standing ovation and a 3-2 lead after seven solid innings.

Johnson trails only Hall of Famer 's 5,714 career punchouts.

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