The Tigers and Jose Lima beat the Royals and Paul Byrd 3-0 in one hour and 41 minutes, the fastest nine-inning game in the majors since 1984. There was a total of nine hits, one walk, and 14 strikeouts.
I remember a game that my Dad and I attended in the late '70s in which Jim "Kitty" Kaat pitched the Phillies to a complete game shutout in around 1:39. He was a fast worker, and he always reminded me of Popeye, the way he popped off the mound with his arms slightly akimbo. But I don't remember anyone thinking that it was all that unusual at the time. But Jose Lima acted as if he had won an Oscar:
" I wanted to thank all of these people who stuck with me when I wasn't pitching. I think the home plate umpire might have had a date tonight, because he had a big zone. I don't have a date, but I might be able to get one after this. "
- Jose Lima