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Baseball rules credit a win to one pitcher on the victorious team. The pitcher receiving credit is normally the pitcher of record at the time that the team takes a lead that it never relinquishes. There are two rare exceptions to this general principle:
- A starting pitcher must pitch for at least 5 innings to receive credit for a win, unless the game goes only 5 innings (in which case he must pitch at least 4) or he is pitching in an exhibition match (such as the All-Star Game) that has rules restricting the length of his appearance.
- A reliever may be denied the victory if he is "ineffective in a brief appearance".
In either exceptional case, the official scorer is allowed to determine which subsequent relief pitcher deserves credit for the victory. In practice, most official scorers will credit the pitcher who immediately follows the one denied the victory.
A relief win is a win earned by a pitcher who did not start the game. This statistic is one of those used to determine the winner of the Rolaids Relief Award.
|Records for Pitcher Wins|
|MLB Career||Cy Young||511|
|MLB Season||Charley Radbourn||59||1884|
|MLB Season (since 1900)||Jack Chesbro||41||1904|
|NPB Career||Masaichi Kaneda||400|
|NPB Season||Victor Starfin||42||1939|
|NPB Season||Kazuhisa Inao||42||1961|
|Negro Leagues Career||Bullet Joe Rogan||151|
|Negro Leagues Season||Nip Winters||27||1924|
|Minor Leagues Career||Bill Thomas||384|
|Minor Leagues Season||Stoney McGlynn||41||1906|
|Cuban National League Career||Pedro Luis Lazo||247|
|Korea Baseball Organization Career||Jin-woo Song||201||through 2006|
|Korea Baseball Organization Season||Myeong-bu Chang||30||1983|
|Italian Baseball League Career||Rolando Cretis||183|
|Italian Baseball League Season||Giuseppe Silva||21||1970|
|Hoofdklasse Career||Rob Cordemans||151+||As of July 4, 2012|
|AAGPBL Career||Helen Nicol||163|
|AAGPBL Season||Joanne Winter||33||1946|
|AAGPBL Season||Connie Wisniewski||33||1946|
 See Also
 Further Reading
- Phil Birnbaum: "Players Being 'Clutch' When Targeting 20 Wins", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 38, Number 1 (Summer 2009), pp. 44-48.