Drew Pomeranz pitched seven shutout innings and still couldn't win. That's because he was matched against Johnny Cueto, who has allowed one run in his last 34 innings and tossed two shutouts against San Diego this season.
A polite ovation greeted Clayton Kershaw as he loped to the mound for the ninth inning in Monday's 1-0 victory over Cincinnati. The crowd at Dodger Stadium had been shown little to applaud all evening. Kershaw's teammates had not provided much, but they did score a run. That was enough.
Three months before the Kansas City Royals' 10-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night at Target Field, Paulo Orlando sauntered into a tattoo parlor near his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was February, the final days before he would depart for spring training in Arizona, and Orlando sought a piece of art to commemorate his first offseason as a major-league baseball player.