The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a row.

The Washington Nationals, so slipshod and disinterested defensively throughout Thursday night, could have played a pristine game befitting their hype as a fashionable favorite and it still wouldn't have been enough.

James Shields struck out 12 over eight stellar innings of one-run ball as the Kansas City Royals beat the Houston Astros, 5-1, to complete a three-game sweep.

Bo Porter knows there will be some growing pains in managing the youngest team in the majors.

The Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen had been nearly unhittable in the early part of the season. That sure changed Thursday night.

With the scoreboard at U.S. Cellular Field dotted with zeros early Thursday night, Chris Sale figured his duel with fellow left-hander Jon Lester was going to come down to "who's going to crack first."

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale refused to hang his head after being outdueled by Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester.

It wasn't until the ninth inning that Washington managed to get a base hit out of the infield against Adam Wainwright.

The Pirates couldn't quite get to Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo on Thursday night, but they managed to outlast him.

MIAMI - The Marlins can point to errors (they lead baseball with 16), a shoddy bullpen (they have given up six homers after the eighth inning this season, including four game-winners) and inconsistent starting pitching as reasons why they've dropped nine of their past 10 games.

Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

What started as a bad day for the Toronto Blue Jays turned into a record-breaking disaster by night's end.

Adam Wainwright was as close to unhittable as he's ever been.

David Price was no match for CC Sabathia or the New York Yankees this time.

If there is a fast track to finding success on the pitching mound, Jesse Chavez never found it.

The Giants might have been salivating at the thought of facing Hyun-Jin Ryu on Thursday, having knocked him around for eight runs in two innings in their first meeting this season.

It is probably overstating things to say Ben Revere was playing for his job Thursday afternoon. He went through something like this last year and eventually cemented himself as the Phillies' everyday centerfielder.

Miserable weather is what you make of it. Target Field was cold, raw and nearly empty on Thursday, and Kyle Gibson couldn't get enough of it. Chris Colabello thrived. And Sergio Santos pitched like his hands were frozen.

Ian Kennedy probably deserved a better outcome. Still, he knows he's on the right course.

David Ross said a 5-year-old could have caught Jon Lester on Thursday night. That big hit in the ninth? Well, that was a nice swing by the veteran catcher.

Ian Kinsler launched a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the Detroit Tigers topped the Cleveland Indians, 7-5, in the finale of a truncated series.

James Shields kept the Houston Astros off-balance all night.

Hitting was supposed to be the Pittsburgh Pirates' weakness coming into the season yet they lead the major leagues in home runs through the first 16 games of the season.

CC Sabathia turned in seven sharp innings in his best start of the young season, and received plenty of support from his Yankees teammates as New York rolled to a 10-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a four-game series.

Josh Harrison smacked a go-ahead, pinch- hit two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-2 in the opener of a four- game set.

Adam Wainwright gave up two hits, and only one of them left the infield.

Everything was clicking for CC Sabathia. His pitches were humming, Yankees batters were in a groove and the defense even turned a triple play.

It's been a while since this could be said about the Minnesota Twins:

The Cardinals' first batter sent a seemingly routine grounder to Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who failed to field the ball cleanly for one of his two errors on the evening. The next hitter's swinging bunt was grabbed by pitcher Taylor Jordan, but he could not manage to get the ball out of his glove.

The Colorado Rockies got another unexpected outing from a starting pitcher who had been relegated to the bullpen.

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