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