I was a little nervous about approaching Felix Hernandez on this, because you don't want to offend the guy. Even though it's well-documented that Venezuela has been on a cataclysmic decline over the past few years, it's still a touchy subject when it's the man's home country.
The line for losing a job is clear in most professional sports _ cross the front office, wrangle with the star player, flame out in the playoffs, or put together one historically bad run at the start of a season.
Lorenzo Cain homered, doubled twice and scored four times, and pinch-hitter Ryan Braun launched a three-run homer that gave him 1,000 RBIs and powered the Milwaukee Brewers to a 12-3 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes a $2.8 million signing bonus and will make his debut for the organization in the Dominican Summer League.
Jake Arrieta flashed the All-Star form that made Philadelphia covet the free-agent ace, striking out 10 and tossing one-hit ball over 7 innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.