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.
SAN DIEGO – Hidden behind a partition in the visitors' clubhouse at Petco Park, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was scrolling through his iPhone Wednesday when a reporter approached. Jansen looked up and wondered what the visitor wanted to talk about. The topic felt obvious.
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.
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.
The Yankees' defense remains a glaring issue. They committed their 18th error of the season Thursday night against the Blue Jays, the most in the American League. Gary Sanchez allowed two passed balls on two catchable pitches, one of which led directly to a Toronto run.