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Brett Cecil finally allows an earned run, ending streak dating back to last June


On June 21 last year, Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil surrendered four runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Orioles, bumping his ERA up to a ghastly 5.96. That would be the last time the lefty would allow an earned run that season.

Between June 24 and October 3, Cecil appeared in 37 games and yielded only two runs, both unearned. Over 31 2/3 innings in that span of time, opposing hitters racked up a mere 17 hits and four walks while striking out 44 times. Cecil’s streak continued into 2016, as he worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts on Monday against the Rays. 38 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run tied him with Craig Kimbrel for the all-time record, as Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith pointed out on Twitter. Earned runs became an official stat in 1912.

Cecil’s streak ended on Tuesday. Logan Forsythe hit a two-run home run off of Cecil in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rays a 3-2 lead. Cue “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan.

Clayton Kershaw completes spring training with a 0.00 ERA

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Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.

In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.

The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.

The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.