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The Padres set a mark for futility


The Dodgers shut out the Padres for three straight games to open the season. Which was notable on both sides of the ball.

The Padres were outscored 25-0 in those three games, which is bad, but it was the length, not the depth, of their futility which was noteworthy. Specifically, they set the MLB mark with 27 straight scoreless innings to open a season. The old mark was 26 by the 1943 St. Louis Browns, according to STATS.

The Dodgers didn’t set a record, but they did match a mark set by the 1963 Cardinals in winning their first three games by shutouts. None of the individual pitchers got shutouts themselves because that just doesn’t happen in baseball anymore, but Clayton Kershaw had seven shutout innings and and Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda each had six shutout innings of their own.

The Padres now go to Colorado. That should help.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.