Kuroda draws a blank at perfect time

Updated: June 9, 2010, 10:29 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.conm

LOS ANGELES -- For all the talk this season about rookies pitching like seasoned veterans and promising young pitchers finally maturing into the dominant starters they were always supposed to be, the steadiest, most reliable presence all season in the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation has also been its most understated.

And Hiroki Kuroda was never steadier or more reliable -- or less understated -- than he was Tuesday night.

On an evening when he figured to have no margin for error ...

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