David Cone
Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda flirts, but history is a tease

The first sign came after Hiroki Kuroda had retired the Atlanta Braves in order in the seventh inning. With the Dodgers pitcher only six outs from a perfect game Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the fans realized the potential significance of what was unfolding and delivered a standing ovation. When Mark Teixeira stepped to the plate to lead off the eighth inning, the fans again roared as Kuroda fired strike one, then strike two. Kuroda knew there was still a way to go. "I've been in similar situations before," he would later say through an interpreter, "and I knew it wasn't going to be that easy." It wasn't. Teixeira eventually ripped Kuroda's...