With scoreless outings in four of six starts, Kansas City starter Felipe Paulino is turning in the best stretch of his career.
The journeyman brings a 19-inning home scoreless inning streak into Wednesday night's finale of a three-game set between the Royals and Minnesota Twins.
After missing the first month of the season due to forearm tightness, Paulino (3-1, 1.70 ERA) made his season debut May 5 and threw six scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Yankees.
Strong outings such as that have since become the norm for the right-hander, who yielded three hits over six innings of Friday's 2-0 victory over Oakland. He has yet to allow a run at Kauffman Stadium this season, striking out 20 in 19 innings.
"I expect this. I always expect the best I can do," Paulino told the Royals' official website. "I'm a guy who puts everything into the game."
Paulino is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in two career starts against Minnesota (21-34) - both last year.
His task will become easier if Minne...