Hiroki Kuroda delivers for Dodgers

Of course it's early, but right-hander gives L.A. staff a much-needed lift on mound

Updated: April 10, 2011, 2:47 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SAN DIEGO -- At a stage of the baseball season when practically every observation has to be qualified with the phrase "it's still early," and at a point in the year when the Los Angeles Dodgers have gone through their starting rotation exactly twice, it seems a little premature to make any sweeping, definitive statements.

That didn't stop Hiroki Kuroda from making a rather bold one on Saturday night.

So, following two of the strangest evenings of baseball in recent memory, let us make ...

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