Baseball brings Byrd, inspirational teen together

With the help of former Major League pitcher Paul Byrd, Tarez Miller graduated high school with academic and athletic scholarships to go to college. It was a triumphant journey that required faith and determination and serendipity and the willingness of a lot of people to take a chance. And baseball. It all started with, and wouldn't have been possible without, baseball.

What to watch for in today’s games

The Padres signed James Shields in the winter in the hopes of adding a frontline starter to their rotation, and the veteran right-hander has been every bit as good as advertised. Shields is 6-0 with a 3.75 ERA through his first 10 starts, and he'll try to add another positive start against the Pirates tonight. Here's a few other matchups and games to look forward to today.