On Wednesday night, Matt Cain was perfect. On Monday night, Cain was anything but perfect, but the result was the same because he had the gumption to make it so.

Cain barely made it through five innings in a 5-3 victory against the Angels. A long day that included his taping of a David Letterman Top 10 list and a ceremony in which he received a Samurai sword - no joke - ended with Cain winning his eighth consecutive start.