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New Dodgers pitcher Greinke joined select group of pitchers with 200 strikeouts for two or more MLB teams in one season

Zack Greinke (photo by Jninja via wikipedia commons)

Much-traveled pitching ace Zack Greinke has joined a very select group of pitchers who have struck out at least 200 batters for two or more teams in one season.

The right-handed ace joined Randy Johnson, Earl Wilson, Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Rick Sutcliffe, David Cone, Mark Langston and Frank Viola from many years ago.

Blyleven did it two times in 1976 with the Twins and Rangers totaling 219 K’s and in 1985 with the Indians and Twins totaling 206.

Most recent pitchers prior to 2012 joining the select group includes C.C. Sabathia in 2008 with 251 strikeouts with the Indians and Brewers, 2010 Dan Haren with Arizona and the Angels, 216 K’s.

In becoming the 11th pitcher to join the group, Greinke struckout 200 batters for the Brewers and Angels.

 

 

Info compiled from MLB, Radio Sports talk shows

Radio, TV reports say Reds, Ludwick agree to 2-year deal pending physical

 

There are reports on radio, television and the internet reporting that the Cincinnati Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a two-year, $15-million deal pending completion of a physical.

Ludwick signed a bargain-basement one-year, $2-million contract with Cincinnati in 2012 and emerged as the club’s regular left fielder and one of its most potent hitters to go along with Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier.

Ryan Ludwick was the Reds cleanup hitter in 2012 (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

After struggling with the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, the 34-year-old Ludwick, had a bounce-back season in 2012 where he hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs to help Cincinnati win the National League Central Division title.

He has played 10 Major League seasons with the Rangers, Indians, Cardinals, Padres, Pirates and Reds and is a .263 career hitter with 143 homers, 530 runs batted in and 850 base hits.

Phillips’ appeal for inside-the-park homer denied by MLB

 

Brandon Phillips, the Cincinnati Reds talented second baseman felt that he had an inside-the-park homer on Monday night in his team’s 10-9 loss at Cleveland. He felt so strongly, he appealed to MLB.

However, the opinion that counts the most, Major League Baseball, says no!

Brandon Phillips (2011 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Phillips’ and his agent’s appeal to Major League Baseball for a scoring change was denied on Wednesday. MLB allows appeals of scoring changes, but a player has to do it through his agent.

In the fifth inning of Monday’s 10-9 loss to the Indians, Phillips lined a ball down the left-field line that was misplayed by Johnny Damon and led to Phillips scoring on the play.

The official scorer ruled the play an RBI double for Phillips, with an error on Damon. Phillips and the Reds felt he should have been credited with an inside-the-park home run.

Phillips is not mad, he said “losing the game is more important to him.”

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

POSTGAME NOTES: Reds 5 Indians 3 Wednesday, June 13

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

CINCINNATI, OHIO  — * The Indians are 5-21 when they score 3 runs or less.

* The Tribe is 3-5 in Interleague play this season.

* The team is 16-13 on the road this season.

* Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to a career-high 20 games (27-for-78, .346 average, 11 runs scored, 15 RBI’s), which is the longest active streak in MLB and tied with 3 others for the longest streak overall in 2012. This is the first hitting streak of 20 or more games by an Indians player since Casey Blake hit in 26 straight games in 2007, May 20-June 16.

* Asdrubal Cabrera has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (15-for-57, .263 average, 6 RBI’s.)

* Jose Lopez, hit a 407-foot homer off of a 101-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman in the 9th inning. He has 9 RBI’s in his last 11 games.

Michael Brantley (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

 

 

Stuart Mason contributed to this article

 

Rangers acquire Spilborghs from Cleveland for cash considerations

 

The Texas Rangers announced recently that they had acquired outfielder Ryan Spilborghs from Cleveland in exchange for cash considerations.  Spilborghs has been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock and is not on the 40-man roster at this time.

Ryan Spilborghs with the rockies (2008 photo by SD Dirk via wikipedia commons)

The 32-year-old Spilborghs started the 2012 season with Triple-A Columbus, batting .250 (18-72) with one homer, 13 RBI, and 12 runs in 21 games.  He has hit .360 (9-25) against left-handed pitchers.  He hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games with the Clippers at .310 (13-42) with 6 walks and 10 RBI.  Spilborghs has seen action in left and right field, and has been the designated hitter in 4 contests.

He was a non-roster invitee to the Indians major league spring training camp, but has spent the year at Triple-A.

Spilborghs had spent 2005-2010 with the Colorado Rockies.

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