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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

Reds call-up Miami (O.) product Reineke from Louisville

 

Chad Reineke (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

The Cincinnati Reds announced on Monday afternoon that they had called up Chad Reineke from Triple-A Louisville to start Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Reineke, who is a former Miami University RedHawks star, will take Homer Bailey’s spot in the pitching rotation. Bailey is on the diasbled list.

To make room for Reineke, Cincinnati will have to make a move on the 25-man or 40-man roster.

The 29-year-old Reineke has been at Louisville this season and in 10 games, nine of them starts, he was 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA. In 52.2 innings, Reineke has allowed 50 hits and 16 walks with 31 strikeouts.

The last time he tasted major league action, was a one-day audition for the Oakland A’s against the Texas Rangers on August 5, 2009.

He will be opposed in tonight’s game (Tuesday, May 31) by the veteran Zack Greinke, a ground-ball specialist with a 3-1 record.

 

compiled from Radio. TV & Cincinnati Reds news

Reds beat Indians 10-3 on Irish Heritage Night

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Cincinnati Reds, wearing green baseball caps as part of the Irish Heritage Night promotion at Great American Ballpark, beat the Cleveland Indians, 10-3 Friday night before a crowd of 32,844.

This intrastate rivalry which used to favor Cleveland back in the late 90′s and early 2000′s, has been quite one-sided lately as Cincinnati has dominated the past three seasons, going 12-4.

Drew Stubbs drove in four runs with a homer and a single and helped drop Cleveland to its sixth loss in a row.

Drew Stubbs Reds (mlb)

It didn’t take the Reds long to get on the board against Aaron Laffey (0-2). He hit a two-run homer to right field in the second inning to make it 2-0. And he added a two-run single in the fifth to make it 8-2.

Scott Rolen also homered for Cincinnati and collected two runs batted in. Jay  Bruce doubled twice, scored three times and hit a sacrifice fly.

Aaron Harang (6-7) gave up eight hits in seven innings, getting his first victory in three starts. the Reds had been shut out in his previous two starts.

The Indians continue their free-fall. Cleveland fell to 20 games under .500 at 26-46, the third-worst record in the majors. Cleveland has lost 10 0f 11 overall.

With Friday’s win, Cincinnati and St. Louis remain close to each other in the NL Central Division race. Kansas City and Zack Greinke shutdown the Cardinals in Kansas City, 4-2 so the Reds who trailed St. Louis for the past week by 1 1/2 games, is now leading the division again by a 1/2 game.

In the beginning of this game, it looked like the Indians would take control in the first and second innings. In both frames, they got two men on with no one out and both times came up empty. All told in the game, Cleveland was 0 for 9 with men in scoring position.

Aaron Laffey was called from Triple-A Columbus to pitch the game. The left-hander has never done well against Cincinnati, going 0-4 in four appearances with an 11-2 ERA. Both of his 2010 losses have come against the Reds.

SOUNDS FROM THE CINCINNATI REDS POSTGAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 151 Aaron Harang Reds RHP Run Support was there tonight (megasportsnews.com)

45 152 Aaron Harang Reds RHP He got out of jams in 1st and 2nd innings with no outs (megasportsnews.com)

45 153 Drew Stubbs Reds Cf Solid Night for the entire team (megasportsnews.com)

45 154 Drew Stubbs Reds CF After 3-3 road trip, glad to be back home (megasportsnews.com)

45 156 Drew Stubbs Reds CF He’s been swinging bat well lately. Any changes. (megasportsnews .com)

GAME NOTES

* The Reds after trailing in the series for the early years, has vaulted ahead 34-33.

* In interleague play this year, the Reds are 7-6 and Cleveland is 4-12.

* Cleveland has now lost 11 of its last 13 games in National League Ballparks.

* Drew Stubbs’ four RBIs matched his career high against the Chicago Cubs earlier this year.

* The Reds signed Gary Matthews, Jr to a minor league contract and he’ll get into game shape by playing at Louisville.

* The Reds have put left-hander pitching phenom Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen.

* Edinson Volquez will start Tuesday against Durham in his next rehab start and Ryan Hanigan will catch him.

* The Indians are 11th in the American League in homers.

* Travis Hafner is 10th on the Indians all-time homer list with 170; Rocky Colavito is 9th with 190.

* Cleveland has 15 comeback wins in 2010.

Without Rolen and Phillips, Reds struggle vs. Greinke and Royals

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO:

David DeJesus of Royals at bat (megasportsnews.com)

Scoreboard at Great American Ball Park (megasportsnews.com)

When members of the media saw that both Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips were out of the lineup Sunday at Great American Ball Park, the feeling was mutual that the Reds would struggle against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke.

We were all thinking on the same page as the Kansas City ace pitcher (2-8) pitched more like Cy Young than the one who entered the game with a 4.05 ERA. He struck out 12, walked none and was not hurt by two homers by Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

The Reds got help this weekend. While they were losing two of three to Kansas City, Arizona did them a favor and beat the injury-depleted St. Louis Cardinals two out of three in the desert. So the Reds with an off day on Monday, lead the NL Central by 1 1/2 games.

Scott Rolen was out of the lineup because of a scheduled day off.

Brandon Phillips’ absence is another matter. He scratched from the starting lineup due to cramping in his right hamstring. He was out early Sunday morning trying to see if it would loosen up while jogging in the outfield and it wouldn’t. He’ll have an MRI today.

Outside hallway of the Reds Press Box (megasportsnews.com)

Reds retired numbers and Jackie Robinson's #42. (megasportsnews.com)

The Royals have been tough on the Reds the last two seasons, winning  5 0f 6 games. Sunday, the hitting stars were CF David DeJesus who went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored, a double, home run and 2 walks. 1B Billy Butler was 4 for 5 with two doubles, a homer and 4 RBI’s. It’s hard to believe the Royals are 27-37 but they have bullpen problems, no depth on the bench and they don’t play defense well. But they sure can hit as their team batting average of .276 indicates.

SOUNDS FROM THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS POST GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, just click on the link)

45 125 Ned Yost KC Mgr Bob McClure working with Zack Greinke (megasportsnews.com)

45 130 Ned Yost KC Mgr What impressed him about David DeJesus at bat (megasportsnews.com)

45 132 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Billy Butler and Jose Guillen (megasportsnews.com)

45 133 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Wilson Betermit’s role (megasportsnews.com)

45 134 Billy Butler KC 1B Finally put up runs for Zack Greinke (megasportsnews.com)

45 136 Billy Butler KC 1B His focus worked at the plate today (megasportsnews.com)

45 137 Billy Butler KC 1B Hitting to all fields is his key (megasportsnews.com)

45 138 Zack Greinke KC RHP The adjustments made in his delivery (megasportsnews.com)

Zack Greinke finally wins a game; Royals beat Indians, 6-4

compiled from staff and wire reports

Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals finally won his first game of 2010, after 8 starts, beating the Cleveland Indians, 6-4 Thursday night.

Zack Greinke (mlb)

Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the Royals roughed up David Huff (1-5) and gave Greinke (1-4) his most run support of the season, to end Kansas City’s seven-game losing  streak. The hard-luck right-hander made the most of it, winning for the first time since September of 2009 by allowing three runs in sixth  innings.

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