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    Zack Greinke is a free agent no more after signing a one-year deal to return to the Kansas City Royals, where he started his career. The tail end of Zack Greinke’s career as a major league pitcher is bringing him back to where it all began. On Wednesday, the 38-year-old righty agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Assuming he passes his physical, Greinke will be back in Kansas City for a second stint over a decade since he spent his first seven seasons with the team. Zack Greinke contract details: Pitcher returns to RoyalsGreinke’s deal is for one year and worth $13 million, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. That’s a slight pay bump from his deal with the Astros which gave him $12.5 million per year, according to Spotrac. However, Feinsand’s sources suggest up to $2 million of the $13 will come down to performance bonuses. Greinke has a solid year with Houston last year, going 11-6 with an ERA of 4.16. He was able to pitch 30 games....
    The 25 best episodes of The Bob Newhart Show 7 Ways to Save for Retirement Without a 401(k) © Provided by Sports Illustrated With the universal DH expected to be implemented in 2022, Game 5 of the World Series marks possibly the final game with pitchers hitting. Zack Greinke rose to the occasion. View the original article to see embedded media.With Major League Baseball widely expected to implement the universal DH in 2022, Sunday's Game 5 of the World Series marks potentially the last game in which pitchers are required to hit. If this is indeed the end of the road, the journey reached a most fitting conclusion. After Houston's Framber Valdez was knocked out in the third inning, Astros manager Dusty Baker was forced to go to his bench earlier than he likely anticipated. Rather than burn a position player in Valdez's scheduled fourth-inning plate appearance, Baker instead went with perhaps the best available bat at his disposal: Zack Greinke. In true Greinke fashion, the 38-year-old lined a single to right field. A likely Hall of Fame pitcher,...
    Meghan Markle buys coffee for employees of campaign group People, homes vanish due to 2020 census new privacy method ATLANTA — Zack Greinke is not ready to address next year. On the one hand, that makes all the sense in the world. He is in the middle of the World Series, for crying out loud. His team just lost one of his starts, 3-2, to put them on the brink of elimination, down 3-1 in a series with one more game on the road. Also, I don’t know if you know this but, he’s not particularly prone to public examination of his interior life. On the other hand, he is a 38-year-old athlete without a contract for 2022. On Saturday night, he played in his 552nd big league game. If it was his last, it was bittersweet. At this point — Oct. 30, Game 4 of the World Series and one year removed from an entire baseball calendar that lasted just three months instead of seven-plus — the final two teams standing are pitching on dregs. The Atlanta Braves...
    Houston Astros legend Roy Oswalt took the time to show some support for Zack Greinke. With the Houston Astros trailing the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in the World Series and all the questions surrounding the pitching for both teams, it was important for Zack Greinke to have a solid showing against the Braves in his start. One former Astros star took the opportunity to recognize how good Greinke actually looked on baseball’s biggest stage. Roy Oswalt of Weir, Mississippi, who played for Houston from 2001 through 2010, made sure to commend Greinke for his ability to pitch in a way few seem to do these days. Oswalt appeared particularly impressed with how Greinke wasn’t simply throwing the ball as hard as he could and instead was getting folks out by using “old school pitching.” Isn’t it refreshing to see a pitcher actually pitch and not just throw as hard as you can with no clue where it’s going! #astros #oldschoolpitching #greinkedealing — Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) October 31, 2021 Oswalt, of course, knows what it takes to succeed as a starting...
    Zack Greinke may need to teach Houston Astros teammate Carlos Correa a thing or two about getting a base hit in the World Series. For years, Zack Greinke had been one of the better hitting pitchers in all of baseball, but it has been so long since he has hit in a game that perhaps his Houston Astros teammates Carlos Correa forgot. With Greinke getting the start in Game 4 of the 2021 World Series at the Atlanta Braves, he may be getting his last opportunity to swing a bat in the big leagues. Greinke is getting up there in age and the universal DH across baseball feels inevitable. When Correa found out Greinke was getting the start, he offered this epic quote about how good of a hitter Greinke thinks he is. While he is good, he is not Babe Ruth or Hank Aaron, no matter how much Greinke thinks he is. Carlos Correa on #Astros teammate Zack Greinkes hitting ability. Greinke starts tonight in Game 4 which may be the last time he ever hits in a game: "Hes...
    Zach Greinke is the Astros starting pitcher for Game 4 of the World Series but it’s his spot in the batting order that has him making MLB history.  In a crucial spot for the Houston Astros, manager Dusty Baker decided to give the ball to veteran pitcher Zach Greinke for Game 4 of the World Series. Though he hasn’t been asked to eat too many innings in the postseason, a strong start to the game from the hurler would be huge for Houston in the long run. While his pitching will be crucial in determining who wins Game 4 and, perhaps, how the rest of the World Series plays out, though, Greinke is already making history before the first pitch he throws. However, it has nothing to do with pitching and, rather, everything to do with his spot in the batting order as Baker put him in the No. 8 hole ahead of catcher Martin Maldonado, who’s hitting ninth.Zach Greinke joins Babe Ruth in MLB history with his spot in Game 4 lineupBy hitting eighth in the Astros lineup for...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — On just seven pitches, Zack Greinke had two outs. Dusty Baker may have even breathed a slight sigh of relief. With Houston’s starting pitchers failing to even begin to go deep in any of the previous three games this series, the 72-year-old Astros manager entered Tuesday night’s Game 4 hoping to ride the 37-year-old Greinke for as long as the right-hander could go. The early returns were positive, but then things got rough. And after recording just one out in the second inning, Greinke’s night was over. The Astros trailed by a run. In the first inning, after getting Kyle Schwarber to fly out and getting Kiké Hernandez to ground out to short, Greinke threw a first-pitch strike to Rafael Devers but proceeded to throw four consecutive balls. After the walk, Xander Bogaerts stepped up and took a ball away. After a Greinke pickoff attempt, the right-hander delivered a pitch home. Bogaerts turned on the breaking ball that split the plate, sending it high and deep to left field, clearing everything. When it...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The pitching situation for Dusty Baker and the Houston Astros has gone from bad to worse in an instant. READ MORE: Rowdy Red Sox Fans Disrupt FS1 Postgame Show With A-Rod, David Ortiz At Fenway ParkAfter using eight pitchers in Game 1, five pitchers in Game 2, and six pitchers in Game 3, the Astros’ pitching staff is a bit taxed. That’s what happens when you get 5.1 combined innings from your three starters. As such, Baker is calling upon Zack Greinke to start Tuesday night’s Game 4 at Fenway Park. And it feels like more of a Hail Mary than anything else. “Just as long as he can go,” Baker said when asked if he’s looking for a traditional start out of the veteran or more of an “opener” role. “As long as his endurance is fine. Like I said, as long as he can go.” Greinke has a Cy Young Award, two ERA titles, and six All-Star appearances to his name, but he has not been that pitcher at all since...
    Carlos Correa took to Instagram to share an amazing gift from Houston Astros hurler and teammate Zack Greinke. With the Houston Astros ready to try and go on a deep postseason run, the morale is high for the team right now. The same can be said for both Zach Greinke and Carlos Correa, as they’re hungry to bring home another ring. Leading up to the playoffs, Correa shared on his Instagram story a signed glove he received from the stud hurler. Apparently, the two had an agreement that if Correa finished in the Top 3 in WAR, the star hurler would send a signed mitt his way. Correa was able to do just that and his buddy delivered. Zack Greinke gave Carlos Correa a signed glove with a personalized message for finishing in the top-three in WAR. From Correa’s Instagram story. pic.twitter.com/uCorfxO55s — Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) October 7, 2021 Zack Greinke made Carlos Correa’s day by giving him a signed glove Not only did Greinke send him a glove, but he also attached that special message seen above. The two...
    Can you answer these real Jeopardy! clues about TV shows? 50 Things Every 50-Something Should Know About Retirement Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Aug. 31, but manager Dusty Baker wouldn't confirm if the right-hander had tested positive for the coronavirus. © Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Zack Greinke was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Aug. 31. Greinke provided an update Saturday, saying he, his wife and two sons all tested positive for COVID-19, adding that all four are fully vaccinated, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.  Zack Greinke said he tested positive for COVID-19 along with his wife and two sons. Greinke said he had minor symptoms and that everyone in his family who tested positive — including him — is fully vaccinated.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 11, 2021 Greinke has slowly been working his way back to the mound and will start Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers, Rome adds.  The 37-year-old is 11-5 on the season with a 3.66 ERA, 1.152 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 159.2...
    The pitcher for the Houston Astros, Zack greinke, equaled a mark of the extraordinary Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez, who is a member of the Hall of Fame of Big leagues (MLB). Through the Astros Vs Angels game, Zack greinke he scored a new victory in his career of Big leagues, which allowed him to match the Dominican Pedro Martinez, who shone for 18 seasons in the best baseball in the world. That triumph meant number # 219 for the life of Greinke, matching the same number that he achieved Martinez in a total of 476 career games in the MLB, being tied for 80th place of all time in the Big Top. Here is the report: #MLBenSala ⚾️ Zack #Greinke worked 7.0 scoreless innings to reach 219 career wins in MLB With this victory, the right-hander was tied with the Hall of Fame, the Dominican #Pedro Martínez ???????? and Kenny #Rogers, for 80th place on the all-time list. pic.twitter.com/psJTX8lxcZ – LA SALA DEPORTIVA (@LaSalaDeportiva) August 14, 2021 Without a doubt, this number of victories that he now shares Zack...
    Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke was all in favor of this terrible strike call from home plate umpire CB Bucknor in the first inning against the Orioles. Zack Greinke’s Astros are in first place in the AL West by 1.5 games, and they hope to add to that tally on Wednesday night. Houston has lost three in a row and four of the last five. The team is trying to get back on track, but that first inning barrage certainty didn’t help their hopes of doing that. Next: Dusty Baker Thinks Astros Lost All-Star Votes Over Scandal
    OAKLAND — The Athletics can feel the Houston Astros breathing down their neck, and it could be that way for a good long while. And after the A’s fell 8-1 Wednesday night before a crowd of 3,925 at the Coliseum, it could soon be the other way around. With Zack Greinke keeping the A’s bats at bay, Houston (25-18) climbed within a half-game of the Athletics (26-18) in the American League West with the two teams finishing a three-game series and mini-homestand Wednesday. Houston, which opened the season with a four-game sweep in Oakland, has a 6-3 advantage in the series. Greinke (4-1) gave up four hits and one run in eight innings, equaling his longest outing of the season. He walked no one and struck out eight — twice as many as his high-water mark in 2021. Rarely in trouble, Greinke threw 89 pitches, 63 of them strikes. Kent Emanuel pitched the ninth inning for Houston. Frankie Montas (5-3) was the loser for the A’s, throwing far too many pitches but managing to keep...
    Home plate umpire Brian O’Nara owes Joe Maddon and the Los Angeles Angels a good explanation. A run was taken off the board in the Angels-Astros game, as O’Nara claimed Los Angeles baserunner Jared Walsh was in the basepaths when he was hit by an attempted throw to first base by Houston pitcher Zack Greinke. When looking at the replay, it looks as though Walsh was inside the basepath when he was drilled with a Greinke throw. Some early controversy in Houston. Jared Walsh hit a swinging bunt. Zack Greinke fielded it and threw to first. It hit Walsh – which would have allowed David Fletcher to score – but the HP ump said Walsh was outside the path Joe Maddon arguing Heres the video: pic.twitter.com/FlHS9Fb9I5 — Jack Harris (@Jack_A_Harris) April 24, 2021 Jared Walsh was ruled out for being outside of the baseline when Zack Greinke’s throw hit him. This isn’t a reviewable play. pic.twitter.com/iKCDRw1xVy — Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 24, 2021 For the home plate umpire to make such a decision is rare in the first...
    Zack Greinke slowed things down Monday night with an eephus pitch that has to be seen to be believed. Houston Astros ace Zack Greinke had a rough night Monday against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up six runs on 10 hits before being pulled after 4.2 innings of work. Allowing three home runs so early in the game was not what anyone in Houston had in mind. But there was still one amazing takeaway for fans from Greinke’s outing. That came in the form of an eephus pitch that somehow landed for a strike. This simply has to be seen to be believed. Zack Greinke out here throwing 51 MPH‼️ pic.twitter.com/40WX2XLgni — MLB (@MLB) April 13, 2021 Zack Greinke decides to slow it downThere is your average, everyday 51 mile-per-hour pitch from an MLB ace. That has to be quite the shocking sight for any batter. There is just no way to adjust to such a slow pitch when expecting the ball to come in nearly twice as fast. Sitting back and taking the strike avoids any sort of silly...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched six shutout innings, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman homered back-to-back in the eighth, and the Houston Astros hushed an unwelcoming crowd in beating the reigning AL West champion Oakland Athletics 8-1 on Thursday night. A’s fans had to wait an extra year to properly boo the Astros, who were supposed to play their first road game of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season here last spring. Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by A’s right-hander Mike Fiers against his former club, and many in the crowd chanted “Cheaters!” Among the biggest cheers of the night: when Carlos Correa was drilled by Chris Bassitt’s fastball in the fourth inning. With a runner in scoring position, it didn’t appear to be intentional. Backed by a two-run double from Yordan Alvarez, Greinke (1-0) allowed three hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter in Houston’s club-record ninth straight win on opening day. It marks the majors’ longest active streak, and the Astros joined only four other teams to win nine consecutive season openers, according to...
    So Zack Greinke has been named the Houston Astros’ Opening Day starter for 2021. He responded to the news as you would have expected him to — in typical Zack Greinke fashion. Most big-league pitchers are giddy to be named an MLB Opening Day starter. Not Houston Astros ace Zack Greinke. To him, it is just another opportunity to toe the rubber. Well, okay then. Greinke says he does not care about the prestigious honor that comes along with being an Opening Day starter. Frankly, he never has to begin with. He is more invested in hitting 10 career home runs and stealing 10 career bags before he decides to hang up the spikes. Now that he plays in the American League, it will be tough for him to pull off either of those athletic feats. Zack Greinke on being Opening Day starter: "Never cared about it. Still dont care about it." He said it gives him a chance to make another start, though. — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) March 21, 2021 If Zack Greinke could also hit on Opening Day,...
    New Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi had already met ace Zack Greinke in the past before becoming teammates this year in Houston. The Houston Astros received some terrible news when Framber Valdez was diagnosed with a fractured finger earlier this month. As a result, the team went out and signed Jake Odorizzi. He now joins a starting rotation headlined by Zack Greinke, as Justin Verlander is set to miss the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The duo of Odorizzi and Greinke is something for fans to be excited about even after Valdez’s injury. They also apparently met each other before in what was a serious situation for Odorizzi. Jake Odorizzi said he met Zack Greinke when Greinke sat in on Odorizzis arbitration hearing in 2018 against …. James Click and the Rays. Greinke, according to Odorizzi, apparently wanted to see the ins and outs of an arbitration hearing and the process. — Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 9, 2021 Zack Greinke and Jake Odorizzi go way back thanks to arbitrationThe connections here are wild, as Odorizzi went to arbitration...
    Zack Greinke is a man of many talents on the diamond, but he is still chasing a sacred milestone.There is only one milestone that means anything to Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke. He wants his baseball legacy to be defined by the long ball and impressive foot speed, not just earning Gold Gloves and winning ERA titles. During the early days of 2021 MLB spring training, Greinke informed us how close he is to hitting 10 career home runs and stealing 10 career bases. Greinke has spent parts of nine seasons in the National League with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. However, getting traded to the AL in his mid-30s presents a problem. He is stuck on nine apiece. Zack Greinke:”The only milestone I pay attention to is I wanted to get 10 home runs & 10 stolen bases & I got traded to the AL,made it way harder for that to happen-Then I got caught stealing for the 1st time ever when I was in Houston b/c I wanted to steal so bad” Zack...
    Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros were able to keep their season alive on Wednesday with a thrilling win over Tampa Bay.  When the Houston Astros needed Zack Greinke to deliver most, the veteran starting pitcher had no problem stepping up and getting the job done for his team. With Houston on the brink of elimination in the ALCS against Tampa Bay, Greinke was in a bit of a jam in the sixth inning. Manager Dusty Baker came out to talk to him, with many out there thinking Greinke was about to be pulled from the game. Instead, Baker showed confidence in his hard-throwing righty, leaving him in the game. Greinke rewarded that decision by escaping the inning unscathed, keeping Houston’s 4-2 lead in tact. After the win, you could tell just how much Baker’s decision meant to Greinke, with him showing plenty of love to his skipper. Zack Greinke on Dusty Baker keeping him in the sixth: “It’s nice having someone have confidence in me. Since I‘ve been here, they haven’t seemed to have confidence in my ability. It...
    Another jetpack reported thousands of feet above LA Fast Food May Be Your Only Dining Out Option Left, Experts Warn Zack Greinke takes shot at Astros, A.J. Hinch about quick hooks in past Zack Greinke on Wednesday took a shot at A.J. Hinch and the Houston Astros over the way they have handled him in the past. © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Zack Greinke took a shot at A.J. Hinch and the Houston Astros over the way they have handled him in the past. The Astros won Game 4 of the ALCS 4-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Petco Park in San Diego. Greinke got into trouble in the top of the sixth with a 4-2 lead. Rather than pull him out and go to the bullpen, Astros manager Dusty Baker took a mound visit and liked what he saw from the pitcher. He decided to let Greinke stay in the game, which paid off. Greinke was able to escape the jam with the bases loaded and did not allow anyone to score. After the game, Greinke expressed...
    No phone, abandoned car, pleas for public help: California woman missing at Zion National Park in Utah FDA Announces Major Recall on 18 Dog Food Brands Zack Greinke has blunt quote about why he prefers no fans at games Zack Greinke offered a blunt explanation about why he prefers not having fans at games. © Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports MLB played the entire 2020 regular season without fans. It wasn’t until the NLCS at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas that a limited amount of fans were allowed to attend games. Greinke’s Houston Astros are playing against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. and have not had any fans in attendance. The veteran starter likes it that way, because he doesn’t care much for fan interactions like autographs and pictures. Zack Greinke: “For me, it’s nice not having fans in the stands. Because there’s no one trying to talk to you and ask for autographs and wanting to take pictures and all that stuff. I don’t like any of that stuff.”...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke said he prefers playing games without fans during the pandemic-shortened season and in the playoffs. “I don’t really notice fans when the game’s going on, but warming up and practice before games, I mean for me it’s nice not having fans in the stands,” Greinke said Tuesday before Game 3 of the AL Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. “Most people like it. When the game comes on it’s the same for me.” Asked to explain, he said: “Because then there’s no one there to talk to you and ask for autographs and want pictures and all that stuff. I don’t like to do that stuff. It’s nice not having them, for me. Most people like it. I don’t like it.” Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner with Kansas City, discussed during spring training in 2013 that he had social anxiety disorder since before high school but no longer considered it a problem. He did not mention anxiety on Tuesday. Some fans are being allowed to NL Championship...
    After foiled plot, Whitmer says threats ongoing 7 Iconic Restaurants That Have Closed This Year Zack Greinke explains he wasnt signaling pitch he was about to throw before As home run Although Zack Greinke has actually called the pitch he was going to throw earlier in the year, the Houston Astros pitcher didn’t do it before Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano hit a dinger off of him. © Provided by For The Win Greinke threw up two fingers to his catcher Martin Maldonado on Thursday in the Astros’ Game 4 ALDS win over the A’s, and everyone thought it was his way of telling Maldonado he was throwing a curveball. Some pros pointed out that he wasn’t telling Maldonado (and, in effect, Laureano) the pitch, and they were of course correct. It turned out he was asking for which sequence of signs they were using. Ramón didn't need a trash can because Greinke threw up the ✌️ before this pitch pic.twitter.com/60LunVwpQF— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) October 8, 2020 From The Associated Press: The 36-year-old Greinke said...
    Zack Greinke finally got caught. The Houston Astros’ ace has been curiously tipping off his own pitches this postseason, and the tactic finally bit him Thursday when the Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano blasted a three-run homer off of him in the second inning. Prior to the pitch, Greinke can be clearly seen flashing two fingers to catcher Martin Maldonado, before the A’s jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in Game 4 of their ALDS series. Greinke explained in August that the bizarre tactic was for the purpose of speeding the game up. “I don’t like taking a long time with a man on second base, especially,” Greinke said according to the Houston Chronicle. “I’m trying to find ways to speed that up. So far this year has been good, but it got messed up today.” At one point, the tactic devolved into Greinke actually saying his signs out loud when he got impatient during an at-bat. Greinke allowed one earned run in four innings in his other 2020 postseason appearance. The Astros lead their ALDS series 2-1.
    Zack Greinke gave away his pitch. TBS Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke told a hitter what he was about to throw. He immediately gave up a three-run home run. Greinke's signal, he said, was both a bit of a mind game and an effort to keep the game moving quickly. When the stunt works, it's as cool as anything that happens in baseball, but when a pitch gets rocked, it looks awfully stupid. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke made the puzzling choice to show his hitter what was coming, and it immediately backfired with a three-run home run. Facing Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano in the second inning, Greinke decided to dispense with the normal back-and-forth in secrecy with his catcher when deciding on a pitch. Instead, he threw up a "two" with his fingers — signaling a slider — and dealt. Laureano met his pitch and sent it flying out of the ballpark to open up a 3-0 lead for the A's. It's not often in sports that you see...
    The 25 greatest ghost films 30 Best Jobs If You Want To Retire Early Did Zack Greinke really signal his pitch to Ramon Laureano before a home run? Astros pitcher Zack Greinke is one of the more unique personalities in baseball, and that doesn’t just apply to how he handles himself off the field. Several times this season, Greinke has signaled his pitches to the batter — basically taking the guessing game away from the hitter. © Provided by For The Win It was fun — albeit bizarre — to see during the season. Some saw it as Greinke’s response to the Astros cheating scandal. But no coach would advise Greinke to signal his pitches to the opposing hitter during a postseason game. The stakes are just too high. Well, many fans thought Greinke went ahead and did so to Ramon Laureano during Thursday’s ALDS Game 4 matchup with the A’s. It did not go well. Ramón didn't need a trash can because Greinke threw up the ✌️ before this pitch pic.twitter.com/60LunVwpQF— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog)...
    Zack Greinke finally got caught. The Houston Astros’ ace has been curiously tipping off his own pitches this postseason, and the tactic finally bit him Thursday when the Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano blasted a three-run homer off of him in the second inning. Prior to the pitch, Greinke can be clearly seen flashing two fingers to catcher Martin Maldonado, before the A’s jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in Game 4 of their ALDS series. Greinke explained in August that the bizarre tactic was for the purpose of speeding the game up. “I don’t like taking a long time with a man on second base, especially,” Greinke said according to the Houston Chronicle. “I’m trying to find ways to speed that up. So far this year has been good, but it got messed up today.” At one point, the tactic devolved into Greinke actually saying his signs out loud when he got impatient during an at-bat. Zack Greinke: Calling out the signs. ???? Legend. pic.twitter.com/TNws9niKXF — Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 13, 2020 Greinke allowed one earned run...
    Zack Greinke appeared to tell Ramon Laureano what pitch was coming Greinke got the start for the Houston Astros in Game 4 against the Oakland Athletics and pitched a scoreless first inning. He got into trouble in the second inning when something bizarre happened. Ramon Laureano was at the plate with two runners on and Greinke appeared to signal that a breaking ball was coming. He threw up the deuce and Laureano responded by sitting back and hitting the ball into the stands. Zack Greinke told him the pitch…and then gave up a 3-run homer ????#MLBonTBS pic.twitter.com/ZaptEti19a — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 8, 2020 Did Greinke tip his pitch?The broadcast mentioned how Greinke has done this before. Trevor Bauer has also done the same thing. But doing so in a playoff game? This is insanity. Another explanation would be signaling something else to his catcher. However, if the signal matches the pitch then he tipped his pitch, even if it wasn’t on purpose. The result was a three-run homer that gave the A’s an early 3-0 lead in an elimination game...
    The Houston Astros know how much of a difference it can make when a batter knows what pitch is coming. Oakland A’s center fielder Ramón Laureano might too. Moments after Astros starter Zack Greinke made the unusual decisions to hold up two fingers to catcher Martín Maldonado on Thursday, Laureano blasted an off-speed offering from Greinke deep into the left center field bleachers at Dodger Stadium. Laureano’s three-run home run gave Oakland an early 3-0 lead in Game 4 of the ALDS, which is the fourth elimination game the A’s have played this postseason. Greinke kinda told Laureano what he was gonna throw and also left it hanging pic.twitter.com/82X24lqqot — Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) October 8, 2020 Laureano has been struggling at the plate this year and was just 3-for-22 in the postseason before Greinke held up two fingers, which is typically an indication a pitcher wants to mix up signs or in an extremely rare instance, throw an off-speed pitch. In this at-bat, Greinke fired his curveball and appeared to be looking...
    Despite taking a pitch to the elbow and leaving Wednesday’s game early, A’s second baseman Tommy La Stella will be in Oakland’s lineup, batting second, against right-handed pitcher Zack Greinke for Game 4 of the ALDS. La Stella had X-Rays following Wednesday that showed no structural damage, and the A’s classified his injury as a right elbow contusion. The rest of the lineup will mostly mirror Wednesday’s, save for Robbie Grossman playing left field and batting eighth in place of Stephen Piscotty. SS Marcus Semien 2B Tommy La Stella 3B Chad Pinder DH Khris Davis 1B Matt Olson RF Mark Canha CF Ramón Laureano LF Robbie Grossman C Sean Murphy RHP Frankie Montas Pinder remains in the three hole after a 3-for-4 game with the game-tying three-run blast that helped salvage the A’s season Wednesday. Related Articles Astros’ Zack Greinke named Game 4 starter vs. A’s Boom-or-bust Oakland A’s keep season alive, but can they win a series of slugfests? Frankie...
    Zack Greinke will start Thursday as the Astros try to advance to the American League Championship Series for the fourth straight year. With his team leading 2-1 in the American League Division Series, Astros manager Dusty Baker named the right-handed Greinke the Game 4 starter Thursday morning, following the A’s 9-7 win in Game 3 Wednesday. “I’m hoping to get as many quality innings as (Greinke) can give us and not have too many bullpen innings,” Baker said Thursday. “We have our plan for today and we do have a tentative plan for tomorrow, but we will put that in play tomorrow if we have to.” Dealing with an ailing right arm, Greinke hasn’t pitched since Game 1 of the wild-card series against the Minnesota Twins. Team doctors determined there was no structural damage to the arm, clearing the way for Greinke to make his American League Division Series debut. Greinke went 3-3 as a starter in the regular season with a 4.03 ERA. According to Baker, reliever Cristian Javier is available Thursday, while right-hander Enoli...
    Zack Greinke will not start in Game 3 for the Astros The Houston Astros have once again reached into their bag of tricks in October, as they stand just one win away from their fourth consecutive ALCS appearance. While Zack Greinke’s stable veteran presence has helped right the ship in turbulent times, an injury has forced him out of a game against the Oakland Athletics in which they could finally clinch that decisive third victory. Dusty Baker confirmed that Greinke’s sore arm will prevent him from making the start against Oakland in Game 3. Baker will turn to 25-year-old Jose Urquidy to try and put the A’s away for good and send Houston to the ALCS. Wow. Jose Urquidy will start Game 3 for the Astros, Dusty Baker just announced. — Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) October 6, 2020 Jose Urquidy, who will step in for Zack Greinke, has been pitching very well for Houston in 2020Urquidy made just five regular-season starts, but he managed a 2.73 ERA in just under 30 innings. The 25-year-old, who played well in the World Series...
    Six US states report record hospitalizations Restaurants and bars owned by celebrities Astros to start Jose Urquidy in Game 3; Zack Greinke battling arm soreness The Astros have a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five ALDS matchup with the Athletics, though not without some uncertainty in their pitching rotation.  Manager Dusty Baker told Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter links) and other reporters that righty Jose Urquidy will start tomorrow’s Game 3, as Zack Greinke is “ailing some” due to arm soreness.  No specifics were given about Greinke’s condition, though Baker said Greinke has been examined by doctors. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Greinke last pitched during Game 1 of the Astros’ wild card series with the Twins, tossing 79 pitches over four innings and allowing one earned run on two hits and three walks.  While nothing to write home about, Greinke’s outing nonetheless represented his best work in over a month, as he posted a 5.73 ERA over his final seven starts and 37 2/3 innings of the regular season.  This isn’t to say that Greinke’s current arm problem contributed...
    Breaking! The New York Football Giants are expected to replace Saquon Barkley with Devonta Freeman (5-8, 206) or Bryson DeChambeau (6-1, 240). The Indians pushed Shane Bieber back a day, bouncing our bet. Cleveland’s ace will go Wednesday against the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito (4-3, 3.53 ERA). Giolito pitched a no-hitter on Aug. 25, but has struggled since, surrendering nine runs over his last 18 innings spanning three games. In two of those games, he was bailed out by Chicago’s opportunistic offense. We will stick with Bieber (8-1, 1.74 ERA, 112 K’s) and the Indians for 20 units. Let’s play two. The Asterisks, sans the buzzers, have been reduced to a .500 team and have five games to get their mojo back before the postseason. Zack Greinke (3-2, ERA 3.90) pitches in Seattle. Greinke is 0-2 on the road and wasn’t much better at home last week, when he was bitten by the Snakes in Houston. The Mariners go with Nick Margevicius (1-3, ERA 5.35), who has been nicked for 10 runs over his last 10 innings. Play 10...
    Breaking! The New York Football Giants are expected to replace Saquon Barkley with Devonta Freeman (5-8, 206) or Bryson DeChambeau (6-1, 240). The Indians pushed Shane Bieber back a day, bouncing our bet. Cleveland’s ace will go Wednesday against the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito (4-3, 3.53 ERA). Giolito pitched a no-hitter on Aug. 25, but has struggled since, surrendering nine runs over his last 18 innings spanning three games. In two of those games, he was bailed out by Chicago’s opportunistic offense. We will stick with Bieber (8-1, 1.74 ERA, 112 K’s) and the Indians for 20 units. Let’s play two. The Asterisks, sans the buzzers, have been reduced to a .500 team and have five games to get their mojo back before the postseason. Zack Greinke (3-2, ERA 3.90) pitches in Seattle. Greinke is 0-2 on the road and wasn’t much better at home last week, when he was bitten by the Snakes in Houston. The Mariners go with Nick Margevicius (1-3, ERA 5.35), who has been nicked for 10 runs over his last 10 innings. Play 10 units...
    Zack Greinke had some honest thoughts about the Astros’ playoff chances.  The Houston Astros would be in the playoffs if the season ended Tuesday night. The team entered the night with a 21-21 record and are playing the second leg of a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics. But the Astros are going in the wrong direction and are looking to snap a six-game losing streak in the seven-inning game. The Astros are struggling at a time when the Seattle Mariners have won six straight and the Los Angeles Angels have a five-game winning streak of their own. Star pitcher Zack Greinke was asked about his team and specifically the upcoming playoffs. His answer was simple, but true. Greinke said: “Everyone makes the playoffs. We’ll be alright still. If we don’t make the playoffs, then we don’t deserve to make the playoffs.” — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 9, 2020 Astros now in an actual raceSaying “every” team makes the postseason is a bit of a stretch. If that is true and the Astros miss out, that means there are eight better...
    Breaking! Madison Square Garden will be used as a polling site for this year’s election. However voters will be removed from the building if they refuse to (1) wear a mask, (2) socially distance or (3) chant “Sell The Team.” We haven’t forgiven the Astros for not finishing the job in last year’s World Series. They had two chances to seal the deal and refused to cheat just one more time. Anyway, the Asterisks host their in-state rivals, the Rangers on Thursday. Lance Lynn (4-1, ERA 1.93) goes for Texas. The nine-year vet has a career record of 102-69 and has never had a losing season. Lost his last start, but hung tough for six innings against the Dodgers, who scored three runs. Zack Grienke (2-0, ERA 2.68) takes his turn for Houston. Long-ball issues led to a pair of subpar starts, allowing six runs over his last 11 innings after limiting the opposition to only three runs in his previous 26 innings. Houston was 14-6 at home prior to Wednesday night’s game. We’ll go light. Play 10 units...
    Breaking! Madison Square Garden will be used as a polling site for this year’s election. However voters will be removed from the building if they refuse to (1) wear a mask, (2) socially distance or (3) chant “Sell The Team.” We haven’t forgiven the Astros for not finishing the job in last year’s World Series. They had two chances to seal the deal and refused to cheat just one more time. Anyway, the Asterisks host their in-state rivals, the Rangers on Thursday. Lance Lynn (4-1, ERA 1.93) goes for Texas. The nine-year vet has a career record of 102-69 and has never had a losing season. Lost his last start, but hung tough for six innings against the Dodgers, who scored three runs. Zack Grienke (2-0, ERA 2.68) takes his turn for Houston. Long-ball issues led to a pair of subpar starts, allowing six runs over his last 11 innings after limiting the opposition to only three runs in his previous 26 innings. Houston was 14-6 at home prior to Wednesday night’s game. We’ll go light. Play 10 units on...
    Zack Greinke’s vocabulary is family-friendly, as we found out first hand on Saturday Every Houston Astros game is rated PG, unless they’re stealing signs — that’s not the type of example you want to send to children. All jokes aside, the Astros acting ace (given Justin Verlander’s injury) has been flat-out filthy in 2020, with a 2.21 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 35 innings as of Saturday. Against the Athletics, he made a rare mistake, skipping a ball in the dirt. Greinke’s reaction to said misfire was caught on live audio, and went viral for all the right reasons. Greinke’s done it all this year, even throwing a borderline eephus pitch at just under 60 MPH, which landed in the catcher’s mitt as a strike. Is there anything this guy can’t do?Will Greinke’s presence be enough to carry the Astros to the playoffs?With their win on Saturday, the Astros are just 3.5 games behind the Athletics. While that gap may seem narrow, with half the season already over with, Houston is running out of time to make the postseason as...
    Zack Greinke didn’t have the need for speed with this slow-handed offering.Zack Greinke embraced his inner half-shelled turtle power with this lazy Sunday pitch. We shouldn’t like anything about the Houston Astros. They banged on trash cans and won a World Series. Yet for a brief few seconds there, we enjoyed what he did on the mound today. As a former Cy Young winner, Greinke knows the Slam Diego Padres can’t drive 55 MPH offerings out of the ballpark, so he gave them something that everyone at Studio 54 will freak out over. EEPHUS!!! 54 mph?! Zack Greinkes back to his old tricks. ???? pic.twitter.com/99P6lu4i3R — MLB (@MLB) August 23, 2020 Zack Greinke likes turtles, Van Hagar, eephus pitches and banging on trash cans.With the velocity of a Teenage Dirtbag baby, he was closer to hitting the nicest number on the radar gun than he was the number of the beast with his Wheatus eephus. It would have been too much of a conspiracy theory if he would have discovered Area 51 with this pitch. Joe Dimaggio hit safely in...
    Heres the biggest news you missed this weekend Dollar Generals push to fill stores with fresh produce and frozen-food options gives the chain a big box feel Zack Greinke threw a 54 mph pitch for a strike that had the Padres hitter smiling Zack Greinke has played 17 seasons in the big leagues, and he remains one of baseball’s more fascinating characters. © Provided by For The Win From his brutal honesty to teammates to him actually calling out pitches to the hitter, it’s difficult to root against Greinke. Sunday’s game between the Astros and Padres was no exception. It was vintage Greinke. With Trent Grisham up to bat for San Diego, Greinke was back to calling his own pitches. After agreeing on signals with Martin Maldonado, Greinke broke out a 54 mph eephus pitch that was taken for a strike. The pitch was so slow that Grisham could be seen smiling as the ball went by him. Zack Greinke just threw a 54 MPH pitch right down the middle and all Trent Grisham could do was laugh...
    The Astros have needed Zack Greinke to pitch like an ace, but lately he has been in a whole different universe. With Gerrit Cole gone in free agency, and Justin Verlander injured, the Houston Astros have need the best from Zack Greinke. He delivered again on Tuesday, shutting out the Colorado Rockies over eight innings as the Astros eventually won 2-1 in 11 innings. He allowed just three hits, all singles, while striking out seven and walking none (97 pitches, 65 strikes). At one point, he retired 14 batters in a row. Greinke now has a 1.84 ERA over his first five starts this season, with 25 strikeouts and just four walks over 29.1 innings. Two of those free passes came in his first start, so more narrowly he has issued just two walks with 23 strikeouts over his last 26 innings of work. Greinke has ramped up rather nicely since the season started, going at least six innings while allowing one run or less in each of his last three starts. He has dropped his ERA from 5.00 to...
    Zack Greinke was in the zone for the Houston Astros on Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants. Greinke went 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run on seven hits and struck out seven batters. Giants batters could barely touch him even as he told them what he was going to throw. CLINT FRAZIER HAS BIG SEASON DEBUT; YANKEES BEAT BRAVES 6-3 Cameras caught Greinke apparently calling out signs and signals to catcher Martin Maldonado. He explained what he was doing after the game. CUBS BEAT INDIANS 7-2 TO MATCH THEIR BEST START SINCE 1970 “Today, there was a man on second base and it got all messed up and it took longer than I was hoping it would take,” Greinke said, according to MLB.com. “It’s 50 percent my fault and 50 percent Maldy’s fault. ... I don’t like taking a long time with a man on second base especially. I’m trying to find a way to speed that up. So far this year, it's been good. It got messed up today.” Greinke has pitched very well since the season...
    Astros pitcher Zack Greinke wasn’t trying to make a statement, he just wanted to work fast. After Greinke’s voice was caught giving away pitches on the television broadcast Wednesday night, some thought he was trying to make a point. The point being that even if you know what pitch is coming, it’s still difficult to hit it. Because Greinke is on the Astros, who faced discipline for their sign-stealing scandal, it seemed like a logical conclusion. But Greinke explained Wednesday night that he just likes things to go quickly. “I don’t like taking a long time with a man on second base, especially,” Greinke said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I’m trying to find ways to speed that up. So far this year has been good, but it got messed up today.” MORE: Max Kepler struck out despite pitcher not throwing any strikes It got “messed up” in the seventh inning when Greinke resorted to yelling out the signs. “Second set after one,” Greinke could be heard telling catcher Martin Maldonado. “Second set after two.” Greinke has started to give away his signs and calls on his...
    The Houston Astros entering a coronavirus pandemic-shortened season may be a blessing in disguise. The season’s postponement and the fight over prorated salaries and getting the season restarted overshadowed the Astros’ cheating scandal. The players were getting beaned and booed during the spring training but now it seems like the scandal was swept under the rug. Houston is one of the favorites to win the World Series. The team got within one game of winning a second title in three seasons last year, but the team fell to the Washington Nationals. The Astros still have one of the best teams in baseball and even with the crapshoot of a 60-game season, the team can still make a big run to the postseason and possibly the World Series, again. The team will likely have to contend with some of the bigger favorites like the New York Yankees for the second straight season. Houston still has a great lineup and will have Lance McCullers Jr. back in the rotation after he missed a season recovering from an injury. The Astros also boast...
    Tabitha Brown Breaks Down Her Catchphrases and Rise to Social Media Superstardom (Exclusive) Head of leading Hispanic-owned U.S. food company sparks backlash over praise for Trump Zack Greinke does not seem thrilled about universal DH Zack Greinke has long been the proverbial “pitcher who rakes,” so the new designated hitter rule is not exactly a welcome change for him. © Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Zack Greinke joins the list of MLB stars who don't like the universal DH rule for 2020. Speaking with reporters on Friday, the Houston Astros pitcher reacted to the universal designated hitter rule that will be implemented for the 2020 season. “I like hitting. I’d rather go back and play a position if I was allowed to,” said Greinke, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. “But I’m better at pitching. So people have me pitch.” Rome’s story added that Greinke, a career .225 hitter, is “disappointed” that he might not be able to bat this season. The former Cy Young winner also has nine career homers and actually hit a stellar .280 with an...
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