Zack Greinke

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ’em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year.

Braves 2, Marlins 1: Randall Delgado and the holy trinity of Venters, O’Flaherty and Kimbrel two-hit the Fish. Freddie Freeman left the game with a hand injury sustained while sliding into second and Jose Reyes’ relay throw hit him in the hand. Total b.s.: second base umpire Adrian Johnson called Freeman out for interference even though there was obviously zero intent on his part to mess with the throw. He was just in a normal sliding motion. Between this and the Santana no-hitter call it has not been a great week for Adrian Johnson.

Reds 5, Pirates 4: Lovin’ a meaningful battle between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, guys. It’s like the 70s all over again. Except the Reds are no longer in the NL West, which never made a lick of sense to me, but whatever. Ryan Ludwick drives in three.

Nationals 5, Mets 3: Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and drove in four overall as the Nats keep their two-game lead in the East. I think the phrase I’ve uttered on radio broadcasts more than any other in the past two weeks is “the Nats are for real.”

Orioles 2, Red Sox 1: Baltimore really needs to find some way to make their games against the Sox in Fenway more challenging. Maybe they can spot Boston a run or make the pitcher bat or something.  It’s the seventh straight win by the O’s in Boston and 12th of 15.

Indians 9, Tigers 6: Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer in the first that would not have happened if it wasn’t for Brendan Boesch misplaying one in right to extend the inning. Just the prettiest bunch of baseball we’ve seen played by the Tigers this year.

Giants 6, Padres 5: The Giants have won eight of 10 overall, beating up once again on the lowly Padres. I know I’ve mentioned it a lot, but I can’t wait to take my kids to their first big league game in San Diego a week from Monday. Knowing them, they’ll instantly become Padres fans. Which I suppose is nice because it means that they’ll never have that complacent, not-satisfied-with-anything-but-first-place fan attitude.

Yankees 4, Rays 1: Ivan Nova gave up one run over eight innings. Homers from Teixeira and Cano, RBI doubles from Swisher and Chavez.

Dodgers 6, Phillies 5: Chris Capuano can give up four runs in five innings and get his eighth win. Cliff Lee looks longingly from the opposing dugout. Freddy Galvis left the game with back pain. Because the Phillies need an injury to an infielder.

Twins 4, Royals 2: Results schmesults. The thing that mattered the most here was Felipe Paulino leaving the game due to a strained groin after throwing 13 pitches.

Cardinals 4, Astros 3: St. Louis jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three and then held on. Allen Craig with a homer and an RBI single.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 1: Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three. He has a 14 game hitting streak.

Athletics 2, Rangers 0: Bartolo Colon allowed five hits while shutting out the Rangers over eight. Yoenis Cespedes singled, doubled, tripled, drove in a run and scored. Cespedes is batting .375 (9-for-24) with a home run and five RBIs in six games since coming off the DL.

Mariners 8, Angels 6: Michael Saunders had another great game and finishes up the M’s road trip having gone 19-for-39 with two homers and five driven in.

Danny Espinosa reportedly skipped Nationals Winterfest because of Adam Eaton

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after teammate Chris Heisey #14 (not pictured) hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa declined to attend the team’s annual Winterfest because of his dissatisfaction with management following their trade for outfielder Adam Eaton.

A source told Castillo that Espinosa’s unhappiness stemmed from a belief that the acquisition would jeopardize his starting role in 2017. With Eaton in center field, Trea Turner will likely return to his post at shortstop, leaving Espinosa out in the cold — or, as the case may be, on the bench. The move shouldn’t come as a big surprise to Espinosa, however, as Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo spoke to the possibility of trading the infielder or reassigning him to a utility role back in early November.

Offensively, the 29-year-old had a down year in 2016, slashing just .209/.306/.378 with 24 home runs in 601 PA. Defensively, he still profiles among the top shortstops in the National League, with eight DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) and 8.3 Def (Defensive Runs Above Average) in his seventh year with the club.

Espinosa will reach free agency after the 2017 season.

Nick Cafardo: Red Sox should deal Pomeranz, not Buchholz

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Drew Pomeranz #31 of the Boston Red Sox pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won 5-4. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
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The Red Sox might be trying to move the wrong pitcher, according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. Cafardo revealed that while the Sox have been trying to market right-hander Clay Buchholz, more teams would be interested in trades involving southpaw Drew Pomeranz.

The club appears reluctant to deal Pomeranz, especially because his price tag comes in at a cool $4.7 million to Buchholz’s $13.5 million in 2017. Those who have already expressed interest in the veteran hurlers, including the Twins, Mariners and Royals, also seem put off by Buchholz’s salary requirements as he enters his 32nd year.

Health could be another factor preventing teams from jumping to make trade offers, as Cafardo quotes an AL executive who believes the “medicals on both Pomeranz and Buchholz probably aren’t that great.” Neither pitcher suffered any major injuries during the 2016 season, though Pomeranz missed just over a week of play due to forearm soreness.

Pomeranz outperformed his fellow starter in 2016, pitching to a 3.32 ERA and career-best 9.8 K/9 through 170 2/3 innings with the Padres and Red Sox. He got off to an exceptionally strong start in San Diego, where his ERA dropped to 2.47 through the first half of the year before the Padres dealt him to Boston for minor league right-hander Anderson Espinoza. Buchholz, on the other hand, struggled with a 4.78 ERA and saw a decline in both his BB/9 and K/9 rates as he worked out a career-low 1.69 K/BB through 139 1/3 innings with the Sox.