Davey Johnson thinks Brewers will trade Zack Greinke before Sunday matchup with Nationals

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Zack Greinke is scheduled to make his final pre-trade deadline start Sunday versus Washington, but Nationals manager Davey Johnson doesn’t expect to actually face him.

Johnson told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’d “be real surprised” if Greinke is still on the Brewers by then, speculating that “if the ball club’s intent on making a move they’re not going to pitch him two days before the deadline.”

Johnson also noted that whichever team trades for Greinke would want to immediately insert him into the rotation, whereas starting Sunday would make him unavailable until Friday.

Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin admitted yesterday that Greinke will definitely be traded before Tuesday’s deadline, so it’s only a matter of when and Johnson at least thinks the deal will be completed within the next 48 hours.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.