Zack Greinke put any concerns over his elbow to rest in his Dodgers’ debut last night, as he tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 win over the Pirates in front of a packed house at Dodger Stadium.
Greinke allowed just two hits on the night while striking out six and walking none. The $147 million man retired 14 consecutive batters between a second-inning single by Neil Walker and a single by Andrew McCutchen with one out in the seventh. McCutchen was the final batter he faced on the evening. Heck, Greinke even singled and did a takeout slide to break up a double play. Pretty good night all around.
While the Dodgers’ offense has been slow to come around thus far, their pitchers have allowed just four runs in 36 innings through the first four games. Yes, that’s a 1.00 ERA. And they’ll have ace Clayton Kershaw back on the hill tonight. He may improve that ERA and also provide some thump for the lineup.
Your Friday box scores:
Padres 2, Rockies 5
Yankees 3, Tigers 8
Angels 2, Rangers 3
Cardinals 0, Giants 1
Marlins 7, Mets 5
Twins 5, Orioles 9
Nationals 0, Reds 15
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4
Cubs 1, Braves 4
Indians 0, Rays 4
Royals 13, Phillies 4
Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 1
Mariners 8, White Sox 7
Athletics 8, Astros 3
Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.
Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).
Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.
David Price showed “strength improvements” in his elbow on Saturday, but Red Sox’ manager John Farrell still doesn’t think the left-hander will be ready to throw by the start of the season — or for a few weeks afterward. According to ESPN’s Scott Lauber, the 31-year-old might not be ready to debut until May at the earliest.
Price hasn’t thrown off of a mound this spring after experiencing soreness in his left elbow on March 1. Surgery doesn’t appear to be necessary, but the Red Sox are playing it extra safe with their No. 3 starter in hopes that rest and rehabilitation will return him to full health sometime during the 2017 season. For now, Price has been restricted to short games of catch until he’s cleared to resume a more rigorous throwing program. Via MLB.com’s Ian Browne:
[There were] strength improvements to the point of putting the ball back in his hand a little more consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “Today’s the first step for that. A short game of catch. That’s what he’s going through. Not off a mound but just to get the arm moving with a ball in flight, and he will continue in this phase for a period of time. There’s no set distance and volume yet to the throws.
The lefty is coming off of a lackluster 2016 season, during which he delivered a 3.99 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 8.9 SO/9 over 230 innings for the Red Sox.