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
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.