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Zack Greinke to throw a bullpen session ahead of Monday’s start

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Zack Greinke will throw a bullpen session on Friday. Assuming all goes well, the right-hander will be on track to start on Monday in San Francisco against the Giants, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. He would also make one more start before the end of the regular season, at home against the Padres.

Greinke has missed what would have amounted to two starts due to a sore calf. He remains the favorite for the National League Cy Young Award, though Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta has closed some serious distance. Greinke leads the majors with a 1.65 ERA, an .857 winning percentage (18-3), and a 0.848 WHIP. He also has a sterling 185/36 K/BB ratio over 207 2/3 innings.

Settling the Scores: Tuesday’s results

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source: AP

Dodgers 2, Giants 1: I don’t believe in “statement games” in baseball because I don’t believe baseball works like that. The season is too long and too random and there are just too many variables involved for any one person, let alone 25 people, to be able to collectively will themselves to a notable victory in some particular, certain terms. When we say such-and-such a game was a “statement game” in the sense that the players actually came out with the specific intent to make a specific statement, we’re grafting post-hoc narrative onto things.

That being said — and at the risk of splitting hairs — I do think we can note when a game, however it was approached by the player or team, did, in fact, make a statement via the results of things. This, it seems to me is one of those games. The statements being made:

  • Zack Greinke is winning the dang Cy Young Award; and
  • The Dodgers, however flawed and injured they may be, ain’t letting the Giants off the mat. Not this year.

Gereinke outdueled Bumgarner, tossing one-run ball into the eighth to Bumgarner’s two-run ball over seven. The Dodgers have won seven of eight and have a five and a half game lead over San Francisco. And, for all of the talk about how Madison Bumgarner is better than Clayton Kershaw in the big games, it’s worth noting that Greinke is 7-0 in seven starts against the Giants since coming to the Dodgers before the 2013 season. That’s not the sort of thing that defines a pitcher or his greatness, but if, like a lot of Giants fan, you think that head-to-head stuff is super important, give credit where it is due.

Sorry for the abbreviated recaps today. Some morning things are happening at Chez Craig. The rest of last night’s results are below. Box scores here.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 4; Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3
Rays 11, Orioles 2
Blue Jays 5, Indians 3
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
Marlins 7, Braves 1
Phillies 14, Mets 8
Cubs 5, Reds 4
Tigers 6, Royals 5
Brewers 7, Pirates 4
Twins 8, White Sox 6
Mariners 7, Astros 5
Cardinals 8, Nationals 5 — yeah, this will get its own post later.
Angels 6, Athletics 2
Rangers 8, Padres 6

Video: Jake Arrieta strikes out Chase Utley to complete his no-hitter

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter — the first of his six-year career — on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, and finished it off in impressive fashion, striking out the side in the ninth inning. They were three of the 12 strikeouts the right-hander recorded on the evening.

Watch Arrieta fan the veteran second baseman before celebrating:

Arrieta’s transformation from a busted Orioles prospect into the Cubs’ ace has been a sight to behold. He currently sports a 2.11 ERA and could sneak into the NL Cy Young race with a strong finish of his own and a stumble to the finish line on Zack Greinke’s part.