Zack Greinke finally secures second victory

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Early this season the Royals’ lineup and bullpen robbed Zack Greinke of wins and then he began to earn the losses with some shaky starts recently, but the reigning Cy Young winner got back on track yesterday with a complete-game victory.
He allowed three runs, including a pair of Joey Votto homers, but struck out 12, walked zero, and needed just 105 pitches to record 27 outs against the NL Central-leading Reds. The victory is Greinke’s first since May 13, during which time he was 0-4 with a 6.59 ERA.
However, his 22/8 K/BB ratio in 27 innings was solid during that stretch and he certainly looked like his usual self Sunday. He won’t repeat last season’s 2.16 ERA, but should be able to settle into the 3.50 range soon enough. Unfortunately the Royals aren’t getting any better, so whether his ERA is 2.16, 3.50, or 6.59 wins will be tough to come by.
With the win Kansas City improved to 42-51 when Greinke starts since 2007. During that time he has a 3.06 ERA in 589.1 innings.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.