Zack Greinke homers, Dodgers demolish the Giants 17-0 at AT&T Park

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The Dodgers leaned on the gas and never took their foot off of the pedal, defeating their division rivals 17-0 to extend their NL West lead to two games. They racked up 24 hits, four walks, and three hit batsmen. One of those 24 hits was a Zack Greinke two-run home run in the sixth inning, which extended the Dodgers’ lead to 13-0 at the time.

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It’s Greinke’s fourth career home run and first as a member of the Dodgers. Oh, and he threw six shutout innings, limiting the Giants to four hits while striking out five and walking none.

The 17-0 shellacking is the worst the Giants have taken at AT&T Park, per Alex Pavlovic. Tim Hudson started, allowed four runs in the first inning, and left after allowing back-to-back singles to start the second inning. Tim Lincecum relived him, and allowed both inherited runners to score along with two of his own, and from there, the Dodgers were an unstoppable force.

Hanley Ramirez finished 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Carl Crawford also had a three-RBI night, while Yasiel Puig joined the three-hit brigade.

Scott Van Slyke’s seventh-inning two-run home run, which pushed the score to 17-0, scored Dee Gordon and was hit off of Brett Bochy. Thus:

The two clubs will play the rubber match of the series on Sunday afternoon, but they won’t be finished with each other. They’ll meet again for a three game set in Los Angeles starting on the 22nd, the penultimate series of the regular season.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.