Greinke continues his path to history

HOUSTON — Before his second straight start Sunday, Brewers RHP Zack Greinke was excited to learn he'll become the first pitcher to start three games in a row in one season since 1917.

After giving up three runs in the first, he grew worried.

"If you lose all three of them, that would be the worst thing ever," he said.

His teammates ensured he won't by rallying for a 5-3 10-inning win over the Astros.

Saturday, Greinke threw four pitches and was ejected for spiking the ball after a close play at first. He was charged with a run and took the loss.

On May 21, the Angels' C.J. Wilson threw 22 pitches before a rain delay forced him out then started the next day. Before that, the last to start on consecutive days was Texas' Aaron Myette, who was ejected after two pitches on Sept. 3, 2002.

Greinke, who pitched just three innings Sunday, also is set to start the first game after the All-Star break on Friday. That will make him the first to start three straight games in one season since Red Faber of the White Sox in 1917.

"I'm considering it a record," Greinke said. "Even though it's been done before, I feel like it's the first time ever being done. I think it's really neat, but I don't know if anyone else does."

All-Star Game: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy, who lost the fan vote for the final roster spot, replaced Wilson. Wilson has a blister on his left middle finger.

A's: CF Yoenis Cespedes left in the third after spraining his left thumb on a headfirst slide. It's not clear if he will miss any time.

Blue Jays: 3B Brett Lawrie sat due to tightness in his lower back. Manager John Farrell said it was only precautionary and he expects Lawrie to return after the All-Star break. … LH reliever Luis Perez left in the seventh and went on the DL with tightness in his left elbow.

Braves: SS Andrewlton Simmons broke his right pinky on a headfirst slide. His return hasn't been determined.

Indians: LH reliever Nick Hagadone went on the disqualification list a day after being sent to Triple A. The team said he sustained a "self-inflicted injury to his pitching hand," after allowing two runs, two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning Friday against the Rays. Over his past seven outings, he has allowed 12 runs, 14 hits and seven walks over 52/3 innings. Hagadone, who apparently punched something, won't be paid while on the list.

Marlins: The team said RF Giancarlo Stanton's arthrosco­pic surgery on his right knee went well. There is no timetable for his return. … 3B Hanley Ramirez left in the sixth due to a right finger laceration sustained when he punched a cooling fan in the dugout after grounding out. He's not expected to miss any games.

Mets: LHP Johan Santana, previously set to start Friday, instead will go Sunday or Monday. Manager Terry Collins said he wants to give Santana, who twisted his right ankle Friday, extra rest.

Phillies: CF Shane Victorino, the subject of trade rumors, was a last-minute scratch. The team did not disclose a reason.

Reds: 3B Scott Rolen returned to the lineup a week after back spasms forced him out.

Red Sox: 1B Adrian Gonzalez left in the third with an undisclosed illness.

Greinke continues his path to history 07/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 8, 2012 11:16pm]

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