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Greinke exits with strain

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke left his outing Thursday with a strained right calf after four pitches, but the Dodgers said it was mild.

"Obviously, we're always concerned when anything happens to any of our guys," manager Don Mattingly said after his team beat a Diamondbacks split squad 4-3. "But at this point, it's still not a huge issue."

Grienke, the No. 2 starter, was making his first spring start after saying he had "zero interest" making the trip for the Dodgers' two regular-season games in Sydney, Australia, March 22-23 against Arizona.

But now Greinke says he'd like to start a game at Sydney Cricket Ground.

"If we're going to be there, which obviously we are, then, yes, I'd like to pitch over there," he said. "… No one wants me to say it this way, but in my vote, if we could go over there, my vote was not to. But more people wanted to go than not. So, now that we are going, I want to be there."

If Thursday's game had been a regular-season game, Greinke believes he would have continued to pitch. The injury to his right calf, he said, felt more like a cramp than a strain.

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford, who missed 30 games last season with a right hamstring injury, was scratched because of a tight quadriceps in his left thigh. Crawford will not run until the condition subsides.

Brewers: Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat back from suspension and played his new position, rightfield, in a win over the A's. Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, was greeted mainly by cheers, though there were jeers. In July last season, he was suspended 65 games for violating the majors drug agreement.

Mariners: Robinson Cano lined a single to center on the first pitch he saw in a Seattle uniform in victory over the Padres. "I don't want to go out there and take a pitch. I want to see how I feel," said Cano, who left the Yankees in the offseason and signed a $240 million, 10-year contract. "It feels good and I know my swing is there. From now on I have to be patient." Cano also walked on four pitches.

Marlins: Team president David Samson, 46, was voted off CBS's Survivor: Cagayan on the first night. Samson was elected leader of the "Brains" team, which competed against "Beauty" and "Brawn."

Mets: The MRI exam on the left shoulder of projected opening day starter Jon Niese did not show any major problems, the team said. Manager Terry Collins said the club will have Niese back on the mound, "as soon as we can."

Rangers: Prince Fielder, acquired in a trade from Detroit for Ian Kinsler, hit a towering solo homer in a win over the Royals. "Just got lucky. (He) threw it where my bat was going," Fielder said. "Obviously they don't count, but they're definitely good for you mentally." Meanwhile, Yu Darvish struck out four in two innings. "There's a lot of life to my fastball, a lot of movement on my slider," he said.

Red Sox: Free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore returned to the field for the first time since 2011 and went 0-for-2 as the Red Sox beat Northeastern and then Boston College. Since 2009, Sizemore has had seven surgeries, including procedures on his left elbow, both knees and a herniated disk in his lower back in 2012. "I was anxious just to kind of get going," he said. "I felt better than I anticipated."

Reds: Johnny Cueto worked two scoreless innings pain-free. He made just 11 starts last season, hampered by strained muscles in his right side that lingered the entire season. Cueto has cut down on his turning motion during his delivery to try to prevent injury.

Rockies: Left-hander Jayson Aquino was taken to a hospital for tests after being hit in the head by a line drive during an intrasquad game. He didn't go down and was able to walk off the field after Rafael Ynoa's liner hit him above the ear.

Greinke exits with strain 02/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:10pm]
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