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Greinke: 'Pretty good debut'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Diamondbacks' $206.5 million man pronounced his spring training debut team as pretty good.

Zack Greinke pitched two scoreless innings in a 6-3 win over an Athletics split squad Friday.

The Diamondbacks' new ace, whose signing was a big offseason surprise, gave up one hit and struck out two. He threw 16 of 25 pitches for strikes.

"It was all right, decent location, some okay offspeed," Greinke said. "Not all of them perfect, but they were okay, some good pitches, some not-quite as good, but overall pretty good."

He said his main spring goal is to "stay healthy for the most part. Ideally, I'd like to have pitches sort of do what I want them to and that's kind of what I did."

Greinke, who left the Dodgers, was asked if he felt anything special in a new uniform.

"No, not really," he said. "Probably because it's spring training. The first game of the regular season will probably be a lot more feeling like that, pitching in a new park with different fans and all that, getting used to a new home and stadium."

RANGERS-dodgers: Ian Desmond did not have any chances in his first game in leftfield and hit a seventh-inning double for the Rangers in a 3-3 tie with the Dodgers. Desmond was the Nationals starting shortstop and has made just two outfield appearances in his big-league career, one game each in 2009 and 2010. The Rangers plan to use him in left while Josh Hamilton is sidelined with a knee injury. "I told DD: ball hog,'" Desmond said, referring to centerfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who had five putouts. Former Ray Scott Kazmir, signed to a $48 million, three-year Dodgers contract, allowed hits to six of 10 batters over two innings.

ROCKIES: Outfielder Ryan Raburn agreed to a minor-league contract. The former Durant standout, 34, spent the past three years with the Indians. He hit eight home runs and drove in 29 in 82 games last season, hitting .301.

TIGERS: Ace Justin Verlander debuted with two innings of one-hit ball and Detroit beat the Yankees 3-0 in Lakeland. "I feel healthy now," he said. "I feel good, everything is fine." Former Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to make his Tigers debut today against Washington.

RECORD CROWD: A Cactus League record 15,446 watched the Cubs beat the Angels 3-0 at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz.

Greinke: 'Pretty good debut' 03/04/16 [Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2016 9:00pm]
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