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Greinke pads Cy Young resume as last-place Royals top Tigers again

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DETROIT -- Jim Leyland was unhappy.

Leaning back in his chair with his feet propped up on top of his desk, the Detroit manager didn't relish discussing his team's latest loss to last-place Kansas City.

"There's no excuses," he said.

Zack Greinke lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.14 with five scoreless innings in a 9-2 victory Thursday over the Tigers.

Kansas City, an AL-worst 59-87, has won six of its last seven games against the Tigers (78-68), whose AL Central lead over second-place Minnesota (74-72) was cut to four games. Detroit starts a three-game series at the Metrodome on Friday.

"It's going to be a playoff atmosphere," Detroit's Brandon Inge said.

Greinke (14-8) gave up three hits, struck out eight and walked two. He has allowed only one earned run in his past four starts, lowering his ERA from 2.43.

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Miguel Olivo and Josh Anderson hit three-run homers for the Royals, and Willie Bloomquist had four hits.

Greinke struck out two in the first and three in the second. The only real trouble he faced was in the fourth, when the right-hander was struck on the upper part of his throwing arm by a liner off the bat of Miguel Cabrera. Greinke gathered himself and threw out Cabrera at first, then needed several warmup pitches and a visit from a trainer before he continued.

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"When I started warming up, I didn't have any control, so I told Trey that I needed more pitches," he said, referring to manager Trey Hillman. "Once I got used to it, I was able to get my fastball over and the offspeed pitches were fine. I wasn't scared -- the only thing that scares me is getting hit in the face."

Hillman said X-rays were negative, and the team will monitor Greinke during the next several days.

"That was a scary moment for me, and I'm sure for anyone who cares about Zack Greinke. We didn't know what we would see when we got out there, but that's the arm that he makes his money with, so we were concerned," Hillman said.

"At first, his arm was numb, so the pitches were wild, but once the blood got running, he got his control back. We had six or seven sets of eyes on him, and if anything had changed, he was coming out of the game."

Hillman removed his ace after 77 pitches, 46 for strikes.

"I never want to only go five, but it was the right move, because I didn't feel like I was pitching very well in the fifth," Greinke said. "Before I got hit, I thought I was good, though. I had great command."

Edwin Jackson (12-7), like Greinke a member of the AL All-Star team, gave up five runs and six hits in five innings.

Leyland said Jackson's outing was "not very good," and he's concerned about the right-hander's troubles with his slider.

Jackson conceded the pitch hasn't worked in "some games," but that fatigue isn't the issue.

"Maybe [I'm] rushing a little bit," he said.

Alberto Callaspo hit a two-out, two-run double in the first, a ball just out of the reach of center fielder Curtis Granderson. Olivo's 21st homer made it 5-0 in the third and Anderson -- acquired from Detroit on July 30 -- connected in the sixth off Armando Galarraga for his first homer since hitting two for Atlanta against Houston's Brandon Backe on Sept. 27 last year.

Cabrera's 30th homer, a two-run drive off Bruce Chen, cut the lead to 8-2 in the bottom half.

Notes

  • Chen strained his left oblique muscle on a pitch to Granderson in the seventh and was replaced by Kyle Farnsworth. Hillman said Chen is day to day.
  • Injured Tiger LHP Nate Robertson (groin) threw a bullpen session before the game, and Leyland said he'll start Sunday against the Twins.
  • Greinke has 224 strikeouts, 20 short of Dennis Leonard's club-record 244, set in 1977.
  • Tiger LHP Jarrod Washburn (knee) will see a doctor next week, Leyland said.
  • Hillman said injured 3B Mark Teahen (back) will be ready to play during a weekend series at the Chicago White Sox.
 
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Zack Greinke tosses five scoreless innings and lowers his major league-leading ERA to 2.14. (AP)
Zack Greinke tosses five scoreless innings and lowers his major league-leading ERA to 2.14. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Callaspo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
Willie Bloomquist, RF5240000 .273
Mitch Maier, LF4000224 .250
Billy Butler, 1B5210004 .298
Mike Jacobs, DH3000223 .234
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4123103 .299
Miguel Olivo, C5113024 .248
    Brayan Pena, C0000000 .270
Alex Gordon, 3B4110113 .205
    Luis Hernandez, 3B0000000 .186
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5120011 .241
Josh Anderson, CF5113021 .241
Totals409129610  
Batting
2B - Alberto Callaspo (36, Jackson)
HR - Miguel Olivo (21, Jackson), Josh Anderson (1, Galarraga)
RBI - Alberto Callaspo 3 (65), Miguel Olivo 3 (58), Josh Anderson 3 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo 2 (30)
Team LOB - 11
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (W,14-8) 5300280 2.14
Bruce Chen 1.2222111 5.78
Kyle Farnsworth 1.1000010 4.63
Joakim Soria 1200130 2.49
WP - Joakim Soria (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 73-44, Bruce Chen 33-20, Kyle Farnsworth 15-9, Joakim Soria 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 4-2, Bruce Chen 2-2, Kyle Farnsworth 2-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 19, Bruce Chen 8, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Joakim Soria 6
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000022 .248
    Clete Thomas, CF1000013 .241
Placido Polanco, 2B3110110 .278
    Wilkin Ramirez, RF0000000 .364
Carlos Guillen, LF4000003 .239
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4112010 .332
    Marcus Thames, 1B0000000 .250
Aubrey Huff, DH4020010 .246
Alex Avila, C3000121 .286
Don Kelly, RF-2B4010012 .241
Brandon Inge, 3B3010020 .234
    Brent Dlugach, 3B1000012 .000
Ramon Santiago, SS2010210 .259
Totals33272413  
Batting
HR - Miguel Cabrera (30, Chen)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (91)
CS - Brandon Inge (5, 2nd base by Greinke/Olivo)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
Edwin Jackson (L,12-7) 5655161 3.37
Armando Galarraga 0.1333111 5.64
Alfredo Figaro 2111410 6.92
Jeremy Bonderman 1.2200020 9.31
HBP - Bloomquist (by Armando Galarraga)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 96-61, Armando Galarraga 21-11, Alfredo Figaro 45-21, Jeremy Bonderman 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 4-6, Alfredo Figaro 1-4, Jeremy Bonderman 2-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, Armando Galarraga 6, Alfredo Figaro 11, Jeremy Bonderman 7
Game Information
Attendance - 26457
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman