(Sports Network) - Los Angeles righty Zack Greinke missed some time in spring
training with an elbow injury. You wouldn't have known it, though, after
watching his first outing.
The former American League Cy Young Award winner tries to follow up a
sensational Dodgers debut on Thursday in the finale of a three-game set
against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Greinke, who signed a six-year, $147 million deal with the Dodgers this
offseason, showed no ill-effects of the elbow tenderness that hindered him a
month ago against Pittsburgh on Friday, as he scattered two hits over 6 1/3
scoreless innings. He also struck out six without walking a batter in the win.
"My fastball was good, that was most important," said Greinke, who made 92
pitches. "Any time you can locate that, it makes all the other pitches
Greinke beat the Padres the only other time he faced them.
San Diego will pin its hopes on righty Jason Marquis, who lost his first start
to Colorado on Friday. Marquis gave up five runs in that one, but only two
were earned in his six innings of work.
Marquis has faced the Dodgers 15 times (14 starts) and is 6-4 against them
with a 3.00 ERA.
Los Angeles bounced back from a loss in the opener of this set on Wednesday,
as A.J. Ellis hit a two-run homer and Chad Billingsley made a successful
return to the mound in the Dodgers' 4-3 win.
Billingsley (1-0) made his first start since Aug. 24 of last season, when he
suffered a partially torn ligament in his elbow. An index finger injury in
spring training put him on the disabled list to start the 2013 campaign, but
the right-hander tossed an six effective innings of one-run ball, allowing
just five hits.
"It definitely felt great to be back out there," said Billingsley. "(Dodgers
outfielder Carl Crawford) gets us a one-run lead and gave me a little cushion
Crawford went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a triple, while Mark Ellis, Matt
Kemp, Luis Cruz and Justin Sellers each had two hits for the Dodgers. Brandon
League worked around a shaky ninth inning to pick up his third save.
The Padres, who broke out of their scoring slump with a 9-3 win in the series
opener, struggled offensively all game until plating two runs in the ninth.
Chris Denorfia went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Will Venable drove in a run in the
Former Dodger Eric Stults (1-1) was charged with the loss. He gave up four
runs on eight hits in five innings.
"It's still early, but you don't like to see this," Padres manager Bud Black
said. "We're going to keep an eye on this. We need to get some length out of
The Dodgers were 11-7 against the Padres last season.
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