SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys’ $206.5 million man pronounced his spring training debut for the team as pretty good.
cheap Zack Greinke jersey pitched two scoreless innings in the Diamondbacks jerseys’ 6 3 victory over an Oakland Athletics jerseys’ split squad on Friday.
The Diamondbacks jerseys’ new ace, whose signing to the big six year deal with Arizona 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 OK offspeed,” Greinke said. “Not all of them perfect, but they were OK, some good pitches, some not quite as good, but overall pretty good.”
Greinke has had injury problems the past three springs but they obviously didn’t affect him once the season began. He said his main goal this spring 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, 19 3 with a major league best 1.66 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys last season, 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.”
Greinke began the day with a breaking ball to leadoff hitter Billy Butler.
“That guy swings at first pitch more than anyone in baseball I think,” Greinke said, “so I don’t want to give up an easy hit throwing a fastball down the middle.”
One of the outs Greinke got came when first baseman cheap Paul Goldschmidt jersey made a diving stop of cheap Chris Coghlan jersey’s sharp grounder and flipped the ball to the pitcher covering the bag for the final out of the first inning.
“I kind of stopped running because I thought it was going to get by him,” Greinke said, “and then he caught it so I had to start moving again.”
He struck out Sam Fuld swinging in the first and got cheap Andrew Lambo jersey looking to end the second.
“Zack was great,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said. “He cheap mlb jerseys got his work in. He felt good. He was throwing the ball on both sides of the plate, threw his off speed pitches. He worked hard.”
He threw eight pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game.
Gabriel Guerrero, Vladimir’s nephew, hit a three run homer off Oakland’s cheap Chris Smith jersey in the third inning.
cheap Rickie Weeks jersey, recently signed to a minor league contract by the Diamondbacks jerseys, was 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. He scored twice.
cheap Evan Marshall jersey threw a hitless ninth inning to earn the save in an emotional return to the mound, seven months to the day after he was nearly killed by a line drive to the head while pitching in a minor league game in El Paso.
Marshall had a fractured skull and internal bleeding, and there was doubt he would make it through the first night.
“A lot has happened in a short amount of time,” Marshall said. “It’s just a blessing to be able to go back on the mound and do what I can do.”
Marshall finished the game by fielding a come back hit to the mound.
A’s shortstop cheap Marcus Semien jersey, who led the majors in errors last season, booted what would have been a routine double play grounder in the fourth. He cleanly fielded a double play grounder, though, to end the inning.
Doubront, a left hander who probably going to be the long reliever for Oakland, went two innings. He allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Doubront threw 24 of 35 pitches for strikes.
Athletics jerseys: Left hander cheap Rich Hill jersey faces Milwaukee in Phoenix in his first spring start.
Diamondbacks jerseys: Right hander cheap Shelby Miller jersey, acquired by Arizona in an offseason trade with Atlanta and probably the Diamondbacks jerseys’ No. 2 starter behind Greinke, faces the Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys in Glendale in his first start.