Saturday, April 9, 2016

Greinke seeking bounce-back start vs. Cubs

So, what will Zack Greinke do in his second outing with the D-backs?
The right-hander, who signed a six-year, $206.5 million contract in December, will start Saturday in the third game of Arizona's series against Chicago. Greinke served up seven runs on nine hits over four innings in his D-backs debut on April 4 against the Rockies. He has had success against the Cubs, compiling a 4-2 record and 3.78 ERA in eight career starts.
"[Greinke] was just up in the zone," Arizona manager Chip Hale said of Greinke's first start. "You have to give credit to their hitters."
The Cubs, who have been doing quite a bit of hitting of their own, will counter with starter Kyle Hendricks, who quietly secured his spot as the fifth starter this spring. The right-hander was 8-7 with a 3.95 ERA last season, including a no-decision against the D-backs on Sept. 6, when he gave up one run on three hits over five innings.
Three things to know about this game
• With Kyle Schwarber out for the season because of a severe knee injury, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will rotate players in left field, taking advantage of the versatile roster. Among the options are Jorge Soler, Matt Szczur, Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist.
• The D-backs made a roster move Friday, adding pitcher Matt Buschmann after Kyle Drabek was designated for assignment. Buschmann played 10 years in the Minor Leagues, throwing more than 1,300 innings before the promotion.
• Maddon now has 100 regular-season wins with the Cubs, and he picked up the milestone in his 165th game. He's the third-fastest manager to reach the mark in franchise history and quickest in more than 100 years. Cap Anson reached his 100th win in his 139th game in 1880 and Frank Chance notched his 100th victory in his 154th game in 1906.

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