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Zack Greinke on July 29, 2009

Zack Greinke on July 29, 2009 (Sport)

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Donald Zackary "Zack" Greinke, an american Major League Baseball starting pitcher.

Major league career

Greinke made his major-league debut on May 22, 2004 (13 years ago) against the Oakland Athletics, starting the game in which Reggie Jackson's number was retired by the A's.

He ended the 2004 (13 years ago) season with a record of 8 wins and 11 losses (second most wins on the team, after Jimmy Gobble) and a 3.97 ERA. However, Greinke's 2005 (12 years ago) season was not as successful, as he went 517 with a 5.80 ERA.

Pitching in the American League, Greinke rarely batted due to the designated hitter rule. Greinke's first major league hit was a home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Russ Ortiz in a 1211 loss on Jun. 10, 2005 (12 years ago).

Greinke left the Royals spring training camp for personal reasons in late Feb. 2006 (11 years ago). It was later revealed that he was suffering from social anxiety disorder and depression. He reported back to the Royals' spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, on Apr. 17, where he underwent ongoing pitching sessions. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list due to psychological issues and took time away from baseball entirely until returning on a rehab assignment with Wichita.

In 2007 (10 years ago), He returned to the Royals rotation at the start of the season, but was sent to the bullpen in early May after alternating good starts with bad ones and compiling a 14 record with a 5.71 ERA. As a reliever, he was very effective, going 41 with a 3.54 ERA. After the 2007 (10 years ago) season he signed a one year contract to stay in Kansas City and to avoid arbitration.

Greinke's 2008 (9 years ago) saw him return to the rotation and put up a good year, starting in 32 games with a record of 13 wins and 10. His 3.47 ERA was the best by a full-time Royals starter in 11 years.

On Jan. 26, 2009 (8 years ago), Greinke agreed to a four-year contract with the Royals worth $38 million.

Greinke started off his 2009 (8 years ago) season by not allowing a run in his first 24 innings. Greinke's 2008 (9 years ago) ended with 14 scoreless innings, which meant that for 38 innings in a row, he hadn't given up a run.

On Apr. 24, Greinke pitched his second complete game in a row, winning 6-1 over the Detroit Tigers after having pitched a complete game shutout against the Texas Rangers in his previous start. Over those two starts, Greinke pitched 18 innings, allowed one unearned run and collected 20 K's. This streak was broken on Apr. 29, 2009 (8 years ago) as the Blue Jays scored 1 earned run in the first inning on a single hit by second baseman Aaron Hill. However, Greinke was beginning to attract national attention for his play, appearing on the cover of the May 4, 2009 (8 years ago) cover of Sports Illustrated. This made him the first Royals player to appear on the cover of this magazine during the season since David Cone did in 1993 (24 years ago). His record as of sep. 6 is 13-8 with a 2.22 ERA On Jul. 5, 2009 (8 years ago), Greinke was selected to represent Kansas City in the 2009 (8 years ago) All Star game where he pitched a hitless 4th inning with 2 strikeouts.

On Aug. 25, 2009 (8 years ago), Greinke struck out 15 batters, breaking Mark Gubicza's record for strikeouts in a single game for the Kansas City Royals.

On Aug. 30, 2009 (8 years ago), Greinke had a one-hit complete game against the Seattle Mariners. He joined an exclusive club of four players (including himself) who followed up a 15+ strikeout game with a one-hitter: Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Vida Blue.

On sep. 24th 2009 (8 years ago) Greinke was ejected from the bench for heckling home plate umpire Greg Gibson. Gibson would later issue warnings to both benches after Royals' starting pitcher Anthony Lerew threw a curveball near Mike Lowell's head. Gibson ejected Royals' manager Trey Hillman for arguing about the warning.


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