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Royals Beat Indians, Get Zack Greinke Mythical Pitcher Win That Everyone's Been Freaking Out About

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Um, so, um, like, um, well, I don't really want to, um... be the one here, but um, does, like, Asdrubal Cabrera, not, well, you know, um... well, like, um, look like the horribly offensive Indians mascot? (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Um, so, um, like, um, well, I don't really want to, um... be the one here, but um, does, like, Asdrubal Cabrera, not, well, you know, um... well, like, um, look like the horribly offensive Indians mascot? (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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That was basically a normal baseball game, as far as I can tell. Which, with this team, is anything but normal. Bullpen even (barely) held a lead.

Congrats to Zack Greinke on that first "W" of the season, temporarily putting to rest on of the most tedious discussions in baseball. Greinke wasn't absurdly great, but he seemed very good, using 8 strikeouts to help him dance around 8 hits allowed.

Robinson Tejeda, for awhile at least, looked like the useful player many of us thought he might be during the off-season. Sure, bringing in Hughes to get the last out in the 8th, was, well, a classic case of bad Hillman management, Trey's actually not been half bad about using Soria in the 8th, so I can let it slide. In any event, it worked.

As I said on multiple platforms last night, the Royals get into this endless cycle of doing nothing but hit singles, then a huge segment of people (including those with the team) bemoan a lack of sac flies, bunts, hits and runs, etc., while totally missing the point that the lack of supposedly fundamental baseball displayed is actually just more evidence that its really really hard to sustain a long-sequence offense. There are other ways to score. Today, the Royals got a huge three-run homer from Callaspo and four doubles... and ended up scoring six runs. Just normal, everyday, 21st century baseball.