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Zack Greinke Says He's Back

Here's Zack's line for Sunday afternoon's game: 9 innings, 5 hits allowed, 12 strikeouts, 0 walks, 3 runs allowed.

And a pitcher "W" if you live in the 1960s and care about those things.

Those 12 strikeouts are especially nice. Zack's previous high in strikeouts this season had been 8 and he's spent much of the season in the 5-6 range. Heading into today's start, Greinke's K/9 rate was only at 7.4, which is the lowest it's been for him since 2006. Walks have been less of a problem, but when you walk none, save to say you've also improved.

Although Greinke did allow three runs (thanks in part to typically bad defense behind him, thanks Kendall!) the Royals actually scored some runs today, which was a pleasant surprise. David DeJesus, in particular, had a gigantic game. DDJ reached base 5 times and homered, scoring 4 runs. He was helped along by Billy Butler's 4-5 day, which included two doubles and a homer of his own.

Chris Getz was intentionally walked, again showing how pure and holy National League baseball is.