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MLB: Aussie Officials Upset at Dodgers SP Zack Greinke's Comments
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MLB: Aussie Officials Upset at Dodgers SP Zack Greinke's Comments

Feb 24 2014, 2:09am CST | by

Australian organizers of Major League Baseball's opening series on March 22 and 23 in Sydney which pits the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments, which state there is nothing to be excited about the games Down Under.

Australian organizers of the upcoming MLB opening series featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments.  The uproar stems from...

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MLB: Aussie Officials Upset at Dodgers SP Zack Greinke's Comments

Feb 24 2014, 2:09am CST | by

MLB: Aussie Officials Upset at Dodgers SP Zack Greinke's Comments Photo Credit: Getty Images

Australian organizers of Major League Baseball's opening series on March 22 and 23 in Sydney which pits the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments, which state there is nothing to be excited about the games Down Under.

Australian organizers of the upcoming MLB opening series featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments. 

The uproar stems from Greinke's comments in an interview with ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon on Feb. 22: 

"I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it. There just isn't any excitement to it. I can't think of one reason to be excited for it."

A featured article on The Sydney Morning Herald the day after captures the sentiments of the organizers on Greinke.

"Organizers in Sydney are far from thrilled with Greinke's outburst but are holding off on making comment until they've spoken to relevant parties in America.

"The opening series at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) has been planned in close consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Dodgers and Diamondbacks clubs, and Australian baseball representatives have now asked for a please explain.

"The MLB's landmark move to open the season proper in Australia for the first time means the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are starting their season more than a week before the rest of the league.

"Arizona pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Patrick Corbin have spoken of their desire to be a part of history in Sydney, but it seems big brothers the Dodgers may feel the venture is beneatt them."

Saxon, in a separate update, writes the Dodgers responded to the controversy by way of a statement from Dodgers president Stan Kasten.

"Zack has this endearing, contrarian quality to him that we all know and love about him. He's famously focused and meticulous about his training regimen. It's what makes him so good and such a  great teammate. This is clearly going to alter his routine. I understand that aspect of it.

"But my problem right now is trying to make room for all the people that want to go -- players, family, front office people. As an organization, we couldn't be more excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

According to Saxon, Kasten took the Atlanta Hawks on a tour of the former Soviet Union when he was a front office executive of the team. He has also been on overseas baseball trips. Kasten told Saxon players normally have a favorable mindset about the trips upon their return home. 

The Dodgers have yet to name the starters for the two games in Sydny which will be on March 22 and 23. They are toying with the idea of resting 25-year-old ace Clayton Kershaw so that he'll be ready for the United States opener on March 30.

Greinke told Saxon he is all right with the idea of pitching in Sydney.  

 
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Tonight’s Game: Mets at Dodgers

Aug 23 2014 6:05pm CDT | Source: mets blog

The Mets play the second of a three-game series against the Dodgers in LA on Saturday night. The Mets will  try to even the series after a 6-2 loss Friday. The game is scheduled to begin at 9:10 p.m. on WPIX-TV. It can also be heard on 710 WOR. Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.87) starts for the Mets; while Zack Greinke (12-8, 2.75) pitches for LA. Mets Dodgers 1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Dee Gordon – 2B 2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2.  Carl C ...
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6 days ago

What’s on tap for Saturday, Aug. 23

Aug 23 2014 5:16am CDT | Source: mets blog

The Mets look to bounce back in the second game of their three-game series against the Dodgers at 9:10 pm ET on Saturday. Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.87 ERA) will return form the disabled list to face Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke (12-8, 2.75 ERA). Rafael Montero will be demoted to Triple-A before the game to make room on the roster for deGrom. In case you missed it… Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff home run, but the Dodgers scored five runs against Jon Niese, helped in part by two erro ...
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1 week ago

Game recap: Dodgers 6 — Mets 2

Aug 22 2014 11:56pm CDT | Source: mets blog

Result: The Mets dropped their series opener against the Dodgers on Friday night, 6-2, at Dodger Stadium. Need to Know: Curtis Granderson started the game with a bang, crushing a home run to right field off Dan Haren to put the Mets up, 1-0. That would prove to be New York’s only run against Haren, as the Dodgers starter spun seven solid innings and allowed just three baserunners. Jon Niese allowed five runs, but just two ...
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1 week ago

DAILY MATCHUPS: Greinke Panky

Aug 22 2014 1:16pm CDT | Source: baseballhq

article teaser:  Zack Greinke is today's top choice starting pitcher in his home matchup against the Mets. Plus, more on the starts of Wainwright, May, Hellickson, Salazar, Lester and C.J. Wilson, who makes a rare visit onto the "worst" list. As a way to preview the day's games, the 2014 Daily Matchups column seeks to highlight the outliers or notable matchups on BaseballHQ.com's HQ Pitcher Matchups tool ( ...
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1 week ago

Kershaw earns 15th win as Dodgers top Padres

Aug 21 2014 11:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings. They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. "We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now." Kershaw (1 ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

Kershaw earns 15th win as Dodgers top Padres

Aug 21 2014 11:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings. They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. "We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now." Ker ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

Kershaw earns 15th win as Dodgers top Padres

Aug 21 2014 11:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings. They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. "We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playi ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

Kershaw earns 15th win as Dodgers top Padres

Aug 21 2014 11:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings. They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. "We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now." Ke ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

Kershaw earns 15th win as Dodgers top Padres

Aug 21 2014 11:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — The first-place Dodgers have staged plenty of comebacks this season. Just not after seven innings. They snapped an 0-for-46 skid with two runs in the eighth and Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tyson Ross for a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. "We need wins no matter what," said Kershaw, whose team is 3 1/2 games ahead of San Francisco. "The Giants are playing better right now." K ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

Kershaw earns 15th win as Dodgers top Padres

Aug 21 2014 11:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over eight innings while outdueling Tyson Ross, Justin Turner hit a two-run homer and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Thursday night. Kershaw (15-3) struck out 10 and walked two, tying Johnny Cueto, Wily Peralta and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in victories. The left-hander was originally scheduled to start Friday, but he was moved up to give Zack Greinke extra rest for his sore el ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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