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MLB | Three up, three down: Greinke is picking up steam, while K-Rod is losing it

MLB | Three up, three down: Greinke is picking up steam, while K-Rod is losing it

A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball this week:

Three up

Zack Greinke: He went for the money ($206.5 million) two winters ago, put up his worst earned-run average in 11 years last year and struggled to hit 90 mph with his fastball this spring. Greinke, certified Arizona Diamondbacks disaster? Not so fast. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Thursday, the latest outing of his revitalization. He is using his slider more often, and more effectively. The Diamondbacks have had defensive specialist Jeff Mathis catch all of his starts. Greinke has a 2.79 ERA, second among NL West starters to former Dodgers teammate Clayton...

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