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ANAHEIM, Calif. Vince Wilfork Jersey . —Zack Greinkes first
pitch in a Los Angeles Angels uniform was lined to left field for a single by
Desmond Jennings, who had never faced him in a regular-season game. Greinke
shrugged it off and pitched his usual game, although his run support was
nonexistent thanks to Jeremy Hellickson and Tampa Bays bullpen. Greinke was
outpitched by Hellickson in a 2-0 loss on Sunday, two days after the Angels
acquired the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner from Milwaukee. “Hopefully Ill win a
bunch of games and it becomes a fun season,” Greinke said. “Everythings just
happened pretty fast—travelling here, meeting a bunch of new people, going
over things with the catcher and having a day game instead of a night game,
which would have made it easier to get adjusted. So a lot of stuff was going on.
But once you get on the mound, its the same game no matter where youre pitching
and who its against.” Greinke (0-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven
innings and struck out eight. He gave up an RBI single to Matt Joyce in the
sixth and threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the seventh after Carlos Pena
doubled and advanced on a groundout. “I made a lot of good pitches—but some
bad ones, too,” Greinke said. “I thought my fastball command could have been a
lot better. I was pretty upset with the first-pitch curveball to Pena. The wild
pitch was just a bad break. No catcher in the world would have stopped that one.
You throw a two-strike slider down and hope that doesnt happen.” Greinke,
eligible for free agency after the season, was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts
with the Brewers. “I think everybody was anxious to get him on the mound and see
him in an Angels uniform,” left fielder Vernon Wells said. “He did what he was
supposed to do. We just didnt score runs for him.” Hellickson (6-6) pitched
two-hit ball through six innings, striking out five and walking none. He retired
15 of his first 16 batters, allowing only Maicer Izturis leadoff single in the
fourth. The Angels other hit off him was a leadoff single by Chris Iannetta in
the sixth—a liner that deflected off the glove of diving second baseman
Ben Zobrist. “Hes got good stuff,” Wells said. “He threw a little harder today
than he normally does. Hes a good pitcher. He keeps you off-balance and makes
you hit his changeup, which is a good one.” Hellickson won despite throwing up
five times during the game. “I just had a little stomach ache and got a little
lightheaded there toward the end,” he said. “It was hot today, and that was
probably the reason. I felt good enough to go out there. I took some stuff
before the game, but it kind of caught up with me those last few innings. I felt
I had to give us five or six to save the bullpen. My arm felt good, and thats
all I really needed.” Hellickson has won consecutive starts for the first time
since April 19-25, when he beat the Yankees 9-4 and followed that with a 3-2
victory over the Angels. He was 0-6 with a 4.29 ERA in nine starts preceding
these last two outings. “Throwing strikes was the main thing,” Hellickson said.
“The last two games Ive been attacking the hitters better than I have been.
Having no walks is huge for me. I was getting ahead of guys, and the defence was
making good plays for me.” Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta followed with a
perfect inning each, and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his 30th save in 31
attempts, tying Baltimores Jim Johnson for the AL lead. With runners on first
and second, Rodney fell behind Albert Pujols 3-0 in the count before throwing a
called strike and inducing a game-ending, double-play grounder on a changeup
away. “Theres a lot of pressure situations out there. So when youve got a guy
like Pujols up there, youve got to make your pitch,” Rodney said. “I just tried
to make a good pitch and get a ground ball with something away. He tried to pull
it and I got a ground ball.” Greinke, acquired for Double-A right-handers
Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg, was prevented from becoming the third major
league pitcher in major league history to win 20 consecutive home decisions.
Pittsburghs Ray Kremer won 23 straight from 1926-27 and the Yankees Lefty Grove
20 in a row from 1938-41. Greinkes previous home loss was with Kansas City on
July 26, 2010, when Minnesota beat the Royals 19-1. “I knew I had a bunch of
them in Milwaukee, but I didnt know how many,” Greinke said. “It was a pretty
lucky streak and a lot of good things happened that were out of my control.”
NOTES: Angels rookie Mike Trout, who leads the AL with a .350 average, missed
the game because of a sore left knee, injured Saturday night when he tried to
make a leaping catch against the fence in left-centre field on a home run by
Zobrist. ... The Angels were shut out in consecutive games for the second time
this season, including May 3-4 against Toronto in Anaheim. Their 11th shutout
loss tied Oakland for the most in the majors. ... In his first game with the
Brewers, Greinke lost 8-0 before going 6-0 in his next seven starts. ... The
Angels begin a 10-game trip with a four-game series at Texas starting Monday
night. RHP Ervin Santana will start the opener, his first appearance since July
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with the Dallas Stars last season. Tom Brady Jersey Elite . England coach Roy
Hodgson revealed details of the unspecified injury, which United manager Alex
Ferguson had not disclosed as his side tried—and failed—to stop Manchester
City winning the Premier League last weekend. Rob Gronkowski Jersey Elite . LOUIS —In his
30th game since returning from a concussion that sidelined him for more than a
year, David Perron appears to be hitting his stride. LOS ANGELES – Set to host
their first Stanley Cup Final game since 1993, the Kings are finally
centre-stage in the L.A. spotlight. Not that steering clear of top billing has
hurt this magical run, two wins from concluding in the franchises first Stanley
Cup banner. “I think if we were up with you guys in Canada there, I think that
would be a bigger worry,” Willie Mitchell said with a grin. “Down here, theres a
lot of other sporting events going on and making headlines. I think sometimes
that can hurt you and sometimes that can help you and I think in this instance,
its really helped us. We can get away from it. The buzz is here at the rink, but
you can kind of check out when youre away from the rink and not hear about those
things and so youre just focused on your task at hand.” While theyve become just
the fourth team in Stanley Cup playoff history to lead all four series by a 2-0
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Darryl Sutter made such a point clear when he spoke to his team on the eve of
Game 3. “It could be easily 1-1, it could be easily 0-2 or it could be 2-0,”
Sutter said. “I dont think much is going to change either way.” ”Theyre going to
be desperate tonight,” Anze Kopitar noted. “Its pretty much a make-or-break for
them and we want to make sure we match that intensity and push right back.” The
Lakers and Clippers are, for a moment, in the shadows of the L.A. spotlight. And
while the Dodgers are flourishing with unexpected success, the city is
unquestionably here for the taking. ”Being in California with the amount of
people here and where we live, you dont get to feel it maybe like you would in a
smaller city or smaller market,” Dustin Penner concluded. “[But] I think you can
feel the energy building. I think everybody from a fans perspective including
players is looking forward to tonights atmosphere.” ’ ’ ’ 

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