Zack Greinke tossed five scoreless innings against the Brewers on Friday. He allowed just two hits but walked five while striking out six.
While Greinke managed to pitch his way out of a couple of jams and keep the runs off the board, his command really let him down in this one as he needed 99 pitches (55 strikes) to labor through the five frames. The five walks tied a season-worst set back on July 19 and he threw just 11-of-22 first-pitch strikes. He's going to need to remain a lot sharper the rest of the way if he's going to help lead the Dodgers towards the playoffs and his next outing against San Diego should be a great place to start.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Danny Santana will be the Twins Opening Day starting shortstop.
Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez were both being considered, but the job was really Santana's to lose. He picked up right where he left off last year, batting .341 (15-for-44), but he did strike out nine times to one walk. We don't expect him to post another .400-plus BABIP this year, so don't expect the batting average to stay as high as it was last season. Analysis: Howard Bender
Tigers released RHP Luke Putkonen.
Putkonen wasn't even on the 40-man roster, so the Tigers had very little expectations when it came to watching him. He posted a 7.36 ERA over 3 2/3 innings and he walked three batters without striking out a single one. He may try to land a gig elsewhere, but he's still never going to have any potential for the fantasy game. Analysis: Howard Bender
Twins optioned Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester.
After batting an incredibly unproductive .206 (7-for-34) this spring, Hicks has lost the starting center field job to Jordan Schafer who will now be backed up by Shane Robinson. We could see Hicks again as his defense is certainly strong, but until he proves he can hit with some consistency, he'll hunker down in Triple-A. Analysis: Howard Bender
Tommy Milone was named the Twins fifth starter.
It wasn't really a strong spring for Milone as he didn't even out-pitch Trevor May in the competition for the final spot in the rotation. But he got the nod for his experience over May. Figure the leash is going to be relatively short though so if he doesn't come out the gate throwing well, it could be a quick hook. Analysis: Howard Bender