Why Zack Greinke isn’t worried about allowing two home runs in a Single-A game.

Zack Greinke mugGLENDALE, Ariz. — Zack Greinke had his share of ups and downs Wednesday.

That was the point, really. Greinke needed to stretch his arm up to regular-season standards and he did, throwing 85 pitches over seven innings of a Single-A intrasquad game. The right-hander allowed five hits, including two home runs, walked none and struck out nine.

The downs: The two home runs, hit by Spencer Navin and local product Ivan Vela.

The ups?

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A brief story about 19-year-old pitcher Victor Gonzalez and minor league statistics.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Here’s a very brief lesson in how statistics, especially at baseball’s lower minor-league levels, can sometimes lie.
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Dodgers release Dustin McGowan, marginally clarifying their bullpen picture.

Dustin McGowan

Dustin McGowan had a 6.75 ERA in spring training. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers officially released right-handed reliever Dustin McGowan on the final day of camp, helping to clarify their cluttered bullpen.

McGowan had already been informed that he wasn’t going to be on the club’s Opening Day roster. He signed a one-year contract early in camp and was due a retention bonus if the Dodgers decided to keep him on the roster into the regular season.
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