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Greinke, Hillman Ejected Against Red Sox

Royals pitcher Zach Greinke and manager Trey Hillman were ejected in a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday night.

Home plate umpire Greg Gibson ejected the pair in consecutive innings.

Greinke was ejected with one out in the third inning after yelling from the bench on a 1-2 pitch from Royals starter Anthony Lerew to Jacoby Ellsbury.

Hillman was sent off in the fourth after Lerew nearly hit Mike Lowell with consecutive breaking balls.

Via ESPN


Greinke Now Comfortable With Media Attention

Zack Greinke has become the clear favorite to win the American League Cy Young award and has grown accustomed to the media attention.

?Earlier in the year,? he admitted, ?I don?t think I was ready for it. I?d get a little anxiety with all of the attention. But I got used to it, and it?s been more fun than anything. It doesn?t bother me any more.?

He is 15-8 with a 2.08 ERA after pitching six shutout innings in Tuesday?s 5-1 victory over Boston.

?It bothered me a little bit earlier in the year,? Greinke said. ?Now, I try to show them that I appreciate it. On game day, I can?t (show that appreciation) because I?m focusing on pitching. But on other days, I try to give them a little more attention.?

Via Kansas City Star


Greinke OK To Start On Tuesday

Royals ace Zack Greinke is expected to make his next scheduled start against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Greinke took a line drive off his pitching arm this week. The shot came off the bat of Detroit's Miguel Cabrera on Thursday.

"As long as there are no setbacks, it will be Zack on his regular day," Kansas City manager Trey Hillman told the Toronto Sun. "He felt fine. There's a little bit of swelling in his forearm. It's continuing to go south. We hope that's dissipated in the next 72 hours before Tuesday."

Greinke is 14-8 this season with a major league-leading ERA of 2.14.

Via Toronto Sun


Crow Will Be In Spring Training With Royals

Pitcher Aaron Crow will be in spring training with the Royals in 2010.

Kansas City signed Crow to a big league contract this week, and he will be given a chance to earn a roster spot.

However, Crow hasn't pitched much this season and the Royals are expected to be cautious with him.

"Every player that comes to Major League Spring Training we expect to compete for a spot on our team, but we're not going to put limitations on Aaron, by any means," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

"We want to make sure everything from a strength and conditioning standpoint is where it needs to be before we put him into competitive games. That's important. It's about Aaron having a 15-plus-year career in the Major Leagues."

Kansas City took Crow in the first round of June's draft after Washington failed to sign the right-hander last season.

Via MLB.com


Royals, Crow Agree To Three-Year Deal

The Royals have reached a three-year agreement with first-round pick Aaron Crow.

The right-hander is guaranteed $3 million even if he doesn't reach the majors under the deal that begins in 2010. He could earn about $4.5 million if he makes it to the big leagues.

Via ESPN


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