Angels excited to welcome Zack Greinke

July, 27, 2012
ANAHEIM -- As the Angels players came off the field following batting practice Friday, several of them wondered what all the commotion was about as a large contingent of reporters waited to talk to general manager Jerry Dipoto about the trade that had landed Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Some of them had an inkling something was about to go down.

Right fielder Torii Hunter faced Greinke plenty of times when both players were in the American League Central, Hunter on the Minnesota Twins and Greinke in Kansas City.

"I've seen him mature, as a kid and now one of the best pitchers in the game, so I'm excited to have him as a teammate," Hunter said. "I'll probably be the first one to greet him."

Dipoto indicated Friday's move likely will be the Angels' only trade before Tuesday's deadline. That is welcome news to outfielder Peter Bourjos and pitcher Garrett Richards, both of whom saw their names thrown around in trade rumors over the past few weeks.

"To take away from our major-league club right now, where we stand, would have been particularly painful," Dipoto said.

Here are lineups for Friday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays:

Tampa Bay
Sam Fuld LF
B.J. Upton CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Matt Joyce RF
Jeff Keppinger DH
Carlos Pena 1B
Bryan Roberts 3B
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson SS

Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Mark Trumbo LF
Kendrys Morales DH
Albert Callaspo 3B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Maicer Izturis SS
Bobby Wilson C

Mark Saxon
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Howie Kendrick
.293 7 75 85
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
WJ. Weaver 18
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169