Big League Stew

Zack Greinke tumbles way into Angels rotation

Kevin Kaduk
Big League Stew

Fans of the Los Angeles Angels were doing backflips on Friday night and for good reason. Zack Greinke was headed to Southern California as part of a rotation-boosting trade.

Greinke was on the mound for the Halos by Sunday afternoon and he also pulled off a backflip — though for reasons a lot less evident than the one from the fan base.

The best way to disperse his momentum? A nod to the U.S gymnastics team in London? Only Greinke knows for sure why he decided to tumble backward like a tee-baller.

As for his first start in an Angels uniform, Greinke performed as advertised. He struck out eight Tampa Bay Rays batters over seven innings, surrendering only two runs. But while he arrived at Angel Stadium rather quickly for a man being held hostage by his sad Brewers teammates less than 48 hours earlier, you couldn't say the same for his new lineup. Greinke's welcome gift was a whopping four hits (and no walks) from the Angels and was credited with the "L" in a 2-0 loss.

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