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MILWAUKEE Before the All-Star break, Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke became just the second pitcher since 2002 to start back-to-back games when an ejection in the first inning of last Saturday's loss to Houston prompted Milwaukee to use him two days in a row.
But on Friday, Greinke is bettering his own accomplishment. With the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates in town, the Brewers' ace is getting the team's first start after the All-Star break, which makes him the first pitcher to accomplish that feat in one season since Red Faber in 1917.
Faber pitched both games of a doubleheader on Sept. 13, 1917, and came back to start again the next day.
In today's game, however, a second -- much less a third -- consecutive start is unheard of. And while the situation is one for the record books, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Friday's game it was simply an unusual set of circumstances that led to Greinke getting every start for a complete week.
"It's strange when you look at that," Roenicke said. "It was weird. It was weird leading up to what happened (in Houston). You certainly can't plan for that type of stuff. Hopefully he comes out today and gets it back. . . . Hopefully, we'll get the guy back that we want out there."
Greinke is a product of his pregame ritual and preparation, and with the All-Star break giving the Brewers ace a near-normal pitching schedule -- his Friday start comes five days after his last outing -- Roenicke hopes the normalcy allows Greinke to get back into the rhythm that made him one of baseball's most dominant pitchers in the first few months of the season.
In his three July starts -- one was just 11 pitches long -- Greinke has a 9.00 ERA and has clearly struggled with command. On the season, the 2009 Cy Young winner is 9-3 with a 3.32 ERA.
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