The last pitcher to start three straight games in the same season was Red Faber of the Chicago White Sox, who started both games in a doubleheader on Sept. 3, 1917, and then started the next day as well - back when men were men, giants strode the face of the Earth, and a complete game wasn't a marvelous rarity.
But don't start comparing Greinke to Old Hoss Radbourn, the Hall of Famer who won 59 games in 1884 for the Providence Grays as the team's only pitcher after the other starter (yep, they had just two) was let go for drinking and generally being ornery. At one point Old Hoss pitch 20 straight games.
Greinke, by contrast, was ejected four pitches into his start on Saturday after he spiked the ball into the dirt following a close play at first base. On Sunday, he threw 66 pitches in three innings of work.
Still, he's a Little Hoss.
Playing smaller ball
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has given up trying to keep an NBA team and is instead aiming to lure a Major League Baseball franchise to his city.
Johnson and his Think Big Sacramento task force announced a plan to market California's capital city as a possible landing spot for a major league team. A plan for a new arena for the Sacramento Kings collapsed earlier this year when team owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof backed out, saying it didn't make financial sense for the franchise.
Baseball might be an even longer shot.
There are already two teams in Northern California, and Oakland's triple-A affiliate plays in Sacramento. The Athletics have their sights set on San Jose, but the San Francisco Giants hold the territorial rights to that area.
Maybe he should switch
Appearing at the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, soccer star Carlos Bocanegra singled and hit a solo home run off Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, then doubled off George Brett in the National League's 21-8 win over the American. It was Bocanegra's second straight appearance in the baseball event.
His soccer future is less certain. His club, Glasgow Rangers, is bankrupt.
Around the bigs
The Atlanta Braves say shortstop Andrelton Simmons, the NL rookie of the month for June, will miss at least a month with a broken right little finger suffered on a headfirst slide in Sunday's game against the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park. . . . The Baltimore Orioles have reinstated outfielder Nick Markakis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Joe Mahoney to triple-A Norfolk. . . . Toronto Blue Jays reliever Luis Perez will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left elbow.
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This article contains information from the Associated Press.