Royals get a second dose of Greinke at The K
Former Kansas City ace will be wearing a different uniform with the Angels
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's Zack is Back, the Sequel.
Zack Greinke returns to pitch against his old team, the Royals, for the second time this season and in a second uniform.
The first time, on June 12, he was wearing a Milwaukee uniform and had no-decision in a 2-1 Royals victory. This time, at 6:10 p.m. CT on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium, he'll be wearing a Los Angeles Angels uniform.
Greinke, dealt by the Royals in a major trade after the 2010 season, was moved by the Brewers to the Angels on July 27 because he's coming up on free agency.
"I've known Zack a little bit. Not the way guys here do, but the way things ended I know wasn't great, but he won a Cy Young [Award] for them and I'm sure there are lot of good memories still for him," right fielder Jeff Francoeur said.
"And for them, they're in the middle of a big pennant race, so obviously it'll be a big start for him and for that team. So it'll be a lot of fun. It's always good facing good guys like that because you know they're going to challenge you and come after you."
The Angels, while running third in the American League West, are in the Wild Card hunt. Greinke, since joining them, is 5-2 in nine starts and, including his Brewers record, is 14-5 with a 3.68 in 30 starts.
When Greinke started for the Brewers in June, he was greeted by leadoff batter Alex Gordon's home run. But that was the only run he gave up in a tight duel with Royals starter Luis Mendoza.
Francoeur remembered that Greinke was tough.
"Back door sinkers -- throwing the whole kitchen sink at you," Francoeur said.
The Royals broke a 1-1 tie against Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez on Billy Butler's RBI single in the eighth inning to win.
Being able to watch Greinke over a long period as Butler and Gordon did as teammates really didn't give them an advantage, in Butler's view.
"Nobody has an advantage on Zack because he's so good," Butler said.
Greinke and Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, who is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA in his last seven starts, aren't the only gate attractions for that game. It's also Armed Forces Night and the first 20,000 fans will receive a KC camouflage cap.
Cain exits extras loss with strained hamstring
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just before Thursday night's game, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was talking happily about his good health.
He'd experienced no lingering effects of being beaned in Tuesday night's win over the Twins.
"No headaches at all," Cain said. "I'm ready to go."
And he talked about how good his legs were feeling. He'd missed 78 games with a groin strain and a torn hip flexor, both in his left leg. It had been a long haul to get back.
"Injuries or stuff just seem to find me this year," he remarked.
Just hours later, Cain had to leave in the 10th inning of a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Twins when he strained his right hamstring while trying to make a catch of Alexi Casilla's double. He walked off the field with just a slight limp and the injury was not believed to be serious, but he'll be re-evaluated on Friday in Kansas City.
Center fielder Jarrod Dyson is already on the sidelines with a strained lat muscle that has kept him off the field except to pinch-run.
Royals to honor Minors award winners on Friday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Most of the Royals' top award winners, as players and pitchers of the year at their Minor League affiliates, will be honored at Futures Night before Friday's 7:10 p.m. CT game against the Angels at Kauffman Stadium.
Excused, of course will be the Triple-A honorees, outfielder Wil Myers and right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who are involved with Omaha in the Pacific Coast League championship series. The Storm Chasers will meet the Reno Aces on Friday night at Omaha with the best-of-five series tied, 1-1.
The award winners will participate in an autograph session from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Gate A near the Royals Hall of Fame prior to the pregame ceremony.
Earlier on Friday, the group will visit patients at the University of Kansas Hospital from 9:10 to 10:15 a.m. and tour the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
This year's players and pitchers of the year are:
Omaha (Triple-A) -- OF Wil Myers, RHP Jake Odorizzi.
Northwest Arkansas (Double-A) -- SS-2B Christian Colon, RHP Michael Mariot.
Wilmington (Class A-Advanced) -- IF-OF Whit Merrifield, RHP Yordano Ventura.
Kane County (Class A) -- OF Jorge Bonifacio, RHP Angel Baez.
Idaho Falls (Rookie-Advanced) -- OF Ethan Chapman, LHP Sam Selman.
Burlington (Rookie) -- OF Bubba Starling, LHP Colin Rodgers.
Surprise (Rookie) -- OF Alexis Rivera, LHP Matt Tenuta.
Dominican (Rookie) -- IF Wander Franco, RHP Miguel Almonte.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.