Greinke risks perfect mark vs. Rangers

Greinke risks perfect mark vs. Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Zack Greinke doesn't see any need for buildup to Saturday night's matchup with Texas Rangers ace Kevin Millwood.

Even though the opposing pitchers come in Nos. 1 and 2 in ERA in the American League.

"It means nothing this early in the season with two starts," Greinke said.

Maybe, but there's no hiding that Greinke, who has not allowed a run, and Millwood, who has a 0.64 ERA, have started off the '09 campaign in midseason form.

Greinke has been near flawless in his two starts. He had 16 strikeouts, including nine in a victory over Cleveland last time out. Millwood allowed a run in his Opening Day start against Cleveland and then had seven shutout innings last weekend in Detroit.

Greinke did admit that anytime your ERA is all zeroes it's all right.

"It's always good no matter who you are," Greinke said.

The only thing that Greinke can improve on is needing 104 pitches to get through five innings against the Indians.

Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Zack Greinke (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
The 25-year-old has shown why the Royals rewarded him with a four-year, $38 million contract extension in the offseason. Greinke has yet to allow a run this season in two starts (11 innings), and he's fanned 16 batters, including nine in a victory against Cleveland his last time out. The high strikeout total might have hurt Greinke's efficiency -- he was limited to just five innings after piling up 104 pitches. But it's hard to argue with the results. Dating back to last season, Greinke has gone 25 consecutive innings without surrendering a run.

TEX: RHP Kevin Millwood (1-0, 0.64 ERA)
Millwood has allowed one run in 14 innings. He has also allowed just nine hits, and all of them have been singles. He left with a 4-0 lead after seven innings on Sunday against the Tigers, only to watch as the bullpen give up six runs in the eighth. Millwood was 2-0 with a 4.64 ERA in three starts against the Royals last year and is 6-3 with a 4.66 ERA against them in his career.

Royals manager Trey Hillman said he has been pleased with the defense so far of first basemen Mike Jacobs and Billy Butler, each of whom had started five games through Friday. The Royals had only made three errors going into Friday, with Jacobs making one of them. ... The Royals' pitching staff came into Friday's action with 82 strikeouts, third-most in the Majors.

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Up next
• Sunday: Royals (Kyle Davies, 1-0, 2.13) at Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 1-1, 10.00), 2:05 p.m. CT
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Royals (Sidney Ponson, 0-1, 4.50) at Indians (Aaron Laffey, 0-0, 3.38), 6:05 p.m. CT

Todd Wills is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.