Astros name Zack Greinke their Opening Day starter

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. The Astros are returning to Dodger Stadium, the scene of the crime. The Dodgers won't be there, but their fans surely won't let the visitors forget. While the Dodgers head to Texas for the NL Division Series, their ballpark is hosting the American League Division Series in a postseason relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Oct. 5, the Astros and Oakland Athletics will open their ALDS matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. The Astros are returning to Dodger Stadium, the scene of the crime. The Dodgers won't be there, but their fans surely won't let the visitors forget. While the Dodgers head to Texas for the NL Division Series, their ballpark is hosting the American League Division Series in a postseason relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Oct. 5, the Astros and Oakland Athletics will open their ALDS matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

The Houston Astros have named Zack Greinke as their Opening Day starter when they begin their 2021 season.

This will be the fifth Opening Day starting assignment for Greinke in his career, who has previously done so with the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Greinke has a 2009 AL Cy Young Award on his resume, has won the Gold Glove for his position six times, and is a six-time All-Star. During his 17 years in the big leagues, Greinke has a 208-126 career record with a 3.37 ERA.

Last season, Greinke was 3-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 12 starts with the Astros.

The Astros begin the 2021 regular season with a road series April 1-4 against Oakland.


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