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MIL@CWS: Greinke goes nine scoreless vs. White Sox

In his last start, Zack Greinke was on fire, tossing nine scoreless innings as the Brewers squeaked by the White Sox, 1-0, in 10 innings on Friday.

And if the recent struggles for the Milwaukee offense are any indication, Greinke likely will have to be on top of his game again on Wednesday if the Brewers hope to snap their four-game losing streak.

Milwaukee did not register a hit against Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo until the eighth inning on Tuesday night. The Brewers then scored three quick runs, the most they had scored in the last three games after being shut out on Sunday and sending one run across the plate on Monday.

Greinke showed he's capable of overcoming an anemic offense in his last outing, when he allowed just three hits and faced 28 batters through nine innings. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the White Sox rarely made solid contact against his ace, and that was because Greinke made it nearly impossible.

"Great curveball [Friday]," Roenicke said. "He usually throws a curveball, but not as good a bite and down in the zone like that."

The Reds will counter on Wednesday with Homer Bailey, who is 5-5 with a 4.20 ERA this season. He took the loss in his last outing after allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Twins. But the good news for Cincinnati is that Bailey hasn't suffered back-to-back losses since his first two starts this season.

Bailey held the lead when he came out of Friday's game, and he was not happy about having to leave.

"It's tough to come out of situations like that," he said. "But [Dusty Baker] is the manager, and he makes the call."

Reds: Frazier happy with any role
While Scott Rolen and Drew Stubbs were out with injuries, Reds rookie Todd Frazier was able to help fill both vacant positions at third base and in the outfield. Baker has been pleased with the all-around game of Frazier, who is batting .264 with 22 RBIs and seven home runs in 49 games this season.

But with the returns of Rolen and Stubbs, who hit the game-winning home run on Tuesday, Frazier has been relegated to a mostly pinch-hitting role. Baker said Frazier will start on Wednesday, though, probably at third base.

For the 26-year-old Frazier, he doesn't care where he plays, as long as he can help make a difference.

"I've been in both roles before," he said. "I know what's expected of myself and what to do when certain situations come around. Right now, it's pinch-hitting again. I don't take anything for granted, and I will be ready to go like I've always been."

Brewers: Greinke trade rumors increasing
As Greinke heads to the mound on Wednesday, many watching might be wondering if he'll have his Brewers uniform on much longer.

Although the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is more than a month away, Greinke's name is being brought up more and more as a potential trade piece for the Brewers. Greinke -- a free agent after the season -- is 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 15 starts this season.

Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin has been quiet about any potential talks of an extension with Greinke since Giants ace Matt Cain signed a $127.5 million extension. He told that he also has yet to talk with ownership or other organizations about any specific potential trades.

"We've got to make a decision on what we're doing overall," he said to "We're hoping we can put a good week together. If we don't, we have to be prepared to go both ways. A lot more clubs are starting to call now. Clubs are calling on different players."

Worth noting
• After his 31st double of the season on Tuesday, Reds first baseman Joey Votto is on pace for a Major League-record 68 two-baggers.

• Tuesday marked the second four-game losing streak of the season for the Brewers. They have not lost five in a row this year. Comments