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Greinke: It's great to be a Brewer

Zack Greinke loves the attitude of the Brewers and their willingness to try to reach the postseason immediately.

"They've got some really good offense on the team and they seem to have like an attitude about them, and I kind of like that," said Greinke, 27, who liked the swagger of former Brewers catcher Jason Kendall when they were Royals teammates. "He was great for our team. I'm assuming that he got some of his attitude from being in this organization."

A day after he was acquired from the Royals in a six-player trade, Greinke said: "The main reason I wanted to get out - I mean, preferred to get out of Kansas City - is I wanted to be on a team that was trying to win this year because as a pitcher, you don't really know how long your career is going to be."

After winning the AL Cy Young Award with a 16-8 record and 2.16 ERA in 2009, the righthander was 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season.

Kearns, Indians agreeOutfielder Austin Kearns is returning to the Indians, agreeing to a one-year, $1.3-million contract. Kearns spent the first four months of last season with the Indians, then was traded to the Yankees on July 30.

Marlins, Nolasco agreeRighthander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a three-year, $26.5-million contract with the Marlins, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

Nolasco made $3.8 million for the Marlins last season, when he went 14-9 with a 4.51 ERA. He is 54-39 with a 4.45 ERA in five years with the Marlins, and his strikeout-walk ratio of 638-169 over that time ranks with the best in baseball.

Rose Jr. to run team

Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader, will run a rookie league team of the White Sox. Rose Jr. played 21 seasons of minor-league baseball with several organizations, including the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. He will run the Bristol, Va., affiliate in the Appalachian League. - AP


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