ustin Brown was in his corner.Not only did the

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LOS ANGELES -- The Arizona Diamondbacks biggest offseason acquisition is set to make his first appearance against the team he represented for three seasons and helped win three successive division championships.Right-hander Zack Greinke, who spurned the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent to sign a six-year contract worth $206.5 million, will pitch against his former teammates Monday evening when the Diamondbacks begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.From 2013 through 2015 with the Dodgers, Greinke won 51 games and compiled a 2.30 ERA. He also finished among the top 10 for the National Leagues Cy Young Award all three seasons, including second last year to the Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta, while winning two Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award.Last year, Greinke led the major leagues with a 1.66 ERA, collected a career-high 19 wins and started for the NL in the All-Star Game. In 222 2/3 innings, the 12-year veteran conceded just 40 walks and 148 hits while amassing 200 strikeouts.The Diamondbacks hoped Greinke and other offseason acquisitions as Shelby Miller and Jean Segura could combine with Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas to ignite a surge toward playoff contention. Instead, Arizona is battling the San Diego Padres to stay out of last place in the NL West.Greinke (12-4) leads the Diamondbacks in wins, but his ERA has ballooned to 4.17, his worst since 2010. He has already allowed 140 hits while striking out just 114. Away from Phoenixs Chase Field, Greinke owns seven victories but a 5.50 ERA.Last week, the Dodgers expressed interest in re-acquiring Greinke after he cleared revocable waivers, Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported, as the right-handers departure in January further depleted Los Angeles thin rotation. However, Rosenthal reported that discussions did not proceed very far, and USA Todays Bob Nightengale added that the Diamondbacks would not trade Greinke during the offseason.Opposing Greinke on Monday will be the veteran signed to replace him, right-hander Kenta Maeda(13-8, 3.37 ERA). After eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp in Japans Central League, Maeda signed an eight-year contract worth $25 million in January, one month after Greinke joined the Diamondbacks.In his final season in Japan, Maeda led the Central League with 15 victories, compiled a 2.09 ERA and limited opposing hitters to a .222 average. That performance enabled Maeda to win the Sawamura Award as the best pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball for the second time.Maeda will pitch with a full week of rest after his last start. The 28-year-old rookie collected six strikeouts in five innings Aug. 29 against the Colorado Rockies, but he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in an 8-1 loss. 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Its a toss up sometimes whether Nick Kyrgios is more feisty when he is facing an opponent (and the umpire) or when he is in the interview room taking questions from the media.Against Dustin Brown on Friday the Australian picked up a code violation after being heard to say f------ and claimed at least one of gold-badge umpire Jake Garners decisions was horrendous on his way to a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 second-round victory.Against the media, or a British element at least, in his postmatch conference, Kyrgios was embroiled in a robust exchange with two reporters, and he probably got the better of that, too.It started with a question about his conducts effect on the image of the game -- to which the Australian claimed his behaviour was really good throughout the match -- and ended with a back and forth on whether one of the reporters he tangled with had ever sworn.It reads like a pretty childish exchange in black and white but there was no love lost, that was for sure.So Kyrgios relationship with friction goes on. What was slightly different about his troubles on Friday was that his friend Dustin Brown was in his corner.Not only did the pair exchange tweeners, smiles and, at the end, a cuddle at the end, they also both criticised Garner for the same things; Brown claimed decision both for and against Kyrgios were wrong.At one point, Brown said to Garner: Do you think thatt is normal that two players are complaining, do you think we are doing it for the fun of it?The answer to the question was not as simple as Brown may have thought, given how often Kyrgios alone has taken officials to task.ddddddddddddThe 21-year-old, who on Thursday retweeted a followers support for Viktor Troicki after his umpire rant, admitted, too, that friction can bring negative or positive energy for him.Asked what was more often the case, he said: I dont know. Im two for two on matches, so positive.It didnt look quite like that in the third set and John Lloyd, the former Great Britain Davis Cup captain, suggested on commentary for BBC interactive that Kyrgios let it go.Lloyd told ESPN afterwards: In that set he was extremely casual at times and looked like he wanted to get it over with, but you cant call it tanking because he won the match.Brown, perhaps unsurprisingly, was forgiving of Kyrgios cussing and on-court conduct. I was definitely not any better or worse at 21, he said.The guy is 18 in the world. Let the guy play tennis. Im pretty sure in a few years, he will have that sorted and then hes probably going to be even better.If he is right, the courts and media interview rooms at Grand Slams will be just a little less acrimonious. 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