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“I think it even happened faster than they expected,” Greinke said. “They expected to be good, obviously, but I don’t know if they could’ve imagined everything clicking. You hope for it, but I’m sure it surprised them a little bit.

“That trade for [left-hander Gio Gonzalez], he really helped put the team together. That changed a lot of stuff. … They were right. That’s kind of what I was saying.”