What the Yost? Escobar hitting ninth

Brewers manager Ken Macha is channeling his predecessor today, hitting shortstop Alcides Escobar in the nine-hole for Escobar’s first Major League start. You’ll remember that Ned Yost used a similar configuration last season, when he hit the pitcher eighth and catcher Jason Kendall ninth. The experiment was ultimately abandoned.

We’ll ask Macha for his thoughts on that move in a few minutes. For now, here are the lineups:

Tony Gwynn CF
David Eckstein 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Chase Headley LF
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Kyle Blanks RF
Nick Hundley C
Everth Cabrera SS
Cesar Carrillo RHP

Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell 3B
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Jody Gerut RF
Mike Rivera C
Manny Parra LHP
Alcides Escobar SS

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