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Lineups for Cactus League openers

In bench coach Jerry Narron’s fancy script, the lineups for the Brewers’ split-squad Cactus League openers were posted on a clubhouse bulletin board Sunday morning. Here’s a look:

Home vs. Giants
Rickie Weeks  2B
Jeremy Reed  RF
Yuniesky Betancourt  SS
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Brandon Boggs  LF
Grorge Kottaras  C
Chris Dickerson  CF
Brendan Katin  DH
Shaun Marcum  RHP
at Mesa vs. Cubs
Carlos Gomez  CF
Craig Counsell  SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Mark Kotsay  1B
Luis Cruz  2B
Wil Nieves  C
Erick Almonte  DH
Caleb Gindl  RF
Zelous Wheeler  3B
Tim Dillard  RHP
You’ll notice that right fielder Corey Hart is not in either game. He will visit with a team doctor on Monday after tweaking a muscle along his ribcage in throwing drills Saturday. Hart said he had no bruising a day later — a good sign, since bruises would indicate tearing of muscles — but planned to take it easy until a diagnosis from the doctor. 
The Brewers are planning to use the same lineups, minus the starting pitchers, in a very brief intrasquad game today at about 11 a.m. local time. 
You’ll also notice the designated hitter, something Roenicke intends to use into the second week of March. Roenicke followed protocol by calling Cubs manager Mike Quade and asking whether the Brewers could employ the DH; Quade approved. 
“We probably won’t use the pitchers hitting for the first 10 days,” Roenicke said. “Then we may pick who we want going out there and hitting. Once they get out there extended, get to five innings or so, there’s going to be two at-bats there, so then we’ll start thinking about [hitting].”
Pitchers will throw about 35 pitches in their first Cactus League outings. The important part is staying healthy. Results are irrelevant, Roenicke said. 
“Especially our starters that we know — we don’t really need to evaluate much until we start getting halfway through March,” Roenicke said. “Then you’re looking at where they are. The relievers, maybe not fair to them, their first outings, you’re watching. Those are going to be more of your question marks versus your starters.”
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Braun, McGehee bump up in order

Interesting Brewers lineup for the finale of a series of Citi Field, where it’s windy but still dry at the moment. The onset of these awful storms keeps getting pushed back, so perhaps we’ll get a window. 

Casey McGehee, stuck on 99 RBIs for his past seven games, is up to third in the order, ahead of Prince Fielder. I remember twice in this span that McGehee doubled with Fielder at first base and the big fella couldn’t score. But how Fielder is hitting in front of Corey Hart, who also has 99 RBIs. 
We’ll see what Ken Macha has to say about it. In the meantime, here’s the lineup:

Rickie Weeks  2B

Ryan Braun  LF
Casey McGehee  3B
Prince Fielder  1B
Corey Hart  RF
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Chris Narveson  LHP
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Braun back for doubleheader

Ryan Braun, a late scratch Tuesday because of a stomach virus, is back in action for Game 1 of a doubleheader on Wednesday. The first pitch of the opener is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. CT, with the second game to follow soon thereafter. Both games will air on FS Wisconsin, with full pre- and postgame coverage.
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Jonathan Lucroy C
Luis Cruz  SS
Yovani Gallardo  RHP
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Brewers, Mets try again

The Brewers are running out the same lineup, weather-permitting, of course, as they planned to use Monday before that game was rained out. The teams are scheduled for one game tonight, two tomorrow and one more on Thursday if we can dodge Mother Nature the rest of the way. 

Here you go for Tuesday:

Rickie Weeks  2B

Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
George Kottaras  C
Randy Wolf  LHP
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Brewers on a double-digit strikeout streak

After a two-day absence, shortstop Alcides Escobar is back in action for the Brewers tonight behind left-hander Chris Narveson, who will try to extend a club record the club quietly set Friday night. Brewers pitchers have combined for at least 10 strikeouts in five straight games, matching a mark set by Chris Capuano, Derrick Turnbow & Co. from Sept. 26-30 in 2005.

The current five game streak includes 63 strikeouts. The ’05 club struck out 63 batters in its five-game span, and Turnbow notched four saves.
Here’s the lineup as the current crop of Brewers try to make it four wins in a row and improve to .500 at home (39-40 entering tonight):
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
George Kottaras  C
Chris Narveson  LHP
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Braun out of Brewers lineup

Left fielder Ryan Braun is not in the lineup for the opener of a four-game series of the Marlins that will mark the end of Milwaukee’s home season. Braun was struck near the left elbow with a pitch in Wednesday’s rout of the Reds, a plunking that conjured memories of the Tommy Hanson pitch that hit Braun’s elbow in May and sapped the All-Star’s power. 

With Braun out and the Brewers facing the non-contending Marlins, manager Ken Macha got creative with his lineup. Rickie Weeks is making his third start in the three-hole (the Brewers have lost the other two), Lorenzo Cain is making his second start as the leadoff man (0-1) and Mat Gamel will play his first career innings in the outfield. He’s replacing Braun in left field. 
Here’s the full lineup:

Lorenzo Cain  CF

Corey Hart  RF
Rickie Weeks  2B
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Mat Gamel  LF
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Luis Cruz  SS
Yovani Gallardo  RHP
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Cain gets start in series finale

For the third straight day against the Reds, the Brewers lineup featured a different starter in center field. After Carlos Gomez and Chris Dickerson started the first two games, manager Ken Macha had rookie Lorenzo Cain in the lineup Wednesday.

At shortstop, rookie Alcides Escobar got a second straight day off, with veteran Craig Counsell in the lineup once again. When asked Tuesday about starting September callup Luis Cruz instead of Counsell, Macha said he would not do it against a contender like the Reds.
The only other change to the usual lineup featured George Kottaras behind the plate, as he typically is when veteran lefty Randy Wolf is on the mound.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Counsell  SS
Cain  CF
Kottaras  C
Wolf  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Counsell, Dickerson get starts

Manager Ken Macha is stacking the lineup with a couple of left-handed bats against Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez as the Brewers try to get on the board in the series. That means starts for Chris Dickerson in center field and Craig Counsell at shortstop:

Rickie Weeks  2B

Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Chris Dickerson  CF
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Craig Counsell  SS
Dave Bush  RHP
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Gomez gets another start as Brewers host Reds

With the National League Central-leading Reds in town for a three-game series, Brewers manager Ken Macha had no surprises in store when he filled out his lineup card.

In center field, the only position in question lately when it comes to who will start, Macha started Carlos Gomez, after giving Lorenzo Cain the nod for Sunday’s series finale in San Francisco.
Gomez batted .400 on the last road trip, collecting eight hits in 20 at-bats along with four stolen bases and two RBIs in five starts. 
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Gomez  CF
Escobar  SS
Lucroy  C
Capuano  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter

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Cain back in CF for finale

Lorenzo Cain is making his first start since he was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup for being tardy to Minute Maid Park. The Brewers are aiming for a three-game sweep of the pennant-hungry Giants.

Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Chris Narveson  LHP
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