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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-28

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-04-28
General manager Doug Melvin says is not looking to replace any of the pitchers in his starting rotation.

Rumors surfaced over the weekend that the Brewers might have interest in signing veteran right-hander Pedro Martinez, who remains on the free agent market and is in search of a big-league job.

"There's nothing to it," said Melvin. "We're not in on him. Our starting pitching hasn't been that bad."

Melvin noted that Brewers starting pitchers produced 11 quality starts (at least six innings, no more than three earned runs) in the team's first 18 games. Pittsburgh was the major league leader with 12 quality starts.

Left-hander Manny Parra (0-4, 6.52 earned run average in four starts) has struggled the most among the starters, but the Brewers have shown no inclination to make a change in that spot. Parra has been hard on himself after each loss, and manager Ken Macha said he needs to calm down.

"There's a certain amount of discipline you need as a pitcher," said Macha, who has encouraged Parra to throw his changeup more and not try to blow fastballs by every hitter.

BREWERS 10, PIRATES 5: In a seesaw battle, the Brewers had the last laugh with five runs in the bottom of the eighth after the Pirates scored twice in the top of the inning.

Rickie Weeks snapped the tie with a fielder's choice grounder in which the Pirates couldn't get the runner at home. Weeks also delivered the big early blow with a three-run homer that put the Brewers on top, 4-2, in the second inning. Mike Cameron homered and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Prince Fielder singled in two runs in the five-run rally in the eighth. The Brewers did damage against the top-rated pitching staff (2.97 ERA) in the majors.

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