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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-05-30

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-05-30
The Brewers did not have a save situation Thursday, but even if they did, manager Ned Yost said he wouldn't have used interim closer Salomon Torres.

Torres had pitched in three consecutive games, and Yost said he was putting a new policy in place that three is the limit. Yost said he adopted that stance after often-used closer Eric Gagne went down with a shoulder injury.

"If you abuse guys, you can hurt them," Yost said.

Torres has emerged as the interim closer from a "closer by committee" situation in the absence of Gagne. Beyond pitching on three consecutive days, he had worked four out of five, accumulating three saves and a victory.

"Don't read too much into it," Torres said. "I'm just subbing right now. I'm just taking the ball whenever they need me.

"After the fifth inning, I'm ready. (Yost) could use me at any particular moment. When you keep that in mind, your guard is up already. I'm here to be used in any capacity."

Perhaps, but until Gagne returns -- and that won't be anytime soon -- look for Torres to continue closing games.

BRAVES 8, BREWERS 1: The Brewers got away with a low-scoring attack in the first two games of the series against Atlanta, winning 3-2 and 1-0. That wasn't going to do it Thursday, not with Seth McClung getting tagged for eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. It was the second start since moving from the bullpen for McClung, who pitched five solid innings in Washington in his first outing. This time, he pitched from behind much of the day, throwing only 40 of 84 pitches for strikes. A three-run homer by Mark Teixeira on a 2-0 pitch in the fifth was the big blow for the Braves.

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