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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-07-01

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-07-01
When asked about possible deals, general manager Doug Melvin often uses the word "motivated," such as he is motivated, or he isn't motivated to make a trade.

So, is Melvin motivated to make a trade to push his team toward a playoff berth in the second half?

"I'm motivated to listen and do our due diligence," Melvin said. "Now that July is rolling around, we've got to be on top of things.

"At the same time, we're not going to do anything stupid. I don't think any one guy can make a difference. The team still has to play well. But the addition of one player can make a team better.

"We lost the division by two games last year. One player could make the difference in two or three games."

Melvin said he was open to improving both his starting rotation and bullpen. The emergence of Seth McClung and the recent surge of Dave Bush have strengthened the rotation but Melvin realizes he doesn't have much coverage there should something go wrong.

"You always need pitching down the stretch," Melvin said. "Even though our starting pitching has done pretty well lately, we've got our ears open."

DIAMONDBACKS 6, BREWERS 3: The Brewers were going strong a week ago but ended June with a whimper, losing four of their last five games during the month. Perhaps the fourth three-city trip of the first half is getting to the Brewers. Right-hander Dave Bush, who had been much better in recent starts, didn't have it this time, surrendering nine hits and five runs in five innings. And, continuing a trend that has plagued them at times, the Brewers scored two runs in the first inning, then fell asleep on offense. When Arizona's Chad Qualls walked in a run in the sixth, it was the first run for the Brewers off a reliever in seven games on this trip.

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