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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-08-28

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-08-28
Jason Kendall started his 120th game behind the plate Wednesday night in St. Louis, most of any catcher in the majors. Manager Ned Yost said what he likes most about Kendall is that he always puts calling games and defensive work ahead of his offense.

"That's what I've always liked about him," Yost said. "Yeah, he likes to get hits, but that's not his main focus. He wants to get that pitcher through the game. That's what I want, somebody back there who is focused on them, concerned about them.

"The pitchers have to execute, but it's not a coincidence (that the Brewers' pitching has improved). He hasn't slowed down a bit, from the first day of spring training. He's the first one here every day, and it's not to sit in the training room."

Kendall is batting .251 with one homer and 39 RBIs, but Yost said he doesn't worry about his catcher's offense. And he said he never questions Kendall's toughness.

"You can't tell when he gets plunked or bruised," Yost said. "He never shows it. He doesn't put on a show like some people. They take a foul ball and lay there for 10 minutes, then get up. With him, you never know.

"He doesn't take any crap from anybody. He just plays, and plays hard."

CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 3: The Brewers had a chance to put some real distance between themselves and the Cardinals in the NL wild-card race Wednesday but watched St. Louis rally for four runs in the eighth off relievers David Riske and Brian Shouse to pull out the game. Instead of being 5 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals, the Brewers fell back to 3 1/2 ahead -- the same margin they had at the start of the two-game series. Worse yet, they fell six games behind the first-place Cubs in the NL Central. The Brewers finished 10-5 against the Cardinals for the season, one of the main reasons they lead the wild-card race, not St. Louis.

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Added: August 28, 2008

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