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Friday, March 4, 2011

John Axford to Make His 2011 Debut Today vs San Francisco

The Brewers play the San Francisco Giants for the second time this spring today at 2:05 CST. Tim Dillard leads a pitching staff that will include appearances by some of the team's best bullpen arms of 2010, including closer John Axford, whose debut was delayed by a bout of food poisoning at the beginning of camp. Axford tweeted this morning that he's "SUPER PUMPED" for his first Cactus League appearance.

Other pitchers scheduled for today include Zack Braddock and Kameron Loe, as well as a couple of guys trying to make the team, Justin James and Mark DiFelice.

DiFelice earned recognition from his teammates Tuesday when he pitched in a game for the first time in over a year, marking the culmination of his comeback from Tommy John surgery, from what he says "was almost a career-ending injury." It'd be great to see him mowing down right handed hitters for the Brewers again this year, but it will be tough for him to lock down that final bullpen spot, considering he's signed to a minor league deal. Sean Green is probably the early front runner. He's signed to a Major League deal and showed good pitch control in his debut this week.

In other news Jonathan Lucroy was cleared by doctors Thursday to resume baseball activities. He won't be able to swing a bat until his broken pinkie is fully healed, but he'll now be able to catch bullpen sessions and do some light throwing, allowing him to work with the Brewers pitching staff on a small scale.

Here's a shout-out to longtime minor leaguer Anderson De La Rosa who hit the first walk-off home run of his seven-year career yesterday to beat the Oakland A's 11-9. He hit only one total home run over the past two seasons. I'm sure it was a very exciting moment for him. The game-winning, two-out hit marked an improbable victory which saw the Brewers down 7-0 in the second inning after Randy Wolf struggled with fastball command, failing to record an out in that frame. Ryan Braun hit a booming home run to left center field, and Casey McGehee homered for the third time in two games.

Here is today's lineup vs Jeff Suppan, starting for the Giants:

Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Erick Almonte DH
Prince Fielder 1B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Craig Counsell 3B
George Kottaras C
Chris Dickerson RF
Luis Cruz LF (unexpected to see him in OF)

RHP Tim Dillard

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