Brewers open season today at CincinnatiWisconsin Sports
-- They start playing ‘em for real today. The Milwaukee Brewers’ .629 winning percentage at Spring Training goes out the window, as they face the Reds in Cincinnati in their regular season opener.
CINNCINNATI - They start playing ‘em for real today. The Milwaukee Brewers’ .629 winning percentage at Spring Training goes out the window, as they face the Reds in Cincinnati in their regular season opener.
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo gets the Brewers’ Opening Day start for the second year in a row. He went 14-7 a year ago, and was 0-2 against the defending Central Division champion Reds. Cincy will go with right-hander Edinson Volquez. He went 4-3 last year, after missing the first half of the season while recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery. Gallardo is starting in place of Zack Greinke, who cracked one rib and bruised another playing basketball at spring training.
Manager Ron Roenicke now expects Greinke to miss three starts instead of the two he projected earlier. Veteran Mark Kotsay will start in right field for Milwaukee in place of Corey Hart, who starts the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. Also on the DL are catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitchers Manny Parra and LaTroy Hawkins. The first pitch is at 1:10 p.m. this afternoon at Great American Ball Park in southern Ohio. It snowed there yesterday, but cloudy-and-dry weather is expected today with highs in the low-40’s.