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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Brewers Beat Braves 3-1; Sheets Hurt



Ben Sheets was working on a shutout when he felt pain in his upper back in the eighth inning.

Sheets came out of the Milwaukee Brewers' 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night and is day to day with the injury. He is to be re-examined Saturday and didn't know whether he would miss his next scheduled start.

"It was almost like a cramp," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I think he is going to be just fine."

Chipper Jones was batting with two outs in the eighth and behind in the count 0-2 when Sheets bounced a pitch behind the batter. Sheets came off the mound in obvious pain, holding his right shoulder as Yost and trainer Roger Caplinger rushed to his aid.

Sheets said he actually felt the pain on the previous pitch, a curveball to Jones.

"It was a disappointment because I was in a real good groove and I felt like I was in control of the game," he said. "We'll have to see how I feel tomorrow."

Sheets (10-9), who was replaced by Kane Davis, struck out eight, allowed five hits and left with a 3-0 lead. Sheets had pitched nine innings in four of his previous five starts.

Rick Helling (1-0) will start against John Smoltz (12-6) on Saturday.

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