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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Yost Reconfigures Rotation

Brewers manager Ned Yost hinted at it Monday night. He made it official Tuesday.

Yost consulted with pitching coach Mike Maddux and re-wrote the list of probable pitchers for the remainder of the season. Instead of giving his full five-man rotation an extra day of rest following team off-days, the Brewers will keep their top three starters -- Chris Capuano, Doug Davis and Ben Sheets -- on an every-five-day schedule as much as possible.

That means the Nos. 4 and 5 starters -- Tomo Ohka and Victor Santos -- will fill in where needed, often on a few extra days' rest. Ohka will start as scheduled on Saturday against Cincinnati, while Santos was bumped from Sunday to Tuesday, when he will pitch on eight days' rest at Colorado.

"We're in the last two months of the season," said Yost, whose Brewers carried a 56-57 record into Game 2 of their series against St. Louis. "Now you go for it."

Yost opted to focus on the positive, saying that the move had mostly to do with the success of his "Big Three." Sheets, Davis and Capuano have combined for 29 of the 39 wins by Brewers starters.

But the move also may have something to do with Santos, who has one win in his last 13 starts and a 7.13 ERA since the All-Star break. Last year, Santos was 8-3 with a 4.08 ERA before the break and 3-9 with a 5.97 ERA afterward, but Yost argued that this year's slide is different.

"It's mostly location," Yost said. "His stuff's good, when he keeps the ball down."


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