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Monday, April 03, 2006

Brewers Win Season Opener 5-2



From Sportsline.com:

At 36, Jeff Cirillo has transformed himself into the wise veteran who tries to stay young by occasionally hiking up his socks or blowing chewing-gum bubbles at home plate.

He's also become the guy the Milwaukee Brewers turn to when they need a big hit to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day.

Cirillo delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh inning and Milwaukee won 5-2 Monday, spoiling Jim Tracy's debut as Pittsburgh's manager.

"Even with opening day being what it was, I was very calm, very relaxed," said Cirillo, who homered and doubled in last season's opening-day victory at Pittsburgh.

Cirillo's tiebreaking single Monday came off Damaso Marte, the winning pitcher in Game 3 of last year's World Series for the Chicago White Sox.

Brewers manager Ned Yost summoned Cirillo from the bench with runners on second and third and one out.

"I put him up there with the intent of him winning the game," Yost said. "You know, he's had such a great spring for us, he's such a veteran-type player who really is comfortable in those situations."

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