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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Brewers Lose to Astros 5-8



From Sportsline.com:

Sheets' fastball didn't have the zip it did in his previous three appearances since coming off the disabled list April 16. He reached 96 mph in the last inning of his last appearance, but never got above 92 mph on the radar gun Tuesday as his ERA ballooned to 6.64.

"I definitely didn't feel like I had the zip like I've been having to throw the ball through the wall," Sheets said.

Sheets said there were no physical problems with his shoulder or back, which have caused him separate stints on the disabled list the past two seasons. He also downplayed that he might be suffering from a tired arm as a result of limited spring training work.

"If I'm here in June like this, people ought to knock me upside the head," he said.

Nieve (1-0) allowed three home runs in his third career start. Bill Hall had a two-run drive and J.J. Hardy and Damian Miller added solo shots.

Prince Fielder, named NL Rookie of the Month for April, doubled in Hardy in the eighth to cut the Astros' lead to 8-5 and Hall came up as the tying run, but struck out to end the threat.

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