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Banged Up Brewers Beat Cubs In Spring Ball

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MARYVALE, AZ (WSAU) The Milwaukee Brewers edged the Chicago Cubs 4-to-3 yesterday in Mesa Arizona. Right-hander Marco Estrada threw four scoreless innings in preparation for the World Baseball Classic which starts this week. Estrada gave up just one hit. Alfredo Figaro earned the save, pitching a scoreless ninth.

Carlos Gomez homered for the Crew, and Taylor Green had a double and a run-scoring single.

The Brewers are now 4-and-6 in exhibition play. They’re off today, and will play the Canadian National Team on Tuesday in Phoenix. Brewers’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez did not hurt his left knee as badly as originally thought. An M-R-I yesterday showed no tears in the knee, after he jammed it on Saturday while sliding into second base.

Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo did not pitch as scheduled yesterday, after he strained his right groin last week. He threw a bullpen session instead and reported no trouble afterward. It’s not known whether Gallardo will pitch an inning against the Canadian team tomorrow, as scheduled. The right-hander is expected to pitch for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun left the Brewers yesterday to join Team U-S-A. He’s not 100-percent either, after he bruised his left knee after fouling a ball off it last week.

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