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05/07/08 12:27 AM ET

Weeks creating runs for the Brewers

Florida (18-14) vs. Milwaukee (16-16), Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. CT

MIAMI -- Brewers manager Ned Yost found nothing at all odd about the fact his leadoff man, Rickie Weeks, a slumping hitter atop a struggling offense, entered the week among the league leaders in runs scored.

Going into the team's series against the Marlins, Weeks was batting .198 as the Brewers' leadoff man, lowest of the 21 Major Leaguers with enough at-bats in that position to qualify for the batting title. Weeks' .326 on-base percentage as the leadoff man ranked 17th of those 21 players.

At the same time, the rest of the Brewers' lineup has also struggled. The team ranked 10th among 16 National League clubs with a .710 OPS [on-base plus slugging percentage] and 14th with a .246 batting average.

Yet there Weeks was, near the top of the heap in runs scored, entering the series tied for fourth in the Majors with 28. Both players with whom Weeks was tied -- the Cubs' Derrek Lee and the Pirates' Nate McLouth -- sported .411 on-base percentages, 85 points higher than Weeks'.

"That's not a weird stat. Rickie is a run-scorer," Yost said.

That may be true, but doesn't the math make him an unlikely run-scorer?

"It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter," Yost told reporters. "See, you guys have no concept. He's a run-scorer. So there's nothing weird about it. That's what he does."

Weeks will try to do it Wednesday for right-hander Dave Bush, who is back in the Brewers' rotation earlier than anyone expected.

Bush was sent down on April 27 and then recalled May 2 after the team lost Yovani Gallardo to a serious knee injury. Bush will take Gallardo's spot starting Wednesday against the Marlins.

Bush already got his feet wet. He pitched an inning in relief of Manny Parra in Houston on Saturday, surrendering an RBI hit but no runs of his own in a Brewers loss. In his only Minor League start for Triple-A Nashville, Bush pitched six innings, allowing three runs, only one of them earned, on three hits. He issued two walks, notched seven strikeouts and took a no-decision.

Bush's last big league start was April 23 against the Phillies, when he allowed for runs on eight hits in six innings. He's been trying to simplify his pitching mechanics since the start of the regular season.

Yost will be back in the dugout after his first ejection of the season in Tuesday's series opener. It was the 23rd ejection of Yost's career as Brewers skipper, a tenure that began in 2003.

Pitching matchup
MIL: RHP Dave Bush (0-3, 6.46 ERA)
Bush was demoted to Triple-A Nashville a week earlier when Ben Sheets was deemed clear of a minor arm injury, and took a no-decision in his only start for the Sounds. Bush is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two career starts against the Marlins.

FLA: RHP Burke Badenhop (0-2, 7.20 ERA)
At a time the Marlins needed a starter to step up, Badenhop came through in his last start. While he wasn't involved in the decision -- so he's still searching for his first big league win -- the 25-year-old turned in his first quality start, allowing three runs in six innings against the Dodgers. His six innings and six strikeouts both were personal highs in his five Major League appearances. A sinkerball pitcher, the right-hander induced eight groundball outs to four in the air. This will be his first outing against Milwaukee.

The Brewers have not had a win from a starting pitcher other than Sheets since April 5, when Parra beat the Giants at Miller Park in the team's sixth game of the season. ... Left fielder Ryan Braun snapped an 0-for-12 slide when he doubled in the fourth inning Tuesday. ... As usual, a contingent of the Brewers' traveling party spent the team's off-day Monday on the golf course. Third-base coach Dale Sveum sunk a hole-in-one, his second this year. ... Did Yost do anything fun on the off-day? "I never do anything fun during the baseball season," he said. ... The Brewers on Tuesday promoted Jason Hartlund from his corporate marketing position to the new position of vice president-Brewers Enterprises. Hartlund will oversee the use of Miller Park for non-gameday activities. Brewers Enterprises can accommodate groups ranging in size from 15 to over 40,000 persons through any of its five meeting rooms, Gehl Club, Metavante Club, various party suites and the ballpark itself.

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Up next
• Thursday: Brewers (Carlos Villanueva, 1-3, 5.56) at Marlins (Mark Hendrickson, 5-1, 3.71), 6:10 p.m. CT
• Friday: Brewers (Manny Parra, 1-2, 5.86) vs. Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer, 3-1, 4.07), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Brewers (Ben Sheets, 4-0, 2.29) vs. Cardinals (Joel Pineiro, 2-2, 4.33), 2:40 p.m. CT

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.