04/27/10 11:46 PM ET
Packers take batting practice at Miller Park
By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com
Rodgers and Tauscher -- wearing Brewers batting practice jerseys with their names and Packers' numbers -- alternated at the plate for three rounds apiece before the Brewers' pitchers took batting practice. The two appeared to be swinging for the fences on every pitch, with Rodgers edging Tauscher by one in total home runs.
"Yeah, Aaron beat me," Tauscher said. "He had two, I had one. He's going to claim he had three."
Batting right-handed, Rodgers looked like a natural at the plate, ripping line drives into left field with ease. Tauscher, who batted from the left side, did not look as smooth, but showed off his power on a few long fly balls, including his home run to right field.
Though he did not beat his teammate in terms of home runs, Tauscher was pleased to have performed better than his last time out at Miller Park.
"I hit a lot better this time; I hit a lot of doubles," Tauscher said. "I think it was Coach [Ed] Sedar who I was hitting against before. I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but it was fun."
Capuano notches win in Class A start
MILWAUKEE -- Continuing to work his way back to the Major Leagues, former All-Star Chris Capuano got the win in his start Tuesday for the Brevard County Manatees, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Capuano, 31, did not allow a run in five innings of work. He scattered three hits and struck out five batters as the Manatees defeated the Clearwater Threshers, 3-0.
The left-hander, who won 18 games for the Brewers in 2005, is still recovering from having Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career before the '08 season.
Capuano signed a Minor League contract with the Brewers on Nov. 23, 2009, and went 1-1 in two appearances during Spring Training with the club. He threw 4 1/3 innings in those two games, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five.
Narveson to make first start of year
MILWAUKEE -- For Brewers lefty Chris Narveson, the move from the bullpen to the starting rotation for Wednesday's series finale against the Pirates has given him an opportunity to get back to his usual routine.
Based on past performance, that is something that bodes well for Narveson and the Brewers.
In September 2009, Narveson allowed seven runs over 18 2/3 innings in four starts. Out of the bullpen last season, though, he gave up 15 runs -- 13 earned -- over 28 1/3 frames.
During Spring Training this season, Narveson performed the best of the three candidates -- himself, Jeff Suppan and Manny Parra -- for the final rotation spot. Narveson did not allow a run on 10 hits over 13 innings in five games, four of which were starts.
While Narveson could not explain the difference between his performance as a starter and out of the bullpen, Brewers manager Ken Macha offered his suggestion.
"Some guys like that regular work," Macha said. "The mixed results that he's gotten out of the bullpen has been because [of] his location. So, we're hoping with the regular work that we'll fine tune."
Narveson got the nod for Wednesday's game over Suppan, who replaced the lefty in the bullpen and pitched in relief Monday for the first time since 2003.
Parra, who has not allowed a run this season in eight relief appearances, also remained in the bullpen.
According to Narveson, the three have a very close relationship.
"I'm good friends with both of them," he said. "Everybody knows it's a business. So, we've got to embrace whatever our roles are and be supportive of each other."
After having pitched out of the bullpen for three weeks, Narveson has had to readjust to his preferred role as a starter.
One of the biggest changes will certainly be the number of pitches thrown and the length of Narveson's outing Wednesday. Though he threw 50 pitches in two innings of relief on Sunday against the Cubs, he will be expected to give the Brewers twice as many deliveries and at least five innings in the series finale against the Pirates.
Regardless of the exact number of pitches or innings, Narveson hopes to make a good impression in his first start of the 2010 season.
"I just want to go out and pitch effectively and get ahead of hitters," he said. "I want to make sure to get the ball down in the zone and get a lot of ground-ball outs."
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.