10/04/12 1:42 AM ET
Braun puts finishing touches on strong season
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
"That RBI thing was real," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Our guys felt it. They were sensing what was going on."Braun offered Headley his congratulations. "He earned it, man," Braun said. "He had a phenomenal year. Especially what he did in that ballpark, it's pretty special what he was able to accomplish. He had an incredible second half -- their whole team did, really. Hat's off to him." Braun added with a smile: "I ended up leading the league in runs, though. That's pretty cool. I'll take it."
Roenicke: Gallardo not injured, just shut down
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke made clear Wednesday about the decision to scratch scheduled starter Yovani Gallardo from the team's season finale:"One hundred percent, he is not hurt," Roenicke said. "Even when we went to him last night, he had no problem if we wanted to pitch him today." So why didn't he pitch? "'Yo' has had a big workload for two years now," Roenicke said. "We're concerned about him having another five, six good years with us, whatever the case may be. Looking at his future -- and he is definitely not hurt; he could pitch today -- we felt it was better if he didn't." Gallardo pitched 207 1/3 regular-season innings in 2011 plus 19 more innings in the postseason. He pitched 204 regular season innings in 2012. Brewers officials studied other similar pitchers, including Arizona's Ian Kennedy, and saw some concerns that made them decide not to push Gallardo into a game on Wednesday with no postseason implications and no personal goals to reach, unless you count a chance to tie his career high for wins. Gallardo won 17 regular-season games last year; he won 16 this year, including eight decisions in a row from July 3-Sept. 18. "If this, by shutting him down now, helps [next season], then we thought it was a smart move," Roenicke said. This is a new frontier for old school baseball men like Roenicke, who are not used to seeing pitchers shut down just north of 200 innings. Pitch counts in games, he was used to. But the current trend, of limiting starters' innings and putting a heavier workload on growing bullpens, is something different. The Brewers carried eight relievers for much of 2012, hampering Roenicke's ability to pinch-hit in certain situations or use defensive replacements. "Innings, and guys not finishing years, I've never had to deal with that before," Roenicke said. "Not even as a coach have I seen that before. So it's quite different."
Weeks set to cheer on kid brother in playoffs
MILWAUKEE -- After the Brewers play their final inning of 2012, second baseman Rickie Weeks plans to jump on the Oakland A's bandwagon.His younger brother, Jemile, is in his second season as an A's infielder, and depending on whether he makes Oakland's postseason roster, Rickie said he planned to travel to see that team play. The A's completed a remarkable run to the American League West title by finishing a sweep of the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon, a game aired on the clubhouse televisions at Miller Park. "I had a couple of places I planned to be at, but I'm going to follow them as much as I can," Rickie Weeks said. "It's cool. I'm definitely going to be a fan. He had a chance to come last year, and I brought him in the clubhouse a couple of times, and it's cool that now he's in the same situation this year. "He's family. We're a pretty tight-knit group, and to see him live out his dream is pretty cool."