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7/28 Game Thread: Reds (54-48) at Brewers (48-54)

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Eric Milton (6-6, 5.47) vs. Tomo Ohka (3-1, 2.87).  With Carlos Lee gone, Jeff Cirillo is batting third, Bill Hall fourth, Prince Fielder fifth, Corey Hart sixth.  Murderer's Row it is not, but it could be worse.  The plan was to have Kevin Mench and Francisco Cordero available for tonight's game; I don't know if they've arrived yet.

If you're stopping by for the first time today, you're way behind on the news: scroll down for more about the Caballo deal than you could possibly want.

Go New Brewers!

Update [2006-7-28 19:51:54 by Jeff]: Lost in the big news today, John reported on yesterday's Minor League action: good outings from Justin Lehr, Tim Dillard, and Will Inman. A well-timed reminder that we have plenty of pitching prospects of our own.

Update [2006-7-28 22:9:27 by Jeff]: The David Bell deal is official. Wilfredo Laureano is going the other way. We also have to pay for Bell for the rest of the year. Bummer. Koskie is out for three or four more weeks, at least. More than anything else, I just feel sorry for Corey.

Update [2006-7-28 22:18:47 by Jeff]: The day keeps getting weirder:

Derrick Turnbow is back in the closer's role, at least for now.

That was the word from Brewers manager Ned Yost on Friday, when the team dealt All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee and an outfield prospect to the Texas Rangers for four players including one-time Rangers closer Francisco Cordero.

"We believe in Derrick Turnbow," Yost said. "He's had a rough couple of weeks, but he's had a pretty solid year-and-a-half for us. We don't bail on someone after a rough couple of weeks.

Whatever, dude. I'm not putting any more effort into trying to figure these things out today. My brain can only take so much irrationality.

Update [2006-7-28 22:21:32 by battlekow]: Hulk smash.