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Yovani Gallardo named Opening Day starter

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Gallardo will get the Opening Day start for a record fifth consecutive season.

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The Brewers officially announced their Opening Day starter this afternoon, and for the fifth straight year, it will be Yovani Gallardo taking the mound for the Brewers.  With this start, Gallardo will be the first pitcher in Brewers history to make five consecutive Opening Day starts.  Ben Sheets has the record for most Opening Day starts with six, but those starts were not consecutive.

Considering the Brewers options, it is not a complete surprise that he will get the start, though some may argue that Kyle Lohse deserved the start instead.  However, Gallardo has put together a good spring so far.  In his three starts, he has pitched eight innings and put together a 1.13 ERA.  In total, he has allowed six hits and one earned run, along with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Here are Gallardo's stats from Opening Day in the last four years:

Year Opponent IP H R ER BB K
2010 Colorado 7.0 7 4 3 2 5
2011 @ Cincinnati 6.0 7 2 2 3 4
2012 St. Louis 3.2 7 6 6 5 3
2013 Colorado 5.0 10 3 3 1 3

Adam McCalvy also has a preliminary look at how the rotation may line up.  After Gallardo makes the Opening Day start, it will be Kyle Lohse in the second game of the season, and Matt Garza in game four at Fenway Park.