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Brewers' day off, but not for Braun and Lucroy in key WBC showdown

CREATED Mar 14, 2013

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  • Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MARYVALE, Ariz. - Most of the Milwaukee Brewers may get to sleep in today after a late night game, and one dominant starting pitcher will have earned it.  A couple Brewers, however, have a big assignment ahead of them tonight.

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Yovani Gallardo retired 12 straight batters after a leadoff home run by Arizona, but it wasn't enough for the Brewers to beat Arizona who bested them, 7-0.

Milwaukee gets the day off before battling the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.  Coverage begins at 2:55 p.m. with Bob Uecker and Joe Block on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

However, Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy have a tall task to accomplish tonight.

They face the undefeated Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic second round in Miami.

A win guarantees them a place in the WBC Semifinals.  

A loss doesn't end their chances, however.  It would send them to a winner-take-all matchup with Puerto Rico to claim the second semifinal spot from their group.

In the meantime, outfielder Carlos Gomez gets to wake up a much richer man.

The Brewers re-signed him to an extension which will bring him $24 million over the next three years.

A Yahoo! Sports columnist explains why he things the extension won't hamstring the Brewers like another past contract extension which, in the previous case, didn't work out.

CBS Sports gave its preview of the Brewers, and explained why they think another season contending for a playoff berth is the most likely scenario.

One of the biggest reasons for a run would have to involve the hitting of Norichika Aoki.  "Reviving The Brew" profiles him and his outlook for 2013.