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Brewers face champs, Braun keeps calm and 'Ueck' checks out potholes

CREATED Mar. 20, 2013

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  • Photo: Roy Dabner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE - While the Milwaukee Brewers get a taste of the world champions, their beleaguered superstar slugger gives his first post-World Baseball Classic interview, and their legendary broadcaster...or at least his bobblehead - helps reveal big issues on the roads in Milwaukee.

The Brewers face a split squad of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, one day after a young Milwaukee hurler gives the kind of performance the Brewers will consistently need if it wants to play deep into October.

Wily Peralta gave up just one run in a 6-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ("in California, home to Disneyland," as Bob Uecker puts it).

Peralta, Mike Fiers, Chris Narveson and Marco Estrada will be asked to give that kind of performance consistently, as Yovani Gallardo does on a regular basis as the Brewers' top starting pitcher.

Can the Brewers do that?  NBC Sports asks that question in their Brewers 2013 preview.

The Sports Bank thinks the Brewers can.  They have MIlwaukee ranked No. 2 among its "small-market MLB teams who could succeed."

Could Blake Lalli be one of the guys catching Peralta, Gallardo, Fiers, Narveson and Estrada?  The Journal Sentinel profiles his climb to a possible roster spot.

Another big key to Milwaukee making it to the 2013 postseason: did Ryan Braun use performance-enhancing drugs, and will he face a suspension if he did it?

He's seemingly not letting that quesiton bug him, according to his first interview since the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm extremely confident and secure in who I am and how I live my life," Braun told the USA Today. "I will never allow anyone or anything to get me down or change that."

Meanwhile, back home, the Brewers unveiled changes to Miller Park for 2013, including a climbing wall.  Click here to see TODAY"S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp preview the changes.

And finally, "Bob Uecker, Pothole Police?"  That's what TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson turned Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Brewers into...at least his bobblehead doll.

See the funny way Benson tells the story of Milwaukee's pothole problem.