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Lohse says Brewers were 'a team I had wanted to talk to' about '13

CREATED Mar. 26, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The newest member of the Milwaukee Brewers says he's excited to have a new home.

"Especially to know the team I was coming to, coming to Milwaukee, was a team I had wanted to talk to," said new pitcher Kyle Lohse on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Sports Central with the Freak and the Geek."

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Lohse, 34, reportedly agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal.

He is expected to pitch in a game on Thursday, possibly setting him up to pitch in the Brewers' second regular season game next Tuesday night against Colorado.

The 12-year veteran finished 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 2012 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lohse admits that he hasn't had such success in his career against the Milwaukee Brewers, against whom he has a 6-8 record and a 4.44 ERA.

"I won't be facing this lineup.  That was always a challenge, whether I faced them in St. Louis or Milwaukee."

However, he finished 2-0 against Milwaukee in 2012, sporting a 2.45 ERA, reflective of his dominance that year.

"It'll be fun, but tough," said Lohse about possibly pitching against his old Cardinals teammates. 

"I have a lot of good friends over there, but we all have a job to do."

Lohse is expected to take the No. 2 pitching rotation slot behind top starter Yovani Gallardo.