Brewers hope to have Ramirez back in Minnesota
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Brewers are bringing a little extra pop with them as their four-game home-and-home series with the Minnesota Twins relocates to Target Field.
The Brewers are expected to have Aramis Ramirez in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Twins after the slugger missed the past three weeks with a strained left hamstring.
Ramirez completed a two-day rehab stint with Class-A Wisconsin, getting some time at third base. However, with the Brewers set to play in Minnesota for the final two contests of this four-game set, Ramirez is slated to serve as the designated hitter tonight.
"I don't want to (come out of the game early), and that's one of the reasons I went to rehab," Ramirez told Milwaukee's website. "I didn't want to play five innings and leave. With the DH I can play the whole game, and when I play the field, it's going to be nine innings."
The Brewers slugged their way to a victory in Monday's opener, but it was the Twins who found their power bats in Tuesday's 6-4 triumph. Josh Willingham connected on a three-run homer and Brian Dozier hit a two-run shot as part of his 3-for-3 night at the plate.
"We had some nice swings at the right times," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
The Twins rebounded from the series-opening loss to beat the Brewers for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.
Ryan Braun drove in two runs and Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Milwaukee, which entered the game with wins in five of its last six.
Yovani Gallardo was reached for six runs on eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts across five frames to fall in defeat.
"For some reason he gets out of rhythm and he's not throwing the strikes that we know he can," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on Gallardo. "He can't go through games doing that."
Roenicke tonight will hand the ball to Marco Estrada, who won his second straight outing on Friday against the Chicago Cubs despite giving up six hits and four walks over six innings. He yielded just three runs and fanned five in the 11-5 victory.
The 30-year-old righty improved to 5-2 on the year with a 4.03 earned run average and seeks his first ever win against the Twins. In five previous encounters, including three starts, Estrada is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA against them.
Ricky Nolasco counters for the Twins coming off his first victory since April 24.
The right-handed Nolasco threw a quality start on Friday against the New York Yankees, allowing a run on seven hits and four walks over six frames. He came into the contest having lost back-to-back starts and three straight decisions.
"He commanded his fastball a little bit better tonight," Gardenhire said of Nolasco, who is 3-5 with a 5.70 ERA on the year.
Nolasco has made eight previous starts versus the Brewers, posting a 2-3 record and 7.58 ERA.
06/04 10:57:30 ET