PHOENIX (AP) -- Dave Bush clearly has a solid grip on the final
spot in the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation. Brad Hennessey's grasp on
the same position with the San Francisco Giants is a bit more
In a meeting of probable No. 5 starters, Bush pitched six
scoreless innings and the Brewers scored six runs against Hennessey
in their 7-3 exhibition victory over the Giants on Thursday.
Bush, acquired in the offseason trade sending Lyle Overbay to
Toronto, has been impressive in his first spring in Milwaukee,
going 2-0 with an 0.90 ERA. He already earned an official spot in
the regular-season starting rotation Wednesday, and manager Ned
Yost was pleased by his response.
"We wanted him to try to go out and pitch five innings and 80
pitches, and he ended up (going) six innings and 70 pitches," Yost
said. "So (he was) sharp, ready to go. ... He changes speeds so
well with that breaking ball, it's almost like (Roy) Oswalt in that
respect. He's got a good fastball, and then the arm speed on that
breaking ball makes you think it's a fastball."
Bush won 10 games for the Blue Jays over the last two seasons.
Yost plans to go with a four-man starting rotation until two-time
All-Star right-hander Ben Sheets returns from a strained muscle in
Hennessey is trying to hold off Kevin Correia and former Brewers
starter Jamey Wright for the Giants' No. 5 spot, but his shaky
outing dropped him to 1-1 with a 7.02 ERA in the spring. He yielded
nine hits, three walks and four earned runs in 4 1-3 innings as the
Brewers mounted two-run rallies in three different innings,
including Gabe Gross' two-run double in the first.
"If anything, he threw too many fastballs," San Francisco
manager Felipe Alou said. "He's a ground ball guy. He's still
keeping the ball down better than he did last year."
Hennessey, who went 5-8 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 inconsistent
starts for the Giants last season, is expected to get one more
start Tuesday in Tucson against the Colorado Rockies.
Derin McMains, a non-roster second baseman in the Giants'
minor-league camp, hit a standup triple off the wall in right field
in the eighth. He also has hit three homers this spring -- more than
anybody else on San Francisco's roster except Barry Bonds, who has
Bonds didn't make the trip, but Alou expects him to play
several innings Friday against Colorado. Bonds, 9-for-13 in the
spring, hit his fourth homer Wednesday night. ... Yost is pleased
with Gross despite his .216 average. "He's hitting a lot of balls
on the nose," Yost said. ... OF Randy Winn, 3B Pedro Feliz and 1B
Lance Niekro were the only probable opening-day starters in the
Giants' lineup. Winn and Feliz played in San Francisco's night game
on Wednesday, but didn't take a day of rest because they're still
getting back in form after the World Baseball Classic.