The Milwaukee Brewers haven't been to the Major League Baseball playoffs in 25 years. For the first time in a long time, there are expectations for a possible return to the post-season.
The Brewers open the 2007 regular season at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers today. Ben Sheets will make his 5th opening day start, while Derek Lowe goes for the Dodgers.
The Brewers are set to open their 39th season as a franchise and their 10th as a member of the National League. The Brewers are 21-16-1 all time on Opening day, including a 7-4 mark at home. They have a 3-game Opening Day win streak.
Ned Yost returns for his 5th season as Brewers manager. Under Yost, the Brewers finished in fourth place in the NL Central last season, going 75-87. Yost's career mark in Milwaukee is 291-356 (.450).
New to the Brewers roster this season are RHP Greg Aquino, RHP Elmer Dessens, RHP Jeff Suppan, RHP Claudio Vargas, INF Craig Counsell and C Johnny Estrada.
The Brewers will carry 12 pitchers on their opening day roster, 2 catchers, 5 infielders and 6 outfielders. They got to their regular season roster limit by optioning RHP Jose Capellan and utilityman Vinny Rottino to Triple-A Nashville and placing Corey Koskie on the 15-day disabled list.
Today's game set for 1:05pm is the first of a three game series against the Dodgers, followed by a 3-game weekend series against the rival Chicago Cubs this weekend at Miller Park.
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