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New leadoff man Gomez exits with hamstring injury

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--CF Carlos Gomez, a right-handed batter, hit first in the order against San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum on Friday as 2B Rickie Weeks moved down to the No. 2 spot. Gomez has been platooned against lefties in the past, but manager Ron Roenicke said he'd play more against right-handers if he produced. That plan will have to hold, probably, because Gomez left the game in the fourth inning with a tweaked left hamstring.

--LF Ryan Braun was out of the starting lineup Friday in San Francisco because of lingering soreness in his left Achilles tendon. Braun exited the game Wednesday in San Diego in the sixth inning with the problem, and the team's day off Thursday was not enough for him to recover enough to play. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun would be re-evaluated on a daily basis.

--2B Rickie Weeks was moved from leadoff to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and manager Ron Roenicke said he probably would stay there for a while. Weeks was batting .172 with a .306 average before going 1-for-3 with two walks in the series opener at San Francisco. "I talked to Rickie today, and we're going to try to do some things to get the offense going a little bit," Roenicke said.

--LHP Zack Braddock was released to clear a 40-man roster spot for the addition of INF Brooks Conrad from Class AAA Nashville. Conrad was summoned after 1B Mat Gamel went on the disabled list with a knee injury. Braddock, 24, had been on the inactive list for Nashville with undisclosed health and personal issues. He posted a 7.27 ERA in 25 games with the Brewers last season but also spent time on the disabled list due to a sleep disorder.

--RHP John Axford converted his 49th consecutive save Friday night in a 6-4 victory in San Francisco, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth. Axford is 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season.

BY THE NUMBERS
53 -- Consecutive victories for the Brewers when they've led after seven innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"There comes a time when you have to decide if a player is going to be able to help you at the big-league level. We had discussions about Zach and decided he probably wasn't going to be able to help us in the foreseeable future. Sometimes, you have to make decisions like that." -- GM Doug Melvin, on why LHP Zach Braddock was released from Class AAA Nashville.

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