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Big assignment for Narveson

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Before right-hander Zack Greinke was lost for the start of the season with a cracked rib, lefty Chris Narveson was slated to be the No. 5 starter in the Brewers' rotation.

Each pitcher moved up a notch when Greinke was lost, however, and just like that, Narveson had the assignment for the home opener Monday at Miller Park against the Atlanta Braves. Milwaukee enters the game having lost to Cincinnati, 12-3, Sunday.

"I'm pretty pumped up, but it's just another game, one of many we're going to have this year," said Narveson, offering the expected mantra. "Hopefully we can get off on the right foot.

"Obviously, it is just another game, but it's nice to get the first home game. For us to go out there and have a good showing and have a good game would be nice. It's the fourth game of the year, so it's not Opening Day but it's Opening Day at home. That's a big deal for Milwaukee and a big deal for us."

Narveson had his ups and downs during spring training, posting a 0-0 record and 6.23 earned run average while allowing 27 hits and seven walks in 21 2/3 innings. Narveson stayed behind after the Brewers broke camp last week to pitch in a minor-league game Wednesday in which he tossed five shutout innings.

"Spring training is a time to be able to work on stuff and get yourself ready," he said. "I feel like I was able to do that. Now it's time to pitch when it counts."

Last spring, Narveson was given the opportunity to win a spot in the rotation during spring camp. He pitched well but opened the year in the bullpen before eventually returning to a starting role.

This year, Narveson came to camp knowing he had a spot in the rotation, though the slot changed after Greinke was injured.

"You never know what's going to happen," he said. "You're always trying to get better no matter what situation you're in. I kind of took that approach and used it as preparation for the season."

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