Brewer rotation battle heating up

PHOENIX (AP) -- Carlos Villanueva has no plans to change his loose approach to winning a spot in the starting rotation.

Dave Bush, Chris Capuano and Claudio Vargas have been sticking to their notoriously difficult and regimented workouts.

And Brewers prospect Manny Parra? He's been throwing well, showing he belongs, too.

Milwaukee has eight pitchers trying to lock down five rotation spots. And, the competition isn't much clearer now than it was when training camp opened.

The top of the rotation seems set with ace Ben Sheets followed by Jeff Suppan, who signed a four-year contract worth $42 million before the start of last season, and Yovani Gallardo.

But after those three, five pitchers are competing to be the fourth and fifth starters in what's been an extremely tight competition.


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