MILWAUKEE -- Brewers starter Doug Davis got a text message from former teammate Max Scherzer that he'd only face fastballs when he stepped to the plate.
Davis and Scherzer never got the chance in Milwaukee's 3-2 exhibition victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night because the Brewers agreed to use American League rules."I got a text from Scherzer last night, actually, that said if nobody's on, fastballs only," Davis said. "Come to the park and find out I'm not hitting. I'd much rather hit my fastball than his fastball."Instead, designated hitter Jody Gerut had a two-run single in a three-run second inning after Brewers manager Ken Macha agreed to use the DH in an effort to get extra bats for Gerut in case Jim Edmonds' sore left hamstring isn't better.Austin Jackson and Brandon Inge hit solo home runs off Davis to start the first and second innings.Milwaukee has played in the National League since 1998. The Brewers used the DH in the AL from 1973-1997 before the switch.When Miller Park opened in 2001, the only AL style baseball in Milwaukee came when the Angels and Indians moved a series in 2007 due to snowy weather in Cleveland.This Friday night in Milwaukee, the weather was perfect with the game time temperature at 75 degrees and the roof opened at its earliest point in park history by nearly two weeks.Corey Hart, who has had a poor spring and battling to keep his starting role in right field, helped his cause with an RBI single in the second before Gerut's big hit. Hart finished 2 for 3 to make his case to retain his lineup spot over Edmonds when Milwaukee opens against Colorado on Monday."I never lost confidence," Hart said. "I work every day to try to get that feeling and the last couple of days, I've been feeling pretty good."Scherzer settled down after his rocky second inning, going six and allowing just the three runs. Davis pitched four innings and was lounging in the Brewers remodeled clubhouse before the game, joking about the importance of the exhibition. Tigers manager Jim Leyland agreed that no one was too serious."There was not as much intensity as a regular season game, but the players are using these games to try and get tuned up for the regular season," he said. "They are doing what they are suppose to do."Davis' laid back attitude made him well-liked in his first stint with the Brewers from 2004-06 before he was traded to the Diamondbacks. He spent the last three years in Arizona before returning to Milwaukee as a free agent."It's good to be back," Davis said.
Edmonds said he hopes to play in Saturday's final exhibition. ... The roof closed in the third inning as storms began moving across southeastern Wisconsin. ... Detroit's home opener is Friday against Cleveland. ... OF/DH Carlos Guillen (hamstring) was out of the lineup. ... Tigers utility man Ryan Raburn (flu) flew to Milwaukee on his own because Leyland said he didn't want a bug to start around the team just before the season opener. Raburn came into the game and played right field starting in the bottom of the sixth.