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Shelling doesn’t faze Wolf, at least on the outside

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Associated Press
March 30, 2011
— Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf is secure enough to know his spring training numbers aren’t an indication of what’s ahead.

He hopes not, anyway.


The left-hander allowed seven runs, three of them earned, and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in the Brewers’ 8-7 win over the San Diego Padres in the final exhibition game for both teams.


The outing left Wolf, who will start Sunday at Cincinnati, with a spring ERA of 8.74. But all that matters to Wolf is that his health is intact and he’s had a chance to work on his mechanics.


“When you leave here you just want to be healthy and realize you’re ready to go,” Wolf said. “I’m traditionally a horrible spring training pitcher. Guys like (Zack) Greinke or Yovani (Gallardo), they can out-stuff anybody. I don’t out-stuff. Every game I pitch, I’m prepared.


“I know where to pitch a guy. I know what his weaknesses are. I know how to attack that. Spring training, you don’t go over a scouting report, ever,” he said.


Aaron Harang echoed those sentiments in the Padres’ clubhouse.


Harang, who will start next Tuesday’s home opener against the San Francisco Giants, came to spring looking to refine his mechanics. After three injury-plagued seasons, Harang, who signed a one-year deal with the Padres in December worth $4 million, is interested in once again becoming a power pitcher.


In his final start of the spring, Harang allowed eight runs, six were earned, on 11 hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He threw strikes on 63 of 103 pitches and declared himself ready for the regular season.


“For me it was getting my mechanics back to where they were before,” Harang said. “I’m trying to work on hitting my spots. People kind of look at the numbers and the numbers don’t read out exactly what we’re trying to do. It’s a long haul throughout the season and it’s fine-tuning everything when we get down here. I feel good with how things are going.”


Brewers newcomer Nyjer Morgan had two hits. Prince Fielder had two of Milwaukee’s six doubles and Mark Kotsay got two hits and drove in three runs.



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