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AROUND THE BASES
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MLB: Detroit 1B Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera had an outrageous first four games for the Tigers, with 11 hits in 18 at-bats (.611), including three home runs and 10 RBI. Over that span, he had a slugging percentage of 1.222 and a 1.889 OPS.

Brewers : RHP Yovani Gallardo

Talk about doing it all. Not only did Gallardo pitch the Brewers to their first victory of the season Wednesday in San Francisco, he socked a three-run homer off future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson to provide the margin of difference on offense.

WEEK AHEAD

Monday-Wednesday: Yankees at Rays. Tampa Bay defends East crown.

Monday-Thursday: Padres at Mets. New York opens Citi Field.

Thursday-Sunday: Indians at Yankees. New Yankee Stadium era begins.

Thursday-Sunday: Cardinals at Cubs. Always a heated rivalry.

Brewers THIS WEEK

Many preseason prognosticators picked the Reds to finish ahead of the Brewers in the National League Central this year. Those teams get an early gauge of how they match up in a three-game series at Miller Park, beginning Monday. Then, it's off to New York as the Brewers face the club they nipped for the 2008 wild-card berth.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Atlanta Braves will retire Greg Maddux's No. 31 and induct them into their hall of fame July 17, before a game against the New York Mets.

Maddux will become the sixth Braves player to have his jersey retired, joining Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35) and Warren Spahn (21). Jackie Robinson's No. 42 also is retired, as it is around the majors.

"It's exciting," said Maddux, who retired from Baseball after the 2008 season. "You sit on that bench (during games) for 10 years in Atlanta, staring at the outfield wall and seeing Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and Phil Niekro. Seeing all those names everyday, you always wonder what it would be like to face them."

Maddux finished his career eighth on Baseball's all-time list with 355 victories.

YOU FIGURE IT OUT

Neither 2008 Cy Young Award winner had award-winning performances in their 2009 opening day starts. Cleveland's Cliff Lee was ripped by the Texas Rangers for seven runs in five innings, and San Francisco's Tim Lincecum lasted only three innings against the Brewers , allowing three runs.

Lee surrendered the second-most runs in the first start by a reigning Cy Young winner in major-league history. After claiming the 2001 trophy, Roger Clemens went out and was tagged for eight runs in his first start in 2002.

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Added: April 12, 2009

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