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Brewers go back to Greinke with Estrada to piggy-back

HOUSTON -- Not since C.J. Wilson did it with the Angels earlier this year following a rainout has a pitcher started two consecutive games.

Brewers starter Zack Greinke will try to top that when he takes to the mound Sunday after pitching to just two batters on Saturday before being ejected. Not only will Greinke start for a second consecutive day, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has indicated that Greinke will also get the nod Friday when Milwaukee hosts Pittsburgh in the Brewers' first game back from the All-Star break.

Roenicke said that Greinke told him Saturday that he was good to go for Sunday.

"We won't go deep with Zack today, but we didn't think there were too many negatives in doing it, except for maybe bumping Marco [Estrada] out of there," Roenicke said.

Estrada was scheduled to start Sunday, but will be used in a relief role behind Greinke.

"It'll be a nice piggy-back with Marco and then we'll see where we are, how deep we are, and where the game is as to where we go with the bullpen guys."

Sam Holbrook, Saturday's first-base umpire who tossed both Greinke and Roenicke, will be behind the plate Sunday to call balls and strikes.

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HOU Full Game Coverage STON -- Not since C.J. Wilson did it with the Angels earlier this year following a rainout has a pitcher started two consecutive games.

Brewers starter Zack Greinke will try to top that when he takes to the mound Sunday after pitching to just two batters on Saturday before being ejected. Not only will Greinke start for a second consecutive day, but Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has indicated that Greinke will also get the nod Friday when Milwaukee hosts Pittsburgh in the Brewers' first game back from the All-Star break.

Roenicke said that Greinke told him Saturday that he was good to go for Sunday.

"We won't go deep with Zack today, but we didn't think there were too many negatives in doing it, except for maybe bumping Marco [Estrada] out of there," Roenicke said.

Estrada was scheduled to start Sunday, but will be used in a relief role behind Greinke.

"It'll be a nice piggy-back with Marco and then we'll see where we are, how deep we are, and where the game is as to where we go with the bullpen guys."

Sam Holbrook, Saturday's first-base umpire who tossed both Greinke and Roenicke, will be behind the plate Sunday to call balls and strikes.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.