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Roenicke plans to keep Weeks in two-hole

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has slipped backwards in recent weeks after working hard to push his batting average over the Mendoza Line, but manager Ron Roenicke said he had did not intend to drop Weeks back down in the batting order.

Roenicke bumped Weeks up to the two-hole on Aug. 12, after a 52-game stretch in which Weeks batted .282 and consistently drove the baseball. But from Aug. 12 through Saturday, Weeks went 8-for-50 (.160) with two extra-base hits.

"I know you say things haven't gone as well, but look at the ball he killed to left-center [on Friday, for a long out to the deepest part of PNC Park]," Roenicke said. "That's a home run anywhere. And look at some of the bullets he's hit at people. I think you have to look at the at-bats and what's going on."

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has slipped backwards in recent weeks after working hard to push his batting average over the Mendoza Line, but manager Ron Roenicke said he had did not intend to drop Weeks back down in the batting order.

Roenicke bumped Weeks up to the two-hole on Aug. 12, after a 52-game stretch in which Weeks batted .282 and consistently drove the baseball. But from Aug. 12 through Saturday, Weeks went 8-for-50 (.160) with two extra-base hits.

"I know you say things haven't gone as well, but look at the ball he killed to left-center [on Friday, for a long out to the deepest part of PNC Park]," Roenicke said. "That's a home run anywhere. And look at some of the bullets he's hit at people. I think you have to look at the at-bats and what's going on."

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