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Aoki rests in finale against Mariners

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SEATTLE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said right fielder Norichika Aoki's day off on Sunday had nothing to do with Aoki's half-hearted swinging strikeout the night before. Aoki, who has a knack for showing when he requires a break, swung meekly at a Hisashi Iwakuma pitch amid the Brewers' six-run seventh inning on Saturday.

"It wasn't because of that," Roenicke said. "I thought about this the other day."

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SEATTLE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said right fielder Norichika Aoki's day off on Sunday had nothing to do with Aoki's half-hearted swinging strikeout the night before. Aoki, who has a knack for showing when he requires a break, swung meekly at a Hisashi Iwakuma pitch amid the Brewers' six-run seventh inning on Saturday.

"It wasn't because of that," Roenicke said. "I thought about this the other day."

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Aoki will get two days of rest because the Brewers are off on Monday before opening a two-game set with the Rangers in Texas. He is enjoying a solid second season in the Majors, batting .281 with a .341 on-base percentage while appearing in 111 of the Brewers' first 117 games.

"Sometimes, I like the two days," Roenicke said. "We've got a stretch where we play a week after this, and he's played a lot for us this year. I want to make sure he stays strong and finishes strong. He's always reacted well to the days I give him."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.

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

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