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• Typically a starter, right-hander Tyler Thornburg made his first Major League relief appearance on Saturday, giving up a home run to the first batter he faced. That was the only hit he surrendered in two innings, though, as he struck out two and walked three. Thornburg made his first Major League start on June 19, but he was called up over the All-Star break to bolster the bullpen.

"It was pretty cool," Thornburg said of coming out of the bullpen. "I enjoyed it. Always wish for better results, but I can't complain about my first outing, though. ... It's a lot different than starting. That late in the game, they're swinging early, and you kind of got to learn that stuff. It's a big learning experience for me."

• With Jeff Bianchi making his first Major League start on Sunday at shortstop, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was quick to defend Cody Ransom and Cesar Izturis, both of whom have been playing short in place of the injured Alex Gonzalez. Ransom, who hit a game-winning grand slam on Friday, entered Sunday batting .187 with 20 RBIs in 38 games for Milwaukee, while Izturis has a .215 average in 44

"I think when you have the personnel that you feel are utility men, are backups, I think they've done a real nice job. I think Cody's got some big hits for us. He's played good defense. Izzy, same thing. He's solid defensively at all the spots."

• Typically a starter, right-hander Tyler Thornburg made his first Major League relief appearance on Saturday, giving up a home run to the first batter he faced. That was the only hit he surrendered in two innings, though, as he struck out two and walked three. Thornburg made his first Major League start on June 19, but he was called up over the All-Star break to bolster the bullpen.

"It was pretty cool," Thornburg said of coming out of the bullpen. "I enjoyed it. Always wish for better results, but I can't complain about my first outing, though. ... It's a lot different than starting. That late in the game, they're swinging early, and you kind of got to learn that stuff. It's a big learning experience for me."

• With Jeff Bianchi making his first Major League start on Sunday at shortstop, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was quick to defend Cody Ransom and Cesar Izturis, both of whom have been playing short in place of the injured Alex Gonzalez. Ransom, who hit a game-winning grand slam on Friday, entered Sunday batting .187 with 20 RBIs in 38 games for Milwaukee, while Izturis has a .215 average in 44

"I think when you have the personnel that you feel are utility men, are backups, I think they've done a real nice job. I think Cody's got some big hits for us. He's played good defense. Izzy, same thing. He's solid defensively at all the spots."

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