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• Milwaukee pitching entered Saturday leading the Majors in strikeouts with 1,002. The Brewers are on pace to fan 1,376 batters this year, which would break the previous franchise record of 1,258 set in 2010.

• The Brewers have a day off on Thursday after a three-game series with the Cubs. They follow that up with 20 straight games, and manager Ron Roenicke said that might mean more breaks, such as the one Rickie Weeks received Saturday, for the players who take the field every day.

"I need to think about that a little bit more, try to make sure the guys are good," Roenicke said. "They still feel fine."

• Roenicke was disappointed to hear that former Brewers infielder Cesar Izturis was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Friday. Washington claimed Izturis off waivers on Aug. 6 after he played in 57 games for Milwaukee this season. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said if Izturis wasn't claimed by a different team in 48 hours, they likely would bring him back to the Major Leagues for September call-ups.

"It bums me out because [general manager Doug Melvin's] idea was to let him go because he was going to a contender," Roenicke said. "So that bothers me."

• Milwaukee pitching entered Saturday leading the Majors in strikeouts with 1,002. The Brewers are on pace to fan 1,376 batters this year, which would break the previous franchise record of 1,258 set in 2010.

• The Brewers have a day off on Thursday after a three-game series with the Cubs. They follow that up with 20 straight games, and manager Ron Roenicke said that might mean more breaks, such as the one Rickie Weeks received Saturday, for the players who take the field every day.

"I need to think about that a little bit more, try to make sure the guys are good," Roenicke said. "They still feel fine."

• Roenicke was disappointed to hear that former Brewers infielder Cesar Izturis was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Friday. Washington claimed Izturis off waivers on Aug. 6 after he played in 57 games for Milwaukee this season. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said if Izturis wasn't claimed by a different team in 48 hours, they likely would bring him back to the Major Leagues for September call-ups.

"It bums me out because [general manager Doug Melvin's] idea was to let him go because he was going to a contender," Roenicke said. "So that bothers me."