Aoki rests in finale against Mariners
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."
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."