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April 2015

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"I think we played great until that final month," manager Ron Roenicke told reporters before the start of spring training. "We knew we could be competitive and stay in first place if everything went right. We have the same group that can do the same thing." The Brewers did not make a lot of off- season moves, but did not stand pat, with Lind the biggest addition. He should give the club a good bat from the left side and a solid first baseman. Gone are Marco Estrada and Yovani Gallardo. That could reduce the Brewers' pitching depth, but it also could open up opportunities for young pitchers such as Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg, if he is healthy. Melvin also added some pitching depth. Francisco Rodriguez was signed at the start of spring training and likely will close, as he has in the past for the Brewers. Neal Cotts, a proven lefty, was signed. After spending more than 100 days in first place before falling out of the race in 2014, the Brewers believe they can perform closer to the former than the latter in 2015. A solid core returns for the ball club as they start the sea - son. And General Manager Doug Melvin and his staff also hope to have addressed a hole at first base with the addition of Adam Lind from Toronto. 08 Comeback year for Brewers 'Solid core returning,' writes Gregg Hoffmann Ramirez Will Smith Player photos by Scott Paulus, Milwaukee Brewers

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