Lohse to be Brewers’ Opening Day starter

In the final year of a three-year, $33 million deal he signed with the Brewers just prior to the 2013 season, Kyle Lohse is 24-19 with a 3.45 ERA in 64 starts with Milwaukee.

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Kyle Lohse will start Opening Day for the Milwaukee Brewers against the Colorado Rockies on April 6, the club announced Friday.

The 36-year-old will be the first pitcher other than Yovani Gallardo to start Opening Day since Jeff Suppan started the 2009 season opener. Gallardo, who started a franchise-record five straight Opening Days, was traded to Texas in January.

Lohse will be making his third career Opening Day start. He is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in his first two season-opening starts, with both coming as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Adam Wainwright actually started Opening Day for the Cardinals in 2008, but the game was rained out after three innings. Lohse started the next day, technically making him the Opening Day starter.

Lohse’s second Opening Day start came in 2012, which was the first game at the new Busch Stadium.

The Brewers also announced that Matt Garza and Wily Peralta will follow Lohse in the three-game series against the Rockies. That would leave Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson likely to start the first two games of the Pittsburgh series.

In the final year of a three-year, $33 million deal he signed with the Brewers just prior to the 2013 season, Lohse is 24-19 with a 3.45 ERA in 64 starts with Milwaukee.

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