MARYVALE, AZ (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Veterans Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds will share the first base duties for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. That's what manager Ron Roenicke announced yesterday. Juan Francisco was competing for the job, but he was reportedly placed on waivers. Overbay and Reynolds both signed minor league deals over the winter, and are considered more solid on defense than Francisco -- who played first last season for the first time in his career. The 37-year-old Overbay will begin his second stint with Milwaukee, where he was the full-time first baseman in 2004-and-'05. He and Reynolds were both off to slow starts in this month's exhibition play. Reynolds got hot in the last week, and was hitting .250 before yesterday's action with two homers and 11 R-B-I's. Overbay started the day with an 0-for-26 slump, hitting just .114 in 35 at-bats. That was before he had two doubles and a single yesterday. The 26-year-old Francisco had a hot spring, batting .346 as of yesterday with three homers in 13 games. Roenicke cautioned against reading into exhibition stats. He said the purpose of spring training is to get in shape and quote, "not to see who you think should be on the team." Brewers' starter Matt Garza had his first strong outing of the spring, as the Brewers crushed Cincinnati 9-to-1 yesterday in Goodyear Arizona. Garza had a bloated E-R-A of 19-point-oh-six in his first three Cactus League starts. He went six innings against the Reds, giving up one run on four hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts. Milwaukee scored six runs in the second inning, including four doubles off Cincinnati starter Mike Leake. Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in three runs. Logan Schafer and Lyle Overbay each had a pair of doubles. Brewers' closer Jim Henderson, who has struggled this spring, rebounded with a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. The Brewers are taking their final day off at Spring Training today, before returning tomorrow to face San Francisco. Milwaukee opens its regular season next Monday at home against Atlanta.
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