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Padres short against Brewers in spring finale

Padres short against Brewers in spring finale

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Padres short against Brewers in spring finale
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder ended his spring on Tuesday with a pair of doubles and a .341 batting average as the Brewers earned an 8-7 victory over the host Padres in the Cactus League finale for both clubs at Peoria Stadium.

New Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett had a double, as San Diego amassed five extra-base hits in the loss.

Both teams broke camp after the game, the Padres flying to St. Louis where they open the regular season against the Cardinals on Thursday. San Diego finished with a 13-17 spring mark. The Brewers, 19-11 in the Cactus League, raise the curtain against the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday.

Fielder went 2-for-3 in the game and finished the spring 14-for-41 with five doubles, three homers, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

He was one of the bright spots for the club, which suffered a bevy of spring injuries.

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Potential Opening Day starter Zack Greinke is already on the disabled list, while catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right fielder Corey Hart are expected to join him on the DL, along with relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Manny Parra. The other six projected Opening Day positional starters all missed at least one Cactus League game with an injury or illness, including Fielder.

"We can pull it together, and, really, I think we have the last couple of days," said first-year Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "I don't think all the distractions that have happened ... have really thrown us off all that much. Obviously, when we get some of those guys back, we're going to be a whole lot better."

Mark Kotsay, newcomer Nyjer Morgan and Carlos Gomez all had a pair of hits for the Brewers. Kotsay also had three RBIs, while Morgan, making his Milwaukee debut, went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Brewers' bullpen retired the final 13 batters in order. Starter Randy Wolf went 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

The Padres also open the season with four players on the disabled list, including once projected Opening Day starter Mat Latos, reliever Joe Thatcher, first baseman-outfielder Kyle Banks and middle infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir. Pitcher Clayton Richard battled left shoulder problems this spring, but is in the rotation.

Latos, who has a sore right shoulder and missed his last start, is improving, manager Bud Black said on Tuesday before the game.

"Latos is doing well," Black said. "He'll play catch [Tuesday] and probably [Wednesday] and if things go well, hopefully a side session on Thursday [before the game] in St. Louis. But he's doing much better. We think he's turned the corner in regard to the inflammation."

Tuesday's starter, Aaron Harang, was tagged for eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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