Lohse named Brewers' Opening Day starter

Roenicke credits right-hander's veteran poise; Garza, Peralta to follow in rotation

Lohse named Brewers' Opening Day starter

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was ready to make official Friday what the spring schedule had been hinting: Kyle Lohse is Milwaukee's pick to start on Opening Day.

Technically, it would be Lohse's third career Opening Day start, including a 2008 assignment for the Cardinals that came one day after Adam Wainwright's start was rained out after three innings. Lohse also started the Cardinals' season opener in 2012 -- the first game at colorful Marlins Park.

Matt Garza and Wily Peralta are tentatively scheduled to follow Lohse in the Brewers' season-opening series at Miller Park against the Rockies. Opening Day is Monday, April 6, at 1:10 p.m. CT.

Explaining his choice of Lohse, Roenicke said, "His experience, the type of quality pitcher he's been for quite a few years now. Upstairs, he's a solid guy who understands what he needs to do. Sometimes that first game can be pretty emotional. That's why [with Yovani Gallardo], because he had done it so much, we felt really comfortable with him going out there and doing it again. I do think you need to be comfortable doing it."

Gallardo started the past five season openers for Milwaukee but was traded to Texas in January.

Lohse, 36, is entering the final season of his three-year, $33 million contract with the Brewers. He's 24-19 with a 3.45 ERA in his first two seasons with Milwaukee, and was 13-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts last year. He was the victim of seven blown saves, the highest total on the team.

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