Last call

• Pitching coach Rick Kranitz had very high praise for top prospect Jimmy Nelson's work in an intrasquad game Friday, according to Roenicke. Kranitz has seen a particularly intense young pitcher so far in camp.

"He's different than the other guys," Roenicke said. "He gets after it. Sometimes you've got to back him off that a little bit, control him a little bit. But I like that. I like that mentality."

Francisco Rodriguez is by far the Brewers' most seasoned reliever, and he said he embraces the role of baseball mentor.

"Being a leader -- It's something that I like," he said. "I like to lead them and guide them, like, 'Listen, I usually throw this pitch in this situation.' This game is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical. Physically, the stuff is going to be there, but I want them to be mentally strong and have a short memory when they don't do the job. Make sure to wrap it up and go get them the next day."

• As of 3 p.m. CT, the Brewers had sold a total of 91,000 single-game tickets on the first day of being on sale, 4,000 more than last year and one of the highest numbers of total tickets sold in a single day in Brewers history.

In addition, the club announced that Opening Day (March 31 vs. the Braves) is sold out, except for a limited number of tickets that remain as part of Season Seat packages. Several additional games have very limited inventory remaining.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.