Milwaukee (33-45) at Minnesota (41-37)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jun 28, 2003
  • TV: WCGV
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Dave Burba is set to complete his long journey back to the big leagues.

The veteran right-hander makes his season debut as the Milwaukee Brewers continue their three-game interleague series against the Minnesota Twins at The Metrodome.

The Brewers purchased the contract of Burba and left-hander Matt Ford on Friday from Triple-A Indianapolis to bolster the back of their rotation.

“It’s very important, because with our first three guys we’re close to .500,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Ben Sheets, Wayne Franklin and Matt Kinney, who are a combined 15-17 this season.

However, those occupying the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation are just 3-17, including right-hander Ruben Quevedo was demoted Friday to Indianapolis. Glendon Rusch was sent to Indianapolis on June 20, after losing 10 straight decisions and going 1-11 with an 8.61 ERA in 15 starts.

Burba, signed by the Brewers to a minor league contract May 4, won a total of 46 games for Cleveland from 1998-2000, but went 10-10 with a 6.21 ERA in 2001.

After splitting last season with Cleveland and Texas, Burba was signed by the Indians to a minor league contract in January but failed to make the club out of spring training.

Burba, who has also pitched for Seattle, San Francisco and Cincinnati since his major league debut in 1990, rediscovered his form in Indianapolis—where he was 5-4 with a 5.33 ERA in 10 games.

“Burba is pitching really well right now,” Yost said. “He’s got that savvy, that experience you need.”

The Brewers have won three straight, capped with Friday’s 13-1 rout of the Twins. Milwaukee has taken three of its four meetings with Minnesota this season.

Matt Kinney allowed eight hits in his first career complete game, and Richie Sexson had three hits and five RBIs for the NL-worst Brewers.

Sexson, John Vander Wal, Brooks Kieschnick and Eddie Perez each homered and Scott Podsednik had a career-high three hits for the second straight game.

Torii Hunter had an RBI double for the Twins, who have lost 10 out of 13 in falling out of first place in the AL Central.

Hunter is batting .314 (11-for-35) with two homers and five RBIS over his last nine games.

STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 8 GB, NL Central. Twins - 2nd place, 2 GB, AL Central.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Burba (no record). Burba is 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 16 career appearances against the Twins, including nine starts.

TWINS PROBABLE STARTER: Kenny Rogers (6-3, 5.16 ERA). Rogers is 2-1 with a 6.50 ERA over his last three starts. The veteran left-hander allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings of Sunday’s 8-3 win over Milwaukee, continuing his domination of the Brewers in his career. In 33 career appearances against Milwaukee, including 14 starts, Rogers is 10-5 with a 3.78 ERA with two complete games, including a shutout, and one save.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Podsednik, .318 avg.; Sexson, 22 HRs and 52 runs; Jeff Jenkins, 60 RBIs; Eric Young, 17 SBs. Twins - Corey Koskie, .311 avg., 11 HRs and 49 RBIs; Jacques Jones, 46 runs; Koskie and Jones, 6 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Brewers - 5-5; Twins - 8-8.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - OF Podsednik is hitting .329 (56-for-166) with two home runs and 16 RBIS since moving into the starting lineup May 13. … 1B Sexson is batting .329 (24-for-73) with four homers and 20 RBIs in his career at The Metrodome. … The Brewers have won four of their last five road series. Twins - With Friday’s loss, the Twins assured themselves of their first losing month since June 2000 when they went 12-16. … 3B Koskie is hitting 430 (37-for-86) with nine doubles, four homers and 20 RBIs over his last 23 games. … Minnesota has lost its last four series.

ROAD/Twins RECORDS: Brewers - 18-18 on the road; Twins - 19-20 at home.

INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Twins - INF Chris Gomez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Fetters (hamstring), 60-day DL; LHP Eric Milton (knee), 60-day DL.

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D. Burba Sea vs. K. Rogers Det
1-1 Record 13-8
3.53 ERA 4.57
35 K 116
19 BB 50
1.41 WHIP 1.42