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Weeks moves up to No. 2 in Braun-free lineup

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The Milwaukee Brewers' lineup Friday for the series opener in San Francisco was unlike any they had fielded this season.

For beginners, No. 3 hitter Ryan Braun was missing. Still experiencing soreness in his right Achilles tendon, Braun sat out for the second time this season.

"We're going to try to give him another day," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's going to run around and do some things to see if he's able to pinch-hit."

Braun left Wednesday's game in San Diego in the sixth inning after limping out of the box on a flyout to left. The Brewers were off Thursday, but the day of rest was not enough for Braun.

In a reshuffled batting order, Rickie Weeks moved from leadoff to the No. 2 spot, but Roenicke said that wasn't merely because Braun was missing.

"I may leave Rickie there for a little while," the manager said. "I talked to Rickie today, and we're going to try to do some things to get the offense going a little bit.

"He'll get pitched a little differently there. If we get the leadoff on and Rickie starts hitting, he can drive him in. I've toyed with this back and forth for a while."

Center fielder Carlos Gomez led off in the series opener, but Roenicke said that doesn't mean it will be that way every day. And that might have become moot because Gomez left the game in the fourth inning with a tweaked hamstring.

Gomez went 0-for-2 and Weeks was 1-for-3 with two walks in the Brewers' 6-4 win over the Giants.

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