Yovani Gallardo will start his third straight opening day for the Milwaukee Brewers, but that doesn't mean no other enticing options were available.
Manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday the 26-year-old right-hander will be on the mound when the Brewers open their season April 6 at Miller Park against the defending World Series-champion St. Louis Cardinals.
"Yo is going to open up," Roenicke said. "(Zack) Greinke will go second, then (Randy Wolf), then if everything goes well (Shaun) Marcum, and then (Chris Narveson)."
It's the same rotation that led the Brewers to 96 wins and an NL Central division title last season, and the only variable is the sore throwing shoulder that has hindered Marcum in spring training. Roenicke knows he has an embarrassment of riches in the top two spots, choosing between a 2011 17-game winner in Gallardo and the 2009 AL Cy Young winner in Greinke.
"Sometimes you look at how guys are throwing in spring and maybe you want to do it a little different," ...