Brewers pitchers have surrendered a hit to the opposing pitcher in five of the six Interleague games in their just-completed homestand. With the designated hitter rule in play this weekend, they will not have to worry about facing any Royals hurlers.
Familiar faces will be in short supply during the series. Royals catcher Paul Bako and outfielder Matt Stairs are former Brewers, but there are no former Royals on the Brewers' roster.
"I've seen some of those guys over there," said Bush, who made four career starts against the Royals while pitching for Toronto. "There have been changes over the last few years, but I faced a lot of them in Spring Training, too. I'll sit down with [pitching coach Mike] Maddux and come up with a plan for them."
The Brewers are 22-15 against the Royals since going 2-10 in 1995.
MIL: RHP Dave Bush (4-6, 4.81 ERA)
Bush is 0-4 with a 7.14 ERA in seven starts on the road this season.
KC: RHP Bobby Keppel (0-3, 3.64 ERA)
Keppel has limited right-handers to a .250 batting average this season, while lefties are hitting .327 against him.
Player to watch
Corey Koskie is a career .344 hitter at Kauffman Stadium with five home runs and 34 RBIs in 54 at-bats.
Interleague by the numbers
All-time record vs. Royals: 169-203
All-time club Interleague records:
Hits: Geoff Jenkins (104)
Home runs: Jenkins (22)
RBIs: Jenkins (72)
Wins: Doug Davis and Ben Sheets (4)
Strikeouts: Sheets (52)
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Official game notes
Saturday: Brewers (LHP Doug Davis, 4-4, 4.69) at Royals (Brandon Duckworth, 0-1, 3.18), 6:10 p.m. CT
Sunday: Brewers (RHP Rick Helling, 0-1, 11.81) at Royals (LHP Mark Redman, 3-4, 5.68), 1:10 p.m. CT
Monday: Brewers (LHP Chris Capuano, 8-4, 3.33) at Cubs (TBA), 7:05 p.m. CT