Ryan Braun gets a night off

Manager Ron Roenicke on Sunday spoke of his goal of getting his stars a game off heading into the playoffs.

As it turns out, tonight is the night for Ryan Braun.

The leftfielder and likely NL MVP favorite is out as the Milwaukee Brewers open up their final regular-season series against the PIttsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.

Interesting to note that Braun is hitting .545 (6 for 11, HR, 3 BB) against Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (10-10, 3.67 ERA).

Mark Kotsay gets the start in left in Braun's place, and hits third. Also notable is Jerry Hairston Jr. back in the lineup at third base. If he keeps playing the way he has the last few games, Casey McGehee will have a tough time getting back out there.

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