MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Shaun Marcum celebrated his 29th birthday in Milwaukee on Tuesday after the right-hander was acquired in a trade from Toronto last week. He's happy he won't be facing the AL East on a regular basis anymore.
Marcum was introduced in Milwaukee after the Brewers gave up top prospect Brett Lawrie for the five-year veteran who pitched last season after missing 2009 because of Tommy John surgery.
Marcum, who grew up in Missouri, says he always wanted to come back and play in the Midwest.
The Brewers expect him to bolster a starting staff that's struggled since their 2008 NL wild card run. Marcum will join a rotation that includes holdovers Yovani Gallardo, Randy Wolf and Chris Narveson.
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