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Brewers rely on Weeks for leadership, toughness


PHOENIX (AP) -- Rickie Weeks has made quite an impression on Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.

   "There's always different personalities on the team, whether it's toughness or whatever it is that you hear about," Roenicke said. "I heard a lot about Rickie and what he does."

   Roenicke, who starts his second year of leading the Brewers, saw first hand how tough Weeks was when the second baseman got hurt running to first in a game against the Chicago Cubs in July. Weeks severely sprained his left ankle when he awkwardly hit the bag.

   Clinging to a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL Central and Weeks out, Milwaukee acquired Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Washington Nationals for a minor-leaguer. Hairston, a versatile veteran infielder, helped cover second along with Craig Counsell and Taylor Green.

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