Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-year contract worth $33 million, seemingly a big boost to their suspect pitching rotation

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PHOENIX — Pitcher Kyle Lohse played a waiting game and finally found a home with Milwaukee.

Lohse and the Brewers completed a three-year contract worth $33 million Monday, seemingly a big boost to their suspect rotation a week before the season opener at home against Colorado.

“I’m really happy to be able to come over,” Lohse said during a news conference at Milwaukee’s spring-training facility. “With this offense and the ability of their pitching staff, it looks like a good fit. I know everybody in the division.”

Lohse enjoyed his best season in the majors last year, going 16-3 with a 2.86 earned-run average and helping the St. Louis Cardinals earn a National League wild-card spot.

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When he hit the free-agent market, though, it took nearly the entire offseason for the 34-year-old right-hander to find a new team. He turned down a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals in November, so under baseball’s new labor agreement most major-league teams had to be willing to forfeit a first-round draft pick if they wanted to sign him.

“We have a system in place here that’s affecting the major leagues. It’s affecting major-league players, it’s affecting development and preventing a lot of people from doing their jobs effectively, particularly organizations like this who rely on development,” said Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras.

The Brewers were in need of a reliable starter and general manager Doug Melvin said the move “makes us a better club than we were yesterday.”

Milwaukee gave up the 17th pick in this year’s amateur draft to get Lohse.

Trucks dies at 95

Virgil “Fire” Trucks, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in an otherwise dreadful 1952 season, died Saturday near Birmingham, Ala. He was 95.

The two-time All-Star pitched in the major leagues from 1941 to 1958, helping the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.

Trucks threw his no-hitters in a year the Tigers lost 104 games and he went 5-19 that season. He also pitched for the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Athletics and New York Yankees.

Trucks had a 177-135 record and a 3.39 ERA in the major leagues.


Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers struggled through his first Cactus League start in 3 ½ weeks and the Dodgers lost 8-2 to Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz.

Greinke, slowed this spring by a sore elbow and the flu, gave up five runs and six hits over three-plus innings. He walked the first three batters in the fourth.

• Edinson Volquez is set to start on opening day for San Diego, as he did last season. Volquez pitched the first game of the season for Cincinnati in 2011.

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