Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday he does not believe recent eye-opening comments by first baseman Prince Fielder and reliever...

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday he does not believe recent eye-opening comments by first baseman Prince Fielder and reliever Francisco Rodriguez will have any effect on the field for a team already struggling of late.

“It shouldn’t affect us, the way we perform on the field,” Melvin said on WTMJ Radio’s “Wisconsin Morning News” show.

Rodriguez said Tuesday he wasn’t happy about getting no save opportunities since coming from the New York Mets to the Brewers in a trade.

“K-Rod” said he was promised those chances but hasn’t gotten them.

“I’m not happy,” Rodriguez added Wednesday. “That’s the bottom line for me. They told me one thing; they haven’t done it.”

Later Wednesday, a SI.com report surfaced that Fielder said he probably wouldn’t be back in Milwaukee in 2012.

Fielder is a free agent at the end of the season.

“I’m signed for this year, but being real about it, it is probably the last year,” Fielder said.

Referring to the slugging tandem he has formed with left fielder Ryan Braun, Fielder said, “It’s been great. Unfortunately, this is probably the last year of the one-two punch. Hopefully, we can go out with a blast.”

Melvin downplayed any thought that the comments could hurt the NL Central leaders.

“They’re both free agents. It’s a natural tendency for free agents, if they get asked, players today some time want to say what their feelings are at a certain point.”

Hamilton makes

carpet company pay

DALLAS — A Dallas carpet company offered free flooring and countertops to customers if Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton hit a grand slam. Hamilton delivered Wednesday, and the company’s website almost immediately crashed.

CC Carpet president Steve Fitzgerald said the promotion will cost his company about $500,000 but is covered by insurance.

Notes

• Cardinals cleanup hitter Matt Holliday will miss four or five days with an injured right hand.

• RHP Luke Hochevar has thrown his final pitch of the season, the third Royals starter to be shut down this month for health reasons.

• Average attendance in the minor leagues was up nearly 1 percent this year. The Class AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs, managed by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, led the minors with an average of 9,249.