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Roenicke Announces Brewers' First Base Plans


PHOENIX, AZ (WHBL) - Veterans Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds will share the first base duties for the Milwaukee Brewers this season.  That's what manager Ron Roenicke announced Sunday.  Juan Francisco was competing for the job, but he was reportedly placed on waivers.  Overbay and Reynolds both signed minor league deals over the winter, and are considered more solid on defense than Francisco, who played first-base last season for the first time in his career.  The 37-year-old Overbay will begin his second stint with Milwaukee, where he was the full-time first baseman in 2004-and-'05.  He and Reynolds were both off to slow starts in this month's exhibition play.  Reynolds got hot in the last week, and was hitting .250 before Sunday's action with two homers and 11 R-B-I's.  Overbay started the day with an 0 for 26 slump, hitting just .114 in 35 at-bats.  That was before he had two doubles and a single in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.  The 26-year-old Francisco had a hot spring, batting .346 as of Sunday with three homers in 13 games.  Roenicke cautioned against reading into exhibition stats.  He said the purpose of spring training is to get in shape and not to see who you think should be on the team.