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Suppan is named Brewers' Opening Day starter

Jeff Suppan has officially been named the Brewers' Opening Day starter at San Francisco on Tuesday.

Manager Ken Macha made the announcement Thursday, after Suppan threw five solid innings in Milwaukee's 2-1 exhibition victory over the Chicago White Sox in Phoenix.

The right-hander gave up a run on three hits. And he allowed just two runs in his final 17 innings this spring.

Macha said Suppan has the most experience in the Milwaukee rotation. This is his fourth Opening Day start. The others were at Kansas City.

Suppan will face National League Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum in Tuesday's opener.

Prince Fielder homered in Thursday's Arizona spring finale, and Bill Hall hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning that put Milwaukee in front for good.

The Brewers won 14 of their last 18 Cactus League games, and finished 20-10-3.

For whatever it's worth, it was the first time since 1995 that Milwaukee won 20 spring contests.

Tonight, the Brewers will play the first of two exhibitions in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start this evening.