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MIL@CHC: Greinke strikes out 10 over 5 1/3 innings

Rays manager Joe Maddon and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke spent the better part of the previous decade working together with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Maddon voiced his endorsement when Roenicke was named the Brewers' manager prior to this season, and now the two friends are going head-to-head with their teams fighting for division titles.

"Joe's a very intelligent guy, a great baseball mind, but he's got great common sense so he can -- you talk about adjusting to personalities -- Joe can adjust to personalities," Roenicke said. "Whatever it takes, Joe can get to that personality, and he's as good as I've ever seen on getting to difficult personalities."

Since taking over the Rays, Maddon has led Tampa Bay to two American League East crowns and the 2008 World Series. In Roenicke's first season with the Brewers, Milwaukee is right in the thick of the race for the National League Central title.

"Ronnie's real thought out, he's really bright," Maddon said. "He's a good listener. He's very opinionated, but he's willing to listen to what you have to say and he's willing to accept new ideas. ... He's willing to listen and make some changes, but he knows what he wants to do."

In a series that matches up one of the best home teams in the Majors and one of the best road teams, the Rays took the first game by an 8-4 score on Monday. Roenicke credited the Rays' success the past few years to pitching and defense -- two of the staples of Maddon's time in Tampa.

"They're staying competitive because they have a great pitching staff and they have great defense and their manager is very creative on how they score runs," Roenicke said.

Rays: Hellickson ready to take hacks
• Jeremy Hellickson will take the mound for the Rays on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Hellickson will step to the plate for the first time since high school, something he is both nervous and excited about.

"It's going to be tough, I'm not looking forward to it," Hellickson said. "But I have to take care of my business first, so that's not really keeping me up. I'll be happy to lay down a bunt. ... I've been looking forward to hitting -- just not against a Cy Young Award winner. I haven't hit in six years, so that will be fun."

• Pitcher James Shields was named American League Co-Player of the Week on Monday after throwing two complete games this week. Shields has a Major League-best five complete games this season, including three shutouts.

Brewers: Greinke looking to rebound; Marcum looking to start
• Zack Greinke had won his last six decisions before giving up eight runs -- six earned -- to the Cubs on Thursday in a loss.

• Pitcher Shaun Marcum is scheduled to start Wednesday, but he will play one more round of catch Tuesday to see if that decision is made definite.

Marcum left his last start after one inning with a strained hip flexor on Friday, but an MRI revealed no worrisome tears.

Worth noting
• The Rays are 22-15 on the road this season and have won six of their last eight.

• The Brewers are 16-8 in the second game of series this season. They are below .500 in the first and third games and 2-2 in fourth games. Comments