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 CINCINNATI (AP) -In turnabout in trade philosophy, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired reliever Scott Linebrink from the San Diego Padres for three minor league pitchers on Wednesday, hoping to bolster their unexpected run at the playoffs.
Linebrink will be a setup man for closer Francisco Cordero, who has converted 32 of his 35 save chances.
The Padres acquired right-hander Will Inman, a third-round pick in June 2005; left-hander Steve Garrison, a 10th-round pick in the same draft; and 25-year-old left-hander Joe Thatcher.
The bullpen is one of the Brewers' main concerns, in part because of injuries. Reliever Yovani Gallardo had to move into the starting rotation after Ben Sheets hurt a finger on his pitching hand earlier this month.
The Brewers have been in first place in the NL Central since a 25-11 start. Their 8 1/2-game lead had dwindled to only three in the past week, while the team's struggling offense set up the slide.
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