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Melvin looks to improve Brewers for 2014

AP Sports Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) - General manager Doug Melvin hopes the Brewers can build on the second-half positives this season.

He also hopes it doesn't become a habit and Milwaukee can avoid another early slumber in 2014.

Melvin met with reporters Tuesday at Miller Park to wrap up the injury-riddled 2013 campaign. He likes what he has up the middle with Jean Segura at shortstop, Carlos Gomez at second and Jonathan Lucroy behind the plate.

Scooter Gennett also emerged in the second half to replace the injured Rickie Weeks. The starting pitching improved down the stretch, too.

But 22 losses in May hurt, as did the doping suspension of slugger Ryan Braun, who remains a part of the team's future.

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