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Brewers' manager Ken Macha will be back next year; team seeks new pitching coach

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Milwaukee Brewers' manager Ken Macha will be back next year and he will not be a lame duck.

Macha's contract still expires a year from now, but general manager Doug Melvin added a one-year option for 2011.

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Melvin said it shows how much he supports Macha, 59. The GM does not blame the manager for the Brewers' meltdown in starting pitching, caused in part by long-term injuries to Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan.

Bench coach Willie Randolph was also invited to return next year, along with batting coach Dale Sveum, first base coach Ed Sedar, and third base coach Brad Fischer.

Melvin said he would not offer contracts to bullpen coach Stan Kyles and interim pitching coach Chris Bosio -- but both could still return. Melvin said he would try to find a new pitching coach immediately, and speculation arose about Rick Peterson -- previously a pitching coach under Macha in Oakland and Randolph with the New York Mets.

The GM would not name names but he said he wanted a new pitching coach in place within 2-3 weeks, so he can help shore up the Brewers' rotation for next year.

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