Garza looks to slow down Phillies in opener

Garza looks to slow down Phillies in opener

The Brewers might not make a splash before the non-waiver Trade Deadline just yet, but they'll need to find a way to stay atop the National League Central as they open a three-game set with the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Milwaukee has been reportedly linked to frontline starters such as Sonny Gray and was in on Jose Quintana before the Cubs traded for him.

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Crew confident amid skid as rivals gain steam

Counsell happy with squad's play, attributes sweep to hard luck, Pirates' surge

Crew confident amid skid as rivals gain steam

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell believes his squad is playing good baseball, even if the scoreboard suggests otherwise.

The latest box scores indicate cause for concern. The Brewers fell to the Pirates, 4-2, on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park as Pittsburgh completed a four-game sweep. The loss was the Brewers' fifth in a row, matching their longest losing streak of the season. What was once a 5 1/2-game lead at the All-Star break is now just a one-game lead over the surging Cubs, who have won six straight to begin the second half. The Pirates, who have won 11 of 13, are three games back.

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Brewers' slide reaches 5 after finale loss

Pirates 3 games behind 1st-place Brewers; Cubs in 2nd, 1 game back

Brewers' slide reaches 5 after finale loss

PITTSBURGH -- While the Brewers came out of the All-Star break holding a solid lead in the National League Central, the Pirates faced a steep uphill climb. Less than a week later, the division's balance of power has shifted. Pittsburgh finished off a four-game sweep of Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon, crawling back to .500 with a 4-2 win at PNC Park.

The Brewers' 5 1/2-game lead in the NL Central standings has evaporated to just one game over the Cubs, who reeled off six straight wins to begin the second half. Trailing by seven games at the break, the Bucs have won a season-high five straight games -- and 11 of their last 13 -- to pull within three games of the Crew. For the first time since April 16, Pittsburgh does not have a losing record.

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Brewers top pick Hiura living up to hype

Brewers top pick Hiura living up to hype

Regardless of the competition, Keston Hiura has always hit. He hit .500 in his senior season at Valencia (Calif.) High School, won college baseball's batting title with a .442 average this past season at UC Irvine and has continued to rake in the early stages of his professional debut.

Hiura, whom the Brewers selected ninth overall in last month's Draft, hit .435 in a brief 15-game stint in the Rookie-level Arizona League and then made an immediate impact with Class A Wisconsin, driving in a run with a base hit in his debut with the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday.

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Crew drops 4th straight in extras to Pirates

Crew drops 4th straight in extras to Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Throughout this turbulent season and this critical homestand, the Pirates have proven they can't be counted out. Down by a run after eight innings, the Bucs tied it in the ninth and rallied again in the 10th for their third walk-off win since the All-Star break and their 10th win in their last 12 games, a 3-2 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday at PNC Park.

After a pair of walk-offs last weekend against the Cardinals from Josh Bell and Adam Frazier, rookie infielder Max Moroff, who entered the game as a pinch-runner during the game-tying rally in the ninth, played the role of unlikely hero Wednesday night. Moroff's first career walk-off hit sealed a series win against the division-leading Brewers. The Bucs are one game under .500 for the first time since April 29 and within four games of Milwaukee in the wide-open division race.

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Davies delivers in one of best starts in 2017

Brewers right-hander allows one unearned run over seven impressive innings

Davies delivers in one of best starts in 2017

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates' late-innings heroics overshadowed what had been the biggest story of the night for the Brewers: Zach Davies' seven outstanding innings.

The right-hander produced one of his best starts of the season, allowing one unearned run over seven innings in the Brewers' 3-2 extra-innings loss to the Pirates on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

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Sogard begins rehab with Class A Wisconsin

Braun gets day off Wednesday after playing 5 straight following break

Sogard begins rehab with Class A Wisconsin

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed that veteran utility man Eric Sogard played second base in a rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin on Wednesday night to test his injured left ankle. The Brewers will then determine the next step for Sogard from there

"We will see where we are at," Counsell said. "We are hopeful that he improves his health over the next couple of days."

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Ortiz spins six scoreless for Biloxi

Ortiz spins six scoreless for Biloxi

Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night.

The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.

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Shaw sends ball sailing into the Allegheny

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Shaw sends ball sailing into the Allegheny

Traveling can be frustrating. Sure, it's fun to be in a new place away from home, but there's also so many places to go in a finite amount of time.

During the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Pirates, Brewers slugger Travis Shaw showed off his new life hack on a pitch from Ivan Nova: Let the baseball do some of the exploring for him.

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Shaw homers but Crew drops third straight

Shaw homers but Crew drops third straight

PITTSBURGH -- Unable to mount any sort of offensive attack against Brewers starter Junior Guerra for five innings, the Pirates broke out in the sixth Tuesday night at PNC Park. Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison homered, leading the surging Bucs to a 4-3 win over the Brewers.

Pittsburgh has won nine of its last 11 games, pulling within five games of Milwaukee in the wide-open National League Central race. This was cast as a critical stretch for the Bucs, who may have to declare themselves as contenders before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Pirates got outfielder Starling Marte back on Tuesday night from suspension, and he went 1-for-3 with a single and walk.

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Counsell sees start as step forward for Guerra

Right-hander faces minimum through five innings before giving up two homers

Counsell sees start as step forward for Guerra

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell believes Junior Guerra took a step in the right direction on Tuesday night, and Guerra agrees.

While the 32-year-old right-hander wasn't thrilled with how he finished his first start since the All-Star break, his manager thought he registered one of his best outings of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park. Guerra held the Bucs to three runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings. Two of those hits came in the sixth inning, and both were home runs.

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Bandy recalled as Vogt lands on disabled list

Blazek called up, while Rivera, Webb optioned to Triple-A

Bandy recalled as Vogt lands on disabled list

PITTSBURGH -- Stephen Vogt still hasn't watched a replay of his collision with Pirates starter Chad Kuhl on Monday. He's not sure he wants to either. But the people who have watched it have told Vogt that the injury could have been much worse.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed on Tuesday that Vogt suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee and will miss at least a month. The veteran backstop was placed on the 10-day disabled list, and Jett Bandy was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace him on the active roster.

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Perez Crew's Heart and Hustle Award winner

Perez Crew's Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Brewers come up short late, fall to Pirates

Brewers come up short late, fall to Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- This week is full of opportunity for the Pirates, who are scratching and clawing their way into contention in the National League Central race. They took another step in the right direction Monday night at PNC Park, when right fielder Gregory Polanco went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to spark the lineup in a 4-2 win over the division-leading Brewers.

The Bucs are still three games under .500 and six behind the Brewers, who have only lost four times in their last 15 outings, including their last two games. But the Pirates have won eight of their last 10 games, they have Starling Marte returning from his suspension on Tuesday, and they have three more with the Brewers in this series.

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Vogt exits after collision with Pirates' Kuhl

Brewers catcher held onto ball and recorded out in fifth inning

Vogt exits after collision with Pirates' Kuhl

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt began making a mental checklist moments after his collision at home plate with Pirates starter Chad Kuhl.

Did he hold on to the ball to get the out? Yes, he did. Did he know where he was? Also affirmative. What about his knee and neck? That's where he started noticing problems.

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Harrison hits grand slam for Carolina

Harrison hits grand slam for Carolina

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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Attanasio confirms Crew exploring trade block

Brewers enter 10-game road trip on Monday with 4 1/2-game lead over Cubs

Attanasio confirms Crew exploring trade block

MILWAUKEE -- To be a fly on the wall in the manager's office at Miller Park on Saturday, when Brewers skipper Craig Counsell, general manager David Stearns and owner Mark Attanasio met to plot the final two weeks before the July 31 nonwaiver Trade Deadline. Will the Brewers dip into their bank of prospects to acquire a starting pitcher? They were in on White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana before he was traded to the Cubs, Attanasio confirmed, and other talks are ongoing.

"We know this is going to be a focused two weeks," Attanasio said before a 5-2 loss to the Phillies sent the first-place Brewers on a long, three-city road trip that begins Monday in Pittsburgh. "Craig was saying how we can't get too uptight -- I don't think he used the word 'uptight,' but we can't be where we're, like, 'hanging on.' We have to stay loose.

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Phillips' first HR spoiled by slam in finale loss

Phillips' first HR spoiled by slam in finale loss

MILWAUKEE -- Brett Phillips and the Brewers were ready to celebrate a sweep, but Nick Williams and the Phillies spoiled the party.

A pair of outfield prospects delivered the biggest blows in the Phillies' 5-2 win over the Brewers on Sunday at a sold-out Miller Park. Phillips' first career home run gave Milwaukee a fifth-inning lead before Philadelphia started the sixth with six straight hits, including Williams' first career grand slam, as the Phillies dodged a three-game sweep.

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Selig drops by Miller Park to celebrate '82 Crew

Former MLB Commissioner and Brewers owner will be inducted into Hall of Fame July 30

Selig drops by Miller Park to celebrate '82 Crew

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' 1982 reunion weekend doubled as a send-off for club founder Bud Selig, whose next stop is Cooperstown, N.Y. and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Selig will be inducted Sunday, July 30 -- his 83rd birthday -- mostly for his role as the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball. He now holds the title of Commissioner Emeritus, but in his hometown he is better known as the man who brought baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970, and later fought the legislative battle to build Miller Park. Fans gave Selig a standing ovation during a pregame ceremony Saturday honoring the '82 American League Champions.

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Phillips takes in 'memorable' first home run

Young outfielder goes yard while pinch-hitting for Garza in fifth inning

Phillips takes in 'memorable' first home run

MILWAUKEE -- Sunday's series finale between the Brewers and Phillies was full of Major League firsts for Brett Phillips.

The young Brewers outfielder, ranked as the club's No. 10 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, not only hit his first Major League home run, but he also received his first curtain call in the Crew's 5-2 loss to the Phillies at Miller Park.

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Shaw's late HR catapults Crew past Phillies

Shaw's late HR catapults Crew past Phillies

MILWAUKEE -- The four-day All-Star break did little to slow the surging Brewers.

Jimmy Nelson pitched into the seventh inning and Travis Shaw hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth for a 3-2 Brewers win over the Phillies at Miller Park on Saturday. Milwaukee now has won 11 of its last 13 games and is a season-high 11 games over .500. The win also maintains the Brewers' 5 1/2-game lead atop the National League Central.

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Brewers honor 1982 club with mentality, win

Former AL champions speak highly of current first-place club

Brewers honor 1982 club with mentality, win

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers of the present lined the top step of the dugout Saturday for a ceremony honoring the Brewers of the past, marking the 35th anniversary of the 1982 American League champions. Then they channeled those franchise favorites for a 3-2 win over the Phillies amid an electric atmosphere at Miller Park.

This year's Brewers have now won 11 of their last 13 games and are a season-high 11 games over .500 atop the National League Central.

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Perez's young son unleashes epic bat flip

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Perez's young son unleashes epic bat flip

The art of the perfect bat flip is elusive. Many ballplayers try their best, coming up with inventive and authoritative post-dinger heaves, usually to great extent.

But are any of those truly "perfect" executions of the practice? Probably not, at least when you compare them to Christopher Perez, the young son of the Brewers' Hernan Perez. As he recently shared on his Instagram account (yes, he's a kid but he's well on his way to achieving social media fame with posts like this), he knows what he's doing. 

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Lara enduring first struggles of young career

Sogard's ankle not progressing; Guerra appears set for Tuesday

Lara enduring first struggles of young career

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. -- From the time he picked up baseball at 6 years old to his teenage years in the Dominican Republic, Brewers prospect Gilbert Lara was used to being successful on the field.

But the 19-year-old shortstop and Brewers' No. 17 prospect according MLBPipeline.com is facing adversity for the first time in his baseball career.

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Nottingham drives in four for Biloxi

Nottingham drives in four for Biloxi

Rafael Devers put his entire skillset on display while leading Pawtucket to a 7-4 win over Syracuse in his Triple-A debut on Saturday.

Devers, the No. 12 overall prospect (Red Sox's No. 1), was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and also showed off his defensive ability with an impressive bare-handed play at third base.

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Braun's grand slam punctuates 8-run inning

Brewers slugger becomes franchise leader with 6 bases-loaded HRs

Braun's grand slam punctuates 8-run inning

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers started the second half of the season right where they finished the first: swinging for the fences.

The National League leaders in long balls added two more home runs in an eight-run second inning on the way to a 9-6 win over the Phillies on Friday at Miller Park. Orlando Arcia's three-run shot gave the Brewers a lead and Ryan Braun punctuated the rally with a first-pitch grand slam.

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Davies backed by big inning in win over Phils

Davies backed by big inning in win over Phils

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers continued scoring runs in bunches for Zach Davies, backing their starter with an eight-run second inning on the way to a 9-6 win over the Phillies on Friday night at Miller Park.

Orlando Arcia hit a three-run home run and Ryan Braun smacked a grand slam in the Brewers' big frame to boost Davies, who entered the day with the third-best run support among regular Major League starting pitchers. He improved to 11-4 despite allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, with a season-high five walks and six strikeouts in an outing that pushed Davies' ERA up to 5.08 in 19 starts, including four straight victories.

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Reunited '82 Crew impressed with '17 club

Yount and Co. on hand to celebrate 35th anniversary of AL championship

Reunited '82 Crew impressed with '17 club

MILWAUKEE -- When the Brewers laid plans to gather Robin Yount and Co. for a celebration of the 35th anniversary of the greatest team in franchise history, who knew the current club would stand in first place?

Certainly not Yount himself.

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Moore: It's time to believe in the Brewers

Laden with power, speed and solid pitching, Milwaukee deserves lead

Moore: It's time to believe in the Brewers

In the National League Central, you have the Cubs with a bunch of folks among baseball's who's who, and they're also the defending world champions. The Cardinals are rarely less than good. The Pirates have been highly competitive more often than not in recent years, and courtesy of perennial standout Joey Votto, the youthful Reds aren't hopeless.

The Brewers? Well, they're in first place.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.