Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

Brewers' clubhouse calmer day after heated exchange in Atlanta

Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

ATLANTA -- Brewers reliever Will Smith is not trying to dodge justice in his appeal of the eight-game suspension Major League Baseball handed down Friday. He knows, technically, that he broke a longstanding rule that prohibits pitchers from using foreign substances. He admits it.

Smith just thinks his particular crime doesn't fit that kind of time.

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Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

Smith tossed, four pitchers used during Atlanta's wild seven-run surge

Rough 7th inning too much to overcome

ATLANTA -- Everything was going so well for the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night at Turner Field. Or as right as things seem to go in a season where so much has gone wrong already.

And then came the seventh inning.

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Garza solid before rough 7th as Crew falls

Garza solid before rough 7th as Crew falls

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran produced his finest start of the season and the Braves rolled to a 10-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday night courtesy of a seven-run seventh inning that included Brewers left-handed reliever Will Smith being ejected for a foreign substance.

After Christian Bethancourt chased Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza with a go-ahead single in the seventh, Smith entered and promptly hit Pedro Ciriaco with a pitch to load the bases. When Smith touched the substance on his right forearm after throwing the next pitch to Jace Peterson, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got the attention of crew chief Jim Joyce, who quickly ejected Smith after touching the substance, which Smith said was sunscreen and rosin that he forgot to remove after warming up quickly in the bullpen.

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Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves when umpires, urged on by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, discovered a prohibited substance on the reliever's arm.

Smith said he placed a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right arm while he was warming up in the bullpen in order to get a firm handle on the ball on a cool and blustery night at Turner Field. He simply forgot to wipe it off, he said, when he was rushed into the game.

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Lohse continues resurgence with solid effort

Lohse continues resurgence with solid effort

DETROIT -- For the first time this season, the Brewers' choice for Opening Day is working on a streak of quality starts.

Five days after breezing through eight innings against the Mets, Kyle Lohse practiced damage control for six innings against the Tigers, giving the Brewers a chance to tie the game late in what became a 5-2 loss at Comerica Park. The Brewers missed a chance to sweep a series for the first time this season, but that was no fault of Lohse.

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Brewers come up short of Motown sweep

Brewers come up short of Motown sweep

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos awakened a Tigers offense that had been dormant all series with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning, breaking open a pitching duel and helping Detroit avoid a series sweep to the Brewers with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

"It was trending like some of the recent games for about seven innings," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's exactly what we were talking about, somebody to step up."

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Two-out hits sting Broxton in bumpy eighth

Two-out hits sting Broxton in bumpy eighth

DETROIT -- New Brewers manager Craig Counsell has shrugged off veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton's early-season statistics as a mere "slump," an annoyance that appeared headed for a correction when Broxton touched 98 mph while holding a one-run lead in Monday's series-opening win against the Tigers.

On Wednesday, the Tigers pushed Broxton back into the slump, as four consecutive runners reached base with two outs in the eighth inning of what had been a tie game. The fourth was Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos, who punched the bases-clearing triple that beat the Brewers, 5-2, and dashed Milwaukee's hope for a series sweep.

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Sardinas turning heads since callup

Part of rich prospect crop at shortstop, 22-year-old drawing comparisons to Alcides

Sardinas turning heads since callup

DETROIT -- A discussion of baseball instincts with longtime Brewers coach Mike Guerrero began with Luis Sardinas, the barely-22-year-old who has opened eyes during his debut week with the Major League club. Eventually, the talk turned to another young shortstop who once similarly impressed.

"The guy that we signed and we knew he was going to be real good was Alcides Escobar," said Guerrero, whose father, Epy, signed Escobar in 2003. "He came from Venezuela, we brought him to extended spring [camp] and we thought, 'OK, let's leave him in the Arizona League.' And we didn't, because he developed so quick. His baseball instincts were so good that we sent him to [advanced Rookie-level] Helena, and at [17], he held his own at Helena.

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Brewers rack up back-to-back-to-back jacks

Braun, Lind, Ramirez take Tigers' Sanchez deep in 6-run third inning

Brewers rack up back-to-back-to-back jacks

DETROIT -- A squeeze bunt with two outs put the Brewers on the scoreboard and sparked a home run derby as Milwaukee cruised to an 8-1 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez augmented Carlos Gomez's run-scoring bunt by hitting three consecutive home runs off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez for a six-run third inning. They were the Brewers' first back-to-back-to-back home runs since Aug. 27, 2012, at Wrigley Field, when Braun and Ramirez were followed by Corey Hart.

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Wrecking Crew: 3-homer 3rd backs Nelson

Wrecking Crew: 3-homer 3rd backs Nelson

DETROIT -- What began as a pitching duel between Anibal Sanchez and Jimmy Nelson became a Brewers runaway with three consecutive home runs in a nine-pitch span off Sanchez, sending Milwaukee to a second straight win over the Tigers with an 8-1 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Sanchez retired six of the Brewers' first seven hitters, the lone exception a Gerardo Parra walk, before he began to wobble. Martin Maldonado's third-inning drive died at the warning track in center field, but Carlos Gomez's two-out bunt single and another Parra walk extended the inning for the middle of Milwaukee's order to pounce. Ryan Braun drove a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole, Adam Lind sent a solo homer into the right-field seats, then Aramis Ramirez did the same to left for his second home run in as many nights.

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Nelson grounds Tigers, cruises to victory

Righty flashes dominant form in 8-inning outing to end winless string

Nelson grounds Tigers, cruises to victory

DETROIT -- By about the seventh inning Tuesday, a question started circulating in the Brewers' dugout at Comerica Park: When was the last time Jimmy Nelson surrendered a fly ball?

"They just started coming in bunches," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of the ground balls induced by the Milwaukee right-hander. "I think that's who Jimmy is going to be."

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Counsell considering addition to Crew's staff

Adding another coach under new manager this season 'still a possibility'

Counsell considering addition to Crew's staff

DETROIT -- There were indications on Tuesday that Craig Counsell's college coach will not be joining the Brewers' coaching staff, after all.

Counsell and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin have discussed adding one coach to the staff, and recent reports suggested the top candidate was Pat Murphy, Counsell's former coach at Notre Dame, who is currently managing the Padres' Triple-A El Paso affiliate. But the Padres apparently want to keep Murphy in the fold and "balked" at the Brewers' interest, according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal.

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Gomez returns from plunking with homer, winning hit

Gomez returns from plunking with homer, winning hit

DETROIT -- Smacked in the head by a 97-mph fastball one day, returning to the starting lineup to hit a leadoff home run and a game-winning single the next day.

That was the scenario for Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, who remained free of concussion symptoms on Monday and was inserted into the leadoff spot, as usual, against the Tigers. He smacked the game's third pitch into the left-field seats for his eighth career leadoff home run, and six innings later he delivered the RBI single that sent the Brewers to a 3-2 win in the opener of an Interleague series at Comerica Park.

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Brewers' bullpen plays key role in win

Brewers' bullpen plays key role in win

DETROIT -- Jeremy Jeffress continued his run of success, Jonathan Broxton reversed a recent slump and Francisco Rodriguez notched the save as the Brewers' bullpen shined in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Monday night.

"JJ and 'Brox' did a tremendous job. They're the reason why we won," said Rodriguez, whose save was his eighth this season and No. 356 in his career. "They did the hard work, pretty much."

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Go-Town? Gomez lifts Crew in Detroit

Go-Town? Gomez lifts Crew in Detroit

DETROIT -- Like the mid-evening thunderstorms that rumbled through Michigan on Monday evening, the Brewers rolled into town and cooled off a Tigers offense that had seemingly heated up in St. Louis. Mike Fiers and the Milwaukee bullpen held down Detroit long enough for Carlos Gomez to strike with a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh for a 3-2 win at Comerica Park.

"We've said, 'What kind of team do we want to be?'" said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who celebrated his two-week anniversary on the job. "When you see a game like tonight and you feel like we can be that team."

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Gennett optioned by Crew; Knebel recalled

Gennett optioned by Crew; Knebel recalled

DETROIT -- The most prolonged slump of Scooter Gennett's brief big league career on Monday prompted a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where the Brewers hope their Opening Day second baseman can rediscover the swing that carried him to the Major Leagues in the first place.

"I told him we don't have a time frame," general manager Doug Melvin said. "I said, 'I would like to think you're going to be back in a couple of weeks, but don't hold me to it, because if you're not performing well, it won't happen. If you're performing well and playing good defense, it could happen.'"

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Reed on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Bryant, Schwarber, Vogelbach earn honors with combined eight homers and 20 RBIs

Reed on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

In his first month with the Cubs, Kris Bryant has done nothing but add to the belief that he'll become a superstar. Despite missing Chicago's first eight games in an apparent attempt to leverage his service time, he leads the team with 24 RBIs and 24 walks in 29 games while batting a cool .291/.426/.476.

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Levering set for 1st regular-season broadcast

Levering set for 1st regular-season broadcast

NEW YORK -- The Brewers will feature a Major League debut on Monday. Not on the field at Comerica Park, but up in the broadcast booth.

With Bob Uecker skipping select road series for the second straight season, newcomer Jeff Levering will make his big league debut alongside Joe Block. The two will split duties in the same manner as Uecker and Block, with Block moving up to primary play-by-play duties in every inning but the third, fourth and seventh. Levering called Spring Training games on radio and for MLB.com webcasts, but this will be his regular-season debut.

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Counsell not concerned by Smith's split stats

Counsell not concerned by Smith's split stats

NEW YORK -- Will Smith entered Sunday with some splits that caught the eye of Brewers coaches. Six of the first eight hits he's allowed this season were produced by left-handed batters. They were hitting .286 (6-for-21) against him, while right-handers were hitting .087 (2-for-23). Last season, left-handers hit .167 against Smith and right-handers .299.

"What I would point to is it's [11 2/3] innings," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "That's one thing I'll harp on again: We have so many numbers now, and we want to get an answer immediately when we see a number. Sometimes we have to see numbers and just step back and say, 'What is this really telling us and how much can we trust it?'

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Peralta can't contain Mets as Crew drops finale

Peralta can't contain Mets as Crew drops finale

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard dreamed about the moment for months and then dazzled in his home debut Sunday, tossing six innings of one-run ball to earn his first Major League victory as the Mets topped the Brewers, 5-1, to earn a series win.

The Mets' No.1 prospect struck out five against one walk, surrendered just three hits and again showcased the powerful repertoire that made him the youngest Mets starting pitcher to debut since Jon Niese in 2008. Syndergaard came out firing, striking out three of the first four Brewers, including Ryan Braun on a 97-mph fastball. He threw 20 of his first 24 pitches for strikes and exited after 95 total.

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C. Gomez hit in head, avoids concussion

Brewers center fielder walks off field under his own power

C. Gomez hit in head, avoids concussion

NEW YORK -- The smile on Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez's face confirmed the good news which had been delivered earlier by the team's medical staff. The All-Star was bruised and sore, but otherwise unharmed after being struck in the head Sunday by a 97-mph fastball from Mets phenom Noah Syndergaard.

In fact, Gomez said he might play Monday night, when the Brewers begin a three-game Interleague series in Detroit.

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Garza eager to 'flush' ugly start from memory

Righty surrenders 10 runs as outing snowballs in pivotal 4th inning

Garza eager to 'flush' ugly start from memory

NEW YORK -- Matt Garza followed his best start of the season with the worst start of his career, absorbing most of the beating in the Brewers' 14-1 loss to the Mets on a rainy Saturday night at Citi Field.

Five days removed from his seven-inning, one-run gem against the Cubs, Garza surrendered a career-high 10 earned runs on 10 mostly well-placed hits in 3 1/3 innings. Nine of those runs came during New York's 15-batter, 10-run rally in the fourth inning.

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Sardinas makes Crew debut on 22nd birthday

Shortstop acquired from Texas, bolstering Brewers' depth at position

Sardinas makes Crew debut on 22nd birthday

NEW YORK -- The most advanced player acquired in the Yovani Gallardo trade made his Brewers debut on Saturday. Luis Sardinas knows the stakes involved in his first big league audition for his new team.

"We've got a lot of shortstops here," said Sardinas, who was called up Thursday when the Brewers placed starting shortstop Jean Segura on the disabled list with a fractured finger. "There's a pretty good competition to make the team at shortstop.

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Brewers badgered by Mets in lopsided affair

Brewers badgered by Mets in lopsided affair

NEW YORK -- Propelled by a historically potent fourth inning, the Mets exceeded their combined run total over the past five games to snap out of a three-week offensive slump and drop the Brewers, 14-1, on Saturday night at Citi Field.

New York sent 15 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring 10 runs on nine hits. Kevin Plawecki's RBI fielder's choice started the scoring against Brewers starter Matt Garza, and Eric Campbell's run-scoring single off Brandon Kintzler finished it. In between, Michael Cuddyer and Daniel Murphy both doubled in two runs, Wilmer Flores launched his second career grand slam and Jacob deGrom collected two of his three hits to back his fourth win.

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