Brewers announce club's Honorary Bat Girl

Melissa Palacio will be honored at Miller Park when team returns from road trip

MILWAUKEE -- Melisa Palacios of Racine, Wis. is the Brewers' Honorary Bat Girl for Major League Baseball's Mother's Day initiative, and she will take part in festivities at Miller Park at a later date because the team is in Cincinnati on Sunday.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated around Major League Baseball on Mother's Day. In eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted, and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast to select "winners" representing each of the 30 clubs.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roenicke 'really enjoyed my time' with Crew

Angels-Brewers series marks former manager's first return to Milwaukee

Roenicke 'really enjoyed my time' with Crew

MILWAUKEE -- This was all a bit "uncomfortable," Ron Roenicke admitted Monday after returning to Miller Park for the first time since the Brewers dismissed him a year ago Tuesday.

"Even though I really enjoyed it and had a great time here," said Roenicke, now the Angels' third-base coach, "I realize that you're not going to stay in one place forever. It's uncomfortable, but it's a good feeling, because I really enjoyed my time here."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Carter blasts 2 HRs as Crew salvages series

Carter blasts 2 HRs as Crew salvages series

MILWAUKEE -- Their Opening Day starter remained mired in his funk, but Brewers hitters slugged Wily Peralta to victory with Milwaukee's best offensive game in two years.

Peralta surrendered a career-high 13 hits and couldn't make it through the sixth inning, but he won his second straight start thanks to an offense that produced a seven-run third en route to a 14-5 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Miller Park, snapping Miami's seven-game winning streak.

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Braun's AB sets up memorable third inning

Braun's AB sets up memorable third inning

MILWAUKEE -- The biggest at-bat of the Brewers' best offensive day this season was not Domingo Santana's leadoff home run, either of Chris Carter's two fence-clearing shots or any of the club's nine extra-base hits, for that matter.

As manager Craig Counsell saw it, the sequence that sent the Brewers to a 14-5 win over the Marlins on Sunday was Ryan Braun's RBI single after a 10-pitch at-bat against Miami starter Tom Koehler in the third inning.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers hope for better pitching in May

Brewers hope for better pitching in May

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers turned the page on Sunday after a tough April. Here is a look at their 8-15 opening month by the numbers:

• Starting pitching was the top story. Brewers starters entered May last in the Major Leagues with a 6.32 ERA, 114 innings, five quality starts in 23 games, a .315 opponents' batting average, .943 opponents' OPS and 1.74 walks plus hits per inning pitched.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guerra to start Tuesday vs. Angels

Journeyman taking over Jungmann's spot in rotation

Guerra to start Tuesday vs. Angels

MILWAUKEE -- Opting for performance over prospect status, the Brewers will promote right-hander Junior Guerra to take Taylor Jungmann's spot in the starting rotation beginning Tuesday against the Angels at Miller Park.

A 31-year-old split-fingered fastball specialist with a fascinating backstory, including the distinction of being the first player acquired by new Brewers general manager David Stearns in October, Guerra gets the nod over the organization's top pitching prospect. Jorge Lopez, No. 3 overall on MLBPipeline.com's list of Milwaukee's top prospects, logged two encouraging starts last September, but he has an 8.79 ERA after four Triple-A starts, with 23 hits and 13 walks in 14 1/3 innings.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers stage another rally, can't offset Fish homers

Brewers stage another rally, can't offset Fish homers

MILWAUKEE -- Giancarlo Stanton's moonshot was one of four solo home runs for the Marlins in a 7-5 win over Chase Anderson and the Brewers on Saturday at Miller Park, Miami's seventh straight victory.

Stanton's fourth-inning home run left his bat at 117 mph, according to Statcast™, and landed a projected 462 feet away before clanging off the scoreboard in center field. Derek Dietrich, Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna also cleared the fences for the Marlins, who matched a franchise record for a nine-inning game by stranding 17 men on base and went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, but hit 1,667 feet worth of homers on the way to building a 7-1 lead for winning pitcher Wei-Yin Chen.

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No changes upcoming for struggling Crew rotation

Pitchers continue to come up short, but Counsell not expecting another demotion like Jungmann

No changes upcoming for struggling Crew rotation

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers sent one struggling starting pitcher to the Minors on Friday in an effort to get him on track. Are there more demotions to be made like Taylor Jungmann's?

Probably not, manager Craig Counsell said Saturday after Chase Anderson was the latest Milwaukee starter hit hard in a 7-5 loss to the Marlins at Miller Park. In losing his third straight start, Anderson pushed the ERA of Brewers starting pitchers to 6.32, worst in Major League Baseball. Only the Reds have more starts of five or fewer innings than the Brewers, who have 14 such starts in 23 games.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walsh pairs low batting average with high OBP

Walsh pairs low batting average with high OBP

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' oddest stat line entering the final day of April belonged to Rule 5 Draft pick Colin Walsh, who owned the team's lowest batting average (.100) but its third-highest on-base percentage (.379).

Walsh achieved that dichotomy after 29 Major League plate appearances by virtue of going 2-for-20 at the plate with nine walks. It was an oddly historic pace. Only three players in Major League history have batted .100 or worse in a season with an on-base percentage of .350 or better in 25 or more plate appearances; the last being Boston's Mike Stenhouse in 1986. Stenhouse was 2-for-12 with 12 walks.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nieves reflective on his no-no after watching Conley

Nieves reflective on his no-no after watching Conley

MILWAUKEE -- An hour before the Marlins took batting practice Saturday, Juan Nieves caught up with Bill Schroeder, his batterymate when he threw the only no-hitter in Milwaukee Brewers history on April 15, 1987.

Nieves, now in his first season as Miami's pitching coach, nearly witnessed one of his young pitchers make history in Friday night's series opener in Milwaukee.

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Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Brewers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Near no-no turns into near improbable Brewers rally

Near no-no turns into near improbable Brewers rally

MILWAUKEE -- From nearly being no-hit to flirting with the most improbable comeback of their season, the Brewers packed a week's worth of drama into the ninth inning of Friday's 6-3 loss to the Marlins at Miller Park.

It started with a bloop single.

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Brewers break up no-no in 9th; rally falls short

After Conley stellar for 7 2/3, Urena allows first hit, three runs in final inning

Brewers break up no-no in 9th; rally falls short

MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins didn't hit their hotel beds in downtown Milwaukee until dawn on Friday after losing their sparkplug to a stunning suspension out west. Blindsided and bleary-eyed, Adam Conley & Co. provided something to celebrate.

It was not quite a no-hitter, or even a shutout. But even a nail-biting 6-3 win Friday night over the Brewers at Miller Park represented a lift for a Miami team playing its first game without suspended second baseman Dee Gordon.

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Brewers go around the horn for triple play

Brewers go around the horn for triple play

MILWAUKEE -- The rallying Brewers didn't get their first hit until the ninth inning, but they made some history in the fifth inning of their 6-3 loss to the Marlins on Friday night.

The Brewers went around the horn for the seventh triple play in team history, with third baseman Aaron Hill, second baseman Yadiel Rivera and first baseman Chris Carter combining to retire the Marlins in the top of the fifth inning. Brewers starter Zach Davies had surrendered a single and a walk to open the inning before Miami's Marcell Ozuna hit a sharp grounder to Hill at third base.

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Brewers option Jungmann to Triple-A

Right-hander has dropped his past seven decisions

Brewers option Jungmann to Triple-A

MILWAUKEE -- Struggling Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann will continue his search for answers in the thin air of Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Brewers on Friday optioned their No. 3 starter to the Minors and called up a reliever, David Goforth. The move came a day after Jungmann surrendered five earned runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings at frozen Wrigley Field in a loss to the Cubs, dropping Jungmann to 0-4 this season with a 9.15 ERA.

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Villar, Crew prove bothersome to Arrieta

Villar, Crew prove bothersome to Arrieta

CHICAGO -- The Brewers entered Thursday knowing they would face Jake Arrieta, knowing all eyes would be on the Cubs' dominant right-hander and knowing he was trying to join Johnny Vander Meer as the second Major League pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters.

In a 7-2 loss at Wrigley Field, Milwaukee walked 11 batters, made two errors and couldn't get timely hits. But it did end any potential no-hitter drama early when shortstop Jonathan Villar led off the game with a broken-bat single to left field.

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Crew's Gennett put on DL with oblique injury

Crew's Gennett put on DL with oblique injury

CHICAGO -- One day after he was evaluated in Milwaukee, Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right oblique soreness.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said it's likely to be three weeks before Gennett returns to the club. The Brewers called up infielder Hernan Perez from Triple-A on Thursday to fill Gennett's void for now.

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Happy to be back, Perez ready to help Crew

Happy to be back, Perez ready to help Crew

CHICAGO -- Hernan Perez showed up to a cold and cloudy Wrigley Field on Thursday to take the place of injured Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett, but the conditions were still better than some of the snow Perez encountered in Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Perez has gotten used to the cold, but that hasn't cooled his bat. He was hitting .339 with one home run and 11 RBIs with Colorado Springs, continuing a level of production he showed late last season and through most of Spring Training.

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Nieuwenhuis making case for increased at-bats

Brewers using 'trial and error' approach to center-field job

Nieuwenhuis making case for increased at-bats

CHICAGO -- In a Brewers outfield still in flux, it seems Kirk Nieuwenhuis is beginning to emerge.

Nieuwenhuis was slotted to start his fourth consecutive game in center field Wednesday before the game was postponed, and his four hits over the past two games is an encouraging sign for the Brewers.

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Brewers come up short vs. Cubs in cold Chicago

Brewers come up short vs. Cubs in cold Chicago

CHICAGO -- Addison Russell smacked a tiebreaking, two-run triple with two outs in the sixth inning and Anthony Rizzo drove in his team-leading 22nd run with a double to lift the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night. With the win, the Cubs improved to 15-5, their best start since the 1907 team began 16-4.

The cold and Milwaukee's Jimmy Nelson helped to stymie the Cubs, who began the night averaging 6.26 runs per game, tops in the Majors.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Brewers rest Braun, until PH two-run double

Brewers rest Braun, until PH two-run double

CHICAGO -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell had to make a tough decision regarding balancing Ryan Braun's hot bat with the slugger's need for rest.

Despite a torrid start to the season, Braun was not in the Brewers' starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. That's not cause for concern, but rather part of a plan to keep Braun producing throughout the season.

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Jungmann struggles as Brewers fall to Cubs

Jungmann struggles as Brewers fall to Cubs

CHICAGO -- Johnny Vander Meer's record is safe. Jake Arrieta did not throw another no-hitter and his scoreless-innings streak at home ended, but the right-hander did get the win in the Cubs' 7-2 victory over the Brewers on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

"All I can say is he's human," catcher David Ross said of Arrieta, who is the first Cubs pitcher to go 5-0 in his first five starts since Greg Maddux in 2006.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Thursday

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Arcia among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pirates No. 1 prospect strikes out 11 in scoreless start for Triple-A Indianapolis

Arcia among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he struggled in his last start for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow returned to form Tuesday to fire six scoreless innings in a win against Durham.

Glasnow, No. 8 on the Top 100, was nothing short of dominant, allowing two hits and one walk while setting a Triple-A career-high with 11 strikeouts. He threw 56 of his season-high 87 pitches for strikes and, after logging exactly five innings in his first three turns, the six frames marked his longest of the season for the Indians.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Patient Cubs make Nelson work over 5 1/3

Patient Cubs make Nelson work over 5 1/3

CHICAGO -- Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson said getting tired wasn't the issue.

But in Tuesday's 4-3 loss against a Cubs lineup regarded as among the best in baseball, and a 34-degree wind chill that weakened bats and arms alike, Nelson's walks increased with his pitch count. It proved to be just enough to spoil what was otherwise another impressive start.

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Comfort equals confidence for Brewers' Villar

Comfort equals confidence for Brewers' Villar

CHICAGO -- Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar says he feels more comfortable in multiple ways this season.

Villar, a 24-year-old Dominican Republicn native, has been a welcome surprise in 2016, entering play Tuesday having reached base in 16 of his 17 games and posting a .362 on-base percentage. He said he has become more patient at the plate, but he also feels more at home in the Brewers' clubhouse.

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Crew recognizes value of infield shifts

Milwaukee uses what Stearns calls 'optimal positioning' more than any NL club

Crew recognizes value of infield shifts

MILWAUKEE -- You could see it in the way he arched his back in agony. For a moment, Jimmy Nelson had forgotten he pitched for the National League's "shiftiest" team.

Nelson was fighting hard for outs against the Twins at Miller Park on Wednesday. For a second straight inning, Minnesota put a pair of runners aboard with two outs. Up to the plate stepped Eduardo Nunez, a right-handed hitter not known for power, yet who drew an extreme infield shift. Second baseman Scooter Gennett played on the shortstop side of the bag.

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Mike Petriello

Santana's new plate approach reaping enormous dividends

Santana's new plate approach reaping enormous dividends

When you start your career the way Domingo Santana did, you don't always get a second chance.

In a brief taste of the big leagues with Houston in 2014, Santana struck out 14 times in 18 plate appearances, a shocking 77.8 percent strikeout rate. He continued his whiff-happy ways with the Astros in limited playing time in 2015, striking out 17 more times in 39 plate appearances. When Santana was eventually sent to Milwaukee in the deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers south, his Houston career was over with a 52 percent strikeout rate.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Diplan on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Diplan 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.

A player's first full season in pro ball after being drafted can often be a trying one, as the transition to playing every day at a much higher level can be tough. For two members of this edition of Prospect Team of the Week (April 18-24), it has proven to not be so difficult.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.