Lohse allows three of Cubs' 4 HRs

Righty gives up seven runs over 4 innings

Lohse allows three of Cubs' 4 HRs

MESA, Ariz. -- Anthony Rizzo smacked a three-run homer, Jorge Soler belted a two-run shot, and Dexter Fowler and Tommy La Stella each added solo home runs to power the Cubs to an 11-7 victory Wednesday over the Brewers in Chicago's final Cactus League game.

Kyle Lohse, who had a 1.80 ERA coming into the game, served up three of the Cubs' four home runs, and was charged with seven runs on eight hits over four innings.

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Brewers see Lind as integral to increasing scoring chances

First baseman brought in to help enhance OBP

Brewers see Lind as integral to increasing scoring chances

In the days leading up to Opening Day, MLB.com is examining various aspects of each team's roster. Today, the time has come to focus on a key number for the upcoming season. For the Brewers, it's 2.61: their average number of runs scored during their season-ending swoon.

PHOENIX -- One must not dig too deeply into the numbers to find where the 2014 Brewers went wrong. The figure 2.61 stands out -- Milwaukee's average number of runs during a 31-game, season-ending swoon, which cost a team which spent 150 days in first place an opportunity to play in the postseason.

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Selig to throw out first pitch at Brewers opener

Parking lots open at 10 a.m., gates at 10:40 a.m.

Selig to throw out first pitch at Brewers opener

MESA, Ariz. -- Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. "Bud" Selig will throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Brewers' season opener against the Rockies on Monday at Miller Park, the team announced while unveiling details about the 47th Opening Day in franchise history.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Selig brought the Brewers to Milwaukee in 1970, and his family owned the team until January 2005, when it was formally transferred to current owner Mark Attanasio. A statue of Selig stands outside Miller Park, and the Brewers retired the No. 1 last year in his honor. On May 29, the team will open a new attraction at Miller Park called the "Selig Experience," which tells the story of his tenure as owner.

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Schoendienst to join Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll

Hall of Famer led NL in hits in '57 and helped lead club to World Series title

Schoendienst to join Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll

Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst will become the 14th member of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll when he is inducted on April 9 at Miller Park.

The 10-time All-Star will be honored by the Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association in a 12 p.m. CT ceremony. Schoendienst, 92, will not be able to attend the unveiling of his place on the Honor Roll, which is located on the third-base side of the Miller Park Field Level Concourse.

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Offseason work gives H. Gomez shot at 1st Opening Day

Training with Cano credited for infielder's emergence

Offseason work gives H. Gomez shot at 1st Opening Day

MESA, Ariz. -- It won't be official until he steps to the foul line at Miller Park, but 27-year-old Brewers infielder Hector Gomez was basking in the prospect of his first big league Opening Day on Wednesday. The day before, a series of roster moves nearly guaranteed he'll make the cut.

Gomez credited pre-Spring Training work at a facility in the Dominican Republic operated by Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. Every Monday through Friday from early January until the late February day he departed for Phoenix, from 6:30 a.m. until dusk, Gomez worked with the likes of Cano, Albert Pujols, Edwin Encarnacion and teammate Jean Segura on preparing to audition for a roster spot with the Brewers.

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Last Call: Perez headed to Minors

Last Call: Perez headed to Minors

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Perez returns.

Chris Perez has not started a season in the Minor Leagues since 2009, when he was still an up-and-comer with the Cardinals. But the reliever will head to Triple-A Colorado Springs in an effort to make it back to the Brewers.

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Return to form makes Braun, Brewers dangerous

Year after posting career lows, slugger looks to have overcome thumb issues

Return to form makes Braun, Brewers dangerous

In the days leading up to Opening Day, MLB.com is examining various aspects of each team's roster. Today, the time has come to focus on a key player for the upcoming season. For the Brewers, that's right fielder Ryan Braun.

PHOENIX -- Before Ryan Braun began driving the baseball in Cactus League games, Carlos Gomez knew his teammate's problematic thumb was feeling better. Gomez saw what Braun was doing during batting practice.

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Clark, Rogers among 7 sent to Minors; OD roster all but set

Brewers down to 27 players in big league camp

Clark, Rogers among 7 sent to Minors; OD roster all but set

PHOENIX -- With a slew of camp reassignments on Tuesday, the Brewers moved to the brink of setting their team for Monday's season opener at Miller Park.

Relievers Rob Wooten, catcher Juan Centeno, first baseman Matt Clark and utility man Jason Rogers were all optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Pitcher Ariel Pena, catcher Nevin Ashley and outfielder Matt Long were returned to Minor League camp. The moves left 27 players in big league camp, and, barring a late addition, essentially set Milwaukee's pitching staff while leaving the final bench job down to outfielder Logan Schafer or non-roster utility man Elian Herrera.

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Gomez atop Brewers Opening Day lineup

Braun to hit third, with Ramirez batting cleanup

Gomez atop Brewers Opening Day lineup

PHOENIX -- Someday, Carlos Gomez hopes to be a fixture in the middle of a batting order. But the Brewers need him in the leadoff hole, so that's where he'll hit when the regular season begins on Monday.

Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed that the lineup he rolled out against the Reds on Tuesday matches his plan for Opening Day. It looked like this:

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Fiers battles through control issues in loss to Reds

Braun, Davis, Lind, Parra hit RBI singles for Brewers

Fiers battles through control issues in loss to Reds

PHOENIX -- Jay Bruce hit a towering three-run home run in the fourth inning, and the Reds added five more runs in the sixth against the Brewers when the National League Central rivals met for the final time this spring on Tuesday at Maryvale Baseball Park in a 10-4 Reds win.

An error charged to Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez aided the Reds' big sixth against Milwaukee left-hander Neal Cotts, who lasted one-third of an inning and was charged with five earned runs. In seven innings this spring, Cotts has surrendered 11 earned runs, 18 hits and six walks.

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Last call: Ramirez, Roenicke set plan for playing time

Third baseman, manager agree on strategy

Last call: Ramirez, Roenicke set plan for playing time

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site.

• Soon-to-be 37-year-old Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez met Tuesday morning with manager Ron Roenicke to set a plan for regular season playing time. Roenicke said they agreed on a strategy, but opted not to make it public.

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The Brewers wrote you an excuse note for Opening Day

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The Brewers wrote you an excuse note for Opening Day

That giddiness you feel creeping up your spine, through the back of your mind and making camp on the front of your cerebrum, is thanks to the fact that the greatest day of the calendar year is less than a week away: Opening Day.

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Days after release, Perez re-signs with Crew

Reliever inks Minor League contract with Milwaukee on Tuesday

Days after release, Perez re-signs with Crew

PHOENIX -- How brief was Chris Perez's stint as a free agent? So brief that he never got around to emptying his locker in the Brewers' clubhouse.

Two days after the team released him from big league camp, Perez signed another Minor League contract with Milwaukee on Tuesday. The break took the Brewers off the hook for a $100,000 retention bonus they would have owed Perez had they simply reassigned him to Minor League camp in the first place. Perez would make the same salary in the Majors ($1.5 million plus incentives) as stipulated in his original contract, and he retained opt-outs on May 1 and June 1.

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Nelson stays positive despite poor spring

Right-hander, pitching coach cite improved slider in latest start

Nelson stays positive despite poor spring

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Nelson's spotty Spring Training continued Monday in Minor League camp, where the right-hander surrendered 10 earned runs on 11 hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings of a Triple-A game. The outing came after Nelson posted a 6.23 ERA in his four Cactus League starts.

A day later, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and Nelson were pitching the positives.

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Roenicke's focus on future, not past

Manager impressed with Gennett's, Lind's approach vs. left-handers

Roenicke's focus on future, not past

PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke sat down with MLB.com last week to discuss where his team stands heading into his fifth season at the helm. Video of the session is available above, and here are some of the highlights.

On confronting last season's collapse during team meetings this spring.
"I don't want to dwell on it, but by addressing it, talking about it, explaining what I see happened and how we get through it the next time, I think it helps," said Roenicke. "A bad thing will happen to everybody and every team, no matter how good they are. I think to address it and talk about what went wrong is helpful. … That's part of life, and let's learn and let's get through it, and let's be a better team because of it."

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Levering excited to make big league broadcasting debut

Levering excited to make big league broadcasting debut

PHOENIX -- After spending Spring Training calling Brewers games on radio and MLB.com's webcasts, Jeff Levering is ready for his official Major League debut.

The Chapman University graduate is entering his first season on Milwaukee's broadcast team and will call games with Joe Block when Bob Uecker skips select road trips. Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead broadcaster for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, and got a taste of the big leagues in 2005 as a field reporter and associate producer for Fox Sports West covering the Dodgers and Angels.

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Kintzler optioned, Perez released as bullpen race down to three

Blazek, Thornburg and Wooten vying for two relief spots

Kintzler optioned, Perez released as bullpen race down to three

MESA, Ariz. -- The Brewers narrowed the competition for the final spots in their bullpen on Sunday, as Brandon Kintzler was optioned to Triple-A and non-roster right-hander Chris Perez was released.

That leaves three pitchers vying for two relief roles: Michael Blazek, Tyler Thornburg and Rob Wooten.

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Blazek scuffles against A's as he battles for bullpen spot

Righty allows three runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking four

Blazek scuffles against A's as he battles for bullpen spot

MESA, Ariz. -- A's right-hander Kendall Graveman continued to dominate Cactus League opposition Sunday, stringing together 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers in a 7-0 victory for Oakland at Hohokam Stadium.

Graveman, in line to start the A's fourth game of the regular season, faced just two over the minimum in his time on the mound. He allowed only three hits, the first of which didn't come until the fifth, when Gerardo Parra notched a two-out single. Logan Schafer was responsible for the second, a bunt single, but was promptly picked off first base by A's catcher Josh Phegley.

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Brewers experiment with Parra at first, Jimenez at catcher

Brewers experiment with Parra at first, Jimenez at catcher

MESA, Ariz. -- Spring Training offers clubs a chance to experiment, and the Brewers took advantage Sunday by getting a look at Gerardo Parra at first base and Luis Jimenez at catcher.

Parra started at first against the A's in a Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium. The outfielder has never played the position in a regular-season game, but has been taking ground balls throughout camp.

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Peralta goes six strong vs. Indians, Braun stays hot

Brewers starter slated to take hill April 8 vs. Rockies

Peralta goes six strong vs. Indians, Braun stays hot

PHOENIX -- Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland and Ryan Braun drove in two runs for Milwaukee as the Indians beat the Brewers, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Braun continued his hot streak as he ripped a double to the gap in right-center in the first inning to score Jean Segura. He added an RBI-single up the middle in the fifth to tie the game.

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'Tough decisions' near for Brewers in setting roster

Roenicke says he's 'a little baffled' as bench, 'pen in play

'Tough decisions' near for Brewers in setting roster

PHOENIX -- The Brewers have some difficult decisions to make over the next week as they determine who will fill the final spots on the bench and in the bullpen.

"I hate to say it, but I'm a little baffled as with which way to go," manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday.

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Brewers believe in contender status for 2015

Roenicke feels his club can once again challenge for NL Central title

Brewers believe in contender status for 2015

PHOENIX -- The 2014 Brewers led the Major Leagues in conflicting outcomes. So the 2015 version does not lend itself to one-step analysis.

The '14 Brewers were in first place in the National League Central for 150 days, but they finished the season losing 22 of their last 31 games, including one stretch in which they dropped 13 of 14. The root cause of the late-season demise was a hitting slump that included almost the entire lineup.

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Last Call: Brewers' best friend Hank makes spring debut

Dog makes appearance at pet adoption fundraiser

Last Call: Brewers' best friend Hank makes spring debut

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Man's best friend.

• Hank the Dog made his first appearance of Spring Training on Saturday at Maryvale Baseball Park, where the adopted pooch took part in an adopt-a-pet event and fundraiser for the Arizona Humane Society. Hank ran around on the warning track before Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians and posed for photos with fans on the right-field concourse.

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'Total package': Arcia impresses in short spring stint

Roenicke says prospect 'fun to watch' as bat develops

'Total package': Arcia impresses in short spring stint

PHOENIX -- The Brewers caught a glimpse of the future on Friday night, as top prospect Orlando Arcia showed off his improving skills over three eventful innings in a Cactus League game against the Reds.

Arcia ripped a pair of doubles in his only at-bats, one to left field and another to right. Both hits came off Major League pitchers in Burke Badenhop and Jumbo Diaz.

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Gennett, Lucroy go deep in Brewers' win

Fine-tuning Garza strikes out six over 5 2/3 innings

Gennett, Lucroy go deep in Brewers' win

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Brewers hit two home runs while Brandon Phillips drove in four runs for the Reds. In the end, it was Milwaukee that prevailed with a 8-6 victory at Goodyear Ballpark.

It was a bumpy night for both starting pitchers. Reds starter, and rotation candidate, Raisel Iglesias gave up three runs in the first inning and three more in the third. The top of the first began with three straight sharply connected hits, including home runs by leadoff batter Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy for a 3-0 Milwaukee lead.

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Brewers to get Lucroy more spring work at first base

All-Star catcher may be able to give veteran Lind some rest against lefties

Brewers to get Lucroy more spring work at first base

PHOENIX -- The Brewers hope to get a look at Jonathan Lucroy at first base at least twice over the final eight games of Spring Training, manager Ron Roenicke said on Friday.

Lucroy is expected to see more time at first this season than he has in the past, possibly to spell Adam Lind when facing left-handed starting pitchers.

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Smith can be key piece to Brewers' success

Southpaw hopes to bring impressive spring performance into April

Smith can be key piece to Brewers' success

PHOENIX -- When Brewers manager Ron Roenicke looks at the clubs in the National League Central, he sees five above-average starting rotations. Roenicke said Friday he expects most division games to be close, which places more importance on the bullpen.

If that's indeed the case, reliever Will Smith figures to be a key piece in the Brewers' success this season. The left-hander is having a strong Spring Training, with a 0.87 ERA in 8 Cactus League appearances, building on a strong finish to 2014.

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Roenicke taking time before lining up Fiers, Nelson

Brewers manager has plan, but will not need to make call until later

Roenicke taking time before lining up Fiers, Nelson

PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday he is still deciding between Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson as the club's fourth starter.

Both pitchers will be lined up to be available to start the fourth game of the regular season April 10 against Pittsburgh. But Roenicke said a final decision doesn't need to be made until after Opening Day at the latest.

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