Davies impressive in spring debut

Davies impressive in spring debut

PHOENIX -- Danny Duffy surrendered a run in each of his first two spring innings, but the Royals slugged their way back to beat the Brewers, 6-3, on Tuesday at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Royals catcher Brayan Pena doubled home two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game, and Ryan O'Hearn homered in the sixth off Brewers right-hander Hiram Burgos for a 3-2 lead. The Royals extended their lead with three more runs against Burgos in the eighth, when Peter O'Brien's two-run homer cleared the 30-foot batter's eye in center field -- O'Brien's third homer this spring.

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Brewers to honor Hart, Burdette

All-Star outfielder begins professional coaching career

Brewers to honor Hart, Burdette

PHOENIX -- It was a happy coincidence that former All-Star outfielder Corey Hart was in uniform Tuesday to begin, what he hopes is, a professional coaching career on the same day his former team announced he would be inducted this summer to the Brewers Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

Hart, a two-time All-Star whose playing career was cut short by injuries, will be honored at Miller Park on June 30. He will be the 60th player with a plaque on the Brewers Wall of Honor, which was dedicated in 2014 and includes players who meet certain standards of longevity or production.

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Harrison healthy, prepares for competition

Harrison healthy, prepares for competition

PHOENIX -- After seeing her son lose significant chunks of two straight seasons to broken bones, Monte Harrison's mother offered some advice: Drink more milk.

"I'm like, I drink milk all the time!" Harrison said.

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Tickets for Miller Park exhibitions on sale today

Fans will receive vouchers for new concessions

Tickets for Miller Park exhibitions on sale today

PHOENIX -- Tickets to the Brewers' March 31 and April 1 exhibition games against the White Sox will go on sale today via the usual outlets, including Brewers.com.

Tickets are $20 for the field diamond box section, $15 for field infield box and $10 for all other seating areas. All fans who attend either contest will receive a $10 food and beverage voucher for use at Miller Park's new concession stands, bars and kiosks throughout the ballpark.

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Brinson comes up big vs. former club

Brinson comes up big vs. former club

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Top Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson, facing his former organization, had three hits and the go-ahead RBI in leading Milwaukee to a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday afternoon.

Brinson was one of three players acquired by the Brewers in a trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy. His RBI single in the fifth inning off of Rangers reliever Brady Dragmire brought home the first run of the game.

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Thames rides KBO tear into Majors

Thames rides KBO tear into Majors

PHOENIX -- Eric Thames has gotten over the shock. But three months later, he's still filled with joy about one of baseball's most intriguing developments in the offseason.

The Brewers non-tendered first baseman Chris Carter, the National League home run champion, to open up a spot for the 30-year-old Thames, who spent the past three years giving fits to pitchers in Korea.

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Give him a (pitching) hand: Ramirez back on mound

Give him a (pitching) hand: Ramirez back on mound

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A year ago, Nick Ramirez was a 26-year-old preparing to grind through a third straight season as a Double-A first baseman. Now, he's bidding to be the second coming of Brooks Kieschnick, the power-hitting relief pitcher who found a niche with the Brewers during their last rebuilding phase.

Ramirez, a left-handed hitter and pitcher, has been perfect in a pair of appearances for the big league Brewers. He struck out the side in an exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday, then struck out the first two Texas Rangers he faced Monday before inducing a game-ending flyout to center field in a 5-0 win.

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Subero gets his chance to represent Venezuela

Subero gets his chance to represent Venezuela

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Add first-base coach Carlos Subero to the list of Brewers departing next week for the World Baseball Classic. He will serve on Venezuela's coaching staff, and calls it an opportunity decades in the making.

As a 17-year-old, Subero says he was poised to play shortstop for Venezuela's national team at a tournament in Canada. But in a pre-tournament workout, Subero fielded a ground ball and felt his surgically repaired right elbow pop when he threw. He looked down and could see one of the pins previously embedded in the joint popping through his skin.

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LA LA landing: Brewer slide vs. Dodgers epic

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LA LA landing: Brewer slide vs. Dodgers epic

It may be only February and just a few short days into Spring Training, but Brett Phillips -- TV star and Brewers top prospect/laugher -- is ready to win. He doesn't care that some people think these games "don't really count." He doesn't subscribe to the laissez-faire attitude of Spring Trainings past. In the sixth inning of Sunday's Dodgers-Brewers tilt, Phillips expertly maneuvered around the tag at home plate to give his team an 8-7 lead.

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Peralta throws 2 scoreless; Cordell drives in 4

Peralta throws 2 scoreless; Cordell drives in 4

PHOENIX -- Rich Hill's curveball looked ready for the regular season, as did the Dodgers' lineup.

Hill kept the Brewers off balance for two scoreless innings, while Justin Turner, Chase Utley and Scott Van Slyke combined for seven RBIs on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Dodgers employed a late rally to beat the Brewers, 10-8. For Milwaukee, outfielder Ryan Cordell homered and drove in four runs.

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Braun feels '100 percent,' is ready for season

Brewers left fielder doesn't expect to play in Cactus League until March 10

Braun feels '100 percent,' is ready for season

PHOENIX -- What would Ryan Braun's perfect Spring Training look like? It would be one week long, and there might not be any baseball games.

"If Opening Day was today," Braun said on Sunday, "I'm 100 percent ready for the season. I'm serious. I don't need any at-bats. I feel really good."

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Peralta readies himself for Classic duty

Right-hander expected to pitch in first round, but could find himself with larger role

Peralta readies himself for Classic duty

PHOENIX -- Wily Peralta is preparing for the possibility of a more prominent role in the World Baseball Classic, as the Dominican Republic awaits word on the availability of Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto.

Cueto's father, Domingo, has been ill, and Cueto has been absent from San Francisco's spring camp. He has been throwing bullpen sessions at home, but there is worry that Cueto won't have time to build up to 60 pitches in time to work amid the charged atmosphere of the tournament.

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Classic departures give young infield chance

Villar, Perez leaving on March 5 will provide Brewers opportunity to watch prospects

Classic departures give young infield chance

PHOENIX -- The pending departures of Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez for the World Baseball Classic will open Spring Training opportunities for the likes of 22-year-old shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon, who got his first taste of Cactus League action in Sunday's 10-8 loss to the Dodgers.

"I kind of think of him as the Double-A shortstop, and that player should be playing in Spring Training games," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Especially when he's a young player."

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Burgos seeks job with Crew via WBC 2017

Right-hander made Brewers debut in '13 after Classic

Burgos seeks job with Crew via WBC 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four years ago, his success pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic propelled Hiram Burgos to the Brewers' starting rotation. The right-hander hopes history is about to repeat itself.

"I was talking to my wife about that," Burgos said. "In 2013, the Classic was a big step for me and something that opened the door to the big leagues. I feel like this year it will happen again."

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Pitching sets tone in Cactus League opener

Pitching sets tone in Cactus League opener

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Yusmeiro Petit pitched two innings and Ben Revere produced an RBI single to help lead the Angels to a 2-0 win over the Brewers on Saturday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the Cactus League opener for both teams.

Revere opened the scoring by legging out an infield single off Brewers bullpen hopeful Joba Chamberlain to score Kaleb Cowart from third in the bottom of the third inning.

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Suter embraces soft-tossing uniqueness

Lefty seeking bullpen role after effective debut last year

Suter embraces soft-tossing uniqueness

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In an era of young power pitchers, Brewers left-hander Brent Suter is an anomaly. His unique style happened by accident.

Suter, who started the Cactus League opener Saturday against the Angels but is bidding for a bullpen spot this spring, made it to the Majors last season and logged a 3.32 ERA over 14 games, including two starts. He worked with a fastball that averaged 83.8 mph. Only one non-knuckleballer threw softer: Angels veteran Jered Weaver, at 83 mph.

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Feliz nearing game action with Brewers

Crew's new closer to throw BP at camp on Sunday

Feliz nearing game action with Brewers

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Brewers' new closer will move a step closer Sunday to catching up with the rest of the staff.

Neftali Feliz, whose arrival in camp was delayed by a visa issue, said he was scheduled to throw batting practice on Sunday morning at Maryvale Baseball Park. For other Brewers pitchers, that was their final step before appearing in a game.

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Gennett passes first spring test in left field

Gennett passes first spring test in left field

PHOENIX -- Right on cue, the baseball gods sent some fly balls Scooter Gennett's way during his first spring inning in left field.

Gennett, who is converting from everyday second baseman to an expected role off the Brewers' bench this season, started the team's exhibition opener against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday and camped under a pair of first-inning flyouts. He later smacked a solo home run in the Brewers' 11-0 win.

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Brinson pops 2 HRs in first game with Crew

Top prospect sparks offense in exhibition matchup with UW-Milwaukee

Brinson pops 2 HRs in first game with Crew

PHOENIX -- Lewis Brinson's first game in a Brewers uniform was a blast.

Milwaukee's top prospect homered twice and drove in four runs in the Brewers' 11-0 exhibition win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers on Friday at Maryvale Baseball Park. Scooter Gennett followed Brinson's second home run of the day with a solo shot, and Jesus Aguilar added a three-run homer for the Brewers in an eight-run fourth inning to put the game away.

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Boyhood friendship spills over to Majors

D-backs' Bradley, Brewers' Houser reconnect in Phoenix

Boyhood friendship spills over to Majors

PHOENIX -- Brewers pitching prospect Adrian Houser was two days removed from Tommy John surgery last summer and facing a grueling rehab at Milwaukee's year-round facility in Phoenix, when he realized he needed a place to live. He texted an old friend asking for help. The way Houser remembers it, Archie Bradley answered almost instantly.

"Bro, I'll always have a room for you," Bradley replied.

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Prospect Dubon eyeing history for Honduras

Prospect Dubon eyeing history for Honduras

PHOENIX -- The newest of the Brewers' young shortstops would like to add "pioneer" next to the word prospect.

Mauricio Dubon, the 22-year-old acquired in a December trade with the Red Sox, is bidding to be the first player born and raised in Honduras to make it to the Major Leagues. Former Astros outfielder Gerald Young was born in the Central American nation, but he grew up in the U.S., while Dubon did not migrate until he was 15, traveling with a Christian baseball mission group. Dubon went to high school in Sacramento, Calif., and the Red Sox made him a 26th-round pick in the 2013 Draft.

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Brewers reportedly offer extension to Villar

Brewers reportedly offer extension to Villar

PHOENIX -- According to a report, David Stearns may be mulling another first in his tenure as Brewers general manager: His first contract extension.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman said the Brewers recently "floated" a proposal to infielder Jonathan Villar with a financial guarantee in the neighborhood of $20 million over an undisclosed term. According to Heyman, Villar "passed for now."

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Oh, snap: Topps photographer visits Crew camp

Oh, snap: Topps photographer visits Crew camp

PHOENIX -- Ed Mailliard has a difficult time choosing a favorite from his 15,000 or so photographs that made it onto Topps baseball cards over the years, but it might be the 1989 Bo Jackson. The pose on card No. 540 of that set is simple enough; Jackson in a blue Royals jersey holding a black bat out to the side in his right hand during batting practice. Mailliard remembers seeing the image printed on T-shirts.

Early Wednesday morning at Maryvale Baseball Park, Mailliard may have been shooting the next memorable card. He was the final station at Brewers photo day, and one by one every member of Milwaukee's big league camp posed for photographs.

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Joba dialed in for first session with Brewers

Chamberlain adds veteran presence to bullpen competition

Joba dialed in for first session with Brewers

PHOENIX -- Joba Chamberlain faced hitters Wednesday for the first time in a Brewers uniform. After the final pitch of his live batting practice session, one of the hitters, outfield prospect Brett Phillips, approached the veteran reliever.

"You were trying to set us up the whole time, weren't you?" Phillips asked.

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Counsell in no rush to determine lineup order

Counsell in no rush to determine lineup order

PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell is taking a patient approach to lineup construction, delaying decisions until deep into the month of March.

"I'm not concerned about the lineup at all right now," said Counsell, who does not expect that to change "until after the World Baseball Classic. That's when it's going to start taking importance in my head. That's the note I've made."

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Something for everyone on Brewers' Glove Day

Something for everyone on Brewers' Glove Day

PHOENIX -- Jonathan Villar's came in three different custom color schemes and were embroidered with his daughter's name. Brett Phillips' had a Brewers logo to remind him of his ultimate destination. Phillips' and Michael Reed's were inscribed with their favorite Bible verses. Yadiel Rivera's came in different sizes, since he plays multiple positions. Ryan Braun's went straight to third-base coach and outfield instructor Ed Sedar as a gift.

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