Gennett comes off DL; Lucroy makes progress

Brewers second baseman has been sidelined since April 19

Gennett comes off DL; Lucroy makes progress

MILWAUKEE -- As second baseman Scooter Gennett was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday to start against the Dodgers, catcher Jonathan Lucroy expressed hope that he won't be too far behind. Lucroy underwent an X-ray of his fractured left toe Monday, the result of which produced hope he'll fall on the shorter end of a projected four- to six-week absence.

"They see some signs of healing going on," said Lucroy, who is already more than two weeks into his recovery and has shed his walking boot. "I'm happy. I'm not slacking off on any of the rehab stuff, trying to stay in baseball shape."

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Brewers rally to win Counsell's debut

Brewers rally to win Counsell's debut

MILWAUKEE -- Clayton Kershaw hit a wall, and the Brewers took advantage to make a winner of their rookie manager on Monday.

Held to a run on three hits while Kershaw cruised through the first seven innings on 76 pitches, the Brewers scored three runs in the eighth off Kershaw and reliever Chris Hatcher for a 4-3 win over the Dodgers at Miller Park. The game ball went to new Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who had been formally named to the post less than 12 hours earlier.

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Brewers provide storybook ending for Counsell

Eighth-inning rally gives rookie manager dramatic win in debut

Brewers provide storybook ending for Counsell

MILWAUKEE -- Craig Counsell seemed undaunted Monday morning by the fact his managerial debut coincided with a Clayton Kershaw start, even predicting, "it could be a good story someday."

Turns out, Counsell was right.

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Replay review helps seal dramatic comeback

Braun legs out infield single to knock in game-winning run vs. Dodgers

Replay review helps seal dramatic comeback

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' first lead of the Craig Counsell era hung in limbo for one minute, 40 seconds while the umpires viewed a replay. It was one of many tense moments in the eighth inning of Milwaukee's 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Monday at Miller Park.

Crew chief Jerry Meals took a second look at Ryan Braun's go-ahead, broken-bat infield single in the eighth inning. First-base umpire Paul Emmel had called Braun safe, and the replay center in New York did not see enough in the replay to change that ruling. The call stood, and the Brewers were on their way to a victory in Counsell's managerial debut.

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Counsell is Brewers' choice for manager

Former Milwaukee player has been in team's front office since 2012

Counsell is Brewers' choice for manager

MILWAUKEE -- It was true that as he sat on the dais at Miller Park and as the new leader of his hometown Brewers, Craig Counsell had never managed a single inning. But it was untrue to say he had no experience.

Both Counsell and general manager Doug Melvin made that argument forcefully as the team entered a new era on Monday with Counsell as its manager. It began with the season's most uplifting triumph, a come-from-behind, 4-3 win over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

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Segura expected back in the lineup Tuesday

Shortstop was hit in head by 95-mph fastball in Sunday's win over Cubs

Segura expected back in the lineup Tuesday

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he expects shortstop Jean Segura back in the lineup on Tuesday, two days after being struck in the head by a 95-mph fastball in a 5-3 win at Wrigley Field.

Segura went through a battery of tests in the 24 hours after he was struck on the helmet by a Pedro Strop pitch, and was cleared by Brewers medical staffers on Monday evening before a 4-3 win over the Dodgers at Miller Park.

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Brewers ready to play hard for Counsell

Braun, Lucroy discuss Roenicke's dismissal, playing for former teammate

Brewers ready to play hard for Counsell

MILWAUKEE -- The cell phones started buzzing late Sunday night, as word spread to Brewers players that manager Ron Roenicke had been let go, to be replaced by Craig Counsell. For some, it meant a former teammate would now be the boss.

"It was weird talking to him this morning as manager," said right fielder Ryan Braun, who played five seasons with Counsell. "And then walking into his office for the first time today was definitely an odd experience. I'm sure it will take some time for all of us to get used to that."

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Counsell may augment coaching staff

Counsell may augment coaching staff

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials offered new Brewers manager Craig Counsell an opportunity to augment the coaching staff, an idea Counsell had yet to rule out as his tenure began Monday night with the current crew intact.

"I'm still throwing some things around in my head," Counsell said.

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Mike Bauman

Astute Counsell up to tough task with Crew

Astute Counsell up to tough task with Crew

For years, Craig Counsell has been widely known as one of the most intelligent people in baseball.

It could be argued that now he may have to be the Albert Einstein of dugouts to steer the Milwaukee Brewers back onto a winning track. One way or another, being named manager of the Brewers at this moment in history represents an imposing challenge.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Rebuild not yet on mind of Counsell, Crew

Rebuild not yet on mind of Counsell, Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Did the Brewers' decision to dismiss manager Ron Roenicke and replace him with Craig Counsell on a three-year contract signal the start of a long-term rebuilding project? Not so fast, said club officials, who plan to give Counsell a window of opportunity to win before the organization considers a sell-off.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash has seen such a scenario pay off. In 1989, Ash was in his first season as assistant GM of the Blue Jays, who began the season 12-24 before dismissing manager Jimy Williams. Cito Gaston took over and the team went 77-49 the rest of the way, winning the American League East.

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Brewers relieve Roenicke of duties

Counsell named new manager, gets three-year deal

Brewers relieve Roenicke of duties

MILWAUKEE -- Winning back-to-back games for the first time this season was not enough to save Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who was dismissed late Sunday, with the team holding Major League Baseball's poorest record at 7-18.

Former Brewers player Craig Counsell, who has no coaching experience but played parts of 16 Major League seasons and had been working in the team's front office since 2012, was named manager on Monday, having signed a three-year contract. General manager Doug Melvin said the rest of Milwaukee's coaching staff had been asked to remain.

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Roenicke has only one regret after losing job

Former Brewers manager only wishes team had won more recently

Roenicke has only one regret after losing job

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expressed only one regret late Sunday after being dismissed from his job 25 games into his fifth season: That the Brewers did not win more games of late.

Asked whether he would do anything different if he could go back to the middle of last season and do things over, Roenicke said, "I don't think so. I've talked to Doug [Melvin, Milwaukee's general manager], I've talked to the coaches, I've talked to Mark [Attanasio, the team's owner] about it and asked them what I could do different.

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Phil Rogers

Brewers' next skipper must have eye on future

Brewers' next skipper must have eye on future

Nobody ever likes to surrender, especially not when we're only four weeks into the 26-week marathon. So Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and general manager Doug Melvin are changing managers in the hope that they can catch lightning in a bottle, like the Marlins did in 2003.

Ron Roenicke was fired on Sunday night -- oddly, after he had just ended a streak of 11 consecutive losing series by taking two of three at Wrigley Field -- but even if they could channel the ghost of Billy Martin, the Brewers must know that salvaging the 2015 season is all but impossible.

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Brewers gain momentum after first series win

Brewers gain momentum after first series win

CHICAGO -- For the first time all season, the Brewers could debate Sunday whether two victories in a row would constitute a "winning streak."

A 5-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field gave the Brewers their first series win all season and, coupled with Saturday's win, left the Texas Rangers as the only team in Major League Baseball yet to win back-to-back games.

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Ramirez leads Brewers to first series victory of season

Ramirez leads Brewers to first series victory of season

CHICAGO -- Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run in the second and a tie-breaking two-run single in the eighth to lift the Brewers to a 5-3 victory Sunday over the Cubs and their first series win of the season.

Ramirez spared the Brewers from letting an eighth-inning rally slip away. Cubs reliever Pedro Strop had loaded the bases with nobody out when he struck Brewers shortstop Jean Segura in the head with a fastball, but recovered to induce a 5-2-3 double play from Ryan Braun.

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Nelson pitches well, even without his best stuff

Nelson pitches well, even without his best stuff

CHICAGO -- The Brewers' best starting pitcher to date worked without his best stuff Sunday to help his team finally take a series.

After lasting only 2 1/3 innings and surrendering seven earned runs in his previous start, Nelson limited the Cubs to three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings for his team-best third quality start. He settled for a no-decision in a 5-3 Brewers win.

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Gennett continuing his rehab assignment

Gennett continuing his rehab assignment

CHICAGO -- With center fielder Carlos Gomez easing back to full-time duty after a stint on the disabled list for a strained hamstring, the Brewers are carefully monitoring second baseman Scooter Gennett's Minor League rehabilitation assignment at Class A Wisconsin, which entered a third day on Sunday.

Gennett, who has been on the DL since lacerating the top of his left hand in a shower mishap, was expected to spend at least four days with the Timber Rattlers before rejoining the Brewers on Tuesday at the earliest.

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One day after DFA, Jimenez claimed by Boston

One day after DFA, Jimenez claimed by Boston

CHICAGO -- The Red Sox claimed infielder Luis Jimenez off waivers on Sunday, a day after the Brewers had designated him for assignment and activated center fielder Carlos Gomez from the disabled list.

The Brewers knew Jimenez as a terrific defender at third base and were intrigued by his bat when they claimed him off waivers from the Angels last fall. He had some success at the plate late in Spring Training, but struggled in the regular season off the Brewers' bench, going 1-for-15.

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Fiers rewards Brewers' patience with great outing

Fiers rewards Brewers' patience with great outing

CHICAGO -- Just how badly Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers needed a quality start on this particular afternoon at Wrigley Field, manager Ron Roenicke did not precisely say.

Roenicke had insisted following Fiers' previous outing, his second in a row which spanned only four innings, that Brewers brass was not discussing a change to the starting rotation. Fiers had earned the opportunity, Roenicke said, to pitch through his early-season issues.

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Gomez does it all for Brewers in return from DL

Gomez does it all for Brewers in return from DL

CHICAGO -- Carlos Gomez was off and running in Saturday's 6-1 win upon his return to the Brewers' lineup.

Gomez popped out on the first pitch he saw following a 17-day stay on the disabled list for a right hamstring strain, but made his presence felt in the second inning when he drove in one run with a bloop single and helped manufacture another run with his first two stolen bases of the season.

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Fiers leads way as Brewers even series with Cubs

Fiers leads way as Brewers even series with Cubs

CHICAGO -- Mike Fiers struck out 12 batters over six innings, Ryan Braun smacked a two-run homer and Jean Segura had four hits, including an RBI triple, to lead the Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Saturday and even the series.

Fiers walked two in the first, but did not give up a hit until Chris Denorfia singled with one out in the fifth. He also served up Anthony Rizzo's solo homer with one out in the Chicago sixth. The 12 K's were a season high, and helped the Brewers notch their third road win in 11 games.

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Jimenez DFA'd as Gomez returns from DL

Jimenez DFA'd as Gomez returns from DL

CHICAGO -- His own poor start at the plate and the Brewers' poor position in the standings conspired to cost Luis Jimenez his roster spot Saturday, when the team designated the infielder for assignment to make way for center fielder Carlos Gomez's return from the disabled list.

Claimed off waivers from the Angels just before Halloween, Jimenez played stellar defense at third base throughout the spring, but has yet to consistently showcase a bat which produced 58 extra-base hits, including 21 home runs, at offense-friendly Triple-A Salt Lake last season.

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Crew losses mount, but Peralta, pitchers progressing

Right-hander tosses six one-run innings en route to loss against Cubs

Crew losses mount, but Peralta, pitchers progressing

CHICAGO -- "It's going to get better," Ryan Braun promised Friday after a 1-0 loss to the Cubs dropped the Brewers' record to 5-18, leaving them the only National League team -- and one of two in the Majors, with Texas -- yet to win back-to-back games. Braun pointed to the pitcher's mound.

That's where Wily Peralta threw 118 pitches against the Cubs, too high a total for his taste, but good enough to hold Chicago to an Addison Russell home run over six quality innings. It marked more progress for a pitching staff that has delivered six quality starts in the team's past nine games, after only two in the first 14 games of the season.

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Crew's bats quiet behind solid Peralta

Crew's bats quiet behind solid Peralta

CHICAGO -- If you thought Addison Russell would homer before Kris Bryant, you were right.

Russell, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, connected on his first big league homer in the third inning Friday afternoon to give Jon Lester all the support he needed in a 1-0 victory over the Brewers.

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Gomez feels 100 percent, eager to help Crew

Center fielder set to come off disabled list for Saturday game against Cubs

Gomez feels 100 percent, eager to help Crew

CHICAGO -- It's been a frustrating two weeks on the disabled list for Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, who was forced to watch his team slump through the worst opening month in franchise history. Beginning Saturday, he can help them try to dig out.

Declaring his right hamstring back to 100 percent strength, Gomez said he's ready to run when he's activated from the DL in time for Game 2 of a weekend series against the Cubs.

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