Lineup hits cold stretch at end of red-hot July

Brewers handed 1st back-to-back shutouts this season

Lineup hits cold stretch at end of red-hot July

PHOENIX -- After being shut out for the second straight day in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the D-backs, the Brewers' red-hot July is threatening to end with a deep freeze.

After going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Brewers were hitless in their last 19 at-bats in the clutch. In losing consecutive shutouts over the weekend for the first time since April 2013, the Brewers went 0-for-16 in those situations.

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Brewers' offense skids in series loss

Brewers' offense skids in series loss

PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings and Jake Lamb and Chris Owings provided run-scoring, extra-base hits in the D-backs' 3-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday at Chase Field. It was Arizona's third victory in the four-game series and second consecutive shutout.

"His off-speed stuff today was really good, changeup, breaking ball, it threw them off down at the bottom of the order especially," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Hellickson. "He's able to throw pitches that aren't predictable."

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Lind out of lineup to receive back treatment

Brewers first baseman to be re-evaluated in San Francisco

Lind out of lineup to receive back treatment

PHOENIX -- As Adam Lind took Sunday off to receive treatment for his stiff back, Brewers manager Craig Counsell declined to entertain a question about what he'd do if his regular first baseman misses a significant chunk of playing time.

"We're not there yet," Counsell said before the Brewers' 3-0 loss. "If that happens, we'll have to come up with a plan, but I'm not at the point where I'm considering that right now."

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Peralta's return to give Crew 6-man rotation

Brewers could trade 1 or more starters before Friday's deadline

Peralta's return to give Crew 6-man rotation

PHOENIX -- The Brewers will employ a six-man rotation for at least the next week as Wily Peralta returns from the disabled list to start Tuesday at San Francisco.

Manager Craig Counsell made that announcement on Saturday, saying Matt Garza remained scheduled to start Sunday at Arizona, followed by Kyle Lohse in Monday's series opener against the Giants. After Peralta on Tuesday, Milwaukee's other starters will each get an extra day's rest while remaining in line through Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Lohse faces Giants in final start before Deadline

Lohse faces Giants in final start before Deadline

Brewers manager Craig Counsell made the case that Monday will be just another start for veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse.

"He's a member of the rotation, and he's taking his turn just like they all are," Counsell said.

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Braun packing power on road this season

Brewers slugger has hit 14 of 18 homers away from Miller Park

Braun packing power on road this season

PHOENIX -- After hitting three home runs in front of a particularly opinionated crowd at Citizens Bank Park last season, Ryan Braun suggested he was fueled by the boos that precede all of his at-bats on the road since returning from a 2013 suspension. This season, the numbers are bearing out that assertion.

After homering for the second straight night in the Brewers' 2-1 win over the D-backs on Friday night, Braun has played precisely the same number of games on the road this season (46) as on the road. And despite playing those home games at cozy Miller Park, where Braun has traditionally done the bulk of his damage, he's been a far more dangerous hitter while brushing off those boos. On the road, Braun has 14 home runs and 41 RBIs. At home, he has four home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Jungmann solid but bats struggle in shutout

Jungmann solid but bats struggle in shutout

PHOENIX -- Rubby De La Rosa blanked the Brewers over eight innings, winning for the second straight start, to lift the D-backs to a 2-0 win on Saturday night at Chase Field

De La Rosa gave up just four hits and struck out six as he won his team-best eighth game of the season. The right-hander improved to 6-1 at home this season and the D-backs won despite scoring fewer than four runs for the sixth time in seven games.

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Fiers has uneven outing as scouts watch

Brewers starter among several drawing trade interest

Fiers has uneven outing as scouts watch

PHOENIX -- The crowded press box dining room was one indication Thursday that Chase Field was full of scouts, eyeing players ahead of next week's nonwaiver Trade Deadline. One of those men was Blue Jays director of pro scouting Perry Minasian, whose younger brother, Zack, happens to hold the same job for the Brewers, and whose club happens to have been linked to a number of Milwaukee players including Mike Fiers, who took the mound on this night against the D-backs.

Fiers delivered a mixed showing. He struck out 10 batters for his sixth career double-digit strikeout game, but he also surrendered five runs (four earned) and eight hits in only five innings of an 8-3 Brewers loss.

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Nelson's 8th win extends streak of strong starts

Brewers starter delivers 7 shutout innings vs. D-backs

Nelson's 8th win extends streak of strong starts

PHOENIX -- This was another glimpse into what the Brewers hope is Jimmy Nelson's future. The 26-year-old grinded through a 31-pitch first inning without allowing a run, then continued to keep the D-backs off the scoreboard through the end of the seventh in what became a 2-1 win at Chase Field.

Nelson improved to 8-9 overall but 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA over his last six starts, a stretch that has roughly coincided with a similar run for 25-year-old rookie Taylor Jungmann, who will follow Nelson to the mound when the series continues on Saturday.

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Brewers trade Aramis to Pirates

Brewers trade Aramis to Pirates

PHOENIX -- The Brewers are open for business.

In what could be the first of a series of moves adding up to an organizational "reset," Milwaukee sent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and about $2.6 million of his remaining salary to Pittsburgh on Thursday. The return was Minor League right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, a 23-year-old hard-throwing reliever who only converted to pitching two years ago.

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Potential trade chip Parra OK day after hit by pitch

Potential trade chip Parra OK day after hit by pitch

PHOENIX -- The Brewers got a big boost Friday when outfielder Gerardo Parra, one of the team's most valuable Trade Deadline commodities, reported feeling no ill effects from a scary hit by pitch the night before.

Parra was hit directly on the left kneecap by a Zack Godley cutter and stayed on the ground near home plate for several minutes before remaining in the game. He didn't start Friday night, but that was because Arizona started a left-hander, Patrick Corbin, and not because Parra was hurt.

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Braun's 18th blast backs Nelson's gem

Braun's 18th blast backs Nelson's gem

PHOENIX -- Jimmy Nelson hurled seven scoreless innings, Francisco Rodriguez preserved his saves streak and the Brewers topped the D-backs, 2-1, on Friday night at Chase Field.

Nelson gave up five hits and struck out five, winning for the fifth time in six starts. Ryan Braun hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning, the lone blemish for D-backs starter Patrick Corbin. The Brewers won for the fifth time in seven games after Gerardo Parra scored a critical insurance run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning and Rodriguez converted his 22nd save in as many chances, and his 27th in a row dating to last season.

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In Barrios, Brewers like upside of converted pitcher

Milwaukee acquires prospect from Pirates in trade of Ramirez

In Barrios, Brewers like upside of converted pitcher

PHOENIX -- In trading Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers acquired something of a project Thursday in 23-year-old Yhonathan Barrios, a right-handed reliever who only converted to pitching two years ago and possesses a promising arm.

• Brewers trade Ramirez to Pirates

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Brewers weigh options at 3rd after Ramirez trade

Perez to see majority of playing time in near term

Brewers weigh options at 3rd after Ramirez trade

PHOENIX -- With Aramis Ramirez off to Pittsburgh and no Kris Bryants waiting in the Minor Leagues, the Brewers on Thursday began the search for a long-term solution at the position.

"The one thing about trading Ramirez is it opens it up for us to experiment and look at people," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said after trading Ramirez to the Pirates for a relief prospect. "We don't have an immediate solution."

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Braun's 17th homer provides only spark in loss

Braun's 17th homer provides only spark in loss

PHOENIX -- Zack Godley won in his Major League debut to lift the D-backs to an 8-3 win over the Brewers in the series opener at Chase Field on Thursday night.

"He just did a beautiful job of following the gameplan we gave him. He obviously has really good stuff," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He fit right in and didn't seem to be bothered by anything."

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Hernan Perez wears wrong jersey, changes in dugout

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Hernan Perez wears wrong jersey, changes in dugout

For home games, sometimes the Brewers wear navy blue jerseys with white and gold trim around the sleeves that read "Brewers" on the front. When the team is away, sometimes they wear navy blue jerseys with white and gold trim around the sleeves that read "Milwaukee" on the front. They're very similar.

For Thursday's game against the D-backs in Arizona, the Brewers were wearing the "Milwaukee" jerseys. Only Hernan Perez did not appear to get the memo:

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Counsell 'blessed' to have played with Big Unit

Counsell 'blessed' to have played with Big Unit

PHOENIX -- Craig Counsell will be preparing to manage the Brewers at Chase Field on Sunday when former teammate Randy Johnson is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Counsell conjured Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, on this very field, in describing his most vivid memory of the Big Unit.

"The first thing that comes to my mind was just him walking out of the dugout in Game 7 of the World Series, going down to the bullpen," Counsell said. "In Game 6, he had started and thrown [104] pitches, and you didn't want him to have to go down to the bullpen -- it was kind of a precarious moment in the game and everything -- but it just kind of gave you chills to see the big man going down there, knowing he said, 'Look, I'm available.'"

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Brewers prospect Harrison suffers broken ankle

Brewers prospect Harrison suffers broken ankle

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers No. 3 prospect Monte Harrison will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tibia fracture and a dislocated fibula of his left ankle running the bases for Rookie-level Helena on Tuesday night.

The Brewers will have a better timeline for Harrison's rehabilitation after he's examined in Milwaukee, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. The current plan, according to Ash, is to allow time for the swelling in Harrison's ankle to subside before he makes that trip.

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Brewers receive additional pick for 2016 Draft

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers received an extra pick between the second and third rounds of the 2016 Draft as a result of Wednesday's Competitive Balance Lottery. Milwaukee drew the fourth pick in Round B.

It was the fourth annual Competitive Balance Lottery, a mechanism agreed upon as a part of the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. It offers the 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 clubs in the smallest markets the opportunity to obtain additional picks.

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Early lead disappears as Crew's surge halted

Early lead disappears as Crew's surge halted

MILWAUKEE -- Onetime Brewers prospect Michael Brantley burned his former team for four hits and four RBIs in leading the Indians to a 7-5 win at Miller Park on Wednesday and a split of this two-game Interleague series.

Brantley, who has proven to be the key piece of the prospect package sent to Cleveland in the July 2008 trade for CC Sabathia, hit a tying three-run home run off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse in the third inning, a go-ahead single in the fifth and finished a triple shy of the cycle as the Indians overcame a shaky start from rookie right-hander Cody Anderson (four runs in 2 2/3 innings). Five Indians relievers combined to hold the Brewers at bay over the final 6 1/3 frames.

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Counsell keeping faith in Lohse despite woes

With Peralta set to return and Trade Deadline looming, Brewers have decisions to make

Counsell keeping faith in Lohse despite woes

MILWAUKEE -- After a 7-5 loss to the Indians on Wednesday at Miller Park, Craig Counsell and Kyle Lohse slipped into the same uncomfortable territory that claimed previous Brewers managers and big-money pitchers. Just like Ned Yost and Ron Roenicke before him, Counsell remained committed to his struggling veteran starter. And just like Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf, Lohse said decisions about the Brewers' starting rotation were not his to make.

"Ever see a guy try to pull something off the shelf, drops it, tries to put it back, knocks it over some more and the whole thing falls down?" Lohse said after allowing five runs and 10 hits in five innings, pushing his ERA after 20 starts to 6.29.

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Orimoloye slams two homers for AZL Brewers

Milwaukee's fourth-round pick nets a career high 7 RBIs in 3-for-4 performance

Orimoloye slams two homers for AZL Brewers

Brewers fourth-round selection Demi Orimoloye continued a torrid stretch for the organization's Arizona League squad, hitting two homers and collecting seven RBIs in a 10-5 win over the AZL Dodgers on Wednesday night.

The African-born Canadian outfielder finished 3-for-4 and has hit in eight straight contests. He's also swatted three homers and notched 10 RBIs in the past two games. Drafted No. 121 overall, Orimoloye turned down a scholarship offer from Oregon to sign with Milwaukee on June 18.

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Back from DL, Garza stars in Brewers' victory

Right-hander tosses six scoreless frames, strikes out four on Tuesday

Back from DL, Garza stars in Brewers' victory

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Matt Garza looked good and felt better in his return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

"Like I had 20 days off," Garza said.

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Red-hot Parra keeps Deadline out of mind

Red-hot Parra keeps Deadline out of mind

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra has said he's unconcerned about trade rumors, and his manager was apparently taking the same approach after Parra delivered another big game in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Indians at Miller Park.

"I don't worry," manager Craig Counsell said. "I plan on writing his name in the lineup [Wednesday]. He's doing a great job. He's going to be our leadoff hitter [Wednesday]."

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Stellar Garza, Segura lead Brewers

Stellar Garza, Segura lead Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Matt Garza won in his return from the disabled list, Jean Segura ended a long power drought and the Brewers kept on winning, 8-1, over the Indians on Tuesday at Miller Park for Milwaukee's 17th victory in 23 games.

"I think we're in a mood right now of, 'Let's play a good game tomorrow,'" said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, whose club is within 10 games of .500 for the first time since May 15. "We've been doing good in that mode and I think that's the mode to stay in."

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Lucroy wins second straight Heart and Hustle Award

Lucroy wins second straight Heart and Hustle Award

MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight year, catcher Jonathan Lucroy is the Brewers' Heart and Hustle Award winner.

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association made the announcement Tuesday, billing it as the only award voted on by former big leaguers. The award honors active players "who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game."

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Lucroy opens up about extension proposal

Catcher expressed desire to make long-term deal with Brewers in preseason

Lucroy opens up about extension proposal

MILWAUKEE -- As his name continues to appear in trade rumors, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy indicated he was open to remaining in Milwaukee for the long haul. So open, that he proposed a long-term contract extension in January.

"It was a proposal that would have kept me here for the rest of my career, most likely," Lucroy said. "We gave it to them in early January, and when we got to Spring Training, they informed us they weren't interested in doing anything at this point in time."

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Brewers announce seven international signings

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers announced deals Tuesday with seven international signees including catcher Jose Sibrian and outfielder Jesus Lujano, each of whom received six-figure bonuses.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez had previously reported that Sibrian signed for $550,000 and Lujano for $350,000. Both players are from Venezuela and were scouted by Fernando Veracierto. The Brewers also signed shortstop Luis Avila and catcher Moises Perez from Venezuela, right fielder Bryan Connell from Panama, and shortstops Aaron Familia and Luis Manon from the Dominican Republic.

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