Brewers drop finale despite Fiers' outing

Brewers drop finale despite Fiers' outing

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Vogelsong practiced damage control for six innings, Joe Panik hit a go-ahead home run and the Giants finished a three-game sweep of the slumping Brewers with a 3-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

Panik's two-run home run came in the fifth inning against Brewers starter Mike Fiers, who pitched on three days' rest in place of an injured Wily Peralta. Former Brewer Nori Aoki had opened the inning with a single -- his ninth hit of the series -- before Panik connected with a first-pitch fastball to erase a short-lived Brewers lead. It was the 60th home run off a Brewers pitcher this season, second most to San Diego's staff in the Major Leagues, but the first homer off Fiers in four starts.

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Fiers delivers on short rest as bats go quiet

Right-hander fans six over five innings in losing effort vs. Giants

Fiers delivers on short rest as bats go quiet

MILWAUKEE -- There wasn't much more the Brewers could ask out of starter Mike Fiers on Wednesday. The right-hander, pitching on three days rest, allowed just two runs and struck out six over five innings in the 3-1 loss to the Giants. In fact, Fiers' performance is exactly what manager Craig Counsell was looking for.

"That's what I was thinking: Get five good innings from him," Counsell said afterward. "He gave us a chance. He kept us in the game."

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Braun, Brewers seeking ASG voting push

No Brewers players among leading vote-getters in first round of results

Braun, Brewers seeking ASG voting push

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's recent hot streak has yet to make an impact at the virtual ballot box, as not a single Brewers player ranked among the leading vote-getters at his position when the first round of 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results for the National League was released on Wednesday.

The Brewers have had multiple All-Stars eight times in the past nine years, including at least three representatives in seven of those seasons. But as of Wednesday, when Major League Baseball released the first of six weekly NL balloting updates, no Brewers infielder ranked among the top five at his position, and no outfielder ranked in the top 15, including Braun, who entered the day with 33 RBIs since April 28 -- tops in baseball during that span.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Segura set to return from DL in opener vs. D-backs

Segura set to return from DL in opener vs. D-backs

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is expected back from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park.

It was a minimum DL stint for Segura, who reluctantly accepted the assignment after suffering a fracture in the joint of his finger on a slide into third base on May 12. He pleaded with club officials to allow him to play through the injury, but was convinced that doing so could risk a more serious injury, and a long-term absence.

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Bumgarner-Gomez issue a clash of styles

Brewers center fielder took exception to glare from Giants ace in Tuesday's game

Bumgarner-Gomez issue a clash of styles

MILWAUKEE -- The Madison Bumgarner and Carlos Gomez dustup on Tuesday night was merely the latest collision of old school vs. new school in Major League Baseball, said Giants manager Bruce Bochy and Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Wednesday morning.

Some background: In the third inning of Tuesday's 6-3 Giants win, Gomez yelled at himself after fouling off a 0-1 fastball that split the middle of the strike zone. Bumgarner took issue and stared at Gomez, then delivered an inside fastball for ball 1. They stared at each other again before Gomez flew out on the next pitch.

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Counsell still mulling rotation plans for weekend

Thornburg, Jungmann candidates to start in place of injured Peralta

Counsell still mulling rotation plans for weekend

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers still have a decision to make on who will be replacing the injured Wily Peralta in the starting rotation. Although manager Craig Counsell wouldn't commit to a name before Wednesday's series finale against the Giants, that player will be arriving from the organization's Minor Leagues.

"It's the names you guys would speculate," Counsell told reporters, who have included Tyler Thornburg and Taylor Jungmann among potential candidates. "We'll decide, I think, by Friday."

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Garza continues Brewers' starting woes

Right-hander joins Lohse in struggling atop Milwaukee rotation

Garza continues Brewers' starting woes

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are paying $23.5 million this season for stability from the top two spots of the starting rotation, and Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza are struggling to deliver on that investment.

Lohse's ERA after 10 starts is 5.80, inflated by a 5 1/3-inning, five-run loss to the Giants on Monday afternoon. Garza's ERA after 10 starts is 6.00, pushed up by a five-inning, five-run, two-homer performance against the Giants on Tuesday night in the Brewers' 6-3 loss at Miller Park.

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Arcia stays hot with second straight multi-hit game for Double-A Biloxi

Brewers No. 1 prospect goes 3-for-6 with a homer, knocks in two for Shuckers

Arcia stays hot with second straight multi-hit game for Double-A Biloxi

Two top prospects squared off in Chattanooga on Wednesday, with Brewers No. 1 prospect Orlando Arcia going 3-for-6 with a homer to lead Double-A Biloxi past Twins No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton and the home Lookouts, 8-6, in 10 innings.

Arcia has been on fire over the past two days, going 6-for-9 with a home run and three RBIs. The No. 80 prospect in baseball now has an impressive season line of .343/.396/.485 with three jacks and 23 RBIs.

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Brewers can't overcome Giants homers

Brewers can't overcome Giants homers

MILWAUKEE -- Hunter Pence, Matt Duffy and Brandon Belt homered to back Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who fought through a long sixth inning to preserve his fifth win in six starts, 6-3 over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Bumgarner did not allow a hit through three innings and carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth, when the Brewers worked Bumgarner for 32 pitches and knocked two runs off the deficit. But a defensive gem from shortstop Brandon Crawford ended Milwaukee's rally, and San Francisco's bullpen finished the victory.

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Lucroy headed to rehab games Thursday

Brewers catcher could be activated as soon as St. Louis opener

Lucroy headed to rehab games Thursday

MILWAUKEE -- Tuesday brought further clarity on the plan for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment Thursday at Class A Advanced Brevard County before rejoining the big league club as soon as Monday in St. Louis.

"I'm excited. Being on the DL is terrible," said Lucroy, who has been on the disabled list since suffering a fractured left big toe April 20. "It is nice to be able to get back on the field and get back to doing my job."

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Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

Gomez takes issue with Bumgarner's glare

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was seething in the wake of Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Giants from what he viewed as a condescending stare from San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner during the pair's showdown in the third inning.

Gomez screamed to himself after fouling off an 0-1 fastball, loud enough to be picked up on the television broadcast of the game. Bumgarner appeared to take issue and gave Gomez a stare, then threw another fastball inside for ball one. The two looked at each other again before Bumgarner again came inside with a fastball, which Gomez hit for an inning-ending flyout to left field.

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Goforth gets pickoff in Major League debut

Brewers prospect records two outs in ninth inning vs. Giants

Goforth gets pickoff in Major League debut

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever David Goforth knew this time was coming. He admitted that the thought of running out of a Major League bullpen for the first time had raced through his mind many times before.

That opportunity came Tuesday in Milwaukee's 6-3 loss to the Giants when Brewers manager Craig Counsell called him in to pitch in the ninth inning. The message: Go right after 'em.

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Braun, McCutchen share NL Player of the Week

Braun, McCutchen share NL Player of the Week

Two of the National League's prime sluggers have tied as the face of the league. Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen were named the NL's Co-Players of the Week on Tuesday in recognition of a powerful week for both outfielders.

Braun, a five-time All-Star, led all Major League hitters with 11 RBIs and tied for the NL lead with three home runs last week. He also posted the league's second-best marks in slugging (.952) and on-base percentage (.481), and tied for the second-most total bases (20). Braun hit .381 (8-for-21) last week.

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Brewers' 3 homers negated by Giants' big 6th

Brewers' 3 homers negated by Giants' big 6th

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers hit a trio of home runs off Tim Lincecum, but Lincecum's Giants responded with a barrage of base hits for a seven-run sixth inning and an 8-4 win at Miller Park on Monday.

Trailing, 4-1, entering the decisive sixth, San Francisco sent 12 men to the plate against four Brewers pitchers during a rally that featured seven hits, two walks and two errors charged to Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez. The first six hits of the inning were singles, including Andrew Susac's tying hit off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse and Gregor Blanco's pinch-hit, go-ahead single on the first pitch from reliever Jeremy Jeffress.

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Peralta out 4-6 weeks with rib-cage injury

Brewers righty lands on DL; Fiers, Blazek among options for Wednesday start

Peralta out 4-6 weeks with rib-cage injury

MILWAUKEE -- On Monday morning, Brewers manager Craig Counsell still clung to hope that right-hander Wily Peralta would be able to make a Wednesday start against the Giants as scheduled. By day's end, Peralta was on the disabled list, expected to miss more than a month with a left rib-cage strain.

The Brewers recalled reliever David Goforth from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Peralta's place on the active roster, but Counsell has yet to determine who will pitch in Peralta's place Wednesday afternoon. Mike Fiers could start on short rest, Counsell said, or Michael Blazek could move from the bullpen.

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Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

Brewers slugger's shot tracked at 474 feet, clears left-field bleachers

Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's fifth-inning home run vs. the Giants sailed clear out of Miller Park on Monday, conjuring memories of Russell Branyan against Greg Maddux and Sammy Sosa in the All-Star Home Run Derby more than a decade ago.

Braun's two-run homer left the bat at 113 mph, according to Statcast™, and sailed 474 feet, over the bleachers and onto the concrete concourse that lines Miller Park. It was the most prodigious home run by a right-handed hitter in the 15-year history of Miller Park and the fourth-longest home run by any batter. Branyan holds the record with his 480-foot shot off future Hall of Famer Maddux on July 27, 2004, and Prince Fielder hit a pair of 475-footers during his Brewers tenure.

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Davis nearly loses homer for missing plate

After Brewers challenge, replay restores first of outfielder's two dingers

Davis nearly loses homer for missing plate

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left fielder Khris Davis had to wait out a replay review in Monday's 8-4 loss to the Giants after his first-inning home run was nullified because the plate umpire ruled he didn't touch home. Three minutes and 15 seconds later, Davis got his home run back.

Davis had connected against Giants starter Tim Lincecum for a homer to right field that by all appearances gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead at Miller Park. But the Giants appealed at home plate, where umpire Will Little called Davis out, ruling he'd missed home plate after circling the bases. The Brewers challenged that ruling, and the call was overturned after a review.

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Memorial Day especially moving for Lucroy

Brewers catcher dedicates time to support military endeavors

Memorial Day especially moving for Lucroy

MILWAUKEE -- Every branch of the U.S. military was represented at Miller Park on Monday as the Brewers and Giants paused before the start of the Memorial Day matchup for a moment of silence in recognition of those who lost their lives in service to the country.

The ceremony carried extra meaning this year for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Last fall, Lucroy volunteered for a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight with 88 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans who traveled from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.

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Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

Walks bite Nelson in duel with Braves rookie

ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz pitched his best game of the season in the Braves' 2-1 win over Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, giving Atlanta its third victory in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

"It's all about the pitching," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "You get a good pitching performance, and you're in the game and you can do some stuff offensively to score runs."

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Offense stifled with Braun, Aramis resting

Braves' Foltynewicz holds Brewers to sac fly, impresses Counsell

Offense stifled with Braun, Aramis resting

ATLANTA -- Resting two of your most potent bats is always a risk. It's an even greater risk when you have the lowest team batting average in the National League.

That's the risk Brewers manager Craig Counsell took when he rested right fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez for Sunday's series finale against the Braves at Turner Field.

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Brewers left to ponder potential double play

Nelson nearly escapes 6th-inning jam on H. Gomez's diving attempt

Brewers left to ponder potential double play

ATLANTA -- Baseball is a game of inches. When things aren't going your way, every ball seems to be just inches away from you.

The certainly came up inches short in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, as Milwaukee dropped a 2-1 decision to the Braves at Turner Field in the finale of a four-game series.

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Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

Smith strikes out side in 8th; Jeffress, Knebel, Broxton also hold steady

Relievers step up for Crew until fateful 11th

ATLANTA -- Saturday afternoon's loss will be pinned on the Brewers' bullpen, but the relief unit still put in a tremendous day at Turner Field.

"Every guy that went out there did his job," said manager Craig Counsell following the 3-2, 11-inning loss. "[Will Smith] was great. I think he got five outs, [Jeremy Jeffress] got four. Corey Knebel came in in a tough spot, against some good hitters and went through the 3-4-5 [hitters]. It was great to see. [Jonathan Broxton] did his job in a tough spot. We were just one out away."

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Rallies turned away by double-play ball

Rallies turned away by double-play ball

ATLANTA -- Entering Saturday's game against the Braves, the Brewers had hit into 29 double plays. That total was fifth-lowest in the National League.

Unfortunately for Milwaukee, the Brew Crew hit into a pair of twin killings -- one on an unintentional swing resulting in a perfect one-bounce comebacker, the other on a very much intentional swing that nearly took Atlanta's first baseman into right field. Both helped the Braves come away with a 3-2 victory in 11 innings.

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Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

Bullpen's scoreless effort snaps in 11th inning

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller bounced back from a rocky first inning and the Braves' bullpen held off the Brewers long enough for Jace Peterson to give Atlanta a walk-off single for a 3-2, 11-inning win Saturday.

Alberto Callaspo started the final rally with a one-out walk from right-hander Brandon Kintzler, and Andrelton Simmons followed with an infield single. After a groundout moved them to second and third, Peterson stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he saw into left-center field for his first career walk-off hit.

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Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

Brewers optimistic one day after righty leaves start with side pain

Peralta stays on schedule following injury exit

ATLANTA -- It takes a lot to keep Wily Peralta from making a scheduled start. He made 32 in each of his first two full Major League seasons.

Peralta and the Brewers are optimistic that the pain he felt in his left side in the fourth inning Friday night won't keep him from his next one.

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Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

Slugger smacks 11th homer, his fifth of Brewers' 8-game road swing

Braun's scorching bat sparks huge outburst

ATLANTA -- The Brewers have seen their share of misfortune at the plate this season. But at times -- like in an 11-0 romp Friday night against the Braves -- they've managed some offensive magic.

If they can just mix in some pretty good, semi-magical nights once in a while in this seemingly feast-or-famine season, they could make some headway.

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Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

Brewers' clubhouse calmer day after heated exchange in Atlanta

Smith appeals 8-game penalty for substance

ATLANTA -- Brewers reliever Will Smith is not trying to dodge justice in his appeal of the eight-game suspension Major League Baseball handed down Friday. He knows, technically, that he broke a longstanding rule that prohibits pitchers from using foreign substances. He admits it.

Smith just thinks his particular crime doesn't fit that kind of time.

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Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

Crew throttles Braves behind Braun, 7-run 4th

ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.

"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."

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Peralta pulled early with left side injury

Right-hander replaced after 4 innings with Crew carrying big lead

Peralta pulled early with left side injury

ATLANTA -- Brewers starter Wily Peralta was cruising along in the fourth inning Friday night against the Atlanta Braves -- something he hasn't done much this season -- when he felt tightness in his left side.

So as much as he wanted to stay in a game that was almost a certain win for him, Peralta deferred to the Milwaukee brain trust in deciding that caution was probably the best course of action. He left after four innings in the Brewers' 11-0 win.

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