Brewers rally late but come up short in extras

Brewers rally late but come up short in extras

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers got their Opening Day starter back from the disabled list but lost their manager to an ejection, lost a lead with two outs in the ninth and then lost a game, 4-2, after the D-backs scored twice in the top of the 10th inning on Friday at Miller Park.

Chris Iannetta's solo home run in the ninth off Brewers closer Corey Knebel forced a 10th inning, during which Chris Owings scored the go-ahead run on Wily Peralta's wild pitch and Jake Lamb added insurance with an RBI double for his second RBI of the night. The D-backs won for the 10th time in 11 games, while the Brewers lost their fifth straight.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the D-backs on Friday.

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Knebel sees scoreless streak finally end

Brewers closer gives up home run in ninth inning Friday, allowing D-backs to tie game

Knebel sees scoreless streak finally end

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers closer Corey Knebel extended his strikeout streak, but that was little consolation late Friday.

Knebel suffered his first true blown save -- one in the ninth inning or later -- when D-backs catcher Chris Iannetta hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth, sending the Brewers toward a 4-2 loss in 10 innings at Miller Park.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Counsell ejected after disputed review

Thames caught advancing home on wild pitch

Counsell ejected after disputed review

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers thought they'd scored their first run in 18 innings. When they were denied, tempers flared at Miller Park on Friday.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell was ejected for the first time this season and the sixth time in his three-year managerial career after Eric Thames was called out trying to score the tying run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning of a 10-inning, 4-2 loss to the D-backs. Counsell challenged plate umpire Jim Reynolds' initial call, which stood after a 1 minute, 59 second review.

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Anderson looks to get on track vs. D-backs

Anderson looks to get on track vs. D-backs

Arizona starter Zack Greinke and Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson will both face their former teams when they take the mound at Miller Park on Saturday.

As a starter for the Brewers in 2011, Greinke was undefeated (11-0) at Miller Park. But when he returned as the Dodgers starter on May 21, 2013, his perfect season (3-0) and perfect run in Milwaukee were snapped in a 5-2 loss. Through 27 appearances -- 26 starts -- Greinke is 16-2 in his career at Miller Park.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Counsell, Stearns say Crew didn't rush Braun

Left fielder returns to 10-day disabled list; club will exercise patience with injury

Counsell, Stearns say Crew didn't rush Braun

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun was facing an open-ended absence as the Brewers placed him back on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a left calf strain.

Braun re-aggravated the injury Thursday night in his third game back from a minimum 10-day stay on the DL for the same ailment. In hindsight, did he return too quickly the first time?

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Burnes promoted after going 5-0

Burnes promoted after going 5-0

Angel Perdomo and Kyle Funkhouser put together quite a pitcher's duel on Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin topped Lakeland, 3-1.

Perdomo, the Blue Jays' No. 20 prospect, put together his best start of the season, giving up three hits over six scoreless innings. Control has been a struggle for the 23-year-old in the past, but he was able to harness it Friday.

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Ortiz featured in prospect duel of the day

Ortiz featured in prospect duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 2), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Toledo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Brewers fall out of first with fourth straight loss

Brewers fall out of first with fourth straight loss

MILWAUKEE -- Gregor Blanco led off the first inning with a home run, Chris Owings did the same in the second and Robbie Ray was brilliant for seven innings, as the surging D-backs won for the ninth time in 10 games by beating the suddenly struggling Brewers, 4-0, at Miller Park on Thursday night.

Ray, the 25-year-old left-hander, allowed two singles in seven scoreless innings to win his second straight start. He struck out nine batters and walked none while lowering his road ERA to 0.81 in 33 1/3 innings. Only Minnesota's Ervin Santana (0.31) and Atlanta's Julio Teheran (0.71) have been better away from home this season.

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Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. She covered the D-backs on Thursday.

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Braun headed back to DL with calf injury

Pina exits in second inning after HBP, has bruised elbow

Braun headed back to DL with calf injury

MILWAUKEE -- The no-longer-first-place Brewers are facing their first big dose of adversity.

Ryan Braun's 10th anniversary celebration was an abbreviated affair, as he suffered a recurrence of a left calf injury in the early innings of Thursday's 4-0 loss to the D-backs and followed catcher Manny Pina to Miller Park's training room.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun marks 10th anniversary of MLB debut

Brewers veteran doubled in first game, played third base

Braun marks 10th anniversary of MLB debut

MILWAUKEE -- If you ask Ryan Braun his favorite memory of 10 years in Major League Baseball, he tells you about when the Brewers snapped a 26-year postseason drought in 2008, when they won their division for the first time in 29 years in 2011, and when that '11 team played to within two victories of the World Series.

But the single day most seared in Braun's mind was 10 years ago Thursday. On May 25, 2007, less than two years removed from being drafted fifth overall by the Brewers, he made his big league debut as a 23-year-old third baseman. Braun doubled off Padres reliever Doug Brocail in the seventh inning of an 8-6 Brewers loss at Petco Park, beginning one of the most accomplished and complicated careers in franchise history.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Villar showing glimpses of return to 2016 form

Brewers second baseman drives in two and steals three bases Tuesday

Villar showing glimpses of return to 2016 form

MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Villar bookended the Brewers' day at the plate with strikeouts, including a whiff with the tying runner on base in the ninth to end a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Miller Park on Tuesday. But in the intervening innings, he offered a glimpse of the player the Brewers hope can emerge from a slump that is going on two full months to start this season.

Villar singled in the fifth inning, walked in the seventh and stole three bases to match his career high for the fourth time. His two-run single in the fifth pulled the Brewers to within a run before Villar stole second and then stole third, leaving him 90 feet from scoring the tying run with Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw due to hit. Both men struck out.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew starters have faith despite rough run

Crew starters have faith despite rough run

MILWAUKEE -- Matt Garza was knocked around for the first time this season on Wednesday as the Brewers continued to challenge the thesis that teams are only as good as their starting pitching.

Garza surrendered a trio of solo home runs and was charged with six earned runs in an 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays at Miller Park, snapping his streak of four quality starts and inflating the ERA of Brewers starters this season to 4.76, or 24th of 30 Major League teams. Brewers starters are 25th with 1.43 walks plus hits per inning pitched, and tied for last with the Marlins with 14 quality starts.

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Broxton, Santana HR, but Garza struggles

Broxton, Santana HR, but Garza struggles

MILWAUKEE -- So much for home-field advantage. Six weeks after the Brewers took a two-game Interleague series at Rogers Centre, Ryan Goins and the Blue Jays returned the favor at Miller Park.

Kevin Pillar, Jose Bautista and Devon Travis hit long solo home runs off Brewers starter Matt Garza before Goins connected for a game-breaking grand slam off Oliver Drake, giving the Blue Jays a season-high four homers in an 8-4 win. Toronto won a two-game set that spanned about 20 hours from the first pitch to the last.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

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Feliz hopes two-inning stint sparks turnaround

Feliz hopes two-inning stint sparks turnaround

MILWAUKEE -- Was Tuesday's multi-inning outing just the thing erstwhile Brewers closer Neftali Feliz needed to turn his season around? The Brewers, riding atop the National League Central in spite of Feliz's struggles at the back end of the bullpen, hope it represents a start.

Feliz was sharp while working two clean innings at the end of a 4-3 loss to Toronto, striking out a pair of batters and carving through six outs on 27 pitches. His 16 fastballs averaged 97.2 mph, Feliz's best velocity in his past six outings dating back to May 6, a week before the Brewers backed him out of the closer role.

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Nelson allows 4 runs in loss to Blue Jays

Nelson allows 4 runs in loss to Blue Jays

MILWAUKEE -- Kendrys Morales hit a booming two-run home run to give the Blue Jays a four-run lead in the fifth, and Toronto's bullpen held on to beat the Brewers, 4-3, in the opener of a two-game Interleague series on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Making his first start as a third baseman in four years, Jose Bautista extended Blue Jays' fifth with a two-out single, before Morales got all of a Jimmy Nelson sinker for a home run to straightaway center. At a projected 447 feet, according to Statcast™, Morales' home run was the second longest by a Blue Jays hitter this season, and it was also their second-hardest-hit home run, leaving the bat at 110.5 mph to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

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Crew trio becomes brewers during off-day

Guerra positioned to return Friday; Thames makes plan to preserve legs

Crew trio becomes brewers during off-day

MILWAUKEE -- They were brewers one day, Brewers the next. Eric Thames, Corey Knebel and Oliver Drake resumed their day jobs Tuesday after spending part of the team's off-day at MillerCoors, working on a limited edition beer coming to Miller Park later this summer.

The trio settled on an IPA -- Thames' favorite -- based on a wish list the slugger submitted ahead of time for taste, appearance and aroma. They chose two kinds of hops, one with tropical notes for brewing and another with a lemony aroma for dry-hopping.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew prospect Supak flourishing in Class A

Crew prospect Supak flourishing in Class A

APPLETON, Wis. -- This past offseason, Brewers pitching prospect Trey Supak drew inspiration from an unlikely source: NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith.

Smith once said, "All men are created equal. Some just work harder in preseason." Supak is using that quote to drive his dream of making the big leagues.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gatewood drives in six for Carolina

Gatewood drives in six for Carolina

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Burnes makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Burnes makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thames' body still adapting to MLB grind

Slugger committed to adjusting training routine after exiting with leg cramp Sunday

Thames' body still adapting to MLB grind

CHICAGO -- Eric Thames' amazing April has yielded to an "infuriating" May, marred by illness and persistent lower body soreness, the likes of which cost him the final four innings of Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Manager Craig Counsell removed Thames as a precaution after watching the slugger hobble down the baseline for a run-scoring groundout in the fifth inning. The Brewers cited cramping, and Thames, who also missed games on the Brewers' just-completed road trip with strep throat, was so frustrated that he struggled to put his thoughts into words.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats get going too late for Crew in finale loss

Bats get going too late for Crew in finale loss

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant hit two of the Cubs' four home runs in a 13-6 rout of the Brewers on Sunday at Wrigley Field, making it clear the defending World Series champions do not intend to let upstart Milwaukee run away with the National League Central.

Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo also homered, and Willson Contreras collected three hits and three RBIs as the Cubs scored in every inning but the second to back Jake Arrieta for a split of the rain-shortened series. Chicago remained two games behind first-place Milwaukee by handing the Brewers only the third loss in their past 13 games.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter with MLB.com and covered the Cubs on Sunday.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Stearns, Crew surprised by rainout decision

Stearns, Crew surprised by rainout decision

CHICAGO -- A rainless rainout on Saturday brought the latest entry in a rivalry that seems to be simmering again between the Brewers and Cubs.

"It was the first time for us that we've had players treated for sunburn after a rainout," quipped Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Burnes spins seven scoreless for Carolina

Burnes spins seven scoreless for Carolina

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain dance: Brewers' & Cubs' moves amaze

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Rain dance: Brewers' & Cubs' moves amaze

With winds swiring and rain falling, there was no question that the Brewers-Cubs game on Saturday was going to be delayed at the very least. So, before the game was officially postponed, the pitchers in the underground bullpen did what anyone would do while they waited: They held a dance-off. 

Check out the clip above for some worms, somersaults and some truly ... umm ... effortful attempts at breakdancing. 

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'Pure excitement' for Espino in Majors debut

Starter spent 11 seasons in Minor Leagues before callup

'Pure excitement' for Espino in Majors debut

CHICAGO -- Alex Espino hurriedly packed a suitcase in Panama, then boarded a five-hour flight to Chicago. He was not going to miss his son, 30-year-old right-hander Paolo, make his Major League debut for the Brewers after toiling parts of 11 seasons in the Minors.

Upon arriving at Wrigley Field on Friday, Alex Espino realized he'd forgotten one thing: A warm jacket suitable for a 37 degree wind chill. A Brewers staffer -- Spanish language translator Carlos Brizuela, Espino's former high school teammate in Pendleton, Fla. -- delivered one with the team's name stitched across the chest.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bandy, Santana help Crew claim soggy opener

Bandy, Santana help Crew claim soggy opener

CHICAGO -- The only thing that dampened the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cubs on Friday -- besides the rain that interrupted play for nearly two hours -- was that Paolo Espino did not get the win.

Espino, 30, was making his big league debut after spending 11 years in the Minor Leagues, but he was lifted after four innings and Wily Peralta picked up the win after striking out five over two innings in his first relief appearance since 2012. First-place Milwaukee now has won 10 of its past 12 games, and it opened a three-game lead over Chicago in the National League Central.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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