Former Brewers abound in Rangers' dugout

Former Brewers abound in Rangers' dugout

ARLINGTON -- How did Carlos Gomez salvage his season after leaving the Astros for the Rangers? It helped that he walked into a new clubhouse full of familiar faces.

They're the Texas Brewers, or the Milwaukee Rangers if you like. Gomez joined a Texas team with three former teammates from his years in Milwaukee, including two from the 2011 Brewers club that came within two victories of the World Series. Prince Fielder, Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress made Gomez feel comfortable from the "Go-Go."

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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 grateful for ovation with uncertain future

Brewers outfielder could be traded during offseason as club rebuilds

Braun grateful for ovation with uncertain future

MILWAUKEE -- The ovations grew louder with each of Ryan Braun's four trips to the batter's box on Sunday at Miller Park, culminating with a long cheer in the eighth inning that drew a ceremonial tip of the cap from the six-time All-Star. Braun struck out to end the inning.

When the clubhouse doors opened to reporters after the Brewers' home finale, Braun was there to acknowledge those swings may mark the end of an era.

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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.

Peralta goes six strong as Brewers drop finale

Peralta goes six strong as Brewers drop finale

MILWAUKEE -- In a season in which the Brewers came away with a winning home record even while beginning to rebuild, the Reds spoiled the season finale at Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.

Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan only allowed three hits and no walks over five scoreless innings and the Reds jumped out to an early lead en route to a 4-2 win to take the series.

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Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Brewers get 2.3 million at Miller Park in 2016

Brewers get 2.3 million at Miller Park in 2016

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers finished their home slate Sunday by topping 2.3 million in attendance for the 11th consecutive season, a notable achievement, COO Rick Schlesinger noted, for the first full year of a full-scale rebuilding project.

Seven other teams can boast as many fans annually since 2006, and all play in major markets: The Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals, Angels, Giants and Red Sox.

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Brewers hitters honor Fernandez vs. Reds

Brewers hitters honor Fernandez vs. Reds

MILWAUKEE -- A number of Brewers hitters stepped to the plate in silence Sunday during the home finale at Miller Park, their usual up-tempo music shelved as a tribute to Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died overnight in a boating accident in Miami.

There were no former teammates on Milwaukee's roster, and Fernandez pitched just once against the Brewers. Yet the sense of loss was palpable in a quiet clubhouse Sunday morning.

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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.

Santana homers as Brewers fall to Reds

Santana homers as Brewers fall to Reds

MILWAUKEE -- Dan Straily has been the Reds' best starter all season long, and he pitched to form against the Brewers on Saturday night.

Straily continued his dominance of the Crew, allowing one run over 6 2/3 innings while striking out five, as the Reds snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win at Miller Park. All Straily would need in support was a two-run homer in the first by Joey Votto, who continued his torrid second half at the plate and subsequently spoiled Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann's first Major League start since April 28.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Villar puts stronghold on stolen base crown

Brewers infielder steals 59th bag during Saturday's loss to Reds

Villar puts stronghold on stolen base crown

MILWAUKEE -- This is not exactly the way Jonathan Villar wanted to lead the Major Leagues in stolen bases, stuck in a late-season slump and with his top two competitors stopped in their tracks by injuries.

The Brewers infielder swiped second base in the third inning of Saturday's loss to the Reds for his 59th stolen base, tops in the Majors. It snapped a tie with the Reds' Billy Hamilton, who is sidelined for the rest of the season by an oblique strain. The Pirates' Starling Marte is third with 47 steals, but his comeback from a two-week absence for back spasms was cut short after two innings on Thursday in a game against the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Diaz, Woodruff get taste of bigs at Miller Park

Duo was named Brewers' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

Diaz, Woodruff get taste of bigs at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE -- Infielder Isan Diaz and pitcher Brandon Woodruff were at Miller Park on Saturday, getting a taste of what they hope will be their future office.

Following standout seasons, Diaz and Woodruff were recognized as the Brewers' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. Diaz, acquired from the D-backs via trade this offseason, hit .264 with a .358 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage and 20 homers. Woodruff went 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA while leading all of the Minor Leagues with 173 strikeouts.

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

Carter starts Brewers' second triple play of '16

Line drive from Votto turns into end of Reds' threat in first inning

Carter starts Brewers' second triple play of '16

MILWAUKEE - There's nothing like a triple play to bail a pitcher out of a jam. Brewers rookie Zach Davies learned that lesson twice this season.

With Reds on first and second and no outs in the top of the first inning of Friday's 5-4 Brewers win at Miller Park, first baseman Chris Carter snagged Reds slugger Joey Votto's line drive -- 101 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™ -- and started the eighth triple play in Brewers history. It was their second this season, both with Davies on the mound at Miller Park on a Friday night.

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Melvin's son exits Brewers organization

Melvin's son exits Brewers organization

MILWAUKEE -- Cory Melvin, the son of former Brewers GM Doug Melvin who served as one of Milwaukee's pro scouts for the past seven seasons, has left the organization for a similar job with the Yankees.

The younger Melvin began his new job about two weeks ago, sources said. He lives in Tampa near the Yankees' Spring Training home.

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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 turns 3 as Braun's single seals late win

Crew turns 3 as Braun's single seals late win

MILWAUKEE -- Three was a magic number on Friday night at Miller Park.

The Brewers rode a three-run rally in the seventh to a 5-4 win over the Reds in the opener of the final series of the season at Miller Park -- a game that featured the eighth triple play in Brewers history and a three-run homer courtesy of Reds shortstop Jose Peraza.

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Davies ends '16 as established starter for Crew

Right-hander throws five innings in final outing of season against Reds

Davies ends '16 as established starter for Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Zach Davies was an "anchor" of the Brewers' starting rotation in 2016 despite beginning the year at Triple-A, manager Craig Counsell said Friday after deeming Davies' first extended Major League season complete.

Davies won't start any of the Brewers' remaining eight games, Counsell announced after a 5-4 win over the Reds at Miller Park. Davies worked five innings, marred late by Jose Peraza's three-run homer, but finished as the Brewers' most valuable pitcher by FanGraphs' version of wins above replacement, at 2.8. He went 11-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 28 Major League starts and 163 1/3 innings, with a 3.55 strikeouts to walks ratio that led the staff.

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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.

Gennett, Carter go yard in finale win over Bucs

Gennett, Carter go yard in finale win over Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight series, the Pirates were denied a needed sweep. This time, an injury dealt their faint postseason hopes an additional blow.

Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter homered for the Brewers, Chase Anderson pitched effectively into the sixth and Milwaukee played spoiler, denying Pittsburgh a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win Thursday at Miller Park. Besides the loss, the Pirates saw outfielder Starling Marte's return to the lineup from a back ailment last all of two full innings before his early exit.

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Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Attanasio pleased with Crew's progress in '16

Brewers owner does not put date on club's ideal return to contention

Attanasio pleased with Crew's progress in '16

MILWAUKEE -- A year and a day after he introduced David Stearns as baseball's youngest general manager, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio praised the work of Stearns and manager Craig Counsell in 2016, saying he believes the franchise is already on the way back up.

The Brewers were 68-84 as Attanasio held his annual year-end meeting with reporters Thursday afternoon, matching their win total from the year before with 10 games remaining.

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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.

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Mike Bauman

One year in, Crew's rebuild on the right track

Attanasio, Counsell pleased with progress from 2016 season

One year in, Crew's rebuild on the right track

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers are on a very long journey, but steps in the right direction have certainly been taken.

In the first full season of the Brewers' rebuilding project, the team Thursday night won its 69th game of the season, 3-1, over the Pirates. Conveniently enough, that's one more game than the Brewers had won in 2015.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#BrewersLastCallUp Dillard has taken over Twitter

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#BrewersLastCallUp Dillard has taken over Twitter

On Sept. 1, in preparation for the postseason push, MLB rosters expand from a maximum of 25 players to 40. Some teams use this time to give anticipated youngsters a bit of Major League experience. Others look to add valuable depth and situational pieces. This season, the Brewers took the opportunity to disrupt the social media landscape.

On Monday, the team announced its final callup for 2016: Tim Dillard, a right-handed reliever who's spent parts of 14 seasons with the organization. But he isn't just some extra bullpen help for the stretch run -- he also happens to be a semi-amateur comedian, and he's here to take over the @Brewers Twitter account for the final two weeks of the season.

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Nelson struggles as Crew falls to Pirates

Nelson struggles as Crew falls to Pirates

MILWAUKEE -- Sean Rodriguez and the Pirates picked a good day to stay hot in the National League Wild Card race.

While the Cardinals, Mets and Marlins all lost, and the Giants fell into a deep early hole against the Dodgers, the Pirates scored another wire-to-wire win over the Brewers in Milwaukee, where Rodriguez's two-run single capped a three-run first inning, and his solo homer in the fourth added insurance on the way to a 4-1 victory.

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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.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Counsell's frustration leads to ejection

Brewers manager tossed by home-plate umpire in fourth inning

Counsell's frustration leads to ejection

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn't hold back after being ejected by home-plate umpire Jerry Layne during the fourth inning of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Pirates, arguing forcefully before being escorted away by first-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier was batting with two outs in the inning when he hit a chopper to first base that appeared to be the inning-ending out. But Layne then ruled that the baseball had hit Frazier's foot for a foul ball, extending the at-bat and raising Counsell's ire.

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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.

Maldonado mashes, but Bucs rattle Garza

Maldonado mashes, but Bucs rattle Garza

MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates aren't sunk just yet. A 6-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday was the Bucs' fifth victory in six games, offering faint hope for Andrew McCutchen & Co. of another berth in the National League Wild Card Game.

McCutchen's two-run double in the first inning propelled the Pirates on a night they never trailed, and Josh Bell and Jordy Mercer also drove in two runs apiece while Clint Hurdle managed like it was October.

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Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Pirates on Tuesday

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Woodruff, Diaz win Brewers' Minors honors

Woodruff, Diaz win Brewers' Minors honors

MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Woodruff's scouting report requires an update after the right-hander rode an uptick in velocity to the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year honor on Tuesday.

Coming off a season in which he led all of Minor League Baseball with 173 strikeouts, Woodruff was honored along with Isan Diaz, the 20-year-old middle infielder named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Since 2003, those awards have been called the "Robin Yount Performance Awards" after the Brewers' former first-round Draft pick and Hall of Famer.

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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, Pina each at home with newborn

Brewers call up former Twins catcher Pinto for depth

Braun, Pina each at home with newborn

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' family grew by two this week, as outfielder Ryan Braun and catcher Manny Pina were absent at the start of the team's final homestand Tuesday while tending to newborns at home.

Braun and wife Larisa had their second child, a son named Greyson Joseph. Pina and wife Leny welcomed a daughter, Jimena Sofia. Those children joined a veritable baby boom for the Brewers in 2016, who celebrated births for Wily Peralta and Hernan Perez earlier this season.

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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.

It's time to meet the 2016 MLB Fans of the Year

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It's time to meet the 2016 MLB Fans of the Year

You voted, and the results for the inaugural MLB Fans of the Year Presented by Esurance are in. The all-new award opened the voting for the 2016 Esurance MLB Awards (you can check out the rest of the categories here) and honors the top fan of every MLB club.

And now it's time to meet each team's fan of the year.

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High strikeout rate hampering Milwaukee's offense

Brewers are on pace to break record of 1,535 set by Astros in 2013

High strikeout rate hampering Milwaukee's offense

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter is the Milwaukee Brewers' single-season strikeout king (191) with a dozen games to go, and his new team is on pace to break his old team's all-time record for whiffs in a season.

The Brewers have struck out 1,429 times in 2016, already the seventh-highest total all-time. Milwaukee is on pace for 1,543 strikeouts, which would break the record set by Carter, Jonathan Villar, Jake Elmore and the 2013 Astros. Houston struck out 1,535 times.

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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.

Carter making up for K's with massive homers

Slugger sets Brewers' single-season strikeout record before clubbing 36th dinger

Carter making up for K's with massive homers

CHICAGO -- It's not that strikeouts don't mean anything to Chris Carter, because they do.

The hulking first baseman doesn't like striking out so often, but he and the Brewers do enjoy seeing baseballs leave his bat at high rates of speed, headed for destinations far over the outfield wall.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Guerra out for rest of season to protect arm

Rotation regular was Brewers' 'biggest surprise' in 2016

Guerra out for rest of season to protect arm

CHICAGO -- The Brewers stumbled onto a pleasant surprise this season with right-hander Junior Guerra, and now they're trying to protect the 31-year-old rookie starter's arm.

Guerra, who has gone from waiver claim to rotation regular, will not pitch for the Brewers again this season. The right-hander had a stint on the 15-day disabled list in August for elbow inflammation, but manager Craig Counsell said the decision isn't related to an injury. It's about innings, with Guerra already at a career-high 148 1/3 thrown between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Brewers.

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Peralta, Crew send Cubs to rare home series loss

Peralta, Crew send Cubs to rare home series loss

CHICAGO -- The Brewers were rude house guests at Wrigley Field this weekend. They won on Thursday to postpone the Cubs' celebration for winning the National League Central, then beat Jake Arrieta on Saturday to spoil his attempt at a possible 20-win season. On Sunday, Wily Peralta and Co. ruined Kyle Hendricks' day.

Peralta earned his first career win at Wrigley Field in six starts and helped himself with an RBI single, and Chris Carter smacked his 36th home run in the Brewers' 3-1 victory over the Cubs to take the series, three games to one. It's the first time the Cubs have lost a series at home since dropping two of three to the Reds from July 4-6. Milwaukee improved to 11-6 in September.

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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.

Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Sunday.

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Brewers experiencing late-season power surge

Braun, Santana, Carter combine for four homers against Cubs

Brewers experiencing late-season power surge

CHICAGO -- All it took to put a smile on Ryan Braun's face Saturday morning was one look at Lake Michigan as the Brewers' bus headed toward Wrigley Field.

They had the dubious task of facing Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner, but the state of the lake made it seem at least a little less daunting.

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Brewers top Cubs with monster mashes

Brewers top Cubs with monster mashes

CHICAGO -- When Cubs manager Joe Maddon arrived at Wrigley Field on Saturday, the first thing he checked was whether the home clubhouse still smelled of champagne. All he wanted to do after that was hand the ball to Jake Arrieta, but Ryan Braun spoiled the Cubs' day.

Braun drove in five runs, hitting a pair of two-run homers, and Chris Carter belted his third career grand slam to power the Brewers to an 11-3 victory over the Cubs. Braun notched homers No. 29 and 30 for his sixth multi-homer game this year to help Zach Davies pick up the win.

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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.

Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Brewers on Saturday.

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Crew recalls prospect Reed for CF boost

Crew recalls prospect Reed for CF boost

CHICAGO -- Michael Reed had already begun his offseason when the Brewers called Friday to tell him that he was needed at Wrigley Field.

The 23-year-old rookie outfielder was four hours from his home in Austin, Texas, when he got the call. He was about to watch his sister play a volleyball game for the University of Texas-Tyler, but he quickly hustled back home.

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