Brewers' bats outlast Ray's K's in finale win

Brewers' bats outlast Ray's K's in finale win

MILWAUKEE -- D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray may have set a career high with 11 strikeouts, but it was the Brewers who came away with a 6-4 win on Thursday afternoon as they took three out of four games in the series at Miller Park.

"Almost no-hit-type stuff today," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Ray. "It was impressive, but again, it's about winning."

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

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Arcia first on Brewers' Top 30 Prospects list

Arcia first on Brewers' Top 30 Prospects list

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' Minor League system is widely considered to be revamped and restocked with talent, and this upward progression is visible in MLB Pipeline's updated midseason Top 30 Prospects rankings.

The second paragraph of general manager David Stearns' media guide biography states that he "has implemented an approach to acquire, develop and retain young, controllable talent across all levels of the organization." Based on his moves in his first season at the helm, Stearns has stayed true to his organizational philosophy -- as evidenced by the Brewers' updated Top 30 list.

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Fan expertly catches foul ball in her bucket hat, probably starts a new trend in the process

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Fan expertly catches foul ball in her bucket hat, probably starts a new trend in the process

Imagine this scenario: You're at a baseball game, and have a great vantage point from the first row of the second deck of seating. A hitter fouls off a pitch and the ball looks like it's making its way in your general direction.

What do you do? Put up your tray of concession-stand fare and hope the ball lodges itself between the beer and nachos? Pull off a slick bare-handed catch? Or, as this woman did in the seventh inning of the Brewers' 6-4 win over the D-Backs at Miller Park on Thursday, calmly use your purple bucket hat as a receptacle and show everybody how it's done?

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Lucroy rests; Braun nurses side pain

Catcher takes scheduled off-day; LF experiencing right side tightness

Lucroy rests; Braun nurses side pain

MILWAUKEE -- Amidst rumors as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun were absent from the Brewers' lineup on Thursday against the D-backs. The moves, however, are not thought to be in regards to any possible trades occurring.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters that he gave Lucroy a scheduled off-day with a day game following a night contest at Miller Park. Braun was in the initial lineup, but he was scratched with right side tightness prior to first pitch.

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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.

Guerra to start as Crew aims for more home success vs. Bucs

Guerra to start as Crew aims for more home success vs. Bucs

Over the past two seasons, Miller Park has not been kind to the Pirates. They will try to change that in a three-game series against the Brewers beginning Friday night.

From 2014-15, the Crew won 13 of the 18 games the two teams played in Milwaukee.

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Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.

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Nelson derailed with Brewers' error-filled start

Right-hander goes 4 2/3, yields pair of homers in loss to D-backs

Nelson derailed with Brewers' error-filled start

MILWAUKEE -- You probably won't see very many innings like the first two of the Brewers' 8-1 loss to the D-backs on Wednesday night at Miller Park.

Milwaukee committed a season-high five errors within the game's first 12 batters as Arizona jumped out to an 8-0 lead. So unusual were the defensive woes that Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that the innings were "out of 'The Twilight Zone.'"

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Crew saddled by miscues in loss to D-backs

Crew saddled by miscues in loss to D-backs

MILWAUKEE -- Yasmany Tomas continued his season-long trend of producing on the road by smacking two home runs and driving in five runs to back an outstanding pitching performance from Archie Bradley as the D-backs cruised to an 8-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night at Miller Park.

The D-backs jumped out in front with five runs in the first inning -- three on Tomas' homer to left-center. Tomas raised his average on the road to .302 as opposed to .223 at Chase Field, and 14 of his 17 home runs have come away from home.

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

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Lucroy's got a very strange habit in the batter's box

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Lucroy's got a very strange habit in the batter's box

MLB players have all kinds of routines to get them ready to hit. David Ortiz gives one big clap. Mike Hargrove conducted an entire interpretive dance. Nomar Garciaparra took his batting gloves into a conga line. 

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, though? He touches his back shoulder. No, seriously, he touches his back shoulder a lot. Like, all the time. And to help illustrate this point, please join the D-backs broadcast during Arizona's 8-1 win in Milwaukee on Wednesday, as it introduces the Jonathan Lucroy Shoulder Touch Tracker. 

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Brewers place Barnes on DL, recall Blazek

Brewers place Barnes on DL, recall Blazek

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and reliever Michael Blazek was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs prior to Wednesday's game against the D-backs.

Barnes and manager Craig Counsell noted the move was precautionary and the right-hander isn't expected to miss significant time.

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Broxton aims to keep progressing in Majors

Rookie outfielder starting to feel more comfortable at plate

Broxton aims to keep progressing in Majors

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton is booking plenty of frequent flyer miles this year.

Recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier this week, Broxton is in his fourth stint with the Brewers in his rookie season. That sort of fluctuation between levels can be tough on a young player, but Broxton has taken the ups and downs of his season in stride.

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Gennett's soft hit carries weight in victory

Gennett's soft hit carries weight in victory

MILWAUKEE -- Following a 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Miller Park, Scooter Gennett wondered aloud: Whose game-changing single was hit weaker, his go-ahead two-run single in the eighth or Paul Goldschmidt's an inning before?

 "I don't know who hit their ball better, but it would be interesting to see what Statcast™ had on those balls," Gennett said.

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Brewers get to D-backs bullpen in 8th for win

Brewers get to D-backs bullpen in 8th for win

MILWAUKEE -- Scooter Gennett's hit didn't go far, but it had a big impact as his soft looper that landed just beyond second base scored a pair of runs in the eighth and touched off a five-run rally as the Brewers defeated the D-backs, 9-4, on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

After the D-backs scored a pair of runs in the first inning, the Brewers responded with three in the bottom of the first and after Arizona tied the game at 3 in the fourth it was Gennett who drove home a run in the sixth to put Milwaukee back on top.

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Poll: Why is Villar wearing a tray on his head?

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Poll: Why is Villar wearing a tray on his head?

Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar is having a good season. Why? Because he has eight homers, leads the Majors in steals (36) and is slashing at a career-best .296/.380/.815 rate.

During his team's 9-4 win over the D-backs on Tuesday, Villar was wearing a tray on his head. Why? We don't know. 

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Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers smacked four homers as they beat the D-backs, 7-2, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Miller Park.

Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins each homered, with Maldonado's being the biggest blow -- a three-run shot in the sixth that gave Milwaukee a 6-2 lead.

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Wilkins all smiles after notching first homer

Journeyman infielder hits one of four Brewers dingers in win over D-backs

Wilkins all smiles after notching first homer

MILWAUKEE -- While trotting around the bases, in the dugout and in the clubhouse postgame, Andy Wilkins just couldn't stop smiling.

Wilkins hit his first career home run as a part of a Brewers' long-ball barrage in a 7-2 win over the D-backs on Monday night at Miller Park. Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar and Martin Maldonado also all went deep for Milwaukee.

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Santana has 'big setback' in rehab stint

Outfielder will be shut down from baseball activities amid recovery for elbow soreness

Santana has 'big setback' in rehab stint

MILWAUKEE -- Right fielder Domingo Santana has had a "big setback" in his rehab from right elbow soreness, manager Craig Counsell said Monday.

Santana was a scratch from Monday's lineup at Class A Wisconsin, where he was in the third day of a rehab assignment. Following his most recent setback, the 23-year-old will be shut down from baseball activities.

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As trade rumors swirl, who may chase Lucroy?

As trade rumors swirl, who may chase Lucroy?

Following an injury-riddled 2015 campaign, Jonathan Lucroy has re-established himself as one of the premier catchers in all of baseball, making the Brewers catcher a top trade target for contenders as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

Through 90 games and 359 plate appearances entering Monday, Lucroy is second among all catchers in slugging percentage (.491) and OPS (.853), and ranks third in WAR (2.8 according to Fangraphs), weighted runs created (122) and batting average (.301). With a team-friendly $5.25 million club option for 2017 included in his contract, Lucroy could be one of the most valuable pieces on the move over the next week, likely bringing in return to the Brewers a notable package of prospects.

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Second 1st impression: Trio debuts vs. old teams

Anderson, Segura and Weeks Jr. all facing former clubs for first time

Second 1st impression: Trio debuts vs. old teams

MILWAUKEE -- A trio of players faced their former teams for the first time when the Brewers and Diamondbacks kicked off a four-game series on Monday at Miller Park.

Right-hander Chase Anderson got the start for Milwaukee against the D-backs, who sent out a lineup featuring former Brewers Jean Segura and Rickie Weeks Jr. Anderson went five innings and earned the victory in the Brewers' 7-2 win, though Segura tagged him for an RBI single in his 1-for-5 night. Weeks walked twice and scored, finishing 0-for-2.

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Crew's 'pen can't save Guerra's outing in finale

Crew's 'pen can't save Guerra's outing in finale

MILWAUKEE -- All the Cubs want to do is win series, and they did just that on Sunday, rallying from a four-run deficit to beat the Brewers, 6-5, in front of a sellout crowd of 43,310 at Miller Park. Anthony Rizzo sparked a five-run seventh with a go-ahead three-run double to give Chicago its third straight series win since the All-Star break, a first for the franchise since it won five series in a row after the break in 1936.

The Brewers got a solid outing from starter Junior Guerra and ran at will against Chicago's Jon Lester, who was knocked out after four-plus innings. Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, Tommy La Stella hit an RBI double off the Brewers' Will Smith, and the Cubs then loaded the bases to set up Rizzo, who lined a double to the right-center-field gap to open a 5-4 lead and raise his RBI total to 75. Ben Zobrist then drove in Rizzo with an RBI single.

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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.

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Diaz on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Diaz on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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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.

Brewers fall short with runners on vs. Cubs

Crew leaves 12 on base in finale defeat to first-place Chicago

Brewers fall short with runners on vs. Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- On Sunday at Miller Park, the Brewers had plenty of ducks on the pond. It's a good thing ducks can swim, because most of them were stranded.

Milwaukee left 12 on base, 10 of which were in scoring position, in a frustrating 6-5 loss to the Cubs that saw the Crew squandered a four-run lead. Add in the defensive miscues that came back to bite them in the sweltering heat, it was a forgettable afternoon for the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Nieuwenhuis powers Brewers' win vs. Cubs

Nieuwenhuis powers Brewers' win vs. Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Montgomery won't want to remember his Cubs debut. Kirk Nieuwenhuis greeted the left-hander with a three-run homer in the eighth inning, his second home run of the game and first off a southpaw this season, to lead the Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night. Chicago acquired Montgomery from the Mariners on Wednesday.

"For Montgomery, that's just unfortunate," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I hope he just files that very quickly because it looked like his stuff was outstanding. They beat us, they just beat us. Give them credit."

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

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.

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Nieuwenhuis a much different hitter at home

Brewers outfielder continues to mash at Miller Park with two-homer game

Nieuwenhuis a much different hitter at home

MILWAUKEE -- The Journey song "Any Way You Want It" wasn't playing in the Brewers' clubhouse following a 6-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday at Miller Park, but it may need to become the theme for Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the team's next road trip.

Nieuwenhuis entered the game with pronounced home/road splits on the season, and following his two homers Saturday, there was an even starker contrast between those figures. Now, to get Nieuwenhuis' performance on the road up to the same level that it is at Miller Park, he may get things any way he wants to make sure he feels at home.

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Versatile Perez an asset for Brewers

Counsell likes what he's seen from utility man this season

Versatile Perez an asset for Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Hernan Perez believes in second chances, and he's being rewarded for it.

The Brewers utility man is in the midst of a season that has caught the eye of his manager Craig Counsell, thanks in part to signing a Minor League deal with the Crew 10 days after the club removed him from the 40-man roster.

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Diaz among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Diaz among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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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.

Torres goes about his business, deflects rumors

Brewers reliever enjoying solid campaign, makes highlight-reel play

Torres goes about his business, deflects rumors

MILWAUKEE -- For much of the season, Carlos Torres has quietly gone about his job of successfully occupying various roles in the Brewers' bullpen, but the right-hander made a statement with a highlight-reel play and two scoreless innings in relief in Friday's 5-2 loss against the Cubs.

Torres saved a run with a diving tag of Addison Russell on an attempted squeeze bunt in the sixth, a play that helped lower his ERA to 3.02 -- a mark that may draw notice from contenders as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

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Early deficit too much for Crew to overcome

Early deficit too much for Crew to overcome

MILWAUKEE -- How much did the Cubs miss Dexter Fowler? A lot. Playing his first game since June 18, Fowler smacked a leadoff home run and a two-run double, finishing a triple shy of the cycle to back Jason Hammel and lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory on Friday over the Brewers at Miller Park.

"It was a wonderful evening for him, and it's really apparent how important he is to us," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Fowler.

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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.

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.