Trades open opportunities at several positions

Beginning with Ramirez deal, retooling Brewers have spots up for grabs

Trades open opportunities at several positions

MILWAUKEE -- It has been one month and change since the Brewers began their sell-off by sending Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates. Beginning with that July 23 trade, general manager Doug Melvin has dealt away six proven players, while also announcing his own intention to transition into a different role in the front office. If you include Opening Day starter Kyle Lohse's demotion to the bullpen, more than a quarter of Milwaukee's 25-man roster has been turned over.

Club officials have resisted using the word "rebuild," but it's clear that the Brewers are in the midst of an overhaul. Manager Craig Counsell's repeated advice to players: embrace the change.

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Davis reaches double-digit homers for August

Outfielder crushes 10th long ball of month in Cleveland

Davis reaches double-digit homers for August

CLEVELAND -- Khris Davis joined a list of some of the greatest power hitters in Brewers history by belting his 10th August home run during the second inning of Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field.

It marked the 26th month of 10-plus homers in Brewers history, and the first since Prince Fielder hit 10 home runs in June 2011. Fielder also holds the franchise record for home runs in a month, with 13 in May 2007 on his way to hitting 50 that season.

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Don't forget Jungmann, the Brewers' impressive rookie

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Don't forget Jungmann, the Brewers' impressive rookie

This season is a banner crop for rookies. From Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber to Noah Syndergaard and Lance McCullers, the 2015 season has been dominated by those with nary a wrinkle on their faces or a mortgage over their heads.

But there's one name that has slipped under the radar a bit, one with the lowest ERA for a rookie starter: The Brewers' Taylor Jungmann.  

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Wild Nelson, Brewers drop finale to Indians

Wild Nelson, Brewers drop finale to Indians

CLEVELAND -- Jason Kipnis had three RBIs as the Indians completed a mini-sweep of their two-game series against Milwaukee with a 6-2 victory at Progressive Field on Wednesday night.

Rookie starting pitcher Cody Anderson filled in admirably for the injured Carlos Carrasco in his first start since being activated from the disabled list, allowing two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while working on a pitch count. He threw 76 pitches, struck out four, walked two and allowed a home run.

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Jungmann, Brewers welcome Reds to Miller Park

Jungmann, Brewers welcome Reds to Miller Park

The National League Central's two rebuilding projects will meet this weekend at Miller Park, as the Reds visit the Brewers for a three-game series beginning Friday.

The teams have occupied the bottom two spots in the National League Central every day since May 22, when the Reds slipped into fourth place. Head to head, the Brewers and Reds have split their first 10 games this season.

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Nelson walks 8, Crew's pitching funk continues

Nelson walks 8, Crew's pitching funk continues

CLEVELAND -- It had been nearly a decade since a Brewers pitcher had walked as many as eight batters in an outing before Jimmy Nelson took the mound on a rainy Wednesday night at Progressive Field and continued his team's pitching funk.

Nelson lost for the first time since the All-Star break, allowing five runs on four hits and a career-worst eight walks in 3 1/3 innings of a 6-2 loss to the Indians. The Brewers have not had a quality start -- six-plus innings, three or fewer earned runs -- in any of their last eight games. During that span, from Aug. 17 through Wednesday, Milwaukee's starters are 2-6 with a 9.92 ERA. Only once has the starter thrown a pitch in the sixth inning. In four of those eight games, the starter didn't make it past the fourth inning.

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Peralta feels fine, sticking with normal routine

Righty reiterates he has no concerns about arm

Peralta feels fine, sticking with normal routine

CLEVELAND -- Wily Peralta spoke Wednesday with the same confident air he projected Tuesday night after grinding through 2 2/3 innings against the Indians with so much missing from his fastball that even the home-plate umpire commented about it to catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Peralta reiterated on Wednesday that he felt 100-percent healthy, and that he was confident those missing miles per hour would return.

"I'm not worried about it," said Peralta, laughing. "I know I'll get back on Friday and fire it up."

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Cravy progressing, will join 'pen after DL stint

Cravy progressing, will join 'pen after DL stint

CLEVELAND -- Injured pitcher Tyler Cravy began a plyometric program on Wednesday that marked his first step toward returning to the mound for the Brewers, who plan to use Cravy in relief when he's healthy again.

That means someone else will join the rotation when the team clears this current portion of the schedule packed with off-days. The Brewers have been employing a four-man rotation for about the past week, and won't need a fifth starter until Sept. 5.

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Logjam aside, Crew likes Santana's oppo-power

Outfielder goes other way for homer in Cleveland

Logjam aside, Crew likes Santana's oppo-power

CLEVELAND -- In Ryan Braun, Khris Davis and Domingo Santana, the Brewers have three corner outfielders with strong cases for playing time, and only two corner outfielder spots. Club officials will worry about solving that problem later. For now, they want to see what Santana can do.

The youngest player on the Brewers' roster at 23 years old, Santana homered for the second time in four games in Tuesday's 11-6 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field. Unlike his smoking line drive to the left-field seats in Santana's Brewers debut on Friday, this was a towering solo homer the opposite way. That's his real power field, Santana said.

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Power display not enough for Brewers

Power display not enough for Brewers

CLEVELAND -- Every member of the Indians' lineup reached base safely at least once in an 11-6 victory over the Brewers at Progressive Field in Tuesday's series opener.

Brewers starter Wily Peralta lasted just 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start since May 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks, striking out one. He labored through each inning, needing 71 pitches to retire eight batters in an outing which featured both diminished velocity and a visit from the team trainer.

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Peralta downplays team's 'dead arm' concerns

Right-hander's velocity down in loss vs. Indians

Peralta downplays team's 'dead arm' concerns

CLEVELAND -- Surrounded by concern in the clubhouse in the wake his 2 2/3 innings of diminished velocity, big Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta said the same thing many different ways.

"I feel fine," Peralta said after Tuesday's 11-6 loss to the Indians. "There's nothing wrong. I'm not hurt or nothing. I feel fine."

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Prospect Kirby to Minors DL with elbow injury

Left-hander taken 40th overall by Brewers in '15 Draft

Prospect Kirby to Minors DL with elbow injury

CLEVELAND -- The Brewers placed pitching prospect Nathan Kirby on Class A Wisconsin's disabled list Monday with a left elbow injury, continuing an injury-plagued year for the 21-year-old lefty.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash said Kirby, No. 14 on MLBPipeline.com's list of the top Brewers prospects, would travel to Milwaukee for an examination by head team physician William Raasch. Ash did not have any other details about the nature of Kirby's injury.

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Brewers prospect Orimoloye rising fast

Outfielder hoping to become first African-born player in Majors

Brewers prospect Orimoloye rising fast

PHOENIX -- Brewers prospect Demi Orimoloye has an opportunity to become the first African-born player to reach the Major Leagues -- and if it weren't for his childhood best friend, it's likely that Orimoloye never would have given baseball a shot.

The Brewers' 20th-ranked prospect was born in Nigeria, but Orimoloye moved to Canada when he was just 10 months old, and he grew up playing volleyball and basketball, in addition to running track.

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Garza walks himself into two-out trouble

Free passes, misplayed chopper lead to 14th loss

Garza walks himself into two-out trouble

WASHINGTON -- As Matt Garza looked skyward, the thought running through his head, he would say later, was, "You've got to be kidding me." In the midst of his maddening season, one maddening bounce contributed to his undoing in Sunday's 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.

"I just have to keep going, keep grinding," Garza said. "Like I've said before, this is not a year I'm going to brag about. But it's going to be the year I'll learn the most from."

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Garza hampered by walks in 14th loss

Garza hampered by walks in 14th loss

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals finally know what home-field advantage is all about as they pounded the Brewers, 9-5, at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon. Washington took two out of three games from Milwaukee to win its first home series since July 20-22 against the Mets.

The Nationals got off to a slow start, when Jonathan Lucroy gave Milwaukee a 2-0 first-inning lead with a two-run homer off right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. But Brewers right-hander Matt Garza couldn't hold on to the lead as the Nationals scored four runs in the third, highlighted by Danny Espinosa's three-run double, and again in the fifth, capped by Anthony Rendon's three-run homer. Garza was charged with seven runs over 4 2/3 to fall to 6-14.

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Lopez continues incredible run for Double-A Biloxi

Brewers No. 9 prospect hurls his seventh consecutive quality start for Double-A Biloxi

Lopez continues incredible run for Double-A Biloxi

Many Minor League fans are by now familiar with Double-A Biloxi's plight this season. Formerly based in Huntsville, Ala., the Brewers affiliate played nearly two months' worth of games on the road while their new stadium was under construction.

With no home to return to, the Shuckers had few constants. But Milwaukee's No. 9 prospect, Jorge Lopez, did his best to bring stability to his nomadic squad.

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Lucroy puts focus on increasing contribution level

Hit fifth homer on Sunday; hitting just .241 for season

Lucroy puts focus on increasing contribution level

WASHINGTON -- After hitting his fifth home run Sunday in an admittedly subpar season, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy expressed a simple approach to his remaining games.

"I want to contribute," Lucroy said after the Brewers' 9-5 loss to the Nationals. "That's all it is. Play up to my ability. Stop playing down; play up. Get back to my level."

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Peterson passes test in center field

Makes diving catch, throw to third for double play in first inning

Peterson passes test in center field

WASHINGTON -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell has been saying for a while that he'd like to see Shane Peterson tested on some tough plays in center field.

In authoring a highlight-reel double play in the first inning of Saturday night's 6-1 loss to the Nationals, Peterson passed his first true test.

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Brewers' Denson homers twice for Helena

Milwaukee's No. 27 prospect has big game one week after publicly coming out as gay

Brewers' Denson homers twice for Helena

One week after coming out to the baseball world, Brewers prospect David Denson ripped two homers to lead rookie level Helena to an 8-4 win over Great Falls on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old third-year pro, who last Saturday became the first active player affiliated with a Major League organization to come out publicly as gay, went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his second two-homer game of the season.

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Jungmann, Brewers swarmed by Nats

Jungmann, Brewers swarmed by Nats

WASHINGTON -- Rookie right-hander Joe Ross found himself in control on the mound and helped the Nationals get back to the .500 mark by defeating the Brewers, 6-1, at Nationals Park on Saturday night.

"Where we are at, they are all going to be important wins," Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said. "We know what's at stake and where we are at."

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Davis in attack mode from the get-go

Tied for National League lead with eight August homers

Davis in attack mode from the get-go

WASHINGTON -- A more aggressive approach has produced a hot streak for Brewers left fielder Khris Davis, who continued a power-packed August with a solo home run in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Nationals.

Davis has hit eight of the Brewers' last 14 home runs, all since Aug. 6. His only teammate with multiple home runs in the same span is Ryan Braun, who has three.

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Jimenez an experienced lefty addition to 'pen

Brewers not ruling out additional August moves

Jimenez an experienced lefty addition to 'pen

WASHINGTON -- The Brewers' recent makeover continued Saturday with the arrival of Cesar Jimenez, a 30-year-old left-hander with two years of club control remaining, who joined the bullpen in place of Neal Cotts, a 35-year-old left-hander who will be a free agent at season's end.

The Brewers claimed Jimenez off waivers from the Phillies on Friday after trading Cotts to the Twins for a player to be named or cash considerations. If the return winds up covering the $20,000 cost of a waiver claim, as is common in late-season trades, the Brewers, in practice, will have traded Cotts for Jimenez straight up, while saving the difference in salary due each player for the remainder of the year, amounting to about $600,000.

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Santana homers in Brewers debut

Ranked No. 4 in Milwaukee's farm system, he was acquired in Gomez deal

Santana homers in Brewers debut

WASHINGTON -- On the same night that Mike Fiers pitched a no-hitter in Houston, the other half of last month's big Astros/Brewers trade didn't look bad, either.

Promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday and inserted as the center fielder, Domingo Santana hit a laser beam for a two-run home run to cap a three-run fifth inning at Nationals Park, helping to seal the Brewers' 10-3 win over the Nationals. Santana, ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's list of the top Brewers prospects, became the first of the young players involved in the July 30 trade that sent Fiers and Carlos Gomez to the Astros to make it to the Majors with Milwaukee.

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Offense pours it on in DC opener

Offense pours it on in DC opener

WASHINGTON -- If the Nationals are going to stay in the pennant race, they have to start playing well in all facets of the game. That wasn't the case Friday night as the Brewers pounded the Nationals, 10-3, at Nationals Park.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning against right-hander Jimmy Nelson on an RBI single by Jose Lobaton. But it was all Brewers the rest of the way as they scored two runs off left-hander Gio Gonzalez in the third inning and added three more in the fifth inning. Domingo Santana, Milwaukee's No. 4 prospect who was promoted to the big leagues earlier in the day, highlighted the scoring with a two-run homer.

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Brewers deal lefty Cotts, claim reliever Jimenez

Veteran traded to Minnesota for player to be named or cash considerations

Brewers deal lefty Cotts, claim reliever Jimenez

WASHINGTON -- The Brewers claimed one left-handed reliever off waivers on Friday, then traded another.

Following a 10-3 win over the Nationals in which Neal Cotts struck out the only batter he faced in a critical moment in the sixth inning, the Brewers traded Cotts to the Twins for a player to be named or cash considerations. In doing so, the team opened a roster spot for another lefty, Cesar Jimenez, who was claimed off waivers earlier in the day from the Phillies.

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Brewers celebrate Fiers' no-hitter

Former teammates watch final outs of gem

Brewers celebrate Fiers' no-hitter

WASHINGTON -- The only thing better than a victory celebration? Two in the same night.

No, the Brewers did not sweep a doubleheader at Nationals Park on Friday. They beat the Nats, 10-3, then retired to the visitors' clubhouse to watch, in full uniform, while former teammate Mike Fiers finished his no-hitter for the Astros over the Dodgers in Houston.

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Braun becomes Brewers' all-time HR leader

Yount happy to see Milwaukee crown a new home run king

Braun becomes Brewers' all-time HR leader

MILWAUKEE -- If you thought Brewers great Robin Yount would be disappointed to see his franchise home run record fall, think again. He was downright gleeful after learning Ryan Braun had set a new mark with home run No. 252 in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Marlins at Miller Park.

"It's about time we got a guy with some real power on the top of that list," Yount said.

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Denson: 'When you live life, you have to be happy'

Brewers prospect humbled by support, focuses on baseball after revealing he's gay

Denson: 'When you live life, you have to be happy'

MILWAUKEE -- David Denson chose to become the first openly gay player in affiliated baseball for no other reason, he said, than it felt right to finish tearing down the walls he'd built around him. He did not do it to make history or contribute to social change.

It quickly became clear to the Milwaukee Brewers Minor Leaguer that he might have done all of the above.

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