Changeup stands out for Davies during debut

Brewers catcher Lucroy thinks righty should mold himself after Marcum

Changeup stands out for Davies during debut

MILWAUKEE -- As 22-year-old Zach Davies threw changeup after changeup at the Pirates on Wednesday, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy saw shades of a similar pitcher from the team's recent past.

"I told him, 'I want you to watch video of Shaun Marcum in 2011 because [you] could be a guy like that,'" Lucroy said after the Brewers' 9-4 win at Miller Park. "Because his changeup is so good, he's a righty and he works fast. That could definitely be a guy that he can mold himself after, for sure, pitching-wise."

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Brewers down Bucs on big night for offense

Brewers down Bucs on big night for offense

MILWAUKEE -- The fortunes of the Pirates and the Brewers have changed in the big picture. But the inset remains the same: Even as National League Central also-rans, the Brewers own the contending Bucs, particularly in Miller Park. For the latest evidence, the Crew dealt the Pirates another sound defeat on Wednesday, 9-4, behind Jonathan Lucroy's three RBIs and two each by Adam Lind and Scooter Gennett.

"We kept them off the board only in two innings tonight," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said about a 15-hit Milwaukee attack begun against Jeff Locke and continued against his relief. "That makes it more challenging. Locke's command was come and go throughout the game."

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Crew to honor Aramis before finale vs. Bucs

Crew to honor Aramis before finale vs. Bucs

Thursday's pregame festivities at Miller Park will include an on-field nod to Aramis Ramirez, the veteran third baseman poised to play his 315th and final game in Milwaukee when the Pirates and Brewers conclude a three-game series.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Craig Counsell will present Ramirez with a token of appreciation for a quality career. Ramirez, who announced in Spring Training his intent to retire later this year, played three-plus seasons for the Brewers before the team traded him back to the Pirates on July 23. It's the second stint in Pittsburgh for the National League Central lifer, who also played for the Cubs.

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Same routine, better results for Nelson

Brewers righty holds Pirates to one run following down start in Cleveland

Same routine, better results for Nelson

MILWAUKEE -- How did Jimmy Nelson lower his walk total from a career-high eight last week in Cleveland to zero in Tuesday's 7-4 Brewers win over the Pirates at Miller Park? He kept things simple.

"I didn't really overthink the last outing or two," said Nelson. "I stayed with my same routine between starts, had some good bullpen work and just tried to flush it out as quick as I could."

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Brewers get to Cole early, top Pirates

Brewers get to Cole early, top Pirates

MILWAUKEE -- Adam Lind's two-run double highlighted a first-inning ambush of Pirates ace Gerrit Cole as the Brewers derailed the Cole Train and Pittsburgh's postseason express with a 7-4 victory at Miller Park on Tuesday night.

Lind's two-bagger keyed a four-run first, the Brewers added a run in the second and Jimmy Nelson converted the early lead into his fourth win of the season over the Bucs. Nelson allowed four hits and a run in seven innings, striking out six without issuing a walk and lowering his ERA against Pittsburgh to 1.72 in five starts.

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Phillips among 7 Brewers headed to AFL

Phillips among 7 Brewers headed to AFL

MILWAUKEE -- Three of the four prospects acquired in a trade with the Astros in July will represent the Brewers in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, including Brett Phillips, a center fielder ranked No. 2 on MLBPipeline.com's list of Milwaukee's top prospects.

Joining Phillips on the Surprise Saguaros roster are the two pitchers acquired in the July 30 that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to Houston -- left-hander Josh Hader and right-hander Adrian Houser. Right-handers Jacob Barnes and Damien Magnifico, infielder Yadiel Rivera and outfielder Michael Reed round out the Brewers' picks.

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Brewers biding time with September callups

With Santana already up and raking, club content to wait for Minor League seasons to end

Brewers biding time with September callups

MILWAUKEE -- As expected, the Brewers didn't call many names when teams made their initial September callups on Tuesday, content to let players finish the Minor League seasons at Triple-A Colorado Springs and Double-A Biloxi before raiding those rosters for reinforcements.

All along, manager Craig Counsell predicted a modest group of additions to the active roster.

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Peralta regains form, leads Brewers over Reds

Peralta regains form, leads Brewers over Reds

MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta edged out John Lamb during a low-scoring duel on Sunday afternoon that the Brewers won, 4-1, over the Reds. Milwaukee (55-75) took two of three games in the series from last-place Cincinnati (53-76) to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the last-place team in the National League Central.

It was a 1-1 game in the bottom of the third inning when Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-out RBI single to left field against Lamb that scored Martin Maldonado for the go-ahead run. The Brewers added two runs in the eighth for insurance and Francisco Rodriguez recovered from his first blown save of the year on Saturday to get his 31st save with a perfect ninth.

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Lucroy delivers clutch single, extends streak

During eight-game stretch, the Brewers' catcher is hitting .452

Lucroy delivers clutch single, extends streak

MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Lucroy can't erase what has been a difficult year, but he certainly intends on finishing strong in order to take a positive feeling into the offseason.

Looking more like himself at the plate of late, Lucroy continued his torrid stretch by extending his hitting streak to eight games with the go-ahead single in the third inning of Milwaukee's 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Miller Park.

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Brewers to stick with Garza in rotation

After rough stretch, right-hander given chance to get back on track

Brewers to stick with Garza in rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Despite his continued struggles, Matt Garza appears to be staying in the Brewers' starting rotation.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said a conversation would be had about Garza's spot in the rotation after the right-hander allowed seven runs over 3 2/3 innings Saturday in Milwaukee's 12-9 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

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Explosive offense provides bright spot in tough loss

Gennett breaks out for four hits and Lind shows off clutch hitting

Explosive offense provides bright spot in tough loss

MILWAUKEE -- Lost in the midst of another tough start by Matt Garza and Francisco Rodriguez's first blown save of the season was a strong performance by the Brewers' offense.

Led by Scooter Gennett's career high-tying four hits, the Brewers scored nine runs on 13 hits and were three outs away from their biggest comeback victory of the season in Saturday's 12-9 loss.

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Brewers fall after K-Rod blows first save

Brewers fall after K-Rod blows first save

MILWAUKEE -- Joey Votto delivered a two-run home run in a four-run top of the ninth inning that pushed the Reds ahead for an 12-9 win over the Brewers on a wild Saturday night at Miller Park.

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez was on the mound to lock down a 9-8 lead in the ninth when he blew his first save of the season after he was a perfect 30-for-30 in chances. Jay Bruce opened with a single to center field. Next came Votto, who lifted a 2-1 pitch the opposite way for a two-run homer to left field -- his 25th of the season. A walk and two hits would follow as the Reds added two insurance runs. Milwaukee entered the night 51-0 when leading after eight innings. J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth for the win. Aroldis Chapman recorded his 25th save in the ninth.

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Kirby likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

Left-hander was 40th overall selection in 2015 Draft

Kirby likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers pitching prospect Nathan Kirby is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, according to general manager Doug Melvin.

Kirby, the No. 40 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, was placed on the disabled list at Class A Wisconsin with a left elbow injury on Monday.

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Jungmann, Brewers bullpen shut out Reds

Jungmann, Brewers bullpen shut out Reds

MILWAUKEE -- Domingo Santana homered in his Miller Park debut and Taylor Jungmann delivered a quality start in the Brewers' 5-0 win over the Reds on Friday night.

The Reds (52-75) lost for the 13th time in 14 games while the Brewers (54-74) snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided falling 22 games under .500 for the first time this year. Jungmann led the way with six scoreless innings on an even 100 pitches to snap Milwaukee's streak of eight games without a quality start.

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Santana, Jungmann star for new-look Brewers

Youth movement yields results as outfielder goes deep and righty goes six strong

Santana, Jungmann star for new-look Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Twenty-five-year-old second baseman Scooter Gennett rolled out the door late on Friday atop the latest toy of choice in the Brewers' clubhouse, a motorized "personal mobility device" that is part-skateboard, part-Segway. He fits right in on a team that has skewed younger from the manager's office to the locker room -- and is poised to do the same in the general manager's suite.

A 5-0 win over the Reds was fueled by two members of the Brewers' youth movement. Domingo Santana introduced himself to the Miller Park faithful with a home run in his home debut, and Taylor Jungmann continued a first impression that began with his call-up in June.

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Perez sees playing time slip at third base

Perez sees playing time slip at third base

MILWAUKEE -- Hernan Perez was on the cover of the game day program distributed at Miller Park on Friday, but not on the field for the start of the game itself.

After getting the first opportunity to start at third base in the wake of a trade that sent four-year starter Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates, Perez has slipped into the short end of a platoon with Elian Herrera. Manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Perez was healthy, and attributed Herrera's recent run of starts to performance.

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Prospect Clark goes 4-for-4 in rain-shortened five-inning victory

Brewers No. 3 prospect is 6-for-7 in his first two games with Helena

Prospect Clark goes 4-for-4 in rain-shortened five-inning victory

Brewers No. 3 prospect (No. 80 overall) Trent Clark went 4-for-4 with three RBIs as Rookie Level Helena defeated Missoula, 8-2, in a rain-shortened five-inning game. The first-rounder is 6-for-7 (.857) after receiving a promotion from the Arizona League.

All six of his hits were singles, which is on par with his work for the AZL Brewers. Drafted No. 15 overall this summer, Clark hit .309/.422/.442 with just 14 extra-base hits (one homer) in 43 games out in the southwest.

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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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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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