Christmas a time for tradition, family for Gennett

Christmas a time for tradition, family for Gennett

MILWAUKEE -- It will be another sunny Christmas for Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett, who has spent his recent winters in either Florida or Arizona. He and fiancée Kelsey are in Phoenix this year, where Gennett spent the first six weeks or so of winter rehabbing a quadriceps that caused trouble down the stretch. Since then, he's been hiking the Valley's array of mountain trails and working three days a week at the Brewers' training complex in preparation for everyday duty in 2015.

Helping to continue a tradition that dates to the early days of MLB.com, Gennett took a few minutes last week to chat about his offseason and to share some holiday memories.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers add outfielder Peterson off waivers

Brewers add outfielder Peterson off waivers

MILWAUKEE -- Four days after taking to Twitter to express his excitement about being a Chicago Cub, Shane Peterson was on the move again. 

Peterson was plucked off the waiver wire Tuesday for the second time in less than a week, this time going from the Cubs to the Brewers. Milwaukee has been looking to add outfielders and left-handed hitters, and with Peterson, who fit the bill on both counts, Milwaukee's 40-man roster is full. 

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Will Smith is ... not great at wrapping gifts

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Will Smith is ... not great at wrapping gifts

No, not that Will Smith. We're sure Jada Pinkett's husband is great at wrapping the abstract concepts that he probably got for his kids. But the Brewers reliever who shares his name? Don't leave him alone with the duct tape. 

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Terence Moore

Selig ranks among Wisconsin's sports icons

Selig ranks among Wisconsin's sports icons

When it comes to significant people in the history of Milwaukee baseball, Warren Spahn is up there. The same goes for Eddie Mathews, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor. Then, if you move "just a bit outside" of those Hall of Fame players, you'll find Bob Uecker, the legendary Brewers announcer.

That leaves two folks in Milwaukee baseball lore who rank higher than the elite of the elite: Hank Aaron and Bud Selig.

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

Brewers add pair of Minor Leaguers in deal with LA

Club lands left-handed prospect Martin, versatile outfielder Long for catcher Zarraga

Brewers add pair of Minor Leaguers in deal with LA

MILWAUKEE -- With all quiet on the Major League front, the Brewers on Thursday continued addressing Minor League needs via a three-player trade with the Dodgers.

Milwaukee sent catcher Shawn Zarraga to Los Angeles in exchange for versatile outfielder Matt Long, who was actually traded twice Thursday, and left-hander Jarret Martin, a reliever who jumped right into MLB.com's list of the Top 20 Brewers prospects, at No. 18.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers coach LeBoeuf undeterred by cancer battle

Popular member of Minor League staff shares love of the game with players, family

Brewers coach LeBoeuf undeterred by cancer battle

MILWAUKEE -- The little milestones mean so much these days to Al LeBoeuf, a popular coach in the Brewers' Minor League system who has been fighting to reclaim his legs from cancer. Like the day he appeared in Spring Training to visit the players he worried he'd never see again. Or the morning earlier this year when he returned to the golf course. Or the day later in summer when LeBoeuf, fitted with braces on each of his lower legs, threw batting practice.

Some milestones are even smaller. A couple of weeks ago, LeBoeuf wiggled his toes for the first time in more than two years. He called the experience "wonderful."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hank the Wonder Dog is nominated for Dog of the Year

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Hank the Wonder Dog is nominated for Dog of the Year

While there are thousands of awards out there, from the Ig Nobel Prize given to strange science research to the Rotten Sneaker Award, given out to the child with the stinkiest pair of shoes, it is pretty much understood that these are the three most prestigious of them: 

1. MVP

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Brewers unveil plans for 'Selig Experience'

State-of-the-art exhibit at Miller Park will pay tribute to retiring Commissioner

Brewers unveil plans for 'Selig Experience'

MILWAUKEE -- Allan H. "Bud" Selig was going to be a history professor before baseball stole his heart, so the Brewers' latest tribute to their founder was right on the mark.

The "Selig Experience," to open at Miller Park during the 2015 season, will be a 1,400-square-foot year-round attraction anchored by a 3D video presentation depicting Selig's start in the game and tenure as Brewers owner. At the center of that story is Selig's campaign to bring big league baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970, and his parts of three decades at County Stadium before ascending to the Major League Baseball Commissioner's Office.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers sign Petersen to Minors deal with invite

Brewers sign Petersen to Minors deal with invite

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers restocked their Triple-A outfield on Tuesday with Minor League deals for Triple-A veterans Bryan Petersen and Ben Guez, and invited Petersen to Major League Spring Training. 

The 28-year-old, left-handed-hitting Petersen has appeared in parts of three seasons in the Majors with the Marlins, last in 2012, but has done most of his work in the Minors, where he has been a .284 hitter with a .360 on-base percentage over parts of eight seasons while manning all three outfield positions. He's played at the Triple-A level in each of the past five years, including 2014 in the Rangers' system. Petersen hit 13 home runs at hitter-friendly Round Rock, his best total since belting a career-best 20 homers at two levels of Miami's system in 2008. 

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Mike Bauman

Brewers' gesture a testament to Selig's Milwaukee legacy

Brewers' gesture a testament to Selig's Milwaukee legacy

The Brewers honoring Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig with the "Selig Experience" at Miller Park is a completely suitable act. Major League Baseball's continuing presence in Milwaukee is essentially the "Selig Experience."

The Brewers Monday announced plans for a 1,400-square-foot exhibit inside Miller Park honoring Selig. The exhibit will be anchored by a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig's role in bringing big league baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970, and his later efforts to grow the game's popularity in Wisconsin. It's part of the Brewers' ongoing effort to honor the founder of their franchise. Selig will be stepping down as Commissioner in January after more than 22 years on the job.

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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.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Scouting profile: Brewers outfield prospect Tyrone Taylor

Scouting profile: Brewers outfield prospect Tyrone Taylor

Outfielder Tyrone Taylor -- the Brewers' top-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com -- may have had a career as a football player. The two-sport standout from Torrance (Calif.) High School ran for 1,521 yards, and averaged 7.8 yards a carry in his senior year. He also caught 25 passes for 425 yards and 11 touchdowns. Overall, he scored 20 touchdowns.

As outstanding as he was in football, he really opened eyes playing baseball. In his senior year, Taylor hit .488 with four home runs, 29 RBIs and 28 runs scored. That was even better than his .472 junior year batting average.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quiet Meetings result of Brewers' early moves

Club content with roster after already filling holes, waiting to add final bullpen pieces

Quiet Meetings result of Brewers' early moves

SAN DIEGO -- If public relations alone fueled the Brewers' decision-makers, general manager Doug Melvin might have added to the frantic finish to these Winter Meetings. The event closed Thursday not with the usual whimper but with a flurry of deals, including the division-rival Reds shipping off two starting pitchers and the Cardinals adding Mark Reynolds to their bench, plus All-Stars Matt Kemp and Yoenis Cespedes reportedly on the move in trades and Ervin Santana becoming the latest pitcher to cash in with a four-year free-agent contract. 

Brewers officials departed quietly and made no apologies for it. 

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Santa paws: Hank spreads holiday cheer

Brewers' popular pup draws awareness to Humane Society's cause

Santa paws: Hank spreads holiday cheer

MILWAUKEE -- Hank, the lovable stray dog adopted by the Brewers during Spring Training who became an instant fan favorite, continued to use his celebrity status to spread holiday cheer for a charitable cause.

Dressed as "Santa Hank," the ballpark pup made an early-morning appearance Thursday delivering toys and supplies at the Wisconsin Humane Society, a beneficiary from the sale of Hank-themed merchandise.

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Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers lose Halton, Davis in Triple-A phase of Rule 5

The final day of the Winter Meetings began with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams were only able to make a selection if it had space on its 40-man roster.

ROUND 1
1. Arizona Diamondbacks: C Oscar Hernandez, Rays
2. Colorado Rockies: IF Mark Canha, Marlins
3. Texas Rangers: OF Delino DeShields Jr., Astros
4. Houston Astros: RHP Jason Garcia, Red Sox
5. Minnesota Twins: RHP J.R. Graham, Braves
6. Boston Red Sox: RHP Jandel Gustave, Astros
7. Chicago Cubs: SS Taylor Featherston, Rockies
8. Philadelphia Phillies: IF David Herrera, Rangers
9. Miami Marlins: LHP Andrew McKirahan, Cubs
10. New York Mets: LHP Sean Gilmartin, Twins
11. Atlanta Braves: RHP Daniel Winkler, Rockies
12. Seattle Mariners: LHP David Rollins, Astros
13. Baltimore Orioles: RHP Logan Verrett, Mets

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Brewers won't be swayed by aggressive Cubs

Melvin says his club doesn't feel pressure to respond during Meetings

Brewers won't be swayed by aggressive Cubs

SAN DIEGO -- After the rival Cubs agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with left-hander Jon Lester late Tuesday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke sent a text to old friend and new Chicago manager Joe Maddon.

"You're killing me, Joe," Roenicke wrote.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How will Brewers fill final roster spot?

How will Brewers fill final roster spot?

SAN DIEGO -- The Brewers have one opening on their 40-man roster, but they don't currently intend to fill it with a bullpen arm. General manager Doug Melvin believes the vacancies can be filled later in the offseason.

Melvin said so on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings after watching relievers Pat Neshek and Luke Gregerson sign two-year contracts with the Astros.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hank the Ballpark Pup is the cutest Santa Claus

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Hank the Ballpark Pup is the cutest Santa Claus

There will be a lot of Santa Claus impersonators this holiday season: Mall Santas, TV Santas, Tim Allen Santas. It's the same every year. But we can confidently and conclusively say that none of them will be as cute as Hank the dog:

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Mike Bauman

NL Central looking like 5-team race

NL Central looking like 5-team race

SAN DIEGO -- With the Cubs' signing of Jon Lester, the 2015 version of the National League Central can safely be projected as a five-team race.

The Cardinals' track record and pedigree suggest that they should still be the favorites. But every other team can offer a valid argument on behalf of its own chances.

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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.

Attanasio confident Brewers will bounce back

Principal owner continuing to empower general manager Melvin, manager Roenicke

Attanasio confident Brewers will bounce back

SAN DIEGO -- Before he joined the rest of the Brewers' decision-makers at the Winter Meetings, principal owner Mark Attanasio watched video of his comments during the final weekend of the regular season.

With his team in the final throes of a disappointing stretch run that saw it fall out of contention, Attanasio told reporters, "We have to identify what went wrong, we have to have a good explanation for how we're fixing it, and if we're not making any changes, we'd better have a damn good reason for why."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Additions likely to come for Brewers after Meetings

Club evaluating relievers, right-handed bat off bench

Additions likely to come for Brewers after Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- A broken ankle is keeping Brewers general manager Doug Melvin off his feet and out of the Winter Meetings lobby, but if there's any year to be laid up, this is the one.  

Melvin reiterated on Day 1 of baseball's biggest offseason gathering that he likes his team as it's already constructed. 

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roenicke expects Brewers to rebound in 2015

Manager confident late-season collapse will spur return to form

Roenicke expects Brewers to rebound in 2015

SAN DIEGO -- Manager Ron Roenicke addressed a wide variety of topics on Day 1 of baseball's Winter Meetings, saying he was hopeful that a healthier Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez will restore pop to the middle of the order, that a newborn son will help rejuvenate shortstop Jean Segura, and that Brewers players will be able to turn the page from the late-season collapse that called into question Roenicke's job security. 

"I think we had a bad month, month and a half," Roenicke said. "I think for four months, I'm sure everybody was happy with what we were doing. Now, you have the young guys that have a year's experience. You have a whole team that's been through a very tough time there at the end of the year, and hopefully that makes them stronger.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers help launch LUNGevity auction initiative

Brewers help launch LUNGevity auction initiative

SAN DIEGO -- When Brewers bullpen coach Lee Tunnell learned of Major League Baseball's latest Stand Up To Cancer initiative on Monday, it struck a personal chord. His mother, Jeanie, passed away earlier this year after a long battle with the disease.

"To think about the possibility of having people with you longer, that would be the greatest gift anybody could give," Tunnell said. "For baseball to be willing to pull some of the load is just unbelievable."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Segura, Crew grab MLB.com's GIBBY for Oddity of the Year

Segura, Crew grab MLB.com's GIBBY for Oddity of the Year

MILWAUKEE -- There was a slugger with 457 career homers taking the mound, a pitcher with a 100-mph fastball playing the outfield and a backup catcher sliding home in the bottom of 16th inning to make himself the winning pitcher. But baseball's oddest moment in 2014 belonged to a Brewers shortstop who has shown a knack for the unexpected on the basepaths.

Jean Segura scampered all the way from first to home to complete Milwaukee's three-run wild pitch on June 22 in Colorado, a bizarre play that was voted the Oddity of the Year in the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards -- the GIBBYs for short.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers sign Kintzler, tender contract to Parra

Club also offers deal to Maldonado in advance of deadline

Brewers sign Kintzler, tender contract to Parra

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers signed Brandon Kintzler to a $1.075 million, one-year deal and tendered contracts to their two other arbitration-eligible players, catcher Martin Maldonado and outfielder Gerardo Parra, ahead of a Tuesday night deadline that could have pushed any of the trio into free agency.

Teams had until 10:59 p.m. CT to tender 2015 contracts to their unsigned players, a mere formality for pre-arbitration players earning salaries near the league minimum, but more than a formality for those with enough Major League service time to qualify for arbitration. Players who were non-tendered on Tuesday joined the list of free agents. Players who were tendered a contract are considered signed for 2015, at a salary to be determined later.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers renew affiliation with Timber Rattlers

Wisconsin team will remain Class A partner through 2020

Brewers renew affiliation with Timber Rattlers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Tuesday struck an agreement that will keep Milwaukee's Class A affiliate close to home into the next decade.

The clubs jointly announced another four-year extension of their existing player development contract, joining them through the 2020 season. The Timber Rattlers play home games about 100 miles north of Miller Park at recently renovated Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, near Appleton, Wis.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bernie Brewer enlists help to keep Twitter title

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Bernie Brewer enlists help to keep Twitter title

Mascots: They are our our enormous, smiling, muppet-handed best friends. But just like your cute little papillon when confronted at the dog park, sometimes fierce rivalries are born. 

On Tuesday night, a new battle for mascot dominance started when the Los Angeles Kings' mascot, Bailey, went gunning for Bernie Brewer's No. 1 mascot on Twitter ranking: 

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Brewers sign Leach, Additon to Minor League deals

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are bringing back left-hander Brent Leach for a third season with the organization, signing the 32-year-old reliever on Monday to a Minor League contract that for the first time includes an invitation to big league Spring Training camp.

Leach, whose only Major League experience was with the Dodgers in 2009, split last season between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville. He posted a 3.22 ERA and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings over 62 relief appearances and one spot start.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braun feeling good following thumb surgery

Brewers outfielder takes part in club's annual Thanksgiving food drive

Braun feeling good following thumb surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun won't know for sure until he gets back to the grind of baseball and fends off a few 95-mph inside fastballs. But so far, the Brewers right fielder believes his thumb surgery was a success.

"It definitely worked," Braun said on Wednesday after taking part in a Thanksgiving food drive at Miller Park. "It made a huge difference."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ballpark pup has Brewers celebrating 'Hanksgiving'

Hank's story, which began at Spring Training, continues to raise money, spirits, awareness

Ballpark pup has Brewers celebrating 'Hanksgiving'

MILWAUKEE -- The story of Hank, the Ballpark Pup began the morning of Feb. 17 at a green oasis nestled in a tough neighborhood on Phoenix's west side. A scraggly stray dog trotted up to Maryvale Baseball Park's main gate and deposited himself at the feet of two security guards wearing white coats. The pup might have matched had his own fur not been stained black from so many days dodging traffic.

He probably just wanted a bite to eat. Instead, Hank was about to hit it big.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.