Crew's blueprint unfolding with Timber Rattlers

Crew's blueprint unfolding with Timber Rattlers

APPLETON, Wis. -- In the Milwaukee Brewers' media guide, the rebuilding process is written out. Down on the farm, it's lived out.

Throughout the organization, as evident with the Brewers' Class A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the club has been open in accepting the gradual rebuilding mode that general manager David Stearns officially enacted during the offseason.

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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.

Braun's back tested right away in return to lineup

Brewers LF feels fine, but lets pivotal blooper get by him in Mets' 2-run 4th

Braun's back tested right away in return to lineup

NEW YORK -- Ryan Braun's troublesome back, which had held him out of the Brewers' lineup for six of the previous seven games, was tested early on Sunday.

In the second inning, Mets first baseman Eric Campbell turned on a 91-mph four-seam fastball from Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson and lined it into left field, but Braun was there to flag it down.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sheets, Ash to represent Brewers at Draft

Sheets, Ash to represent Brewers at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Hader on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Hader 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, for the week of May 16-22, is highlighted by a trio of 20-year-old prospects in Willy Adames, Cody Bellinger and Jamie Westbrook, all of whom have excelled this season against older competition in their first tastes of the Double-A level.

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Brewers unable to solve Mets in New York finale

Brewers unable to solve Mets in New York finale

NEW YORK -- Needing a win to enter this coming week's showdown in Washington with some momentum, the Mets on Sunday let their recently minted ace carry them to one.

Quite clearly New York's best pitcher at this juncture of the season, Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters en route to a 3-1 win over the Brewers at Citi Field. Allowing nothing more than an unearned run in seven innings, Syndergaard walked nobody and allowed six hits, dominating Milwaukee to win his third straight start. He owns a 0.82 ERA, 27 strikeouts and one walk over that stretch.

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Nelson looks to continue strong pitching vs. Braves

Nelson looks to continue strong pitching vs. Braves

Jimmy Nelson and Julio Teheran will both look to continue their recent success on the mound when the Brewers and Braves open up a three-game series on Tuesday at Turner Field.

Nelson (4-3, 3.07 ERA) has tossed two consecutive quality starts for Milwaukee, allowing a combined two runs over 15 1/3 innings. In neither of those starts, though, did the right-hander get a win, taking a loss against the Padres on May 12 and a no-decision after 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Brewers' 13-inning loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

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Hader among Sunday's top prospect performers

Righty K's eight over four scoreless frames for Cardinals' Triple-A club

Hader among Sunday's top prospect performers

Alex Reyes did not disappoint in his highly anticipated season and Triple-A debut on Sunday, as the No. 11 overall prospect allowed just two hits (both singles) in four scoreless innings to pace Memphis in an 8-1 win over Fresno. He recorded eight strikeouts -- matching the season-high for a Redbirds starting pitcher -- against three walks, with 48 of his 85 pitches going for strikes.

The Cardinals' No. 1 prospect fanned a two Memphis hitters in the first inning and then struck out the side in the following frame, while pitching around a pair of walks. He punched out three more hitters across his final two innings, including back-to-back called third strikes to end the third after he had allowed the first two batters to reach base.

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Flores hits first MLB homer while pacing offense

Brewers outfielder drives in three runs before striking out in pivotal spot in 8th

Flores hits first MLB homer while pacing offense

NEW YORK -- Ramon Flores entered play Saturday with a .190 batting average on the season, including a .170 mark against right-handed pitching.

Batting in the No. 8 hole, the outfielder proved to be a pivotal part of the Brewers' offense as he drove in a career-high three runs in Milwaukee's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday.

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Brewers' pair among top prospect performers Saturday

Cubs' prospect has career-high seven RBIs in win

Brewers' pair among top prospect performers Saturday

Double-A Tennessee pulled off a dramatic comeback win Saturday night as they scored nine times in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Biloxi, 10-9.

At the center of the Smokies' late-inning rallies was third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who went 4-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth en route to driving in a career-high seven runs.

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Brewers drop tough one to Mets in walk-off fashion

Brewers drop tough one to Mets in walk-off fashion

NEW YORK -- David Wright's season has so far been a cocktail of frustration and exasperation, his baseball worth inextricably linked to the health of his back. He has been the subject of boos and howls, talk-radio callers taking pocket knives to his reputation.

But Wright is still the captain, one of the most well-respected Mets ever to step foot on Flushing soil. So the entire Mets team was elated when Wright's difficult season swung dramatically upward Saturday, his walk-off RBI single leading them to a 5-4 win over the Brewers at Citi Field. It was Wright's franchise-record ninth career walk-off RBI, giving the Mets their first walk-off victory since Wilmer Flores' game-winning homer last July 31.

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Peralta takes a step forward in start vs. Mets

Despite the loss, Brewers righty lowers ERA, WHIP in 5 2/3-inning outing

Peralta takes a step forward in start vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- On Tuesday, Wily Peralta sat in Brewers manager Craig Counsell's office and the two discussed what was the best course of action regarding Milwaukee's Opening Day starter.

At the time, Peralta had the worst WHIP (1.99) and the second-worst ERA (7.30) among qualifying Major League starters, and Counsell could have opted to skip the right-hander's spot in the rotation.

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Crew can't make Carter's first-inning HR stand up

Crew can't make Carter's first-inning HR stand up

NEW YORK -- Needing a victory to shove memories of Matt Harvey and this week's Nationals series firmly into the past, the Mets turned Friday to two of their budding stars. Steven Matz pitched seven sharp innings to win his sixth consecutive start, and Michael Conforto delivered the decisive two-run homer in a 3-2 triumph over the Brewers at Citi Field.

Making his first start since skipping an outing due to left elbow soreness, Matz fell into an early hole when Chris Carter hit a two-run homer off him in the first. But the left-hander retired 15 in a row after that, cruising through seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.

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Ailing shoulder lands Crew's Santana on DL

Milwaukee recalls outfielder Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs

Ailing shoulder lands Crew's Santana on DL

NEW YORK -- The Brewers placed right fielder Domingo Santana on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness on Friday before their series opener against the Mets at Citi Field.

"It was just a case of him not making any progress with his shoulder," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "With two weeks off, hopefully that will get rid of it."

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Nieuwenhuis, Torres get '15 NL champs rings

Former Mets outfielder getting regular playing time with Brewers

Nieuwenhuis, Torres get '15 NL champs rings

NEW YORK -- After playing for the Mets in each of the past four seasons, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is familiar with most of Citi Field, but this particular area was foreign to the Brewers outfielder.

For the first time in his Major League career, Nieuwenhuis entered Citi Field and made his way to the visitors' clubhouse.

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Students take center stage at Harlem RBI

Mets, Brewers focus on fun aspects of baseball at annual event

Students take center stage at Harlem RBI

HARLEM, N.Y. -- It may not be Citi Field or Yankee Stadium, but for a couple hours Friday afternoon, the epicenter of New York baseball was the Harlem R.B.I. baseball complex.

New York Mets Curtis Granderson and Eric Campbell, as well as a handful of Milwaukee Brewers -- including Chris Capuano, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Zach Davies -- joined together in Harlem on Friday with the students from the New York Center for Autism Charter School to teach, encourage and play with the children over an afternoon of baseball. The event, which is now in its fourth year, featured makeshift hitting, fielding and running drills run by the players, who traded their competitive edges for a mentality of fun -- something that obviously showed through in their actions.

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Homers, high-stakes K's help Crew in win

Homers, high-stakes K's help Crew in win

MILWAUKEE -- With three of their best hitters on the bench, the Brewers beat longtime nemesis Jason Hammel on Thursday for an unlikely series victory over the first-place Cubs.

Junior Guerra became the first Brewers starter to log double-digit strikeouts and Chris Carter and Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered in Milwaukee's 5-3 win at Miller Park. The Brewers took two of three games from a Cubs club that had won 14 of the previous 15 matchups dating to last season, including five games in a row.

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Brewers' starters offset Cubs' potent lineup

Brewers' starters offset Cubs' potent lineup

MILWAUKEE -- David has just taken a series from Goliath. What happened between the Brewers and the Cubs over the past three games was well off the form charts.

The Brewers won two out of three behind starting pitching that went from being a problem to becoming a solution in this series. The Cubs, averaging nearly six runs per game, were held to seven runs in 31 innings in this series.

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

Thornburg, Blazek boost Brewers with big K's

Milwaukee bullpen boasts 1.61 ERA in last 28 frames

Thornburg, Blazek boost Brewers with big K's

MILWAUKEE -- If you feel like the Brewers have been playing nothing but close games recently, you're not alone -- just ask the bullpen.

Relief pitchers Michael Blazek and Tyler Thornburg pitched two scoreless inning to complete a 5-3 win against the Cubs on Thursday as Milwaukee wrapped up a seven-game homestand in which Brewers relievers were thrust into high-leverage situations time and time again.

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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, Crew rotation getting groove back

Brewers' starters have produced eight quality starts in last 10 games

Guerra, Crew rotation getting groove back

MILWAUKEE -- The way manager Craig Counsell saw it, the only way for Brewers starting pitchers to go was up.

Thursday's 5-3 win over the Cubs capped a seven-game homestand that featured six of Milwaukee's nine best starts this season, including each of their top five performances as measured by Bill James' game score. Junior Guerra's 11-strikeout, seven-inning outing in the finale didn't rank among those top five, but it did give the Brewers eight quality starts in their last 10 games -- compared to seven quality starts in the team's first 31 games.

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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.

Counsell: Pitching 'velocity has changed game'

Brewers patient, but taking many called third strikes

Counsell: Pitching 'velocity has changed game'

MILWAUKEE -- Why are the Brewers taking so many called third strikes?

It's the pitching, manager Craig Counsell argued on Thursday.

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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.

Brewers go glove-flip to barehand on DP

Gennett, Villar double up to lead defense's strong night

Brewers go glove-flip to barehand on DP

MILWAUKEE -- With the Brewers and Cubs in a scoreless tie in the third inning, starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson's defense helped him keep it that way. And then they did so again and again as Nelson pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in Milwaukee's 2-1, 13-inning loss on Wednesday night at Miller Park.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett made a diving stop to his right on a sharp grounder off the bat of Jason Heyward and flipped the ball with his glove to shortstop Jonathan Villar for the forceout at second. Villar made a barehand stab and unleashed a rocket to first base in time to double up Heyward.

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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.

Crew edged in 13 after Nelson's stellar start

Crew edged in 13 after Nelson's stellar start

MILWAUKEE -- Thirty-eight games into their season and the National League Central-leading Cubs still have not lost on consecutive days.

They came close on Wednesday night at Miller Park, but Chicago tied the game in the ninth off previously perfect Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress, escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 12th and won in the 13th, 2-1, on pitcher Travis Wood's bases-loaded walk.

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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.

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Jeffress' rare hiccup extends long night

Brewers closer surrenders run in 9th in first blown save

Jeffress' rare hiccup extends long night

MILWAUKEE -- Closer Jeremy Jeffress suffered his first blown save on a long night of frustration for the Brewers.

A 13-inning, 2-1 loss to the Cubs was there for the Brewers' taking in the top of the ninth, when Jeffress took the mound with a 1-0 lead. He was a perfect 11-for-11 in saves, and had yet to be charged with a run in a save opportunity. That was about to change.

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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.

Chase is on as Crew clicks in all facets

Anderson carries no-no into 8th; Lucroy, defense shine

Chase is on as Crew clicks in all facets

MILWAUKEE -- When did Chase Anderson realize he was working on something special?

"I would say probably when the guys are 10 feet away from you and they're not getting any closer," the Brewers right-hander said, cracking a smile. "So you know something's going on."

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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.

Nieuwenhuis' leaping grab starts highlight reel

Center fielder robs Bryant at wall to back Anderson's gem

Nieuwenhuis' leaping grab starts highlight reel

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers didn't supply just one signature defensive play as Chase Anderson chased a no-hitter on Tuesday. They gave him three.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Aaron Hill and Jonathan Villar each flashed leather in the early innings of the Brewers' 4-2 win at Miller Park, keeping the Cubs at bay while Anderson, who didn't allow a hit until the eighth inning, settled into one of the best starts of his career.

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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.

Anderson stifles Cubs, flirts with no-no

Anderson stifles Cubs, flirts with no-no

MILWAUKEE -- Chase Anderson took a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the eighth before settling for his best start in a Brewers uniform, pitching to within one strike of a shutout in Milwaukee's 4-2 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

Boosted by a series of defensive gems and Jonathan Lucroy's fourth-inning solo home run, Anderson retired the Cubs' first 16 hitters before walking Miguel Montero with one out in the sixth. The no-hitter remained intact into the eighth, when Ben Zobrist pounced on a fastball leading off the inning for a double to the base of the wall in center field. Anderson escaped without allowing a run, and when he took the mound for the start of the ninth, he became the first Brewers starter to do so 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.

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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Smith tests knee with fielding practice

Lefty takes another big step toward rehab assignment

Smith tests knee with fielding practice

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever Will Smith, attempting a non-surgical comeback from a torn ligament in his right knee, participated in pitchers' fielding practice Tuesday in another significant test. After covering first base and practicing pickoffs with no issues, Smith took part in agility drills in the outfield.

He is scheduled for an extended, 45-pitch bullpen session Wednesday that includes a break in the middle to simulate pitching multiple innings. If Smith passes that test, he would face hitters next. After that, he could be cleared for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.

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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.