Brewers slug 3 homers en route to 6th straight win

Brewers slug 3 homers en route to 6th straight win

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers continued a recent trend of beating up opposing pitching when they roughed up the Reds on Friday night at Great American Ball Park. A 12-1 victory extended Milwaukee's season-high winning streak to six games.

On the heels of scoring 28 runs during a four-game sweep at Philadelphia, the Brewers jumped on Reds rookie starter Michael Lorenzen quickly. Gerardo Parra led off the top of the first inning with a home run to right field. Following two more hits in the first, Adam Lind's RBI groundout made it 2-0. Aramis Ramirez led off the second inning with a first-pitch homer to left and Milwaukee added two more runs in the fifth off of reliever Nate Adcock. The rout was on when Carlos Gomez added a grand slam in the seventh against Carlos Contreras.

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Crew sends Knebel, Rogers to Triple-A

Right-handers Cravy, Goforth recalled, added to Milwaukee bullpen

Crew sends Knebel, Rogers to Triple-A

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers optioned right-hander Corey Knebel and utility man Jason Rogers to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday and recalled right-handers Tyler Cravy and David Goforth.

"Just needing fresh arms," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I think a product of us winning, [and] an extra-inning game last night, we've gotten I think 14 or 15 innings from the bullpen the last four days and we've had a lot of guys [who've pitched] three in a row, four out of five, five in a row. We just want to make sure that we can protect ourselves in case anything comes up."

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Brewers' offense really starting to pick up

Brewers' offense really starting to pick up

PHILADELPHIA -- Better health and warmer weather has reawakened the Brewers' offense. Four games against the team with baseball's highest ERA didn't hurt, either.

The Brewers completed a four-game sweep of the Phillies with an 11-inning, 8-7 win on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, running Milwaukee's winning ways to five victories in a row and eight of 10. The hitters led the way, averaging 6.6 runs in the series as part of a larger stretch in which they have begun to climb from a surprising position near the bottom of the league's offensive units.

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Nelson goes for Brewers on Independence Day

Nelson goes for Brewers on Independence Day

After homering on Friday, Aramis Ramirez will look to keep a recent hot streak rolling on Saturday in the middle matchup of a three-game series between the Brewers and Reds at Great American Ball Park on Independence Day.

Ramirez extended his hitting streak to six games Friday with a solo home run in his first at-bat. It was his 10th homer of the season, and gave him nine RBIs in his last 13 at-bats.

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Lind helps Brewers finish sweep of Phillies

Lind helps Brewers finish sweep of Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers had already waited since last August to celebrate a sweep. A pair of extra innings on Thursday night were worth the effort.

Adam Lind's 11th-inning single sent the Brewers to an 8-7 win over the Phillies and sealed Milwaukee's four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park in a series that featured the NL's bottom two teams, and in the Phillies, the league's worst pitching team. The Brewers scored 28 runs in Philadelphia and have averaged 6.6 runs per game during a five-game winning streak, part of a larger stretch of eight wins in 10 games.

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Brewers remain confident in Broxton

Brewers remain confident in Broxton

PHILADELPHIA -- Veteran reliever Jonathan Broxton will continue to pitch in meaningful situations for the Brewers, manager Craig Counsell said Thursday after Milwaukee overcame a seventh-inning letdown to beat the Phillies, 8-7, in 11 innings at Citizens Bank Park.

Broxton inherited a three-run lead and was charged with the first two of three Phillies' runs in the frame, forcing the teams into extra innings. The one-third-inning outing boosted Broxton's ERA to 7.20, and his batting average against to .311.

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Brewers bullpen catcher sets new cheesesteak record

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Brewers bullpen catcher sets new cheesesteak record

Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel was looking surprisingly spry Thursday after making culinary history at Citizens Bank Park.

He'd just broken the record for cheesesteak consumption in the visitor's clubhouse at the Phillies' 11-year-old yard, downing 20 of the massive sandwiches as of Thursday afternoon -- and counting. On Wednesday, Hanel broke the previous three-game mark held by Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill when he took the first bite of cheesesteak No. 18. On Thursday, Hanel blew past Marlins right-hander Mat Latos' four-game record (18), and had already finished No. 20 when it was time to head out to catch Wily Peralta's pregame bullpen session.

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Peralta progressing in injury rehab

Peralta progressing in injury rehab

PHILADELPHIA -- Wily Peralta threw off the mound again on Thursday and the Brewers could announce more about his timetable to return from a left oblique strain as early as Friday afternoon.

Peralta told Fox Sports Wisconsin sideline reporter Sophia Minnaert that his bullpen work spanned 36 pitches. It was his second mound session since getting hurt during a start last month in Atlanta.

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Brewers reportedly sign Venezuelan catcher Sibrian

Brewers reportedly sign Venezuelan catcher Sibrian

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers have agreed to sign Venezuelan catcher Jose Sibrian for a $550,000 bonus, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported Thursday as the international signing period opened.

Brewers director of Latin American operations Eduardo Brizuela declined to confirm the club's deal with Sibrian or to reveal names of any other July 2 signees. All of those players must pass Major League Baseball's standard age and identity investigation before their contracts are official and clubs can comment.

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Lohse, Ramirez step up their game at right time

Veterans could be trade candidates as deadline looms

Lohse, Ramirez step up their game at right time

PHILADELPHIA -- Baseball's trading season was unofficially underway Wednesday as the calendar flipped to July, and Brewers veterans Kyle Lohse and Aramis Ramirez are picking the perfect time to pick up their games.

Lohse pitched into the seventh inning and collected three hits while Ramirez continued to compile RBIs in a 9-5 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Each player is in the final year of his contract and knows he could be traded before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline by a Brewers team that has won seven of its last nine but still owns the second-worst record in the Major Leagues at 32-48.

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Brewers bust Phils with 17 hits, take series

Brewers bust Phils with 17 hits, take series

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies and Brewers entered this week's four-game series at Citizens Bank Park with the two worst records in baseball.

But the Brewers are looking like world beaters following Wednesday night's 9-5 victory, giving them a four-game winning streak for the first time since last August, and in position to sweep the four-game series with a victory Thursday. They pounded out a season-high 17 hits, including multi-hit games from Gerardo Parra, Scooter Gennett, Adam Lind, Aramis Ramirez, Martin Maldonado and starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, who had three hits. Lohse allowed four hits in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win, his second in a row.

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

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Lohse reaches base by hug-tackling Howard

It stands to reason that Kyle Lohse, a pitcher, might not be used to reaching first base three times in one game. In fact, before Wednesday's start against the Phillies, he'd only recorded three hits once before in his career. Which might explain why Lohse's third hit of the night ended with a combination hug/tackle of Ryan Howard.

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Jungmann finding groove in big leagues

Jungmann finding groove in big leagues

PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann his boosted his numbers across the board since a promotion from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and he engaged in a fascinating discussion Wednesday about why that might be.

For starters, he's no longer pitching in the thin air and wildly varying atmospheric conditions that define the Brewers' new top affiliate. But his relative recent success, Jungmann suggested, goes beyond geography.

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Brewers sign 6th-round Draft pick Hanhold

Brewers sign 6th-round Draft pick Hanhold

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers signed two more Draft picks Wednesday, including sixth-rounder Eric Hanhold, and should have each of their first 13 selections formally under contract by the end of next week.

The only officially unsigned player in that group as of Wednesday was University of Virginia left-hander Nathan Kirby, the 55th overall pick who, like University of Florida-product Hanhold, pitched in the College World Series. Barring an unforeseen snag, Kirby, who threw the final pitch of the Cavaliers' championship-clinching victory over Vanderbilt, will get the red carpet treatment at Miller Park during a homestand that begins Monday.

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For Lind, less is more when it comes to hitting

First baseman has simple approach at plate

For Lind, less is more when it comes to hitting

PHILADELPHIA -- His simple swing is only the most visible part of Brewers first baseman Adam Lind's "less is more" approach to hitting. While other players immerse themselves in video, statistics and scouting reports, Lind subscribes to "see it and hit it."

Lately, it's working. Lind is 13-for-31 (.419) with nine RBIs in his last 10 games, and entered Tuesday with a .326/.378/.494 slash line in June. He was out of Tuesday's lineup because the Brewers faced Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, but drew a go-ahead walk with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of Milwaukee's 4-3 win.

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Wild win over Phils nets Brewers .500 June

Wild win over Phils nets Brewers .500 June

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers still have not played a month of winning baseball since June 2014, when an 18-10 month propelled them into July with 51 victories, tied for most in Major League Baseball.

The franchise's long slide since then has been well documented, but a wild, 4-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night offered something of a reprieve. By winning six of their final eight games of this June, the Brewers finished the month 14-14, snapping a streak of five consecutive losing months.

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Ramirez leads Crew's comeback over Phils

Ramirez leads Crew's comeback over Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers found an interesting way to win, 4-3, Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Or it could be said the Phillies found an interesting way to lose. Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz called time on a 0-2 pitch to Carlos Gomez with two outs in the eighth inning, which Gomez swung at and missed. Ruiz's call for time extended Gomez's plate appearance against Phillies right-hander Ken Giles. Gomez singled and the inning continued from there as the Brewers scored twice to take a one-run lead , then stranded a slew of Phillies runners to complete Milwaukee's sixth victory in eight games.

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Crew takes advantage of Phils' meltdown in 8th

Ill-timed timeout keeps Brewers alive

Crew takes advantage of Phils' meltdown in 8th

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies found a unique way to lose, 4-3, Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and the Brewers could not have been happier about it.

Phillies right-hander Ken Giles had not allowed a run since May 30, striking out 18 in 12 scoreless innings, when Carlos Gomez stepped into the batter's box with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth inning. The Phillies had a one-run lead, but a series of missteps turned a win into an improbable loss.

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Brewers' bats come alive to down Phillies

Brewers' bats come alive to down Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- For the Brewers Monday, the sixth inning was just a better version of the first five. After recording at least one hit in each of the first five innings, the Brewers kept swinging in the sixth, starting off the inning with six straight hits, scoring three runs and seizing the lead. Milwaukee never looked back from that point, defeating the Phillies, 7-4.

Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun led the Brewers' offense from the two and three holes, combining for seven hits, six of which were singles, three RBIs and two runs scored in Milwaukee's fifth win in seven games.

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Crew's pro scouting director preps for Deadline

Ramirez, Lind among potential trade candidates

Crew's pro scouting director preps for Deadline

PHILADELPHIA -- Brewers pro scouting director Zack Minasian would have preferred to spend Monday prepping for a midseason addition. But despite a 7-4 win over the Phillies in which the Brewers matched their season high with 16 hits, the reality of a sellof looms.

"You look at the standings and there aren't many teams where we are," Minasian said before the Brewers improved to 30-48, leaving 27-51 Philadelphia as the only Major League team short of 30 wins. "We'd be doing ourselves a disservice if we weren't honest with ourselves about where we're at."

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Lucroy does it all in four-hit game vs. Phillies

Catcher continues sensational stretch throwing out baserunners

Lucroy does it all in four-hit game vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy continued a sensational stretch in the field and hoped he began one at the plate in Monday's 7-4 win over the Phillies.

Atoning for a run-scoring error in the first inning, Lucroy threw out another would-be basestealer as part of a strikeout-throwout double play to end the sixth and tallied a season-high four hits.

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Davis, Peralta take big steps in comebacks

Brewers get good news on two key injured players

Davis, Peralta take big steps in comebacks

PHILADELPHIA -- There was progress Monday for the two most prominent members of Milwaukee's disabled list. While right-hander Wily Peralta was throwing off a mound for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain, the Brewers were finalizing plans for outfielder Khris Davis to test his surgically repaired left knee in a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.

"We got good news on both guys today, for sure," manager Craig Counsell said.

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Brewers finally find power at Miller Park

Team had been out-homered 68-40 at home entering Sunday

Brewers finally find power at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers turned back the clock to 2011 on Sunday, when the starting pitcher worked seven quality innings, a reliever preserved a tie and someone popped a go-ahead home run.

That was the formula for a 5-3 win over the Twins, with Mike Fiers turning in the quality start, Will Smith earning the win in relief and Ryan Braun and Adam Lind providing the power with a pair of two-run home runs. When Francisco Rodriguez stranded the tying runner on base in a harrowing ninth inning, the Brewers had won back-to-back series at Miller Park for the first time this season -- another trait of the 2011 National League Championship Series club which has eluded the 2015 edition.

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Braun, Lind blast off to lift Crew to series win

Braun, Lind blast off to lift Crew to series win

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers pitched seven quality innings before Ryan Braun and Adam Lind hit two-run home runs in the eighth to lift the Brewers to a 5-3 win over the Twins on Sunday at Miller Park.

After Fiers and Minnesota's Tommy Milone dueled through six scoreless innings, the teams traded runs in the seventh inning before the Brewers broke through in the eighth. Braun and Lind connected against Twins reliever Casey Fien, who had not surrendered a home run in his previous 12 appearances since April 29. Braun's go-ahead blast made it 3-1, and Lind's loomed large when the Twins' Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Francisco Rodriguez, who got a game-ending strikeout of Brian Dozier with the tying runner on base.

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Gomez can't keep helmet on, gets chin strap

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Gomez can't keep helmet on, gets chin strap

Carlos Gomez loves baseball. Well, we all love baseball, but Gomez loves it like very small children love their pets. You know -- the kids you have to tell to stop hugging Fluffy so tight because they might squash her.

Need an example? In the Brewers' series against the Twins last weekend, he swung so hard that he knocked his helmet off. 

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Counsell makes case for Parra's value

Brewers manager appreciates his ability to play multiple positions

Counsell makes case for Parra's value

MILWAUKEE -- All of the traits that make Gerardo Parra a leading candidate to be the first player traded as part of the Brewers' upcoming "reset" also make him arguably the team's first-half MVP. Manager Craig Counsell made a strong case for Parra's contributions on Saturday morning.

"Parra's best trait is he's able to do, really, anything," Counsell said. "He's just a versatile player. Three outfield positions, great defense everywhere. You look at him any spot in the lineup, and he's maybe not the perfect fit, but he can do everything. That's a very valuable player. That's what he's proven to be."

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Lohse joins select pitching fraternity

Beats Twins to become 14th pitcher to defeat all 30 current franchises

Lohse joins select pitching fraternity

MILWAUKEE -- You can save your old-man jokes. Kyle Lohse heard every one of them from his teammates after making a bit of baseball history on Friday.

Thanks to a barrage of early run support, Lohse's six so-so innings in a 10-4 win over the Twins were enough to make him the 14th pitcher to log victories against each of the 30 current Major League franchises. Lohse had been stuck at 29 since losing his first crack at the Twins in 2013, and also took a no-decision at Target Field earlier this season.

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