K-Rod selected for sixth All-Star Game

Brewers closer thrilled to once again bring family to Midsummer Classic

K-Rod selected for sixth All-Star Game

MILWAUKEE -- It's been 11 years since Francisco Rodriguez threw gas in his first All-Star Game as a 22-year-old Angels flamethrower in 2004. And while the method has changed, the results are the same, and for that reason Rodriguez is headed back to the Midsummer Classic.

Rodriguez was selected by National League manager Bruce Bochy as Milwaukee's lone All-Star named Monday, when the pitchers and reserves for each league were unveiled. It's his sixth All-Star appearance, and second in as many years representing the Brewers.

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Win streak halted at eight by Braves

Win streak halted at eight by Braves

MILWAUKEE -- Kelly Johnson's two-run homer fueled the early offensive uprising the Braves used to cool off the red-hot Brewers and claim a 5-3 win Monday night at Miller Park. Milwaukee had won its past eight games.

The Braves, who have won five of their past six games, tallied a pair of runs in each of the first two innings against Kyle Lohse, who was fortunate to only allow four runs while surrendering 11 hits over five innings. Lohse surrendered hits, including a pair of A.J. Pierzynski doubles, to nine of the first 14 batters he faced, but he did not allow a run after the second.

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Garza on DL with right shoulder tendinitis

Knebel called up from Triple-A; Cravy to start Tuesday

Garza on DL with right shoulder tendinitis

MILWAUKEE -- In a cautionary move to get him some rest without missing multiple starts, Brewers starter Matt Garza was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder tendinitis Monday. Right-hander Corey Knebel was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and rookie Tyler Cravy will start in Garza's spot Tuesday against the Braves.

Garza, whose 5.55 ERA would be the highest since his rookie season, has dealt with the issue for a while and hopes the rest over the All-Star break will allow him to miss just one start.

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Braves, Brewers concerned for injured fan

Game halted after fan hit in face by foul at Miller Park

Braves, Brewers concerned for injured fan

MILWAUKEE -- After the Braves completed a 5-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Monday night, both teams expressed concern about an unidentified female fan who was struck in the face by Eury Perez's foul ball in the top of the ninth inning.

"It's just awful," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "For everybody in [the clubhouse], our prayers go out to her. You hate to see it. You hope she's able to recover and enjoy a game again."

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In for Garza, Cravy makes second MLB start

In for Garza, Cravy makes second MLB start

It will be a battle of rookie starters when the Braves and Brewers square off Tuesday at Miller Park, as Atlanta's Manny Banuelos and Milwaukee's Tyler Cravy will each be making their second career starts.

Banuelos allowed just two hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Wednesday. However, the 24-year-old had to exit the game because of dehydration and cramping in his left calf and fingers.

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Ramirez named NL Player of the Week

Ramirez named NL Player of the Week

Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez capped off a blistering stretch of late by being named the National League Player of the Week on Monday.

Following a slow start to the season, Ramirez raised his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage by at least 30 points each last week alone. The 37-year-old hit a Major League-best .545 (12-for-22) with a home run and 11 RBIs -- one shy of teammate Adam Lind's league-leading 12 -- en route to winning his fifth career Player of the Week Award, and first since July 3, 2011.

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Brewers win 8th straight, finish sweep behind Jungmann

Brewers win 8th straight, finish sweep behind Jungmann

CINCINNATI -- A better seven-game road trip was simply not possible for the Brewers. How can you top perfection? Milwaukee completed a three-game series sweep of the Reds on Sunday with a 6-1 victory at Great American Ball Park. The club went 7-0 on its trip through Philadelphia and Cincinnati, while rampaging for 53 runs, and has a season-high winning streak of eight games.

"Guys see guys having good at-bats and it's been contagious," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "That's gone on up and down the lineup. It's success and then it's confidence and then it's contagious."

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Gomez sits after HBP; Davis back this week

Timetable remains same for Peralta after bullpen session

Gomez sits after HBP; Davis back this week

CINCINNATI -- Center fielder Carlos Gomez was not in the Brewers' starting lineup for Sunday's three-game series finale against the Reds after suffering a left wrist contusion the night before.

Gomez was taken out of the game Saturday after being hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the fifth inning. X-rays came back negative and he is listed as day to day.

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Young Reds fan loses souvenir, Ryan Braun tosses back

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Young Reds fan loses souvenir, Ryan Braun tosses back

Ryan Braun caught a fly ball near the wall in left to end the top of the second inning of Sunday's Reds-Brewers game, and, evidently well-versed in the Grand Unifying Theory of Souvenirs (read: just give it to the cute little kid) he knew exactly what to do. 

Unfortunately, the cute little kid in question was not on the same page.

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Brewers use big fifth inning to stay hot

Brewers use big fifth inning to stay hot

CINCINNATI -- Thanks to a big six-run fifth inning, the Brewers extended their season-high winning streak to seven games in a 7-3 victory over the Reds on Saturday night from Great American Ball Park.

All but one of the Brewers' runs came in the fifth inning when Milwaukee took a commanding lead. The Brewers sent 12 to the plate during the inning, and were able to get RBI singles from Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett. The Brewers also scored on a balk by Reds relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus and a walk from Jonathan Lucroy.

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6-run 5th helps Brewers win 7th straight game

6-run 5th helps Brewers win 7th straight game

CINCINNATI -- In a top of the fifth inning that seemed to feature a little bit of everything, the Brewers scored six runs on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Reds and extended their season-high winning streak to seven games Saturday night -- though Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch and suffered a left wrist contusion.

As Reds starter Josh Smith labored, Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the big rally as Cincinnati made two pitching changes. It also featured a hit batsman, a replay challenge, an ejection, an error on a pick-off throw, a run-scoring balk and a stretch where six straight batters reached safely.

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Braun believes Brewers can make playoff push

Braun believes Brewers can make playoff push

CINCINNATI -- Winning games can cure a team's mindset and it looks like the Brewers' six-game winning streak entering Saturday is doing just that.

The Brewers were 14 games below .500, 19 games back in the National League Central and 10 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the NL, but Ryan Braun wasn't ruling out the postseason just yet.

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Independence Day always special for Lucroy

Independence Day always special for Lucroy

CINCINNATI -- Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been hot this past week and was looking to continue that trend on Independence Day game, which has an extra meaning to him.

Lucroy's college roommate and teammate, John Coker, was injured in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Coker was a sergeant in the Army National Guard and was shot in the legs in a firefight that killed several members of his troop.

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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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Gomez breaks out in grand fashion vs. Reds

Gomez breaks out in grand fashion vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez said he wasn't focused on hitting the ball out of the park, but that's what he did.

With the Brewers already up 5-0, Gomez put the final nail in the coffin with his first career grand slam off Reds reliever Carlos Contreras. The milestone home run landed in left-field seats, and helped lead the Brewers to a 12-1 victory over the Reds in the series opener at Great American Ball Park.

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Fiers settling into groove at right time

Fiers settling into groove at right time

CINCINNATI -- Right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers put together a pair of quality starts in his last two outings, but the run support wasn't there for him to pick up a victory.

On Friday he made it three-straight quality starts, and this time the run support was there for him to earn the win. Fiers (4-7, 3.83) pitched seven scoreless innings to help lead the Brewers to a series-opening victory, 12-1, over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Fiers gave up only three hits, two walks, and added three strikeouts in his first win since June 12.

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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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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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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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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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