Burgos seeks job with Crew via WBC 2017

Right-hander made Brewers debut in '13 after Classic

Burgos seeks job with Crew via WBC 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four years ago, his success pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic propelled Hiram Burgos to the Brewers' starting rotation. The right-hander hopes history is about to repeat itself.

"I was talking to my wife about that," Burgos said. "In 2013, the Classic was a big step for me and something that opened the door to the big leagues. I feel like this year it will happen again."

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Pitching sets tone in Cactus League opener

Pitching sets tone in Cactus League opener

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Yusmeiro Petit pitched two innings and Ben Revere produced an RBI single to help lead the Angels to a 2-0 win over the Brewers on Saturday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the Cactus League opener for both teams.

Revere opened the scoring by legging out an infield single off Brewers bullpen hopeful Joba Chamberlain to score Kaleb Cowart from third in the bottom of the third inning.

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Suter embraces soft-tossing uniqueness

Lefty seeking bullpen role after effective debut last year

Suter embraces soft-tossing uniqueness

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In an era of young power pitchers, Brewers left-hander Brent Suter is an anomaly. His unique style happened by accident.

Suter, who started the Cactus League opener Saturday against the Angels but is bidding for a bullpen spot this spring, made it to the Majors last season and logged a 3.32 ERA over 14 games, including two starts. He worked with a fastball that averaged 83.8 mph. Only one non-knuckleballer threw softer: Angels veteran Jered Weaver, at 83 mph.

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Feliz nearing game action with Brewers

Crew's new closer to throw BP at camp on Sunday

Feliz nearing game action with Brewers

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Brewers' new closer will move a step closer Sunday to catching up with the rest of the staff.

Neftali Feliz, whose arrival in camp was delayed by a visa issue, said he was scheduled to throw batting practice on Sunday morning at Maryvale Baseball Park. For other Brewers pitchers, that was their final step before appearing in a game.

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Gennett passes first spring test in left field

Gennett passes first spring test in left field

PHOENIX -- Right on cue, the baseball gods sent some fly balls Scooter Gennett's way during his first spring inning in left field.

Gennett, who is converting from everyday second baseman to an expected role off the Brewers' bench this season, started the team's exhibition opener against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday and camped under a pair of first-inning flyouts. He later smacked a solo home run in the Brewers' 11-0 win.

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Brinson pops 2 HRs in first game with Crew

Top prospect sparks offense in exhibition matchup with UW-Milwaukee

Brinson pops 2 HRs in first game with Crew

PHOENIX -- Lewis Brinson's first game in a Brewers uniform was a blast.

Milwaukee's top prospect homered twice and drove in four runs in the Brewers' 11-0 exhibition win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers on Friday at Maryvale Baseball Park. Scooter Gennett followed Brinson's second home run of the day with a solo shot, and Jesus Aguilar added a three-run homer for the Brewers in an eight-run fourth inning to put the game away.

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Boyhood friendship spills over to Majors

D-backs' Bradley, Brewers' Houser reconnect in Phoenix

Boyhood friendship spills over to Majors

PHOENIX -- Brewers pitching prospect Adrian Houser was two days removed from Tommy John surgery last summer and facing a grueling rehab at Milwaukee's year-round facility in Phoenix, when he realized he needed a place to live. He texted an old friend asking for help. The way Houser remembers it, Archie Bradley answered almost instantly.

"Bro, I'll always have a room for you," Bradley replied.

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Prospect Dubon eyeing history for Honduras

Prospect Dubon eyeing history for Honduras

PHOENIX -- The newest of the Brewers' young shortstops would like to add "pioneer" next to the word prospect.

Mauricio Dubon, the 22-year-old acquired in a December trade with the Red Sox, is bidding to be the first player born and raised in Honduras to make it to the Major Leagues. Former Astros outfielder Gerald Young was born in the Central American nation, but he grew up in the U.S., while Dubon did not migrate until he was 15, traveling with a Christian baseball mission group. Dubon went to high school in Sacramento, Calif., and the Red Sox made him a 26th-round pick in the 2013 Draft.

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Brewers reportedly offer extension to Villar

Brewers reportedly offer extension to Villar

PHOENIX -- According to a report, David Stearns may be mulling another first in his tenure as Brewers general manager: His first contract extension.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman said the Brewers recently "floated" a proposal to infielder Jonathan Villar with a financial guarantee in the neighborhood of $20 million over an undisclosed term. According to Heyman, Villar "passed for now."

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Oh, snap: Topps photographer visits Crew camp

Oh, snap: Topps photographer visits Crew camp

PHOENIX -- Ed Mailliard has a difficult time choosing a favorite from his 15,000 or so photographs that made it onto Topps baseball cards over the years, but it might be the 1989 Bo Jackson. The pose on card No. 540 of that set is simple enough; Jackson in a blue Royals jersey holding a black bat out to the side in his right hand during batting practice. Mailliard remembers seeing the image printed on T-shirts.

Early Wednesday morning at Maryvale Baseball Park, Mailliard may have been shooting the next memorable card. He was the final station at Brewers photo day, and one by one every member of Milwaukee's big league camp posed for photographs.

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Joba dialed in for first session with Brewers

Chamberlain adds veteran presence to bullpen competition

Joba dialed in for first session with Brewers

PHOENIX -- Joba Chamberlain faced hitters Wednesday for the first time in a Brewers uniform. After the final pitch of his live batting practice session, one of the hitters, outfield prospect Brett Phillips, approached the veteran reliever.

"You were trying to set us up the whole time, weren't you?" Phillips asked.

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Counsell in no rush to determine lineup order

Counsell in no rush to determine lineup order

PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell is taking a patient approach to lineup construction, delaying decisions until deep into the month of March.

"I'm not concerned about the lineup at all right now," said Counsell, who does not expect that to change "until after the World Baseball Classic. That's when it's going to start taking importance in my head. That's the note I've made."

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Something for everyone on Brewers' Glove Day

Something for everyone on Brewers' Glove Day

PHOENIX -- Jonathan Villar's came in three different custom color schemes and were embroidered with his daughter's name. Brett Phillips' had a Brewers logo to remind him of his ultimate destination. Phillips' and Michael Reed's were inscribed with their favorite Bible verses. Yadiel Rivera's came in different sizes, since he plays multiple positions. Ryan Braun's went straight to third-base coach and outfield instructor Ed Sedar as a gift.

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Hitters take their lumps as BP begins

Hitters take their lumps as BP begins

PHOENIX -- Domingo Santana dove out of the way of a tailing fastball, gathered himself and stepped back in the box with a hard exhale. This was precisely the sort of thing that had Brewers manager Craig Counsell musing earlier in the day, "I don't know how Major League hitters hit."

Tuesday marked the first full slate of batting practice against Brewers pitchers at Maryvale Baseball Park, the most uncomfortable day of the year for hitters. After a winter spent swinging in the cage, Santana & Co. were suddenly staring down the likes of Brewers pitching prospect Damien Magnifico, whose chin music had Santana dancing out of the batter's box.

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Brewers did 'due diligence' on Wieters

GM Stearns says Crew happy with trio of catchers after free agent agrees with Nats

Brewers did 'due diligence' on Wieters

PHOENIX -- The Brewers never ruled out a late run at free-agent catcher Matt Wieters before he reached a preliminary agreement with the Nationals on Tuesday, but general manager David Stearns said the club was more than content moving forward with the three competitors for the position already in camp.

Speaking at Cactus League Media Day, Stearns did not say whether the Brewers' interest in Wieters rose to the level of extending an offer. But he did acknowledge touching base with agent Scott Boras.

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Nottingham not trying to do too much

Catcher learning from mistakes during debut year in Brewers organization

Nottingham not trying to do too much

PHOENIX -- Jacob Nottingham says his debut season in the Brewers' organization was about learning lessons, but here's one the catching prospect almost forgot.

When he arrived in camp last week, Nottingham parked in the same spot he occupied last March 12, the day he blasted a long batting practice home run that shattered the rear window of his own car. Nottingham's Twitter post that afternoon caught the eye of an auto glass repair company, which sent a crew to Maryvale Baseball Park several days later to make a complementary fix.

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Brewers want to enrich fans' experience

Brewers want to enrich fans' experience

PHOENIX -- With Presidents Day and the start of Spring Training, it seemed an appropriate time to check in with the man who serves in the club president role of the Brewers, COO Rick Schlesinger.

MLB.com asked him to provide his three main messages to fans going into the 2017 season, and here's what Schlesinger had to say:

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Garza puts work in to achieve bounceback '17

Right-hander is entering final season of his four-year contract

Garza puts work in to achieve bounceback '17

PHOENIX -- The workouts started at 5 a.m., five days a week. Matt Garza and Brewers pitching prospect Luis Ortiz met at a gym in Fresno, Calif., before the sun came up.

At 7 a.m., Garza left to take his kids to school, but he was back by 9 for weightlifting or baseball work, depending on the day of the week. Twice a week, the players met again at night for kickboxing. The next morning, they were back in the gym.

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Brewers embrace owner's direct message

Attanasio delivered annual speech to players before first workout on Saturday

Brewers embrace owner's direct message

PHOENIX -- The 2016 Cubs had "Try Not to Suck." Now the 2017 Brewers have "Don't Eff it Up."

That's what Brewers owner Mark Attanasio told players prior to Saturday's first full-squad workout at Maryvale Baseball Park, surprising everyone in the room by using the four-letter word not with malice, but with a smile on his face. Attanasio was urging players young and not-so-young to seize the opportunities afforded by a Brewers team entering its second full season of rebuilding.

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Attanasio wants Crew to take next step in '17

Owner, Stearns, Counsell address players before first full workout

Attanasio wants Crew to take next step in '17

PHOENIX -- Brewers owner Mark Attanasio talked about family, community and opportunity in his address to the team before its first full-squad workout on Saturday. And for the first time in 13 years, he dropped a four-letter word.

"I usually talk about family and community in some way with the players. But for me, this year, the opportunity is unmistakable," Attanasio said afterward. "There's a group of guys who are going to be part of this next push and who are going to be part of the next playoff team, and that's exciting. So they have to seize it.

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Braun prepares for 11th season with Brewers

Braun prepares for 11th season with Brewers

PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun had barely stepped foot in the Brewers' Spring Training clubhouse Saturday when he absorbed the first wave of trash talk. It came from Joba Chamberlain, the veteran reliever in Milwaukee's camp as a non-roster invitee who first crossed Braun's path in college, when Chamberlain pitched at Nebraska and Braun played for Miami.

"He was reliving his glory days," Braun said with a smile. "They actually beat us in 2005 in the Super Regional. He threw a great game and we were talking about it. It's scary it's been 12 years or so now."

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Attanasio eager to settle plans for spring hub

Brewers' owner says club hopes to remain in Arizona moving forward

Attanasio eager to settle plans for spring hub

PHOENIX -- The Brewers prefer to keep their Spring Training base in Arizona, owner Mark Attanasio said on Saturday while expressing a growing urgency to settle the question once and for all.

The team has called Maryvale Baseball Park its Spring Training home since 1998, and while the West Phoenix complex has its pluses -- most notably that the Brewers don't have to share it with another club -- it has fallen behind other facilities in Arizona and Florida and is surrounded by a neighborhood that is unfriendly to tourism. The Brewers are currently in a series of eight one-year options to train at Maryvale but have been exploring alternatives.

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Villar embraces move across the diamond

Counsell: Brewers 'lucky' infielder has talent to change positions

Villar embraces move across the diamond

PHOENIX -- There is a subtle explanation for Jonathan Villar's embrace of the move to second base.

"It's the same, like shortstop. You see the catcher's signs," said Villar, who moved off shortstop for the Brewers last season when the team promoted top prospect Orlando Arcia. "You can move [based on] who's hitting."

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Learning (the) curve: 3 vying for catching spots

Newbies Susac, Bandy and Pina each have own training techniques

Learning (the) curve: 3 vying for catching spots

PHOENIX -- Imagine you are a catcher joining a new team, and you have to learn a whole staff of pitchers -- their stuff, their mindsets, their quirks -- all at once. Where do you start?

Pose that question to the three Brewers catchers vying to replace mainstays Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado, and you get three different answers.

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Brewers will record early bullpens for reference

Brewers will record early bullpens for reference

PHOENIX -- Smile, Brewers pitchers. You're on camera.

The Brewers have a new video coordinator this year, August Sandri, after longtime club employee Joe Crawford left the team at the conclusion of last season for a job close to his native Ohio. Sandri was previously the assistant video coordinator for the Tigers, and stood out at Maryvale Baseball Park on Thursday as he climbed a stepladder to adjust a series of portable cameras which were clipped to a chain-link fence and trained on the bullpen mounds.

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Rivera hopes Caribbean Series success carries over

Rivera hopes Caribbean Series success carries over

PHOENIX -- It was just last week that Yadiel Rivera scored the only run, then squeezed the final out for Puerto Rico's first Caribbean Series title in nearly two decades. On Thursday, nine days later, he arrived in Brewers camp ready for the start of a new season.

Was he a little exhausted?

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