'Pen rewrites ending with Crew in line for win

'Pen rewrites ending with Crew in line for win

MILWAUKEE -- Anthony Rizzo smacked a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning and rookies Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber each drove in a run in the ninth to lift the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers on Thursday night.

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson struck out eight and gave up two hits over seven innings, but the Cubs pounced once he exited. With the Cubs trailing, 2-0, in the eighth, Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler both singled off Jeremy Jeffress, who was then lifted for Will Smith. Smith retired the next two batters before Rizzo launched a 1-1 pitch to right for his 18th home run of the season and third hit of the game.

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Gomez, Fiers to Houston for prospects

Gomez, Fiers to Houston for prospects

MILWAUKEE -- This time it isn't a drill: The Brewers have traded Carlos Gomez.

Not to the Mets, who nixed a trade for Gomez late Wednesday over concerns about his health, but to the Astros, who sent four top prospects -- two of whom ranked in MLBPipeline.com's top 100 -- to the Brewers on Thursday for Gomez, right-hander Mike Fiers and international signing dollars.

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Nelson's emergence a boon to rotation

Nelson's emergence a boon to rotation

MILWAUKEE -- General manager Doug Melvin mentioned Jimmy Nelson when discussing the trade he made minutes before Thursday's game against the Cubs, a 5-2 loss. Which might be considered odd, seeing how Nelson wasn't a part of the deal. But the emergence of Nelson, along with other young arms in the rotation, made packaging starter Mike Fiers with Carlos Gomez in the trade easier to digest.

Nelson backed up Melvin's vote of confidence, firing seven scoreless innings at Miller Park. He surrendered just two hits and retired 12 of the 14 hitters he faced from innings three to six.

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Parra draws interest from Orioles

Outfielder swinging hot bat, headed toward free agency

Parra draws interest from Orioles

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are one of several teams that have taken a long look at Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra despite Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin's high asking price.

Parra tops the Brewers' list of pending free agents who could be dealt, though the list of suitors has dwindled this week as teams like the Angels and Cardinals otherwise filled their needs. Baltimore, which has inquired on a wide array of available outfielders -- including Brandon Moss, before Cleveland dealt him to St. Louis -- needs a left-field upgrade though its farm system isn't exactly teeming with prospects.

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Jungmann to make first appearance vs. Cubs

Jungmann to make first appearance vs. Cubs

By the time the Cubs and Brewers square off on Friday at Miller Park, the non-waiver Trade Deadline will have come and gone. But Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who will send rookie Taylor Jungmann to the mound to oppose Chicago's Jason Hammel, doesn't believe that having multiple players involved in trade rumors has affected his team negatively.

"I'll say this again: I think our guys, the names who supposedly are out there, have done an excellent job of doing their job at 7 o'clock every night and doing their jobs in the clubhouse," Counsell said before Thursday's series opener. "I can't imagine them handling it any better."

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Brewers receive four-prospect package for Gomez and Fiers

Houston sends two top 100 prospects to Milwaukee to strengthen its playoff push

Brewers receive four-prospect package for Gomez and Fiers

Yet another example of how much progress the Astros have made in 2015 came on Thursday evening. Houston gave up four prospects in a trade, something it never would have considered at any other point this decade.

But these aren't the Astros that finished with baseball's worst record for three years running in 2011-13 or haven't had a winning season since 2008. They're leading the American League West in pursuit of their first division title in 14 years.

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Surgery a success for prospect Harrison

Surgery a success for prospect Harrison

MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Monte Harrison, the Brewers' No. 9 prospect, underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair a fracture in his left tibia and a dislocated fibula in his left ankle, with a plate and screws placed in the ankle. He will resume baseball activities in six months and will fully ready to go by Spring Training.

Harrison, 19, sustained the injury rounding third base during a July 21 game with Rookie-level Helena. He was taken off the field by emergency medical technicians and transported to the hospital.

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Brewers, Mets put brakes on Gomez deal

Concern over outfielder's hip cited in breakdown of trade

Brewers, Mets put brakes on Gomez deal

NEW YORK -- Just before an airplane full of Brewers lifted off from San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday, Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez was told that he had been traded to the Mets. Within hours the deal had shattered, and the night descended into a swirl of speculation.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell informed Gomez of a deal that -- pending medical approval -- would have sent him to New York in exchange for starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores, who teared up upon learning of the trade during the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Padres. Several hours later, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson broke the news that "there is no trade."

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Brewers end trip with shutout loss to Giants

Brewers end trip with shutout loss to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ehire Adrianza's two-run single was the biggest hit in a five-run, seventh-inning outburst Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, who bested the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at AT&T Park.

The Giants, who concluded a 5-1 homestand, shattered a scoreless tie as Matt Duffy singled and came home on Hunter Pence's double off Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers (5-9) to begin the seventh. Brandon Belt singled, Brandon Crawford launched a sacrifice fly and Hector Sanchez doubled before Adrianza, replacing injured second baseman Joe Panik, grounded his hit to right. That hastened San Francisco's 13th win in its last 15 games.

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Brewers' offense hits rough patch on road

Milwaukee falls in third shutout loss of seven-game road trip

Brewers' offense hits rough patch on road

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers finished their road trip with a whimper Wednesday, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. Milwaukee was shut out three times while going 2-5 in Phoenix and San Francisco, and batted .128 (6-for-47) in the clutch.

"We would love to be more consistent. We would love to score five runs every day," said right fielder Ryan Braun, who was 0-for-4, struck out twice and left five runners on base. "Unfortunately, the game doesn't work that way."

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Peralta, Parra lead Brewers to win over Giants

Peralta, Parra lead Brewers to win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gerardo Parra finished a homer short of a cycle and Wily Peralta pitched into the seventh inning in his first start in over two months as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped the San Francisco Giants' six-game win streak with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night at AT&T Park.

Peralta, who had not pitched since May 22 because of a strained left oblique, showed no signs of rust as he shut down a Giants lineup that averaged more than six runs per game over its previous 13 contests. Peralta limited San Francisco to four hits through the first six frames before allowing a double and two runs in the seventh.

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Parra ups trade value with another big game

Brewers outfielder notches three hits, scores three runs, makes great catch

Parra ups trade value with another big game

SAN FRANCISCO -- At Miller Park on Tuesday, general manager Doug Melvin gathered his staff for another long day of work leading up to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Two thousand miles away at AT&T Park, Gerardo Parra did his part to make Melvin's groundwork pay dividends.

The Brewers' top trade chip enjoyed another banner night, scoring three runs while finishing a home run shy of the cycle and making a highlight-reel catch to help extinguish the Giants' best rally in the Brewers' 5-2 win. The better Parra plays, the more likely it is he'll be wearing a different uniform by the end of the week.

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Peralta stays calm in stellar first start off DL

Brewers right-hander hurls six shutout innings before two runs score

Peralta stays calm in stellar first start off DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- After spending the past two months on the disabled list, Brewers starter Wily Peralta would have been forgiven Tuesday if he took the mound wearing some rust.

Instead, the right-hander delivered one of his best starts of an abbreviated season, pitching into the seventh inning of a 5-2 win at AT&T Park that snapped San Francisco's six-game winning streak.

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Brewers' rotation a credit to farm system

Brewers' rotation a credit to farm system

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wily Peralta's return from a two-month stint on the disabled list Tuesday gave the Brewers four homegrown players in the current -- albeit six-man -- starting rotation, a notable development considering the common perception that Milwaukee does a poor job developing pitchers.

Besides Peralta, who signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, the Brewers' current rotation includes Mike Fiers (22nd-round Draft pick in 2009), Jimmy Nelson (second round, 2010) and Taylor Jungmann (first round, 2011). Tyler Cravy (17th round, 2009) and Tyler Wagner (fourth round, 2012) also started games this season for Milwaukee and are back in the Minors.

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Lucroy named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Lucroy named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Lohse loses as Brewers' tempers flare

Lohse loses as Brewers' tempers flare

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Chris Heston threw seven solid frames as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, Monday night at AT&T Park.

Heston received the win for the third time in as many starts as he allowed two runs on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander helped the Giants win for the 12th time in 13 games and cut their National League West deficit behind the first-place Dodgers to a half-game.

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Frustrated Gomez, Counsell get tossed

After outfielder's ejection, Brewers manager earns first career booting

Frustrated Gomez, Counsell get tossed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and manager Craig Counsell were ejected during a ninth inning Monday with no runs but a heavy dose of drama in the waning moments of a 4-2 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.

Gomez led off with a single under first baseman Brandon Belt's glove and attempted a steal of second base, despite the Brewers trailing by two runs. The initial call was safe, but the Giants challenged and won to the dismay of Gomez, who spiked his helmet and was ejected. When Counsell argued that the punishment did not fit the crime, he was ejected, too -- marking the first time in 17 years as a Major League player or manager that Counsell was sent to the showers.

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Lohse improves, will stay in Brewers' rotation

Right-hander allows four runs while pitching into seventh inning

Lohse improves, will stay in Brewers' rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- With Wily Peralta due off the disabled list Tuesday and the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming three days after that, what's next for Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse?

"He'll make his next start," manager Craig Counsell said after Lohse became the first Major Leaguer to 12 losses and the Brewers fell to the Giants, 4-2, on Monday at AT&T Park.

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Brewers still think trade market open

Brewers still think trade market open

SAN FRANCISCO -- From a distance, Monday looked like a challenging day for the Brewers on the trade front. The Angels and Mets made deals with potential implications for Milwaukee, while Brewers first baseman Adam Lind remained sidelined by a stiff back. Still, general manager Doug Melvin expressed continued confidence about being active before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"Sometimes it depends on how teams react emotionally," Melvin said. "When the competition does something, do they have to react?"

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Lineup hits cold stretch at end of red-hot July

Brewers handed 1st back-to-back shutouts this season

Lineup hits cold stretch at end of red-hot July

PHOENIX -- After being shut out for the second straight day in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the D-backs, the Brewers' red-hot July is threatening to end with a deep freeze.

After going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Brewers were hitless in their last 19 at-bats in the clutch. In losing consecutive shutouts over the weekend for the first time since April 2013, the Brewers went 0-for-16 in those situations.

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Brewers' offense skids in series loss

Brewers' offense skids in series loss

PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings and Jake Lamb and Chris Owings provided run-scoring, extra-base hits in the D-backs' 3-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday at Chase Field. It was Arizona's third victory in the four-game series and second consecutive shutout.

"His off-speed stuff today was really good, changeup, breaking ball, it threw them off down at the bottom of the order especially," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Hellickson. "He's able to throw pitches that aren't predictable."

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Lind out of lineup to receive back treatment

Brewers first baseman to be re-evaluated in San Francisco

Lind out of lineup to receive back treatment

PHOENIX -- As Adam Lind took Sunday off to receive treatment for his stiff back, Brewers manager Craig Counsell declined to entertain a question about what he'd do if his regular first baseman misses a significant chunk of playing time.

"We're not there yet," Counsell said before the Brewers' 3-0 loss. "If that happens, we'll have to come up with a plan, but I'm not at the point where I'm considering that right now."

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Peralta's return to give Crew 6-man rotation

Brewers could trade 1 or more starters before Friday's deadline

Peralta's return to give Crew 6-man rotation

PHOENIX -- The Brewers will employ a six-man rotation for at least the next week as Wily Peralta returns from the disabled list to start Tuesday at San Francisco.

Manager Craig Counsell made that announcement on Saturday, saying Matt Garza remained scheduled to start Sunday at Arizona, followed by Kyle Lohse in Monday's series opener against the Giants. After Peralta on Tuesday, Milwaukee's other starters will each get an extra day's rest while remaining in line through Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Braun packing power on road this season

Brewers slugger has hit 14 of 18 homers away from Miller Park

Braun packing power on road this season

PHOENIX -- After hitting three home runs in front of a particularly opinionated crowd at Citizens Bank Park last season, Ryan Braun suggested he was fueled by the boos that precede all of his at-bats on the road since returning from a 2013 suspension. This season, the numbers are bearing out that assertion.

After homering for the second straight night in the Brewers' 2-1 win over the D-backs on Friday night, Braun has played precisely the same number of games on the road this season (46) as on the road. And despite playing those home games at cozy Miller Park, where Braun has traditionally done the bulk of his damage, he's been a far more dangerous hitter while brushing off those boos. On the road, Braun has 14 home runs and 41 RBIs. At home, he has four home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Jungmann solid but bats struggle in shutout

Jungmann solid but bats struggle in shutout

PHOENIX -- Rubby De La Rosa blanked the Brewers over eight innings, winning for the second straight start, to lift the D-backs to a 2-0 win on Saturday night at Chase Field

De La Rosa gave up just four hits and struck out six as he won his team-best eighth game of the season. The right-hander improved to 6-1 at home this season and the D-backs won despite scoring fewer than four runs for the sixth time in seven games.

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Fiers has uneven outing as scouts watch

Brewers starter among several drawing trade interest

Fiers has uneven outing as scouts watch

PHOENIX -- The crowded press box dining room was one indication Thursday that Chase Field was full of scouts, eyeing players ahead of next week's nonwaiver Trade Deadline. One of those men was Blue Jays director of pro scouting Perry Minasian, whose younger brother, Zack, happens to hold the same job for the Brewers, and whose club happens to have been linked to a number of Milwaukee players including Mike Fiers, who took the mound on this night against the D-backs.

Fiers delivered a mixed showing. He struck out 10 batters for his sixth career double-digit strikeout game, but he also surrendered five runs (four earned) and eight hits in only five innings of an 8-3 Brewers loss.

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Nelson's 8th win extends streak of strong starts

Brewers starter delivers 7 shutout innings vs. D-backs

Nelson's 8th win extends streak of strong starts

PHOENIX -- This was another glimpse into what the Brewers hope is Jimmy Nelson's future. The 26-year-old grinded through a 31-pitch first inning without allowing a run, then continued to keep the D-backs off the scoreboard through the end of the seventh in what became a 2-1 win at Chase Field.

Nelson improved to 8-9 overall but 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA over his last six starts, a stretch that has roughly coincided with a similar run for 25-year-old rookie Taylor Jungmann, who will follow Nelson to the mound when the series continues on Saturday.

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Brewers trade Aramis to Pirates

Brewers trade Aramis to Pirates

PHOENIX -- The Brewers are open for business.

In what could be the first of a series of moves adding up to an organizational "reset," Milwaukee sent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and about $2.6 million of his remaining salary to Pittsburgh on Thursday. The return was Minor League right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, a 23-year-old hard-throwing reliever who only converted to pitching two years ago.

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Potential trade chip Parra OK day after hit by pitch

Potential trade chip Parra OK day after hit by pitch

PHOENIX -- The Brewers got a big boost Friday when outfielder Gerardo Parra, one of the team's most valuable Trade Deadline commodities, reported feeling no ill effects from a scary hit by pitch the night before.

Parra was hit directly on the left kneecap by a Zack Godley cutter and stayed on the ground near home plate for several minutes before remaining in the game. He didn't start Friday night, but that was because Arizona started a left-hander, Patrick Corbin, and not because Parra was hurt.

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