Villar one homer shy of exclusive 20-60 club

Brewers' leadoff man opens loss to Rangers with 19th jack

Villar one homer shy of exclusive 20-60 club

ARLINGTON -- Nineteen down, one to go.

Jonathan Villar homered on the first pitch of the Brewers' 8-5 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park, giving Villar 19 homers and leaving him one shy of baseball's seventh 20-homer, 60-steal season ever, and its first in 26 years. He will carry a simple philosophy into the season's three remaining games starting on Friday at Coors Field.

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Brewers slowed by Rangers' 4-run 8th inning

Brewers slowed by Rangers' 4-run 8th inning

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Rangers rallied for an 8-5 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night in the rubber game at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers (94-65), with their 49th come-from-behind win of the season, hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox for the best record in the American League. Texas can clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason by winning two of three against Tampa Bay in the final series of the regular season.

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Brewers want Arcia to learn watching Andrus

Rookie shortstop still getting on-the-job training in Majors

Brewers want Arcia to learn watching Andrus

ARLINGTON -- "Comping players is really dangerous," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said right off the top. But here's one he was willing to discuss anyway: Orlando Arcia and Elvis Andrus.

Not in the way those shortstops play, said Counsell and first-base coach Carlos Subero, a fellow Venezuelan who managed both players in the Minor Leagues. But in the way they think about the game.

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Brewers promote Johnson to amateur scouting director

Former Silicon Valley employee will run club's amateur Draft

Brewers promote Johnson to amateur scouting director

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers have promoted Tod Johnson, who worked for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard before his career in baseball, to amateur scouting director in a move that further cements the club's commitment to analytics.

Johnson, 43, takes over administration of the Draft from Ray Montgomery, who will have broader responsibilities as vice president of scouting. Pro scouting director Zack Minasian is moving into an advisory role within the department.

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Brewers tab Suter to open final series at Coors Field

Brewers tab Suter to open final series at Coors Field

The National League home run king could be crowned at baseball's best launching pad.

The Brewers' Chris Carter and the Rockies' Nolan Arenado will be swinging for the fences at Coors Field when their teams meet on Friday in opener of the season's final series for both clubs. Arenado reached 40 home runs last weekend, followed by Carter and Cubs slugger Kris Bryant at 39 apiece. The Cubs finish the regular season at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, another hitter-friendly venue.

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Carter, Pina homer, but Brewers fall to Rangers

Carter, Pina homer, but Brewers fall to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, led by a couple of former Brewers, are back atop the race for the best record in the American League.

Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run and Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run double in leading the Rangers to a 6-4 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. Tony Barnette, on the mound for the first time since Sept. 4, pitched a scoreless sixth to get the victory as the Rangers, trailing 3-0 after two, earned their 48th comeback win.

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Nelson determined to improve after tough '16

Brewers righty unhappy with his overall performance, will 'trust in our work'

Nelson determined to improve after tough '16

ARLINGTON -- With the Brewers' team bus idling outside, there was not enough time, Jimmy Nelson said, to dissect everything that went wrong in what was supposed to be his step-forward season. Here's the gist: Nelson wasn't happy.

The 27-year-old made his final start of 2016 in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. He surrendered five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and fell to 8-16 with a 4.62 ERA in 32 starts, with 140 strikeouts and 86 walks in 179 1/3 innings. Over his final 21 starts, he was 3-13 with a 5.79 ERA.

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Statcast of the Day: Beltran's speed sinks Crew

Veteran right fielder makes diving catch, gets first steal in 2 years to help Texas rally

Statcast of the Day: Beltran's speed sinks Crew

Over a long and successful career, Carlos Beltran has won three Gold Glove Awards in center field and racked up more than 300 stolen bases. But at 39 years old, the nine-time All-Star is much better known for his bat these days than his defense or baserunning.

That changed, at least briefly, in the sixth inning of what became a 6-4 Rangers win over the Brewers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night.

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Mike Bauman

In return to field, Jeffress shows talent and fire

In return to field, Jeffress shows talent and fire

ARLINGTON -- Jeremy Jeffress is back now, as he puts it, "playing the game I love."

Life has not been an unbroken series of triumphs for Jeffress, but when he is right, he can throw 96-97 mph, with serious sink. He has a power arm, with imposing stuff.

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Villar's two homers power Brewers

Villar's two homers power Brewers

ARLINGTON -- The Brewers were long ago eliminated from postseason contention, but the way Matt Garza sees it, they are still playing meaningful baseball.

Carlos Gomez drove in a pair of runs against his former team, but the Rangers slipped a half-game behind the idle Red Sox in the race for home-field advantage throughout the postseason with an 8-3 loss to the Brewers on a big Monday night for Milwaukee leadoff man Jonathan Villar.

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Former Brewers abound in Rangers' dugout

Former Brewers abound in Rangers' dugout

ARLINGTON -- How did Carlos Gomez salvage his season after leaving the Astros for the Rangers? It helped that he walked into a new clubhouse full of familiar faces.

They're the Texas Brewers, or the Milwaukee Rangers if you like. Gomez joined a Texas team with three former teammates from his years in Milwaukee, including two from the 2011 Brewers club that came within two victories of the World Series. Prince Fielder, Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress made Gomez feel comfortable from the "Go-Go."

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Hip injury ends Jungmann's season

Hip injury ends Jungmann's season

ARLINGTON -- Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann won't make his final scheduled start after suffering what manager Craig Counsell characterized as a minor hip injury in his outing against the Reds on Saturday night.

Jungmann originally was to pitch Friday or Saturday in Colorado. The Brewers will now start rookie left-hander Brent Suter on Friday and Wily Peralta on Saturday. The starting pitcher for Sunday's season finale is to be determined.

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Braun grateful for ovation with uncertain future

Brewers outfielder could be traded during offseason as club rebuilds

Braun grateful for ovation with uncertain future

MILWAUKEE -- The ovations grew louder with each of Ryan Braun's four trips to the batter's box on Sunday at Miller Park, culminating with a long cheer in the eighth inning that drew a ceremonial tip of the cap from the six-time All-Star. Braun struck out to end the inning.

When the clubhouse doors opened to reporters after the Brewers' home finale, Braun was there to acknowledge those swings may mark the end of an era.

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Peralta goes six strong as Brewers drop finale

Peralta goes six strong as Brewers drop finale

MILWAUKEE -- In a season in which the Brewers came away with a winning home record even while beginning to rebuild, the Reds spoiled the season finale at Miller Park on Sunday afternoon.

Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan only allowed three hits and no walks over five scoreless innings and the Reds jumped out to an early lead en route to a 4-2 win to take the series.

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Brewers get 2.3 million at Miller Park in 2016

Brewers get 2.3 million at Miller Park in 2016

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers finished their home slate Sunday by topping 2.3 million in attendance for the 11th consecutive season, a notable achievement, COO Rick Schlesinger noted, for the first full year of a full-scale rebuilding project.

Seven other teams can boast as many fans annually since 2006, and all play in major markets: The Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals, Angels, Giants and Red Sox.

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Brewers hitters honor Fernandez vs. Reds

Brewers hitters honor Fernandez vs. Reds

MILWAUKEE -- A number of Brewers hitters stepped to the plate in silence Sunday during the home finale at Miller Park, their usual up-tempo music shelved as a tribute to Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died overnight in a boating accident in Miami.

There were no former teammates on Milwaukee's roster, and Fernandez pitched just once against the Brewers. Yet the sense of loss was palpable in a quiet clubhouse Sunday morning.

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Santana homers as Brewers fall to Reds

Santana homers as Brewers fall to Reds

MILWAUKEE -- Dan Straily has been the Reds' best starter all season long, and he pitched to form against the Brewers on Saturday night.

Straily continued his dominance of the Crew, allowing one run over 6 2/3 innings while striking out five, as the Reds snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win at Miller Park. All Straily would need in support was a two-run homer in the first by Joey Votto, who continued his torrid second half at the plate and subsequently spoiled Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann's first Major League start since April 28.

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Villar puts stronghold on stolen base crown

Brewers infielder steals 59th bag during Saturday's loss to Reds

Villar puts stronghold on stolen base crown

MILWAUKEE -- This is not exactly the way Jonathan Villar wanted to lead the Major Leagues in stolen bases, stuck in a late-season slump and with his top two competitors stopped in their tracks by injuries.

The Brewers infielder swiped second base in the third inning of Saturday's loss to the Reds for his 59th stolen base, tops in the Majors. It snapped a tie with the Reds' Billy Hamilton, who is sidelined for the rest of the season by an oblique strain. The Pirates' Starling Marte is third with 47 steals, but his comeback from a two-week absence for back spasms was cut short after two innings on Thursday in a game against the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Diaz, Woodruff get taste of bigs at Miller Park

Duo was named Brewers' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

Diaz, Woodruff get taste of bigs at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE -- Infielder Isan Diaz and pitcher Brandon Woodruff were at Miller Park on Saturday, getting a taste of what they hope will be their future office.

Following standout seasons, Diaz and Woodruff were recognized as the Brewers' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. Diaz, acquired from the D-backs via trade this offseason, hit .264 with a .358 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage and 20 homers. Woodruff went 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA while leading all of the Minor Leagues with 173 strikeouts.

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Carter starts Brewers' second triple play of '16

Line drive from Votto turns into end of Reds' threat in first inning

Carter starts Brewers' second triple play of '16

MILWAUKEE - There's nothing like a triple play to bail a pitcher out of a jam. Brewers rookie Zach Davies learned that lesson twice this season.

With Reds on first and second and no outs in the top of the first inning of Friday's 5-4 Brewers win at Miller Park, first baseman Chris Carter snagged Reds slugger Joey Votto's line drive -- 101 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™ -- and started the eighth triple play in Brewers history. It was their second this season, both with Davies on the mound at Miller Park on a Friday night.

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Melvin's son exits Brewers organization

Melvin's son exits Brewers organization

MILWAUKEE -- Cory Melvin, the son of former Brewers GM Doug Melvin who served as one of Milwaukee's pro scouts for the past seven seasons, has left the organization for a similar job with the Yankees.

The younger Melvin began his new job about two weeks ago, sources said. He lives in Tampa near the Yankees' Spring Training home.

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Crew turns 3 as Braun's single seals late win

Crew turns 3 as Braun's single seals late win

MILWAUKEE -- Three was a magic number on Friday night at Miller Park.

The Brewers rode a three-run rally in the seventh to a 5-4 win over the Reds in the opener of the final series of the season at Miller Park -- a game that featured the eighth triple play in Brewers history and a three-run homer courtesy of Reds shortstop Jose Peraza.

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Davies ends '16 as established starter for Crew

Right-hander throws five innings in final outing of season against Reds

Davies ends '16 as established starter for Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Zach Davies was an "anchor" of the Brewers' starting rotation in 2016 despite beginning the year at Triple-A, manager Craig Counsell said Friday after deeming Davies' first extended Major League season complete.

Davies won't start any of the Brewers' remaining eight games, Counsell announced after a 5-4 win over the Reds at Miller Park. Davies worked five innings, marred late by Jose Peraza's three-run homer, but finished as the Brewers' most valuable pitcher by FanGraphs' version of wins above replacement, at 2.8. He went 11-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 28 Major League starts and 163 1/3 innings, with a 3.55 strikeouts to walks ratio that led the staff.

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Gennett, Carter go yard in finale win over Bucs

Gennett, Carter go yard in finale win over Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- For the second straight series, the Pirates were denied a needed sweep. This time, an injury dealt their faint postseason hopes an additional blow.

Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter homered for the Brewers, Chase Anderson pitched effectively into the sixth and Milwaukee played spoiler, denying Pittsburgh a three-game sweep with a 3-1 win Thursday at Miller Park. Besides the loss, the Pirates saw outfielder Starling Marte's return to the lineup from a back ailment last all of two full innings before his early exit.

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Attanasio pleased with Crew's progress in '16

Brewers owner does not put date on club's ideal return to contention

Attanasio pleased with Crew's progress in '16

MILWAUKEE -- A year and a day after he introduced David Stearns as baseball's youngest general manager, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio praised the work of Stearns and manager Craig Counsell in 2016, saying he believes the franchise is already on the way back up.

The Brewers were 68-84 as Attanasio held his annual year-end meeting with reporters Thursday afternoon, matching their win total from the year before with 10 games remaining.

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Mike Bauman

One year in, Crew's rebuild on the right track

Attanasio, Counsell pleased with progress from 2016 season

One year in, Crew's rebuild on the right track

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers are on a very long journey, but steps in the right direction have certainly been taken.

In the first full season of the Brewers' rebuilding project, the team Thursday night won its 69th game of the season, 3-1, over the Pirates. Conveniently enough, that's one more game than the Brewers had won in 2015.

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#BrewersLastCallUp Dillard has taken over Twitter

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#BrewersLastCallUp Dillard has taken over Twitter

On Sept. 1, in preparation for the postseason push, MLB rosters expand from a maximum of 25 players to 40. Some teams use this time to give anticipated youngsters a bit of Major League experience. Others look to add valuable depth and situational pieces. This season, the Brewers took the opportunity to disrupt the social media landscape.

On Monday, the team announced its final callup for 2016: Tim Dillard, a right-handed reliever who's spent parts of 14 seasons with the organization. But he isn't just some extra bullpen help for the stretch run -- he also happens to be a semi-amateur comedian, and he's here to take over the @Brewers Twitter account for the final two weeks of the season.

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Counsell's frustration leads to ejection

Brewers manager tossed by home-plate umpire in fourth inning

Counsell's frustration leads to ejection

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn't hold back after being ejected by home-plate umpire Jerry Layne during the fourth inning of Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Pirates, arguing forcefully before being escorted away by first-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier was batting with two outs in the inning when he hit a chopper to first base that appeared to be the inning-ending out. But Layne then ruled that the baseball had hit Frazier's foot for a foul ball, extending the at-bat and raising Counsell's ire.

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Woodruff, Diaz win Brewers' Minors honors

Woodruff, Diaz win Brewers' Minors honors

MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Woodruff's scouting report requires an update after the right-hander rode an uptick in velocity to the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year honor on Tuesday.

Coming off a season in which he led all of Minor League Baseball with 173 strikeouts, Woodruff was honored along with Isan Diaz, the 20-year-old middle infielder named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year. Since 2003, those awards have been called the "Robin Yount Performance Awards" after the Brewers' former first-round Draft pick and Hall of Famer.

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