Fiers rewards Brewers' patience with great outing

Fiers rewards Brewers' patience with great outing

CHICAGO -- Just how badly Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers needed a quality start on this particular afternoon at Wrigley Field, manager Ron Roenicke did not precisely say.

Roenicke had insisted following Fiers' previous outing, his second in a row which spanned only four innings, that Brewers brass was not discussing a change to the starting rotation. Fiers had earned the opportunity, Roenicke said, to pitch through his early-season issues.

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Gomez does it all for Brewers in return from DL

Gomez does it all for Brewers in return from DL

CHICAGO -- Carlos Gomez was off and running in Saturday's 6-1 win upon his return to the Brewers' lineup.

Gomez popped out on the first pitch he saw following a 17-day stay on the disabled list for a right hamstring strain, but made his presence felt in the second inning when he drove in one run with a bloop single and helped manufacture another run with his first two stolen bases of the season.

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Fiers leads way as Brewers even series with Cubs

Fiers leads way as Brewers even series with Cubs

CHICAGO -- Mike Fiers struck out 12 batters over six innings, Ryan Braun smacked a two-run homer and Jean Segura had four hits, including an RBI triple, to lead the Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Saturday and even the series.

Fiers walked two in the first but did not give up a hit until Chris Denorfia singled with one out in the fifth. He also served up Anthony Rizzo's solo homer with one out in the Chicago sixth. The 12 K's were a season high, and helped the Brewers notch their third road win in 11 games.

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Nelson, Brewers face Cubs, going for first series win

Nelson, Brewers face Cubs, going for first series win

Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson will aim for a bounce-back outing while Cubs starter Jason Hammel seeks more of the same when the teams conclude a three-game series on Sunday at 1:20 p.m. CT

Hammel has 23 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings this season, including seven strikeouts over eight shutout innings against the Pirates in his most recent start. He's been just as good against the Brewers, compiling a 5-0 record with a 1.85 ERA in six career starts, including a pair of scoreless starts against Milwaukee last season.

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Aramis out of lineup on Saturday

Aramis out of lineup on Saturday

CHICAGO -- Dogged by lower body injuries each of the past two seasons, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez hopes the current tightness in his left hamstring proves only a minor annoyance. He missed a second straight start Saturday.

"I didn't play [Friday], I won't play today but I'm looking forward to being in the lineup tomorrow," Ramirez said on Saturday morning.

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Jimenez DFA'd as Gomez returns from DL

Jimenez DFA'd as Gomez returns from DL

CHICAGO -- His own poor start at the plate and the Brewers' poor position in the standings conspired to cost Luis Jimenez his roster spot Saturday, when the team designated the infielder for assignment to make way for center fielder Carlos Gomez's return from the disabled list.

Claimed off waivers from the Angels just before Halloween, Jimenez played stellar defense at third base throughout the spring, but has yet to consistently showcase a bat which produced 58 extra-base hits, including 21 home runs, at offense-friendly Triple-A Salt Lake last season.

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Crew losses mount, but Peralta, pitchers progressing

Right-hander tosses six one-run innings en route to loss against Cubs

Crew losses mount, but Peralta, pitchers progressing

CHICAGO -- "It's going to get better," Ryan Braun promised Friday after a 1-0 loss to the Cubs dropped the Brewers' record to 5-18, leaving them the only National League team -- and one of two in the Majors, with Texas -- yet to win back-to-back games. Braun pointed to the pitcher's mound.

That's where Wily Peralta threw 118 pitches against the Cubs, too high a total for his taste, but good enough to hold Chicago to an Addison Russell home run over six quality innings. It marked more progress for a pitching staff that has delivered six quality starts in the team's past nine games, after only two in the first 14 games of the season.

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Crew's bats quiet behind solid Peralta

Crew's bats quiet behind solid Peralta

CHICAGO -- If you thought Addison Russell would homer before Kris Bryant, you were right.

Russell, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, connected on his first big league homer in the third inning Friday afternoon to give Jon Lester all the support he needed in a 1-0 victory over the Brewers.

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Gomez feels 100 percent, eager to help Crew

Center fielder set to come off disabled list for Saturday game against Cubs

Gomez feels 100 percent, eager to help Crew

CHICAGO -- It's been a frustrating two weeks on the disabled list for Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, who was forced to watch his team slump through the worst opening month in franchise history. Beginning Saturday, he can help them try to dig out.

Declaring his right hamstring back to 100 percent strength, Gomez said he's ready to run when he's activated from the DL in time for Game 2 of a weekend series against the Cubs.

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Gatewood's MRI results show bruised knee

Test allays Brewers' fear that No. 5 prospect had torn ligaments

Gatewood's MRI results show bruised knee

CHICAGO -- The Brewers received relatively good news Friday after an MRI scan of No. 5 prospect Jake Gatewood's right knee revealed no torn ligaments, as had been feared after an injury scare earlier in the week.

Gatewood was injured while playing shortstop for Class A Wisconsin on Wednesday, when he ranged for a ground ball to his backhand side. When he tried to plant to throw, his knee buckled. Gatewood was in Milwaukee on Friday for the MRI, and he was diagnosed with only a bruise. He will be sidelined for several weeks, according to assistant general manager Gord Ash, who suggested the Brewers would seek a more definitive timetable next week.

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Hisle teaching Milwaukee youth about game he loves

Former Brewer has served as club's outreach manager since '02

Hisle teaching Milwaukee youth about game he loves

MILWAUKEE -- As the grass begins to turn green on baseball fields around southeastern Wisconsin, the odds increase that former big leaguer Larry Hisle is standing with a group of youngsters, encouraging them to play the game he loves.

Hisle is the Brewers' manager of youth outreach, making him the club's chief baseball advocate. The 67-year-old has been in the role since 2002, working one-on-one with kids, visiting schools across the state and promoting baseball in the city, often in conjunction with Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in the Inner City (RBI) program. It can be a difficult sell, Hisle said.

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Braun's slam helps Crew put away Reds

Slugger hits two of team's four homers; Cincy rookie Lorenzen has solid debut

Braun's slam helps Crew put away Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers won the finale of their three-game set by spoiling the big league debut of Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen, who gave up three of their four home runs in Milwaukee's 8-3 victory on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

Homers in the top of the second inning by Adam Lind and Khris Davis gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. Ryan Braun made it a two-run game when he homered deep to right field with one out in the fifth. Capping a five-run eighth inning against reliever Jumbo Diaz, Braun hit his second homer of the afternoon, a grand slam to left-center field off a 97-mph fastball.

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Massive game has Braun trending upward

Five-time All-Star has two homers, five RBIs in finale victory over Reds

Massive game has Braun trending upward

CINCINNATI - Reds rookie Michael Lorenzen, who made his first career Major League start Wednesday against the Brewers, was a college star at Cal State-Fullerton. His bio listed his favorite book (the Bible), movie ("Step Brothers") and baseball player -- Ryan Braun.

"That makes me feel old, to know I can be anybody's favorite player who's out of college," the Milwaukee outfielder said with a grin.

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Gennett to begin rehab assignment Friday

Second baseman scheduled to return to Brewers for Tuesday's game

Gennett to begin rehab assignment Friday

CINCINNATI -- Injured Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett had stitches removed from his injured left hand Wednesday and will begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment Friday, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.

Gennett will play four games with the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Roenicke said. He is then scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's home game against the Dodgers.

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Brewers to honor Badgers on Monday

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will recognize the national runner-up University of Wisconsin men's basketball team prior to Monday's game against the Dodgers at Miller Park.

Badgers head coach Bo Ryan will be among the team members attending the festivities prior to the 6:20 p.m. CT game, including a ceremonial first pitch at 5:55 p.m. Also scheduled to attend are mascot Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. The band will play near home plate before the game, and it will also perform the national anthem.

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Lind bidding for first All-Star Game appearance

Lind bidding for first All-Star Game appearance

MILWAUKEE -- A bright spot amid the Brewers' stormy start, first baseman Adam Lind is bidding for his first appearance as a National League All-Star.

Lind, acquired in October after parts of nine seasons in the American League with the Blue Jays, ranked among the top 10 NL players with a .946 OPS and 10 extra-base hits through Tuesday. He never made the Midsummer Classic during his Toronto tenure.

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In final season, Aramis still shows he can get it done

In final season, Aramis still shows he can get it done

CINCINNATI -- Aramis Ramirez has been successful in what, for most players, would be tough situations.

A 36-year-old third baseman who can still charge bunts and throw the batter out? A veteran batter in his swan-song season who can hit consistently off Johnny Cueto?

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Lohse, Ramirez can't lead Brewers past Reds

Lohse, Ramirez can't lead Brewers past Reds

CINCINNATI -- Supported by three home runs, ace Johnny Cueto worked a mostly smooth eight innings as the Reds handed the Brewers a 4-2 loss Tuesday to take the first two games of the three-game series. The Reds returned to .500 at 10-10 while the Brewers fell to 4-17.

Cueto gave up two earned runs and three hits without a walk while striking out six to improve to 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in five starts. He matched the eight innings he threw in his previous start at Milwaukee. Closer Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fifth save.

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Statcast breaks down Schafer's slick snag

Though Brewers center fielder's route efficiency wasn't perfect, other factors helped

Statcast breaks down Schafer's slick snag

The latest great play tracked by Statcast is an excellent example of how many factors go into making a special highlight.

The catch that Brewers center fielder Logan Schafer made Monday night against the Reds and second baseman Brandon Phillips was not perfectly executed -- as evidenced by the 90.7 route efficiency he took on the play -- but other variables like his leaping ability, speed and time to track the ball play a role.

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Nelson has rare rough outing vs. Reds

Righty allows seven runs in 2 1/3 innings after three strong starts, looks to improve

Nelson has rare rough outing vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers saw a side of pitcher Jimmy Nelson on Monday they had not seen this season.

Nelson had been solid through his first three starts, including allowing only one run in eight innings of a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati last Wednesday. It looked like more of the same was coming when Nelson retired the Reds in order Monday to start off the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

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Brewers' rally falls short as Reds take opener

Brewers' rally falls short as Reds take opener

CINCINNATI -- Reds bats emerged from a recent funk Monday against a Brewers team it previously hit hard only a week ago in Milwaukee. Cincinnati chased starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson early but held off a ninth-inning rally to get a 9-6 victory in the three-game series opener at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds sent nine men to the plate in a four-run bottom of the second inning and added three more runs in the third. A two-run home run by Jay Bruce kickstarted the rally against Nelson. Later with runners on first and second and one out, pitcher Jason Marquis chopped an RBI single off third baseman Aramis Ramirez's glove to snap the Reds' 0-for-23 streak with runners in scoring position. A bases-loaded walk to Zack Cozart forced home another run.

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Blazek notches first big league win vs. Cardinals

Manager Roenicke impressed with righty's improved command

Blazek notches first big league win vs. Cardinals

CINCINNATI -- Maybe it's time for Michael Blazek to settle down and get a nice house with a "man cave" or a trophy room, or at least a mantle.

"I've got three game balls, and I live in an apartment with no place to set them," Blazek lamented Monday, a day after recording his first big league victory via two innings of scoreless relief work in a 6-3 victory over St. Louis. "I got two balls from the game, then Frankie [Francisco Rodriguez] gave me the ball from his 351st save. That was pretty special. I think I'll give them to my parents. That way I won't lose them."

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Perez opts out of Minors contract, becomes free agent

Perez opts out of Minors contract, becomes free agent

CINCINNATI -- Former All-Star closer Chris Perez opted out of his Minor League contract with Milwaukee on Monday and became a free agent.

The 29-year-old Perez signed with the Brewers on Feb. 4. He recorded a 2.70 ERA during 10 Spring Training appearances, but he was reassigned at the end of camp.

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Lind, Parra lead outburst in absence of top sluggers

Roenicke says Braun, Ramirez requested day off

Lind, Parra lead outburst in absence of top sluggers

MILWAUKEE -- It was not by choice that Brewers manager Ron Roenicke posted a starting lineup Sunday minus five of the team's eight Opening Day position players. With second baseman Scooter Gennett, center fielder Carlos Gomez and catcher Jonathan Lucroy already on the disabled list, Roenicke reported that left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez both said they needed a day off.

"It's not something I want to do, rest them," Roenicke said. "I need these guys in here playing, trying to win. But when someone tells me they need a day off, they need a day off."

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Fiers does enough in win to hold spot in rotation

Brewers starter allows 1 earned run, strikes out 6 in 4 innings

Fiers does enough in win to hold spot in rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers remains the only member of the Brewers' five-man rotation without a quality start. But he made the big pitches in a four-inning outing against the Cardinals on Sunday to avoid another blow-up, and, for now, the Brewers have no plan to alter their pitching rotation after the win.

"We talk about things all the time but Fiers has proven for a couple different years that he deserves the opportunity," manager Ron Roenicke said. "How far that opportunity takes you, I'm not sure, but the conversations haven't been there yet."

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Bats break out vs. Lynn as Crew takes finale from Cards

Bats break out vs. Lynn as Crew takes finale from Cards

MILWAUKEE -- Featuring a lineup without Ryan Braun or Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers broke out of their recent funk to salvage the final game of their homestand with a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals at Miller Park on Sunday.

All six runs came off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, who had allowed just three earned runs in his previous three starts. But Milwaukee slugged six extra-base hits against him, including an RBI triple from Gerardo Parra, a two-run homer from Adam Lind and consecutive run-scoring doubles by Khris Davis and Elian Herrera. Those doubles came in a three-run fifth that padded what had been a two-run Brewers' lead. The six extra-base hits tied a season high, while the half a dozen runs marked the second-largest output by Milwaukee's offense this year.

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