Brewers belt 5 homers to rally past Bucs

Brewers belt 5 homers to rally past Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- It was as if the Pirates and Brewers decided to settle the small ball vs. long ball debate, once and for all. On Wednesday at Miller Park, the home runs ruled.

The Pirates collected six run-scoring singles, five with two outs, to account for all of their runs, but the Brewers struck back with a barrage of homers for a 7-6 win, their fourth straight. Keon Broxton hit a pair, Neil Walker hit his first in a Brewers uniform, Travis Shaw smacked No. 26 this season and Manny Pina gave Milwaukee the lead for good with a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth as Milwaukee overcame a trio of deficits to win.

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Hot and cold Broxton back in power groove

Hot and cold Broxton back in power groove

MILWAUKEE -- Some players might have crossed their fingers behind their backs and said no. Keon Broxton looked straight ahead and said yes.

Did seeing a teammate start out of position in Broxton's regular spot light a fire under the second-year center fielder?

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Scorching Braun resting up ahead of key trip

Scorching Braun resting up ahead of key trip

MILWAUKEE -- Quantity or quality? As it pertains to left fielder Ryan Braun, the Brewers continue to choose the latter.

Manager Craig Counsell characterized Braun's absence from Wednesday's starting lineup as "just a day off," though it came amid a stretch in which the team plays only two games in four days. The idea has been the same all season: Maximize Braun's production with liberal use of off-days.

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Arcia ready to be 'El Niño' for Players Weekend

Arcia ready to be 'El Niño' for Players Weekend

MILWAUKEE -- Shortstop Orlando Arcia didn't know his nickname already holds a special meaning in the Brewers' organization.

Arcia will don "El Niño" on the back of his jersey for the inaugural MLB Players Weekend from Aug. 25-27, when all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs. The words "El Niño" translate to "The Kid," the nickname held by Hall of Famer and former Brewers shortstop Robin Yount, who made his Major League debut at age 18.

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Crew begins key road trip with set in Colorado

Crew begins key road trip with set in Colorado

The Brewers will welcome back catcher Stephen Vogt from the disabled list Friday when they begin their nine-game West Coast road trip with a three-game series at Colorado. Right-hander Matt Garza will start for Milwaukee, while Colorado will counter with right-hander German Marquez.

Garza has not faced the Rockies this season, but he is 2-5 with a 6.10 ERA in seven career starts against them. Marquez has made one career start against the Brewers on Oct. 2, 2016, allowing two runs over six-plus innings while striking out seven in a no-decision.

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Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arcia and Diaz had a post-anthem standoff

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Arcia and Diaz had a post-anthem standoff

Every day, we witness the physical toughness of these ballplayers as they step foot on the field. But, we often forget how much of the mental game is involved. That is until they have a standoff following the national anthem.

After the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner on Tuesday, the Brewers-Pirates game was set to get underway. Well, eventually -- after a standoff between Orlando Arcia and Elias Diaz.

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Broxton, Pina back Davies' outing to beat Bucs

Broxton, Pina back Davies' outing to beat Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates arrived at Miller Park with a chance to climb up the division standings, but it was the Brewers on the move instead.

Zach Davies pitched into the seventh inning and Manny Pina drove in a pair of runs before Keon Broxton added insurance with a pinch-hit home run, sending Milwaukee to a 3-1 win at Miller Park on Tuesday night -- and back into a virtual tie for second place in the National League Central.

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Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Shaw can't explain dominance vs. Bucs' Nova

Brewers third baseman is 11-for-14 in his career against right-hander

Shaw can't explain dominance vs. Bucs' Nova

MILWAUKEE -- Travis Shaw had this matchup circled on the calendar for a while. If he had to walk to home plate with a cane, he was going to get his hacks against his favorite opposing pitcher.

Still hobbled from a pair of foul tips off his right leg three days earlier, Shaw continued to torment Pirates starter Ivan Nova in the Brewers' 3-1 win at Miller Park on Tuesday. With a single, hit by pitch and walk, Shaw improved to 11-for-14 with two walks in the one-sided matchup of former American League East foes. He scored the Brewers' first two runs on the way to their third straight victory.

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Anderson's return set for Sunday vs. Rockies

Villar gets first career start in center field against Pirates on Tuesday

Anderson's return set for Sunday vs. Rockies

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' starting rotation is getting an earlier than expected boost with the return of right-hander Chase Anderson, who will skip his final scheduled rehab start and pitch against the Rockies on Sunday at Coors Field instead.

"I'm looking forward to that," said Anderson, who was Milwaukee's most effective starter before going down with a left oblique strain. "I feel good. My body feels good."

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Brinson out 4-6 weeks with hamstring strain

Brewers' top prospect could be September callup if he heals in time

Brinson out 4-6 weeks with hamstring strain

MILWAUKEE -- A left hamstring strain has ended Lewis Brinson's Minor League season. But what about a big league callup in September?

The Brewers were not ready to rule that out for their top prospect, and the No. 15 prospect in baseball, per MLBPipeline.com, but the timeline will be tight. Brinson is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after he was injured running to first base on Monday at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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Rivals trying to dethrone Cubs in NL Central

Rivals trying to dethrone Cubs in NL Central

The Cubs won the National League Central by 17 1/2 games last year, then they won the World Series. So pardon us if we weren't expecting a scintillating battle for supremacy in this particular division in 2017.

Well, here we are in the throes of August, and the Central is still very much up for grabs. The Cubs are in first, but only by a 1 1/2-game margin. They haven't come together as advertised, and even the good vibes of the midseason acquisitions of Jose Quintana and others have been offset in some measure by the recent loss of rising star Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walker returns to familiar roots in NL Central

Walker returns to familiar roots in NL Central

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are banking on familiarity breeding success for newly acquired infielder Neil Walker after a Saturday night trade returned Walker to his roots in the National League Central.

Walker delivered singles in his first two at-bats of Sunday's 7-4 win over the Reds at Miller Park, continuing an emergence from a quiet period at the plate following Walker's six-week stint on the disabled list for a partially torn left hamstring.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Santana's HR on Domingo seals series win

Santana's HR on Domingo seals series win

MILWAUKEE -- Was it the meeting that got the Brewers' bats going? Or three games against the pitching-challenged Reds?

Whatever the answer, the Brewers emerged from a players-only chat in the wake of Thursday's listless loss to the Twins to score 23 runs and hit seven home runs while taking two of three games from the Reds, including a 7-4 win on Sunday at sold-out Miller Park.

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Perez executes eyes-closed squeeze bunt

Brewers utility man provides insurance run in win over Reds on Sunday

Perez executes eyes-closed squeeze bunt

MILWAUKEE -- It was part execution, part self-preservation. And Hernan Perez did it with his eyes closed.

"A ball that's up and in like that, you'd close your eyes, too," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

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Shaw's absence gives Walker Brewers debut

Suter placed on DL; Blazek DFA'd to make room for newly acquired infielder

Shaw's absence gives Walker Brewers debut

MILWAUKEE -- With Travis Shaw banged up, the Brewers' newest infielder showed up just in time Sunday.

Neil Walker, acquired in a Saturday night trade with the Mets, arrived at Miller Park just after 10:30 a.m. CT and went straight to work, singling in his first two Brewers at-bats and scoring a run in Milwaukee's 7-4 win over the Reds. . He manned third base and hit cleanup in the finale in place of the club's RBI leader, Shaw, who absorbed a pair of foul tips to his right foot and right knee during Saturday's extra-innings win over Cincinnati. Shaw was available Sunday, but only in an emergency.

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Harrison notches two homers for Helena

Harrison notches two homers for Helena

Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect (No. 28 overall) got off to a fast start as he doubled home a pair of runs in the second and then hit a solo blast in the fourth before finishing 2-for-3.

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Four Brewers pitchers combine on Biloxi no-hitter

Four Brewers pitchers combine on Biloxi no-hitter

No matter whom Double-A Biloxi sent out to the mound, Tennessee couldn't manage to get a hit.

The Shuckers used four pitchers -- Hiram Burgos, Forrest Snow, Nick Ramirez and Jorge Lopez -- in a seven-inning game to record the first no-hitter in franchise history.

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Brinson homers twice for Sky Sox

Brinson homers twice for Sky Sox

Brent Honeywell kept the opposing team off the board once again on Sunday as he tossed turned in his second scoreless start this week for Triple-A Durham.

Honeywell, The Rays' top-ranked prospect (No. 14 overall), dominated over six innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five and generating six ground-ball outs. He did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 52 of his 70 pitches for strikes, but received a no-decision as the Bulls ultimately fell to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-2.

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Sogard's hustle ends Crew's skid in extras

Sogard's hustle ends Crew's skid in extras

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun and Eric Thames continued to torment the Reds with home runs before a walk-off wild pitch put the Brewers over the top. It wasn't the way manager Craig Counsell envisioned the end of a six-game losing streak, but he wasn't complaining.

Eric Sogard scampered home on Tim Adleman's errant 0-2 curveball with two outs in the 10th inning for a 6-5 win, moving the Brewers within two games of the Cardinals and Cubs in the National League Central.

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Walker excited to join Crew's playoff charge

Second baseman acquired Saturday night from Mets for player to be named

Walker excited to join Crew's playoff charge

MILWAUKEE -- Slumping since the All-Star break and sliding fast down the National League Central standings, the Brewers added a hitter they hope can help.

Switch-hitting second baseman Neil Walker had already embarked on a multi-stop journey from Philadelphia to New York to Milwaukee late Saturday night when the Brewers announced they'd acquired him with cash from the Mets for a player to be named. Walker hoped to arrive at Miller Park in time for the Brewers' Sunday afternoon series finale against the Reds, at which time the club would have to make a corresponding roster move.

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Thames, Braun hit record homers vs. Reds

Duo hit two of three long balls in Saturday's win over Cincinnati

Thames, Braun hit record homers vs. Reds

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers sluggers Eric Thames and Ryan Braun are no strangers to the long ball against the Reds.

Both hit a solo home run off Reds reliever Kevin Shackelford in the Brewers' 6-5 extra-innings win over the Reds on Saturday at Miller Park, reaching personal and franchise milestones in the process.

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Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillips does it all for Colorado Springs

Phillips does it all for Colorado Springs

Pitching deeper into the season than he ever has before, Beau Burrows continues to get better. Burrows, Detroit's No. 4 prospect (No. 95 overall), was untouchable on Saturday as he tossed six hitless innings with eight strikeouts and two walks to pace Double-A Erie in an 11-0 rout of New Hampshire.

"It was definitely a dominant performance," Erie pitching coach Willie Blair told MiLB.com. "It was probably the most consistent he's been with executing pitches. He located the fastball down in the zone early and on the edges. He then was able to elevate it late. It seemed like his fastball had an extra gear when he got to two strikes. He elevated it and it had a little extra life on it. It was probably the most consistent his breaking stuff has been since I've had him. He's shown times of having breaking balls -- the curveball and the slider. But tonight I think it was a little more consistent."

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Counsell's Crew shows spirit after meeting

Skipper happy that players connected, but 'this gets cured on the field'

Counsell's Crew shows spirit after meeting

MILWAUKEE -- Team meetings serve a purpose, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, but slumps aren't solved in the clubhouse.

They are solved on the field, which is why Counsell was encouraged even in defeat Friday. Down eight runs in the third inning after Jimmy Nelson was singled into submission, the Brewers stormed back into an 11-10 loss to the Reds with a seventh-run sixth inning that was highlighted by Eric Thames' three-run home run. Thames and Jonathan Villar each homered and collected three hits, as Milwaukee brought the go-ahead run to the plate in three of the final four innings of the team's best offensive performance of a slump-riddled second half.

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Crew bats wake up, but comeback bid falls short

Crew bats wake up, but comeback bid falls short

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers finally showed signs of life at the plate, but not before the Reds had run up the score.

The teams traded big innings in a wild game at Miller Park on Friday night, as the Reds took an eight-run lead by the third inning only to see the Brewers storm back with a seventh-run sixth. Tucker Barnhart's solo homer in the seventh proved the decisive blow of the teams' 31 combined hits as Cincinnati held on in the end, 11-10, to hand Milwaukee a sixth straight loss.

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No Kinsler for the Crew; Vogt set for rehab play

No Kinsler for the Crew; Vogt set for rehab play

MILWAUKEE -- You can forget about four-time All-Star Ian Kinsler wearing a Brewers uniform this season, according to a report.

Brewers manager David Stearns declined to comment Friday on reporting from MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who said Tigers second baseman Kinsler had been claimed off revocable trade waivers by a mystery team, but the team was not Milwaukee. The Brewers were interested in Kinsler before and after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline as an option to bolster a position in need of more production.

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Pennington spins five scoreless for Wisconsin

Pennington spins five scoreless for Wisconsin

Duane Underwood Jr. had been making strides in recent starts for Double-A Tennessee, though it wasn't until Friday night that the right-hander managed to put it all together.

The Cubs' No. 17 prospect took a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to completing seven scoreless frames of and pacing the Smokies in a 6-0 shutout of Biloxi. He gave up one hit, hit one batter and struck out six, throwing 66 of his 86 pitches for strikes in the performance.

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Struggling Brewers have players-only meeting

Milwaukee has lost five straight and is in third place in NL Central

Struggling Brewers have players-only meeting

MILWAUKEE -- The only current Brewers player with a taste of the World Series looked up and down the dugout Thursday and saw long faces. Matt Garza decided it was time for a chat.

In a players-only meeting at Miller Park after a 7-2 loss to the Twins, Garza talked about restoring some of the energy that lifted Milwaukee to first place at the All-Star break but has disappeared since, along with the team's offense. Ryan Braun also spoke during the gathering, moments after the team's fifth straight loss, and 17th in 26 games since the break, left the Brewers alone in third place in the National League Central.

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Broxton homers, but Crew drops 5th straight

Broxton homers, but Crew drops 5th straight

MILWAUKEE -- The Twins are back over .500 after steamrolling the slumping Brewers in four straight games.

Joe Mauer and Byron Buxton collected three hits apiece in the Twins' 7-2 win on Thursday at Miller Park, as Minnesota singled Milwaukee into submission for a sweep of consecutive two-game Interleague series between the old American League rivals.

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Burnes, Peralta excel for Biloxi

Burnes, Peralta excel for Biloxi

Free from the pitcher-friendly ballparks of the Florida State League, Nick Senzel's home-run power is starting to show in earnest.

Senzel, the Reds' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall), turned in his first career multi-homer performance while he stuffed the box score on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Double-A Pensacola's 10-9 loss against Mobile.

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