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Some prospects are highly touted heading into a season and then live up to advanced billing. Others are a bit more under the radar, either because they are coming off of injuries, haven’t performed up to expectations or perhaps are just getting started on their pro careers. MLB Pipeline selected one of these type of prospects from each organization as a 2018 breakout candidate. We might not be talking much about the prospects below now, but they could jump on the scene in a big way this season.

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Some prospects are highly touted heading into a season and then live up to advanced billing. Others are a bit more under the radar, either because they are coming off of injuries, haven’t performed up to expectations or perhaps are just getting started on their pro careers. MLB Pipeline selected one of these type of prospects from each organization as a 2018 breakout candidate. We might not be talking much about the prospects below now, but they could jump on the scene i Custom Nationals Jersey n a big way this season.

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Chicago: Bryan Hudson, LHP (No. 24 on Cubs Top 30)
Hudson might have been the most projectable pitcher in the 2018 Draft, standing 6-foot-8 with plenty of room to add strength to his lanky 220-pound build. The Cubs paid him an over-slot $1.1 million as a third-round pick out of Alton (Ill.) High — also the alma mater of the tallest man in recorded history, 8-foot-11 Robert Wadlow — and knew his development would take time. After struggling in his first full pro season and the beginning of his second, he showed signs of improvement by going 7-0 with a 3.39 ERA in his final 11 starts of 2017.

Hudson did a much better job of repeating his delivery and maintaining his st Custom Texas Rangers Jersey rength last year, and his stuff improved as well. He ranged from 87-94 mph with his fastball (up from 86-88 mph in 2016), finishing second in the Minors with a 3.1 groundout/airout ratio thanks to the sink and extreme angle he creates. His curveball is his best pitch, a true hammer at times when he stays on top of it, and he’s making strides with his changeup and control.

“Bryan Hudson has thrown well this spring,” Cubs farm director Jaron Madison said. “He’s been about as good as Customized Texas Rangers Jersey we’ve ever seen him and we’re so excited about him. He’s showing good feel to both sides of the plate. He’s a big guy with feel to spin the ball and projectable velocity to come.”

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Cincinnati: Tyler Stephenson, C (No. 9 on Reds Top 30)
The Reds loved Stephenson’s upside enough to take the high school catcher No. 11 overall in the 2015 Draft. Developing a prep backstop can take longer, given all of the responsibilities of the position, but Stephenson has been particularly slowed by a string of unrelated injuries, from a concussion to a wrist injury and, most recently in 2017, a broken thumb that shut down what had been an encouraging season in the Midwest League. The Reds think he’s going to pick up where he left off, and then some, in 2018.

“He’s primed to have a good year,” Reds farm director Jeff Graupe said. “He has a chance to make an impact offensively and defensively, but he stands out with the chance to produce high-quality at-bats. He did take a huge step forward with his receiving and his game-calling, and he’s maximizing his abilities back there.”

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Milwaukee: Tyrone Taylor, OF
A two-sport star for Torrance (Calif.) High, Taylor was selected by the Brewers in the second round of the 2012 Draft and emerged as one of the club’s better position-playing prospects in 2014 in his second full season, when, at age 20, he paced the Class A Advanced Florida State League with 36 doubles while also stealing 22 bases. But Taylor has struggled in each of the next two years in Double-A, hitting a combined .246 in 919 games, and was then limited to just 25 games at the level in 2018 on account of a nagging hamstring injury.

Although Taylor, when healthy, stands out most for his above-average speed and outfield defense, the Brewers also believe that the 24-year-old still has untapped potential with the bat. He has good bat speed and advanced bat-to-ball skills from the right side of the plate, with a knack for pounding the gaps that ultimately could translate to more over-the-fence pop.

“Tyrone Taylor is a guy who really battled injuries last year. He’s fully healthy. He’s had a chance to get over into some big league games. The power stroke seems to be coming back. It’s just great to see him healthy. He’s been a sleeper in the past,” said Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan.

Pittsburgh: Cody Bolton, RHP
Never an organization to shy away from high school pitching in the Draft, the Pirates took Bolton out of Tracy High School in Northern California in the sixth round of the 2017 Draft and gave him sligh Women’s Authentic Custom Texas Rangers Home White Baseball Stitched Jersey tly over-pick value ($300,000) to sign him away from his commitment to Michigan. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has some projection to him and the Pirates liked what they saw from him this Spring Training after a solid debut in the Gulf Coast League last summer.

“He’s just really mature and goes about his work in a different way and his outings with a different level of precision and intentionality that you don’t usually get with a 19-year old,” Pirates farm director Larry Broadway said. “And the stuff has been good. He’s taken a nice step forward in this camp.”

St. Louis: Conner Greene, RHP (No. 21 on Cards Top 30)
Greene’s size and arm strength have always excited evaluators, but the results haven’t always measured up. His Double-A season in 2017 with the Blue Jays was a rough one, but the Cardinals felt there was more than enough to work with to acquire him in January in the Randal Grichuk deal. He’s already made some adjustments to how he attacks hitters, both physically and mentally.

“He made a good impression in big league camp,” Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque said of his No. 21 prospect. “He got innings over there, and he needs innings to develop.”

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MILWAUKEE — They gave it a good run, but, no, the Brewers will not be the first team in Major League history to go 162-0. Of course, it was the Cardinals who got in the way.

The Brewers’ old nemeses spoiled Monday’s Miller Park opener with an 8-4 win over Milwaukee, pushing ahead on a crushing, two-run home run from Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas off Zach Davies. St. Louis pulled away with four runs in the sixth to send the Brewers to their first loss following a 3-0 start to the regular season.

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MILWAUKEE — They gave it a good run, but, no, the Brewers will not be the first team in Major League history to go 162-0. Of course, it was the Cardinals who got in the way.

The Brewers’ old nemeses spoiled Monday’s Miller Park opener with an 8-4 win over Milwaukee, pushing ahead on a crushing, two-run home run from Cardinal Custom Nationals Jersey s starting pitcher Miles Mikolas off Zach Davies. St. Louis pulled away with four runs in the sixth to send the Brewers to their first loss following a 3-0 start to the regular season.

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“I’d like to win one of these [home openers],” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who is winless in three tries since taking over as manager. “We haven’t done that in a couple of years.

“But, business goes on tomorrow. You feel like the rest of the season kind of starts for us tomorrow.”

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on losing home opener

With a standing-room only crowd of 45,393 looking on and the stadium facades sporting red, white and blue bunting, Manny Pina, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Thames all homered for the Brewers off Mikolas, a 29-year-old right-hander making his first appearance in the Major League since 2014 following three seasons in Japan.

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Video: STL@MIL: Cain slugs first home run with Brewers

The Cardinals, who had won five straight season series against the Brewers before Milwaukee won 11 of 19 matchups a season ago, had answers. Mikolas delivered a tiebreaking, two-run home run off Davies in the fifth inning, and St. Louis added four more in a sixth inning punctuated by Paul DeJong‘s three-run homer off Brandon Woodruff.

Davies was charged with seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, with most of that damage coming in the sixth as he attempted to navigate the Cardinals’ lineup for the third time.

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“It’s probably one of the worst games to go out there and not have your stuff and kind of give it up,” said Davies, the Brewers’ leader last year in victories, starts and innings. “It’s a fun day, and when eight runs go up on the board by the other team, it puts a damper on the day.”

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The fans did have their moments, courtesy of a Brewers offense that hit one home run in three games at San Diego, but connected for a trio in the team’s first game at hitter-friendly Miller Park. Pina made it 1-0 with an opposite-field homer in the second inning, and Cain stayed red hot for the Brewers by hitting his first homer in the third. Thames, who had no hits to show for a series of quality at-bats in his first start of the season on Saturday in San Diego, logged his first hit with a two-run home run in the sixth.

Mikolas, however, earned his first Major League victory since Aug. 25, 2014, with the Rangers. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Video: STL@MIL: Pina opens the scoring with a solo homer

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Pitchers who rake: Davies was mostly in control for the first 4 2/3 innin Customized Washington Nationals Jersey gs, but he plunked Jedd Gyorko, the Cardinals’ eight-hole hitter, with two outs in the fifth inning before Mikolas hammered a fastball 407 feet to left field for his first Major League hit. Davies lamented “a bad pitch, and he crushed it.” Counsell called it the game’s most pivotal moment.

“We’re sitting there with two outs, nobody on and eight [spot], pitcher coming up, and they end up with two runs. To me, that’s the inning that hurt us,” Counsell said. “I know they ended up putting up the big number in the sixth, but you’ve got two outs in an inning and the pitcher is one of those next hitters, you’re thinking zero there. … A home run is kind of the last thing you’re expecting.”

Video: Must C Clutch: Mikolas’ two-run shot puts Cards ahead

No relief: The Brewers assigned Woodruff to the Opening Day bullpen because they don’t need a fifth starter until Friday against the Cubs. In his first relief outing on Saturday, Woodruff was struck by a pair of line drives. Monday brought its own form of pain. With two outs, two runners aboard and a Cardinals run already across against Davies in the sixth, Woodruff misplaced his second pitch to DeJong, a slider, and saw it leave the field for a three-run home run and an 8-2 St. Louis lead.

“Just a bad pitch,” said Woodruff. “The whole bullpen thing is unfamiliar to me. I think now I’ll transition back into the starter role, and it will be more familiar and I’ll get myself prepared. It’s tough, but I’m not going to make any excuses. I just made a bad pitch.”

Video: STL@MIL: DeJong clubs a three-run homer to left field

Last chance: After Thames’ first 2018 home run, a two-run shot, cut the Cardinals’ lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Mikolas still had a chance to finish the frame. But he gave the Brewers extra life after dropping a feed from first baseman Jose Martinez while covering first base for a two-out error, prompting a call to reliever Bud Norris with Brewers runners at the corners. Norris struck out shortstop Orlando Arcia to end Milwaukee’s final threat in the ballgame.

Video: STL@MIL: Arcia makes spinning throw to nab Martinez

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Mikolas became the first Cardinals pitcher not named Adam Wainwright — who homered twice in each of the last two seasons — to homer in a game since Shelby Miller took the D-backs deep on June 6, Custom Texas Rangers Jersey  2013. He’s the first Cardinals pitcher to record his first big league hit via the long ball since Mark Worrell did it in the second game of a doubleheader at Washington on June 5, 2008.

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Before rallying for four runs in the sixth, the Cardinals lost their first challenge of 2018 when Tommy Pham led off the inning with a single and became the second would-be base stealer cut down by Pina. Cards manager Mike Matheny challenged, but the call stood.

Video: STL@MIL: Pina nabs Pham stealing, call stands

WHAT’S NEXT
Brewers: Chase Anderson‘s nose was still sore on the eve of his second start of the season, but it could have been much worse. On the way to pitching six scoreless innings of an Opening Day no-decision in San Diego, Anderson was banged up on an awkward slide home. Thankfully, his left hand got between his face and the plate. He’ll try to stay more upright when he works against the Cardinals beginning at 6:40 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

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MILWAUKEE — Fans at Miller Park got their first look at what Lorenzo Cain‘s teammates call the “lean back,” and if you’re wondering what that means, take a moment to watch the video of Cain’s first home run in a Brewers uniform in eight years.

Cain connected with a hanging curveball from Miles Mikolas and sent it 414 feet to the left-field bleachers in the third inning of an 8-4 loss to the Cardinals in Milwaukee’s home opener on Monday. While the baseball was flying, on its way to giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead, Cain leaned so far back it appeared he might topple over.

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MILWAUKEE — Fans at Miller Park got their first look at what Lorenzo Cain‘s teammates call the “lean back,” and if you’re wondering what that means, take a moment to watch the video of Cain’s first home run in a Brewers uniform in eight years.

Cain connected with a hanging curveball from Miles Mikolas and sent it 414 feet to the left-field bleachers in the third inning of an 8-4 loss to the Cardinals in Milwaukee’s home opener on Monday. While the baseball was flying, on its way to giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead, Cain leaned so far back it appeared he might topple over. Men’s Customized Texas Rangers Authentic Alternate Navy Blue Jersey Sale

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Teammates are used to seeing that swing in batting practice.

“Basically, every time he swings the bat, he’s been barreling it up,” said fellow Brewers newcomer Christian Yelich. “He got one today, and we watched the ‘lean back’ a little bit. He’s  Custom Nationals Jersey been great for us.”

“It’s always a joke in the clubhouse, ‘Come on, lean on him! Lean on him!'” said Eric Thames, who also went deep Monday. “Sure enough, a hanging breaking b Authentic Women’s Personalized Washington Nationals Home White Baseball Jersey all, and Cain has been barreling everything. I’m sure he could go up there with a blindfold on and still find a way to put a barrel on the ball.”

As he circled the bases, Cain was 9-for-16 to begin the season, including four extra-base hits. Not a bad start to his five-year, $80 million contract with Milwaukee. He finished the day 1-for-4 and is hitting an even .500 through four games.

Video: Attanasio, Stearns on depth of the Brewers’ outfield

Cain had not homered in a Brewers uniform since hitting his first on Sept. 26, 2010. Cain was a 24-year-old rookie then, three months away from being packaged with other top prospects and sent to the Royals for Zack Greinke and  Customized Texas Rangers Jersey Yuniesky Betancourt. That was the only home run of Cain’s first stint in the Majors with Milwaukee.

Besides being the owner of a World Series ring, he is a different player now.

“I feel like I’ve fine-tuned my approach a lot better,” Cain said. “At the same time, I’m still improving as a player. I’ve still got a long way to go to be consistent in my approach. I’m trying to make solid contact each and every time I step in the box.”

Ryan Braun‘s go-ahead home run in the ninth inning on Friday in San Diego was the Brewers’ only home run in their three-game sweep of the Padres, but th Custom Texas Rangers Jersey ey doubled that output in their first three innings at hitter-friendly Miller Park. Manny Pina connected for the Brewers’  Customized Washington Nationals Jersey first homer at home in the second inning for a 1-0 Brewers lead.

Thames added a two-run home run in the sixth to pull the Brewers back to within four runs, but that was their final threat.

“A big chunk of our runs will come via the home run,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We hit a couple today.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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MILWAUKEE — Monday’s Brewers home opener happens to fall on the anniversary of Travis Shaw‘s first batting practice at Miller Park. He returned to the clubhouse that day with Vladimir Guerrero JR Jersey wide eyes. After two years of home games at Boston’s Fenway Park, where Pesky’s Pole is tantalizingly close but the rest of right field is spacious, Shaw had a feeling that hitting at home was about to get fun.

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MILWAUKEE — Monday’s Brewers home opener happens to fall on the anniversary of Travis Shaw‘s first batting practice at Miller Park. He returned to the clubhouse that day with wide eyes. After two years of home games at Boston’s Fenway Park, where Pesky’s Pole is tantalizingly close but the rest of right field is spacious, Shaw had a feeling that hitting at home was about to get fun.

Now comes Christian Yelich, fresh off a five-hit performance in Saturday’s sweep-clinching win in San Diego. Let’s just say that Shaw has a good feeling again.

“I think he can hit 30 homers, personally,” Shaw said. “He’s got some juice.”

That’s what happened for Shaw last year, and for Eric Thames. Both were left-handed hitters brought in to help balance a right-leaning Brewers lineup, who tied for the team lead with 31 home runs apiece. Shaw nearly doubled his power production from a year earlier in Boston, when he hit 16 home runs in 64 fewer plate appearances.

Yelich is trading 81 home games in one of baseball’s toughest run-scoring environments for one of its best, as MLB.com’s Mike Petriello explored in depth soon after the trade with Statcast™‘s expected wOBA metric. The simplest explanation does not require advanced statistics, but merely a tape measure. At Miller Park, the fence is about 18 feet closer to home plate in the right-field power alley — 374 feet in Milwaukee vs. 392 feet in Miami.

Video: MIL@SD: Yelich plates Anderson with first Brewers hit

Yelich hits to all fields, so when MLB.com dropped his 2017 batted balls of at least 300 feet onto a diagram of Miller Park, it did not produce a significant number of would-be home runs. But pitcher-friendly Marlins Park did seem to impact Yelich’s offense; in his first five-plus seasons in the Majors, all with the Marlins, he hit more than twice as many home runs on the road (41) as he hit at home (18) with  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 a relatively even number of opportunities (137 more at-bats on the road). In 2017, he slugged .401 at home and .472 on the road.

The question is whether Yelich will change to suit his new environment.

“I don’t know if his swing was tailored to Marlins Park and that’s why he hit so many ground balls,” Shaw said, “but I think his true power potential is going to come out this year.”

Yes, the ground balls. Yelich is an outlier in an era in which hitters spend entire offseasons analyzing data and adjusting their swings to lift the baseball in the air. Among baseball’s batting-title qualifiers last season, Yelich’s 55.4 percent ground-ball rate was sixth-highest. Of the 100 players last season with at least 400 batted balls, Yelich had the third-lowest percentage of “air balls” — those h Jaime Garcia Jersey it with a lunc Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 30 Anthony Alford Home White Flexbase Jersey h angle between 10 and 40 degrees, which most often produce home runs.

It works for Yelich because he hits the ball so hard (see Saturday’s five-hit game). Among left-handed hitters with more than 250 batted balls last season, Yelich ranked fourth in average exit velocity (90.4 mph) and second with a 45.9 percent hard-hit rate. Among all batters, Yelich made more har Anthony Alford Jersey d contact than all but four players in the Majors, and more than former Marlins teammates Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna.

Slowly, his proclivity for ground balls may be changing, perhaps naturally as Yelich gets bigger and stronger. His average launch angle has ticked up in each of the three years that Statcast™ has been in service — 0.0 degrees in 2015, 2.5 degrees in ’16 and 4.7 degrees in ’17 — but still is well below the 11.1 degree Major League average. At the same time, his ground-ball percentage has ticked down.

Shaw quickly saw the benefit of pulling the ball in the air at Miller Park. Will Yelich have the same realization?

“He said, ‘You’ll see,'” Yelich said. “I’ve played there a bunch, and it’s not a bad hitter’s park, that’s for sure. I actually don’t think I’ve played well there, but I think that’s more a credit to how [the Brewers] have pitched me.

“I’m excited. It will be a change going to a hitter’s park after being at a pretty good pitchers’ park in Miami. I guess we’ll see as it gets underway. It might be easier to stay within your approach when you’re rewarded for it every once in a while.”

Which brings us to the more hypothetical reasons to believe Yelich’s power will surge this season. In theory, he is coming into the prime of his career in his age-26 season and is already, as manager Craig Counsell put it during Spring Training, “a complete baseball player.” Counsell has another theory relevant to Yelich: Long-legged players take longer to reach peak power. Think Jayson Werth, Counsell said.

Video: LAD@MIL: Yelich hits his first homer with Brewers

Yelich already is showing signs of adding power. He hit a career-high 21 home runs in 2016 and hit 18 in 2017.

“I’ve always had the opinion that for taller hitters, it can take little while longer to sync that part of your game up,” Counsell said. “It’s just longer levers. It’s more difficult with longer levers. It’s the same with taller pitchers.”

All of these factors went into the Brewers’ decision to part with four premium prospects, including another lanky outfielder, top prospect Lewis Brinson, to land Yelich in a Jan. 25 trade with the Marlins. The Brewers control Yelich for the next five seasons, which club officials hope prove the best years of his baseball life.

“When we think about when baseball players come into their prime,” Counsell said, “that’s what gets people excited.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Zach Davies has pitched an opener Randal Grichuk Jersey  before, just two years ago. It was Opening Day of the 2016 Triple-A season in Memphis, where Davies’ Colorado Springs SkySox beat the Cardinals’ top affiliate by scoring three runs over the final two innings.

Not exactly comparable to the atmosphere Davies will try to feed upon Monday, when he takes the mound in front of more than 42,000 well-hydrated Brewers fans for the Brewers home opener against the Cardinals.

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Zach  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey Davies has pitched an opener before, just two y Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 8 Kendrys Morales Home White Flexbase Jersey ears ago. It was Opening Day of the 2016 Triple-A season in Memphis, where Davies’ Colorado Springs SkySox beat the Cardinals’ top affiliate by scoring three runs over the final two innings.

Not exactly comparable to the atmosphere Davies will try to feed upon Monday, when he takes the mound in front of more than 42,000 well-hydrated Brewers fans for the Brewers home opener against the Cardinals.

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“Definitely not the same experience,” Davies said, smiling. “It’s fun. It’s the start of the year. It’s a little confidence boost being out there on Day 1.

“It’s just an exciting time. Baseball’s back. For the true fans that are out there, they love it. Fans and players. It’s just another step in your career.”

It’s the 50th home opener in franchise history and the 49th since the Brewers moved to Milwaukee days before the 1970 season. It will be a sellout, as usual, though a limited number of tickets that had been released late last week were still available as of Saturday afternoon.

More logistical details of Milwaukee’s annual spring holiday:

• Parking lots open at 10:10 a.m. CT, three hours before the scheduled first pitch, and stadium gates open at 11:10 a.m. CT. The Brewers are urging fans to make parking arrangements in advance. Passes are available at Brewers.com/parking.

• Wisconsin Badgers football players and head coach Paul Chryst will handle ceremonial first-pitch duties after setting a school record with 13 wins and an Orange Bowl victory over Ryan Braun’s Miami Hurricanes.

• Dan and Mike Attanasio, sons of Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, will sing the national anthem. They are carrying on a tradition started by their grandfather, Joe Attanasio, who sang the anthem on Opening Day from the time that the Attanasio family purchased the team prior to the 2005 season.

“It’s a good start to summer, and everyone is itching to come back after next year,” Davies said.

Brewers manag Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 2 Troy Tulowitzki Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey Cheap er Craig Counsell said the Brewers had Davies in mind for the home opener even before a mild oblique strain set the right-hander back a week or so in the early part of Spring Training. Besides the symbolic honor, it positioned Davies to pitch against both of the Brewers’ chief National League Central rivals, the Cardinals and Cubs, in the opening homestand.

“It’s a challenge. That’s fun,” Davies said. “Going straight to the division games, being able to pitch against the Cardinals and Cubs, I’m always up for the challenge.”

The Brewers have lost three straight home openers by a combined score of 29-8. All three were true Opening Day games; before this season the Brewers had not opened on the road since 2011.

They hope Davies can end that slide after leading the team in wins (17) Troy Tulowitzki Jersey , starts (33) and innings (191 1/3) last season. He’s aiming to top 200 innings this year, and to be better at home, where he logged a 5.82 ERA last year (versus 2.04 on the road).

Late in the season, Davies started warming up earlier at home to simulate a pitcher’s downtime during the top of the first inning on the road, and that helped.

“Zach is a pitch-maker, that’s what he is,” Counsell said. “He has less margin for error than some guys, maybe, but his skill is that he’s able to throw pitches in very precise locations. … He’s got the ability to pitch well early in games and early in seasons. Every guy is looking for ‘feel,’ and Zach is no different.”

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SAN DIEGO — Milwaukee GM David Stearns never talks about trade rumors, but he broke his own policy Saturday to shoot down the latest rumblings about a Ryan Braun-for-Matt Kemp swap between the Brewers and Dodgers.

“You guys know my policy, I don’t like commenting on this type of stuff. But given that I don’t want this to be any sort of distraction, I’ll say when I first read it, I thought maybe someone was making an early April Fool’s joke,” Stearns said. “There’s nothing to it.”

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SAN DIEGO — Milwaukee GM David Stearns never talks about trade rumors, but he broke his own policy Saturday to shoot down the latest rumblings about a Ryan Braun-for-Matt Kemp swap between the Brewers and Dodgers.

“You guys know my policy, I don’t like commenting on this type of stuff. But given that I don’t want this to be any sort of distraction, I’ll say when I first read it, I thought maybe someone was making an early April Fool’s joke,” Stearns said. “There’s nothing to it.”

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No Dodger official would comment. Kemp, batting cleanup Saturday against the Giants, laughed and shook his head.

That’s not to say the Brewers and Dodgers have never talked about a deal like  Randal Grichuk Jersey this. They had significant talks about Braun midway through the 2016 season, but didn’t get a deal done. The Dodgers are known to have some hesitation about Braun, who was suspended in 2013 and has battled a variety of injuries in recent years, including calf and wrist issues in 2017 that limited him to 104 games and 17 home runs.

“You have discussions all the time over the course of the offseason, with various crazy concepts,” Stearns said. “Given the little I’ve read, it sounds like this may be  Troy Tulowitzki Jersey a manifestation of something like that. But there’s nothing clearly relevant.”

He said he wanted to speak up in this instance — on the record — because “there’s no need for this to fester.”

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Braun started the Brewers’ first two games at first base, his first career appearances there, as part of a plan to ease the team’s outfield logjam. Braun came through with a two-strike, two-out, go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning of Friday’s 8-6 win over the Padres at Petco Park.

Video: MIL@SD: Braun launches go-ahead three-run jack in 9th

That Braun was out of the Brewers’ starting lineup on Saturday may have helped fuel Saturday’s rumor. But it was pre-planned because the Padres started a right-hander, and Eric Thames manned first base.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Ken Gurnick covers the Dodgers for MLB.com.

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SAN DIEGO — Brandon Woodruff wondered whether it was cosmic payback. Perhaps making light of Chase Anderson‘s awkward Opening Day slide had been a bad idea.

Woodruff could laugh about it on Saturday, when he was bruised but otherwise fine after being struck by line drives from consecutive Padres batters in the seventh inning of Milwaukee’s come-from-behind, 8-6 win over the Padre Randal Grichuk Jersey s on Friday night at Petco Park.

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SAN DIEGO — Brandon Woodruff wondered whether it was cosmic payback. Perhaps making light of Chase Anderson‘s awkward Opening Day slide had been a bad idea.

Woodruff could laugh about it on Saturday, when he was bruised but otherwise fine after being struck by line drives from consecutive Padres batters in the seventh inning of Milwaukee’s come-from-behind, 8-6 win over the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park.

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Nobody in the clubhouse could remember seeing anything like it. A pitcher hit by a line drive, sure. A pitcher hit by multiple line drives, maybe. But line drives from consecutive batters, one off Woodruff’s right triceps and the other his backside? No way.

“And they were both hit really hard,” said first baseman Ryan Braun, who was perfectly positioned to field the second liner when it caromed right to him for the final out of the inning.

It was a stroke of good fortune, since the Padres had two runners aboard.

Still, “It was scary,” Braun said.

Tweet from @AdamMcCalvy: Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you���re gonna get when you ask Brewers manager Craig Counsell where those liners struck Brandon Woodruff. pic.twitter.com/r7sUZ9LjNY “It’s definitely never happened to me before, and they were barreled up,” Woodruff said. “I think it was a little bit of karma for making fun of Chase on his slide [Thursday]. That’s what I’m going to chalk it up to. The baseball gods got me back.”

What did Woodruff say to Anderson that so offended the baseball gods?

“I just told him he wasn’t athletic, that he needs to learn how to slide,” Woodruff said, with Anderson standing at his side, monitoring the conversation. “I paid for it.”

Woodruff said there was no question he would be able to stay in the game. Both line drives happened to get him in meaty spots.

He will be in a more familiar role later next week, when he joins the starting rotation on Friday against the Cubs at Miller Park. Woodruff, the Brewers’ No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and No. 97 overall, was available out of the bullpen in the opening series because the team needed only four starters for the first seven games.

“It’s a different animal coming out of the bullpen,” Woodruff said. “The adrenaline was running and I just left some fastballs up over the middle of the plate. I guess I have to learn how to harness that a little bit. But in a tight game, it was fun.”

Wilkerson to open Minors season on DL
Aaron Wilkerson, the right-hander who started the Brewers’ final game last season and was part of the rotation competition at the start of Spring Training, will begin the Minor League season on the disabled list after suffering a partial dislocation of his non-throwing shoulder while swinging a bat.

While the Brewers do not consider it a devastating injury, it is a tempo Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 15 Randal Grichuk Home White Flexbase Jersey rary blow to the team’s depth. Wilkerson, who remains on the 40-man roster and was to begin the season in Triple-A Colorado Spri Kendrys Morales Jersey ngs’ starting rotation, will be sidelined several weeks.

Video: TEX@MIL: Wilkerson gets Ohlman looking

Flu bug bites Hader
Left-hander Josh Hader was back with the team Saturday after spending Friday’s game in his hotel room because of an illness. Anderson endured something similar in the days before dealing six scoreless innings against the Padres on Opening Day.

“We’re traveling with a party of 60 people now. There’s a good chance somebody is under the weather,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We avoided it in the spring Troy Tulowitzki Jersey for the most part, but you’re going to lose guys once in a while to that stuff.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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Brewers’ big bats bop Kendrys Morales Jersey Padres for a sweep

SAN DIEGO — Was this the sort of night the Brewers had in mind when they acquired Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich Troy Tulowitzki Jersey on the same day in late January?

“These are nights probably in your dreams, when they get Randal Grichuk Jersey on nine times,” said manager Craig Counsell.

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SAN DIEGO — Was this the sort of night the Brewers had in mind when they acquired Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey on the same day in late January?

“These are nights probably in your dreams, when they get on nine times,” said manager Craig Counsell.

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Yelich matched his career high with five hits, Cain added three hits and a walk, and the duo combined with Travis Shaw to drive in all of the Brewers’ runs in a sweep-clinching, 7-3 win over the Padres on Saturday night at Kendrys Morales Jersey Petco Park. The Brewers departed for Monday’s home opener with a 3-0 record for the first time in a dozen years, dreaming of what the next 1 Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 15 Randal Grichuk Home White Flexbase Jersey 59 games might bring from their new outfielders.

Video: MIL@SD: Cain adds another RBI with single to right

In getting off to their best start since opening the 2006 season 5-0, and winning their first three road games for the first time since 2005, the Brewers took a 12-inning pitchers’ duel one day, came from behind with five runs in the ninth to stun San Diego the next, then cobbled together three go-ahead scoring rallies in the series finale.

“We kind of won in all different ways,” said Yelich. “Tonight, it was a pretty solid effort top to bottom. You’re not going to win the same way every single night, and we’ve been able to just find a way the last couple of games. Hopefully, that’s a storyline for our season.”

Top to bottom, but mostly top. The Brewers’ first four hitters — Eric Thames, Yelich, Cain and Shaw, combined to reach safely 14 times in 20 trips to the plate, with 10 hits, seven RBIs, six runs scored, three walks and — notably for a team that set the all-time strikeout record in each of the past two seasons — only one whiff.

Video: MIL@SD: Shaw loops an RBI single to right field

Cain and Yelich had a monster opening series. They combined to go 15-for-28 with two walks, three stolen bases, four doubles, six RBIs and seven runs scored in the three games.

“I’ve said it before, there are going to be plenty of opportunities for me and [Ryan Braun],” said Shaw. “Tonight’s special.”

“I was adding up our 2-3-4 hitters tonight, on base 11 of 14 times with seven ribbies,” said Brewers starter and winning pitcher Brent Suter. “When the middle of the order is doing that, it’s a fun day to pitch.”

Suter wasn’t particularly sharp in becoming the first Brewers starter to log a victory, but he pitched five innings of three-run ball, and the bullpen did the rest. Suter, Josh Hader, Matt Albers and Jacob Barnes combined to retire 19 of the final 21 men San Diego sent to the plate.

Video: MIL@SD: Suter picks off Margot at first base

In the series, Brewers relievers worked 15 2/3 innings with 19 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA

“That’s a big part of this team, too,” Counsell said.

Brewers hitters made 24-year-old Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo grind through 96 pitches in four innings, tallying seven hits and four walks. The National League’s leader in ground-ball rate a year ago, Perdomo recorded only one ground-ball out — the first batter he faced. Yelich followed with another grounder, but snuck it past shortstop Freddy Galvis for the first of Yelich’s five hits.

The teams traded leads or ties five times in the first four innings before the Brewers stayed on top for good. They iced the game with two runs in the eighth on back-to-back RBI singles from — who else? — Cain and Yelich.

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Two outs, never a doubt: Perdomo quickly recorded two outs in the fourth inning, but the third proved elusive. After a Thames walk, Yelich smacked an RBI double. He would score one batter later on Cain’s single through the middle. The Brewers’ rally chased Perdomo, as his inning-ending strikeout of Domingo Santana marked the last batter he’d face.

“They’re a good team,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “You make mistakes to  Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Authentic 8 Kendrys Morales Home White Flexbase Jersey the heart of their order, they’re going to make you pay. Those are real hitters in the middle of their order. You’re going  Kendrys Morales Jersey to have to score with those guys to beat them.”

Freddy on fire: The Padres brought Galvis on board during the offseason largely for his slick glove. Through three games, he’s certainly done his part with the bat, too. Galvis launched a two-run homer in the second inning Saturday night, his fifth hit in three games this series.

“I was just missing at the top of the zone. I could not get the ball down in the first three innings to Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 2 Troy Tulowitzki Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey Cheap  save my life,” said Suter. “I was working on it extensively in warmups, it just wasn’t happening until the fourth inning. I don’t know what reset, but I found it those fourth and fifth innings, and luckily I was able to keep us in the ballgame because of our lineup.”

Video: MIL@SD: Galvis rips a two-run shot to left field

WHAT’S NEXT
Brewers: Zach Davies gets the ball for the Brewers’ 49th home opener since the franchise moved to Milwaukee, a 1:10 p.m. CT tilt against the Cardinals on Monday at Miller Park. Davies, who led the Brewers in wins, starts and innings last season, lined up for this assignment perfectly after missing one turn through the spring rotation with a minor oblique issue. Miles Mikolas starts for St. Louis.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

Brewers’ Christian Yelich Kendrys Morales Jersey has 5-hit game

SAN DIEGO — Hopefully, Christian Yelich remembered to save some hits for the fans at home.

Yelich, one of the Brewers’ big offseason additions with fellow outfielder Lorenzo Cain, matched his career high with five hits in the Brewers’ 7-3 win over the Padres on Saturday at Petco Park. He logged four singles and a double, scored three times, drove in two runs and propelled himself toward Monday’s home opener with his first multi-hit game in the books.

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SAN DIEGO — Hopefully, Christian Yelich remembered to save some hits for the fans at home.

Yelich, one of the Brewers’ big offseason additions with fellow outfielder Lorenzo Cain, matched his career high with five hits in the Brewers’ 7-3 win over the Padres on Saturday at Petco Park. He logged four singles and a double, scored three times, drove in two runs and propelled himself toward Monday’s home opener with his first multi-hit game in the books.

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“It’s always nice when you do it early. It takes a little pressure off,” Yelich said. “But you don’t really think about that too much during the game because you’re jus Troy Tulowitzki Jersey t trying to put together quality at-bats.”

Video: MIL@SD: Yelich lights it up at plate with five hits

They were quality at-bats from the start. He singled and Cain walked in the first inning before Travis Shaw put the Brewers on the board with an RBI double, making it three times in as many games that Milwaukee scored first. Two innings later, Yelich singled and Cain doubled before both scored on Shaw’s do Kendrys Morales Jersey uble for a 3-2 lead.

After the Padres tied the game in the third, Yelich delivered a go-ahead double and scored on Cain’s single for a 5-3 lead.

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Yelich delivered another hit in the sixth, a single. It Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey marked the eighth game of his career with at least four hits. He then added a fifth, tying his career high from Oct. 3, 2015, against the Phillies.

All of those hits came with Yelich behind or even in the count. There were three singles on 0-1 p Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 2 Troy Tulowitzki Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey Cheap itches, another single at 1-1 and the double on a 1-2 sinker from Padres starter Luis Perdomo.

“It’s such a pretty swing. That’s the swing you want to teach every kid who wants to play baseball,” said Ryan Braun, who got to watch it all from the bench on a scheduled day off. “The top of the lineup has been special. Obviously, you can’t keep up this pace, but I’m confident that they’ll set the tone for us all year.”

Video: MIL@SD: Counsell on Brewers’ sweep over Padres

Yelich, who cost the Brewers four premium prospects in a Jan. 25 trade with the Marlins, including top prospect Lewis Brinson, embraces two clichés:

One, stay inside the ball. Two, good things happen when you put the ball in play.

“His bat to ball skills are unbelievable,” said Shaw. “He finds a way to get the barrel to the ball every single time, no matter the count. It’s fun to watch.”

Said Yelich: “There’s always a little luck involved. There were some ground balls that just missed people’s gloves and find some grass out there. But yeah, it’s a good feeling to get on base in front of the big boys like Lo Cain. It’s putting pressure on the other team. Usually, good things happen when you do that.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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