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I’m not sure there’s a more underrated fanbase in Major League Baseball than the one in Milwaukee — one of the smallest markets in the game. The Brewers play two hours away from Wrigley Field, in the same division as the rivaled but deeply adored Cubs, and perpetually in their shadow.

The Cubs have Bill Murray and Eddie Vedder and Vince Vaughn. The White Sox have Barack Obama. The Brewers have Kato Kaelin.

I’m not sure there’s a more underrated fanbase in Major League Baseball than the one in Milwaukee — one of the smallest markets in the game. The Brewers play two hours away from Wrigley Field, in the same division as the rivaled but deeply adored Cubs, and perpetually in their shadow.

The Cubs have Bill Murray and Eddie Vedder and Vince Vaughn. The White Sox have Barack Obama. The Brewers have Kato Kaelin.

The Brewers have never won a championship and have only reached the World Series once. They’ve only made the postseason twice in the past 35 years. It’s tough to be a Brewers fan.

But you wouldn’t know it from attending a game at Miller Park. First thing, the place is nearly always packed: Milwaukee is perpetually in the top 10 in attendance despite its market size and proximity to Chicago. Fans are tailgating in the massive parking lot hours before first pitch, like they do at a college football game, but one that happens 81 times a year.

Everyone is friendly and welcoming and cheerful, taking a cue from Patron Saint Bob Uecker, desperately wanting their team to win but not willing to give up a good time if it doesn’t end up turning out that way.

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The Brewers have the sort of fanbase that you hope someday finds the on-field success their dedication deserves, that they get the championship payoff for their years of investment the way, say, Cubs fans, Red Sox fans and Astros fans did. It’s possible that this is what Milwaukee fans have been waiting for, and that the team is just getting started.

With a 9-2 win over collapsing Arizona on Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep, the Brewers raised their record to 31-19 — the best in the National League and their best 50-game start ever. Milwaukee is on a full-blown heater right now, and they have a three-game lead in the NL Central, one of the Majors’ toughest divisions.

This shouldn’t be a huge surprise. Remember, the Brewers finished in second place last year, one game  Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey out of the second NL Wild Card spot. They had one of the most active, efficient offseasons, taking advantage of the league-wide free agency freeze to grab Lorenzo Cain and trade for Christian Yelich in a span of a couple of hours. They have a highly intelligent, deeply motivated front office that’s displayed a provable skill of being able to find outlier talent in unusual places. And they have Josh Hader, who just struck me out twice while I was typing this sentence.

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But 31-19? Smashing other NL fools like it’s nothing? What has gotten into Milwaukee? Are the Brewers really the best team in the NL? More to the point: Are they even the best team in the NL Central?

What’s most fascinating about the Brewers is that it’s not their offense that’s leading them. The high-profile acquisitions of Cain and Yelich were supposed to provide the massive boost to the lineup (and their defense, of course), and while both have been good, the offense on the whole has sagged, particularly Orlando Arcia, Manny Pina and Jonathan Villar.

Eric Thames was off to a hot start before going on disabled list (torn UCL in his left thumb), but Domingo Santana, who was supposed to be their up-and-coming star, has taken a step back. Ryan Braun should return on Thursday against the Mets, but other than Jesus Aguilar‘s breakthrough and Travis Shaw‘s consistency, the Brewers’ offense hasn’t been what the club had hoped.

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Milwaukee’s major questions entering the season related to its rotation, which has been average and unspectacular. (Remember when the Brewers were in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes?) Junior Guerra has been terrific, but everyone else has been basically just fine, which is an improvement over what you might have expected with the injuries to Wade Miley, Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson (who just returned last week) and Zach Davies (who returns on Thursday), but hardly the sort of thing you build championship contenders around. The rotation is … fine, which is not usually enough.

However, Milwaukee’s bullpen is so ridiculous right now that you have to start treating games against them as if they end after the fifth inning. Hader has grabbed the headlines, and with good reason. He’s striking out two batters an inning and is somehow 15th in the NL in strikeouts even though he’s a relief pitcher. (Hader has more strikeouts than Darvish!)

But it’s not just Hader. Jeremy Jeffress has arguably been better than Hader, with fewer strikeouts, having given up just one earned run in 25 2/3 innings. Tomas Plekanec Jersey Corey Knebel (now back from his own injury), Matt Albers, Dan Jennings, Taylor Williams … you don’t want to face any of these guys. (Top prospect Brandon Woodruff is in the pen now too.) Milwaukee’s 4-2 win over Arizona was illustrative of how the club works. Anderson handed the Brewers a 3-2 lead after six innings, and then Albers, Jeffress and Knebel shut the D-backs down, allowing just one baserunner in three innings to secure the win. (And they didn’t even have to use Hader.)

Is this sustainable? Maybe the bullpen won’t remain this dominant, but there is considerable room for improvement in the lineup, and the rotation has enough depth that one can see how it can keep putting together modest quality starts and then get out of the bullpen’s way. And there’s more help coming, either from the Minors (Milwaukee has six top 100 prospects according to MLB Pipeline) or potential acquisitions those prospects could bring it at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Brewers were looking for a top-of-rotation arm this offseason, and they’re certainly more eager to add one now.

But the real question is: can they hold off the Cubs and Cardinals, their historical tormentors and established staples within the division? The Cubs are 7-1 against Milwaukee so far in 2018, and it’s a good thing: If they were even just .500 against them, they’d be 10 games back. (Yikes.) They still have 11 games against the Cubs, including six in September. The Brewers have made this run while they’ve had a myriad of injuries, played some of the NL’s best teams and been mostly on the road. They’re now back home, getting Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale healthier and clicking in every aspect. The Brewers are just getting started. The best is yet to come.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Bob Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Buhl joins Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor

MILWAUKEE — Bob Buhl, the hard-nosed, hard-throwing right-hander, who along with Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette comprised the 1957 World Series champion Milwaukee Braves’ “Big Three,” earned a spot alongside those teammates on Thursday when he was added to the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey 

Buhl was 109-72 with a 3.27 ERA in parts of 10 seasons for the Braves from 1953-62, making the National League All-Star team in 1960. His finest regular season was ’57, when Buhl was 18-7 with a 2.74 ERA on the way to the World Series, where he didn’t have the same success but got to celebrate when Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale Series MVP Hank Aaron led Milwaukee past the Yankees in seven games.

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MILWAUKEE — Bob Buhl, the hard-nosed, hard-throwing right-hander, who along with Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette comprised the 1957 World Series champion Milwaukee Braves’ “Big Three,” earned a spot alongside those teammates on Thursday when he was added to the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

Buhl was 109-72 with a 3.27 ERA in parts of 10 seasons for the Braves from 1953-62, making the National League All-Star team in 1960. His finest regular season was ’57, when Buhl was 18-7 with a 2.74 ERA on the way to the World Series, where he didn’t have the same success but got to celeb Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey rate when Series MVP Hank Aaron led Milwaukee past the Yankees in seven games.

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Six times in his 10 seasons with the Braves, Buhl finished am Tomas Plekanec Jersey ong the NL’s top 10 in ERA.

“My grandfather loved the game. That’s what he lived for,” said Buhl’s grandson, Chris Sheldon, who was among the family members on hand Thursday. “When he retired he said he never worked a day in his life because of baseball.”

Buhl’s plaque was the 17th added to the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor, which is outside the left-field entrance at Miller Park, known as the “Hot Corner.” Among them was his best friend, Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews, who passed away two days after Buhl in 2001.

The installation is a collaboration between the Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association, which works to keep the memory of the Braves’ tenure in Milwaukee alive.

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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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Brendan McKay has a legitimate chance of becoming Major League Baseball’s Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale next two-way star. Right now, however, the Rays’ No. 3 prospect is standing out more for his success on the mound.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

Brendan McKay has a legitimate chance of becoming Major League Baseball’s Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey next two-way star. Right now, however, the Rays’ No. 3 prospect is standing out more for his success on the mound.

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McKay, MLB Pipeline’s No. 24 overall prospect, tossed six scoreless innings on Thursday, leading Class A Advanced Charlotte in a shutout of Fort Myers, Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey 1-0. Entering the game in the third inning in relief of rehabbing big leaguer Yonny Chirinos, McKay allowed three hits, hit one batter and struck out three as he improved to 2-0 in as many outings for the Stone Crabs.

McKay, 22, has now worked 23 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run dating back to his April 28 start with Class A Bowling Green. He’s permitted just four hits while striking out 10 in 11 innings for Charlotte after posting a 1.09 ERA with 40 Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey  strikeouts and two walks over 24 2/3 frames (six starts) in the Midwest League.

Overall, McKay has pitched to a combined 0.76 ERA and 0.39 WHIP, with an equally impressive 50-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .101 opponents’ average, in 35 2/3 innings (eight appearances/six starts) between the two levels.

At the plate, meanwhile, the left-handed-hitting first baseman has produced a .247/.434/.318 batting line, totaling four extra-base hits, 18 RBIs and more walks (30) than strikeouts (20) in 26 games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday

• No. 2 overall prospect (Blue Jays’ No. 1) Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s solo shot and Bo Bichette’s (No. 11 overall, Blue Jays’ No. 2) two-run homer accounted for all of Double-A New Hampshire’s offense in a 4-3 loss against Reading. They both finished 2-for-4 at the plate, with Bichette also reaching once via a walk and recording his 10th stolen base in the contest. The 19-year-old Guerrero boosted his Minor League-best average to .427 with his third straight multihit performance, and he’s now up to nine home runs and 46 RBIs through 42 games.

Guerrero Jr. hits another homer

• No. 17 overall prospect Alex Reyes (Cardinals’ No. 1) struck out the side on three occasions and fanned nine consecutive batters — breaking a 116-year Pacific Coast League record — en route to racking up 13 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis. He allowed one hit and one walk, throwing 52 of his 76 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 23-year-old righty has dominated while working his way back from 2017 Tommy John surgery, piling up 44 strikeouts and allowing just seven hits in 23 scoreless innings (four Tomas Plekanec Jersey  starts) across three levels.

Reyes notches 13th strikeout

• No. 56 overall prospect Dylan Cease (White Sox No. 5) completed a career-high 7 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, as he recorded his sixth win in nine starts for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. The 22-year-old right-hander issued two walks and struck out nine, sitting in the upper 90s and touching 99 mph against his final batter. He’s pitched to a 2.83 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings this season.

Cease’s ninth strikeout

• No. 57 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels’ No. 1) connected on his first California League home run, hitting a two-run shot as well as a double in his third game since joining Class A Advanced Inland Empire. The 19-year-old outfielder earned a quick promotion after hitting .326/.398/.611 with six homers, seven doubles and 29 RBIs in 25 games with Class A Burlington.

• No. 74 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins’ No. 3) posted his second straight scoreless start as Triple-A Rochester blanked Lehigh Valley, 2-0. He scattered four hits and four walks over five innings, striking out five and generating another six outs on the ground. Nick Gordon (No. 76 overall, Twins’ No. 4), playing in his third Triple-A game, hit a pair of doubles and scored a run to pace the Red Wings offensively.

• After going 0-for-8 in his first two Triple-A games, Angels’ No. 8 prospect Matt Thaiss erupted to hit a pair of solo homers and went 3-for-6 as Salt Lake outslugged Albuquerque, 16-11. The 23-year-old first baseman, a first-round pick in 2016, earned a promotion to the Minors’ highest level after slashing .287/.352/.490 with six homers and 10 doubles in 40 games with Double-A Mobile.

Thaiss’ second homer

Astros’ No. 9 prospect Corbin Martin racked up a season-high nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits as he completed a career-best 7 2/3 scoreless frames in a no-decision for Double-A Corpus Christi against Springfield. He threw 88 pitches, 63 for strikes in the outing and generated eight ground-ball outs. The 2017 second-round pick has given up just two earned runs over his last 22 innings (three starts/four appearances) since allowing six earned runs on five hits and lasted just 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut.

Martin’s ninth strikeout

• After striking out 18 batters over 9 2/3 innings in two big league starts, Brewers No. 9 prospect Freddy Peralta returned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and struck out eight over five scoreless innings to earn the win against Nashville. He permitted as many hits as walks (three), while throwing 57 of his 94 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old righty is 6-1 in eight Triple-A starts, during which he’s pitched to a 3.18 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

• Starting for Springfield opposite of Corpus Christi’s Martin, Cardinals’ No. 19 prospect Jake Woodford took a no-decision despite completing eight scoreless frames during which he scattered six hits, walked two and struck out five. The 21-year-old righty owns a 3.98 ERA in 54 1/3 innings and has finished five innings in eight of his 10 starts, including six straight.

Marlins’ No. 21 prospect Pablo Lopez allowed five hits and struck out five over six scoreless innings in another lights-out start for Double-A Jacksonville. The 22-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA from 0.28 to 0.24 with the performance, extending his lead over the field on the Southern League leaderboard. Lopez has not allowed an earned run in six of his seven turns this season, posting a 0.82 WHIP with 42 strikeouts and seven walks in 37 2/3 innings.

Mets’ No. 1 prospect Andres Gimenez extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double in Class A Advanced St. Lucie’s 4-2 win over Daytona. He also worked a walk, scored a pair of runs and stole three bases, giving him 15 steals on the season, second-most in the Florida State League. Overall, the 19-year-old shortstop owns a .287/.356/.441 batting line with 15 extra-base hits through 40 games in the pitcher-friendly league.

Red Sox No. 11 prospect Josh Ockimey hit a three-run homer and reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs scored in Double-A Portland’s 12-2 win over Hartford. It was the fifth home run and second straight two-hit game for the 22-year-old first baseman, who’s slashing .255/.381/.445 through 32 games.

• Twins’ No. 8 prospect Brent Rooker went deep twice for Double-A Chattanooga in his first career multihomer game. The 23-year-old first baseman hit a two-run blast in his first at-bat and added a solo shot in his third trip to the plate, finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He’s homered six times in 43 games this season after totaling 18 homers in 62 games across two levels during his pro debut.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Zach Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Davies, Brewers struggle in loss to Mets

MILWAUKEE — In his first start back from the disabled list, Zach Davies couldn’t get past Brandon Nimmo.

Davies, activated earlier in the day, gave up two doubles and a triple to the Mets’ leadoff hitter and New York went on to a 5-0 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday night.

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MILWAUKEE — In his first start back from the di Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale sabled list, Zach Davies couldn’t get past Brandon Nimmo.

Davies, activated earlier in the day, gave up two doubles and a triple to the Mets’ leadoff hitter and New York went on to a 5-0 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday night.

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“It Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey  wasn’t crisp, but he was all right,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He struggled with Nimmo. Nimmo’s the guy that really just gave him all the problems. Other than that, I thought he pitched the rest of the lineup pretty darn good. He left some pitches in the middle of the plate to him. He really accounted for all the scoring, or contributed to it big time. It was really just one hitter that gave him a problem.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Brewers on Davies’ performance in loss

The Brewe Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey rs, who were 8-2 in their last 10 games and entered a National League-best 31-19 overall, were shut out for the ninth time, most in the Majors. The last time they were shut out more times was 16 in 2015, a team that went 68-94

Milwaukee had eight runners on base in six innings against Steven Matz, who won for the first time in six starts. The Brewers stranded six in the first three innings, including the bases loaded in the third.

“We had a couple opportunities early in the game, in the second inning and the third inning we had some rallies going,” Counsell said. “The third inning was probably our best shot.”

Davies, who had been sidelined with right rotator cuff inflammation, allowed four runs on six hits, striking out two and walking two in his first start since April 29. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in a 24-pitch first inning when he knocked down a scorching comebacker from Devin Mesoraco and recovered for the inning-ending out at first.

Video: NYM@MIL: Davies knocks down a comebacker, escapes jam

“The command wasn’t there pretty much all night,” said Davies, who was 17-9 last season. “I got away with it the first four innings, but in the fifth inning I gave up three straight hits, and it turned my night into a not-so-good night. Something to work on, but now it’s no excuses. You’re back in game action, and it’ll change going forward.”

Nimmo set up the Mets’ first run when he led off the third with a triple into Tomas Plekanec Jersey the right-field corner and then came home on Wilmer Flores‘ one-out sacrifice fly to right.

In the Mets’ three-run fifth, Amed Rosario opened with a single to left and Nimmo followed with a line double to right. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled home both runners to make it 3-0, ending Davies’ outing after 81 pitches. Flores greeted reliever Dan Jennings with an RBI single to left.

Nimmo also doubled to open the first, but was forced out at third. The Mets eventually loaded the bases, but Davies escaped when he knocked  Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey down Mesoraco’s shot back through the box.

The Brewers’ bullpen fared a little better against Nimmo, but still couldn’t keep him off the bases. Nimmo walked in the sixth and reached on an infield single in the eighth.

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The Brewers loaded the bases in the third when Lorenzo Cain singled and Christian Yelich was hit by a pitch. Cain was forced out at third as Ryan Braun reached on a fielder’s choice. Jesus Aguilar walked to load the bases, but Matz escaped when Hernan Perez popped to first and Manny Pina flied to right.

Video: NYM@MIL: Matz retires Pina to strand the bases loaded

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Yelich prevented an even bigger inning in the Mets’ three-run fifth when he hauled in Jay Bruce‘s drive to right-center with one runner on base for the first out. Yelich had to cover 52 feet in 3.7 seconds, with a 24 percent probability of making the catch, according to Statcast™.

Video: NYM@MIL: Yelich robs Bruce with a sliding catch

HE SAID IT
“It saved the inning. Not sure how the defense was behind me or if it would have gotten through with the shift, but once I knew where I gloved the ball I hoped I wasn’t too far that I could make a play, and I was close enough and the runner wasn’t fast enough that I had a chance.” — Davies, on the first-inning stop

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Junior Guerra will look to continue to be one of the Brewers’ more consistently dominant starters when he starts Friday’s 7:10 p.m. CT game against the Mets in the second game of the four-game series. Guerra (3-3, 2.98 ERA) started off his May with two starts in which he allowed at least four earned runs, but he has settled in and allowed three runs over his last 10 1/3 innings of work. Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 2.91) will get the nod for the Mets.

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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MILWAUKEE — Brewers starter Zach Davies, activated off the 10-day disabled list earlier Thursday, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning against the New York Mets at Miller Park when he knocked down a scorching comebacker off the bat o Tomas Plekanec Jersey f Devin Mesoraco.

“It saved the inning,” Davies said after the Brewers’ 5-0 loss. “Not sure how the defense was behind me or if it would have gotten through with the shift, but once I knew where I gloved the ball I hoped I wasn’t too far that I could make a play, and I was close enough and the runner wasn’t fast enough that I had a chance.”

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers starter Zach Davies, activated off the 10-day disabled list earlier Thursday, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning against the New York Mets at Miller Park when he knocked down a scorching comebacker off the bat of Devin Mesoraco.

“It saved the inning,” Davies said after the Brewers’ 5-0 loss. “Not sure how the defense was behind me or if it would have gotten throug Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey h with the shift, but once I knew where I gloved the ball I hoped I wasn’t too far that I could make a play, and I was close enough and the runner wasn’t fast enough that I had a chance.”

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Brandon Nimmo — who had four hits — doubled to open the frame and Wilmer Flores drew a one-out walk. Nimmo was forced out at third on Jay Bruce‘s fielder’s choice, but Michael Conforto then walked to load the bases. Mesoraco ripped an 0-2 pitch back through the box, but Davies got his glove up in time and then recovered to get Mesoraco at first to end the inning.

“It was a very nice play,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It was just a reaction. He made a good play and had the wherewithal to kind of stay calm and still make the play, eve Tomas Plekanec Jersey For Sale n though it looked like a line drive probably right at his head.”

Davies, who went on the DL on April 30 with right rotator cuff inflammation, Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey struggled with his command in a 24-pitch first inning. He allowed four runs on six hits over four-plus innings.

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“The command wasn’t there pretty much all night. I got away with it the first four innings, but in the fifth inning I gave up three straight hits, and it turned my night into a not-so-good night,” he said. “Something to work on, but now it’s no excuses. You’re back Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey  in game action, and it’ll change going forward.”

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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MILWAUKEE — Thanks to one big inning on Wednesday afternoon, the Brewers are off to the best 50-game start in franchise history.

Now, can they sustain it this time?

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MILWAUKEE — Thanks to one big inning on Wednesday afternoon, the Brewers are off to the best 50-game start in franchise history.

Now, can they sustain it this time?

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“It’s different this year, for sure,” said third baseman Travis Shaw, whose three-run home run was the biggest blow of a seven-run fourth inning and a 9-2 win over the D-backs at Miller Park. “Last year, I don’t think anybody expected it. This year, this isn’t uncharted territory, and I think this is where we want to be.

“We’re playing good right now, but the whole, ‘We’re not expected to be here’ — that’s not going to be a story this year.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Shaw drills a 3-run homer to right field

Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Tyler Saladino each drove in runs in Milwaukee’s big inning, and they combined for eight RBIs to clinch a three-game series sweep. At 31-19, and with wins in 10 of their past 13 games, the Brewers have the best winning percentage (.620) after 50 games in 50 seasons as a franchise.

The 1981 and 2014 clubs shared the previous mark after starting 29-21.

The D-backs are going in a different direction, with seven straight losses and 13 losses in their past 14 games. The Brewers took the season series between the teams, 5-1, while outscoring the D-backs by 19 runs (29-10) and holding them to two or fewer runs on five or fewer hits in each game.

Video: ARI@MIL: Counsell on situation hitting in 9-2 win

“It’s a cool thing to think about, maybe [worth] a nice pat on the back,” said winning pitcher Brent Suter. “But there’s a long way to go. It’s a good start, but we have a lot of games left and a lot of work to do.”

Suter’s contributions were not limited to the pitcher’s mound. The decisive fourth inning started small against D-backs right-hander Zack Godley, with slumping backup catcher Jett Bandy dumping a leadoff single into left field, and Suter coaxing an error by hustling out of the batter’s box on a sacrifice bunt. It turned into something big, with Aguilar hitting a go-ahead two-run single, Shaw following with a three-run home run and Saladino adding insurance with an RBI single against reliever Fernando Salas that produced two runs thanks to another Arizona error.

The outburst transformed a 2-1 deficit into an 8-2 lead, and it tied a seven-run sixth against the Marlins on April 19 for Milwaukee’s biggest inning all season. The Brewers scored those runs Wednesday on five hits, two walks, a sacrifice bunt and two D-backs errors.

Video: ARI@MIL: Brewers score two on error, Saladino single

The Brewers’ once-anemic offense now looks dangerous.

On April 29, the date the Cubs finished a four-game sweep of Milwaukee at Wrigley Field that included three shutouts, Shaw took to Twitter and borrowed a sentiment from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, urging fans to “C-H-I-L-L.” The Brewers were averaging 3.7 runs per game at the time, 25th of 30 Major League teams.

Since then, they are 15-6 while averaging 4.6 runs per game, ninth best in the Majors in that span. While winning 10 of their past 13, the Brewers have been even better, scoring 5.2 runs per game, sixth best in the Majors.

“It does seem a long time ago,” said Shaw of that visit to Wrigley Field. “It’s the Cubs’ division until someone else says otherwise, but I feel like we’re in a good spot right now. We’re playing good, and we’ll just try to keep it going this weekend [against the Mets].”

Video: ARI@MIL: Suter K’s 6, flashes the leather vs. D-backs

Asked whether his tweet was the turning point, Shaw laughed.

“We were fine in here,” he said. “It was more just for the outside. We knew it was going to turn eventually.”

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Aguilar’s go-ahead knock: Aguilar and Shaw delivered the biggest hits in back-to-back at-bats against Godley. Aguilar’s provided the lead. With the bases loaded and one ou Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey t, Aguilar fanned badly at one of Godley’s good curveballs way outside, but he recovered two pitches later to connect with another and punched it into center field for two runs and a 3-2 Brewers lead. With Ryan Braun coming off the disabled list on Thursday, manager Craig Counsell was asked whether Aguilar, with 12 RBIs in his past nine games, had done enough to earn the three-hole going forward.

“He’s earned playing time, yeah. He’s going to be in there,” Counsell said. “Where the guys hit, you guys know I don’t think that’s the most vital thing. But he’s certainly going to be in the middle of the lineup.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Aguilar plates 2 with a single up the middle

Saladino earning at-bats: Speaking of earning playing time, Saladino’s 2-for-4, two-RBI afternoon included his third Brewers home run in four starts. With regular shortstop Orlando Arcia slumping — his 37 wRC+ is the fifth worst among Major Leaguers with 100 plate appearances — it could mean more opportunity for in-season acquisition Saladino.

“He’s done everything right since he’s been here,” Counsell said. “He’s certainly pushing for more playing time, he really is. He’s played really well in all facets of the game. He’s driven in big runs, he’s hit home runs, he’s made plays at shortstop. You can’t ask anything more of a player.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Saladino crushes a solo homer to center

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Including 3 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday from Taylor Williams, Boone Logan and Brandon Woodruff, Brewers relievers pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings in Joe Carter Jersey the series while allowing one hit — David Peralta‘s single off Josh Hader on Tuesday night. With that, Milwaukee took over as Major League Baseball’s top bullpen, at least in terms of ERA, at 2.48.

Video: ARI@MIL: Suter makes athletic diving play on a bunt

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Suter fell into a 2-1 deficit when slumping D-backs star Paul Goldschmidt and catcher John Ryan Murphy hit solo home runs in the second inning but he was otherwise solid, including making the defensive play of the day in the fourth. Nicknamed “The Raptor” for his running style, Suter showed his  Joe Carter Throwback Jersey quickness when he chased Socrates Brito‘s quality bunt along the first-base line, scooped it up with his left hand and shoveled it to first base while falling down. Brito was out, and it was on to the Brewers’ big rally in the bottom of the inning.

“I love getting my uniform dirty and feeling like a baseball player,” Suter said. “People like to joke that pitchers aren’t athletes or whatever, but I’m trying to show some athleticism on plays and little things like busting it down the line and trying to make them make errors can be the difference in the game sometimes. If you’re healthy, if your hamstrings aren’t tight … I definitely suggest running hard and getting dirty.”

UP NEXT
The Brewers will activate Zach Davies from the 10-day disabled list to start Thursday’s 7:10 p.m. CT series opener against the Mets. The right-hander hasn’t pitched a Major League game since April 29, but he said he felt sharp while striking out nine batters on 56 pitches in 4 2/3 innings of a rehab Justin Smoak Jersey start at Class A Wisconsin last weekend. Lefty Steven Matz starts for the Mets in the first of four games between the teams.

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 — Four days after the Brewers reinstated Opening Day starter Chase Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey Anderson from the 10-day disabled list, it’s Zach Davies‘ turn.

Davies will return from a right shoulder injury for his first start since April 29, and the Brewers will also reinstate outfiel Men’s Mitchell and Joe Carter Jersey Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey der/first baseman Ryan Braun (back) from the DL when the team opens a four-game series against the Mets on Thursday at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — Four days after the Brewers reinstated Opening Day starter Chase Justin Smoak Jersey Anderson from the 10-day disabled list, it’s Zach Davies‘ turn.

Davies will return from a right shoulder injury for his first start since April 29, and the Brewers will also reinstate outfielder/first baseman Ryan Braun (back) from the DL when the team opens a four-game series against the Mets on Thursday at Miller Park.

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The Brewers cleared roster spots after Wednesday’s 9-2 win over the D-backs by optioning pitcher Brandon Woodruff and first baseman Ji-Man Choi back to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

For Davies, it was a longer absence than expected; he originally hoped to be back after the minimum 10 days, but persisting irritation in his rotator cuff required more patience.

“It’s nice, No. 1, for everyone to start getting healthy,” said Davies. “But also for us to be playing so well in the absence [of injured players]. It’s nice that you can come back and there’s not as much pressure. It’s not, ‘OK, now that we’re healthy, we have to really start going.’ You can just step in and continue.”

The Brewers are 15-6 since Davies’ last start after a 9-2 win in Wednesday’s series finale against the D-backs.

Davies developed discomfort in his shoulder during the final inning of his last start against the Cubs. It was described as a precautionary move at the time, but he had to cut short a bullpen session one week later and opted for a more cautious approach to avoid the sort of setback he endured in a similar scenario during his time in Baltimore’s Minor League system.

Video: MIL@CHC: Davies retires Chatwood, leaves bases loaded

In Joe Carter Throwback Jersey  a Minor League rehabilitation start on Saturday for Class A Wisconsin, Davies threw 56 pitches and struck out nine batters in 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He experienced no issues with his shoulder.

“I’m glad the way we did it,” Davies said. “You don’t want to push it, and then not only push my DL time longer, but hurt the team by taking a roster spot or taking a start and maybe coming out early. It was good the team had some continuity [during his time off].

“Everything feels great now. Strength is there, range is there. Probably the first go-around will be a little bit shorter, since I only threw 56 pitches. If they need me longer, I’m ready to go.”

Braun, meanwhile, will return after a minimum 10-day DL stint for mid-back stiffness. With first baseman Jesus Aguilar swinging a hot bat, it remains to be seen whether Braun will return to his usual position in the three-hole on days that both Aguilar and Braun are in the lineup.

But Braun was healthy enough by Wednesday afternoon to return to active duty.

“He’s been trending like he’s been ready to go since Monday, really,” manager Craig Counsell said.

Last call
• Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was out of Wednesday’s lineup after a physical game on Tuesday night included a minor collision with the outfield wall on Jake Lamb‘s first-inning double. But it was just a routine day off, the club said.

• Minor League infielder Jake Gatewood, Milwaukee’s No. 18 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, tallied four hits at Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday night, and he was hitting .324 (24-for-74) with 10 runs, eight doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs in his first 20 games in May. Compare that to a .167 (14-for-84) average in 23 games in April.

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 — Ryan Braun‘s back is doing just fine — or at least it is after drilling a few screws into some wood.

The Brewers’ first baseman is on the 10-day disabled list, but he, along with teammates Chase Anderson and Christian Yelich, sponsored the building of a Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity house on Tuesday morning.

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MILW Joe Carter Throwback Jersey AUKEE — Ryan Braun‘s back is doing just fine — or at least it is after drilling a few screws into some wood.

The Brewers’ first baseman is on the 10-day disabled list, but he, along with teammates Chase Anderson and Christian Yelich, sponsored the building of a Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity house on Tuesday mo Justin Smoak Jersey rning.

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“I feel like putting those nails in locked me in,” Braun joked. “The back is starting to feel better. Hopefully I get right and I’ll be back in a couple of days.”

The Brewers have been partnering with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006, and Habitat is building, rehabbing and repairing 100 homes in the Midtown area by 2020.

Braun, who has played in Milwaukee since 2007, is in his seventh year working with Habitat. He says it is special any time he has the opportunity to give back to the area.

“We all realize how fortunat Joe Carter Jersey e we are to be in the position we are, and the support we received from the community is incredible,” Braun said. “We feel fortunate to be a part of this.”

Anderson, in his third season with the Brewers, and Yelich, a first-year Brewer, joined Braun for the building event.

Anderson has traveled to the Philippines for mission trips during recent offseasons, and he noted the importance of doing charitable deeds in his position as an athlete.

“These homes are obviously a lot nicer [than the ones in the Philippines], but it’s ju Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey st really humbling to be a part of something like this,” he said. “To give back to the community, I really enjoy being a part of it and getting my hands dirty a little bit.”

When Braun was called up to the podium to speak in front of the group of volunteers before the trio of players worked on the house’s front porch, Milwaukee Habitat executive director Brian Sonderman reminded the audience that the Brewers currently sit in first place in the National League Central. Milwaukee also leads the NL in wins (29).

The fans and volunteers responded with cheering and applause.

“That was pretty awesome, something new to me as well,” said Yelich, who spent his first five seasons with the Miami Marlins. “Has a nice little ring to it.”

But while the players enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community, it was the volun Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey teers who appreciated the team’s presence.

“As a fan, the players made this day totally worth it,” said volunteer Teri Cardo. “The drizzle, the muddy shoes, the already sore wrist — even though Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey building is fun anyway, they made this day totally worthwhile.”

Stephen Cohn is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers’ formula this season has been simple: Scratch out a lead, hand the baseball to Josh Hader and see how many opposing hitters the Justin Smoak Jersey long-haired left-hander can mow through.

Now All-Star closer Corey Knebel is back in the mix, too.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers’ formula this season has been simple: Scratch out a lead, hand the baseball to Josh Hader and see how many opposing hitters the Joe Carter Jersey long-haired left-hander can mow through.

Now All-Star closer Corey Knebel is back in the mix, too.

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That was the Brewers’ formula for a 1-0 win over the D-backs at Miller Park on Tuesday, when Domingo Santana overcame a case of home run robbery in the fourth inning to deliver the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth before Hader and Knebel battled Arizona hitters — and some frustration aimed at plate umpire Angel Hernandez — to make that run stand.

Video: ARI@MIL: Santana puts Brewers ahead with sac fly

Credit Brewers manager Craig Counsell with an honorary save for sprinting into the middle of a quarrel between Knebel and Hernandez after a disputed walk leading off the ninth inning. Counsell took his second ejection of the season but Knebel remained, and went on to seal the Brewers’ ninth win in their last 12 games.

Video: ARI@MIL: Counsell tossed for arguing strike zone

As a result, Milwaukee is the first National League team to reach the 30-win plateau.

“It was more about protecting Corey, for sure,” Counsell said. “[The players] had a bigger job than I did at that point.”

He added with a smile, “I was happy with how fast I got out there for a 47-year-old.”

The Brewers took issue with a ball 4 leading off each of the final two innings — Jarrod Dyson against Hader in the eighth, and Jake Lamb against Knebel in the ninth. Both times, Brewers catcher Manny Pina came to the rescue, throwing out Dyson trying to steal second in the eighth and pinch-runner Nick Ahmed in the ninth.

Video: ARI@MIL: Pina nabs Dyson stealing second in the 8th

Those big outs helped preserve a shutout started by Jhoulys Chacin (five scoreless innings, two hits, four walks, six strikeouts) and finis Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey hed by relievers Matt Albers, Hader and Knebel. It was Milwaukee’s third shutout of Arizona in 149 matchups all time, including the 2011 National League Division Series. The Brewers had not blanked the D-backs since Aug. 20, 2007 — the night Jeff Cirillo pitched against the Brewers at Chase Field.

“I know if we score one run,” said Chacin, “we have a good chance to win the ballgame.”

Hader was not the strikeout machine of recent outings, but he did log two more whiffs to give him 27 straight appearances with at least one strikeout — the longest active streak by a reliever in the Majors — and benefitted from fantastic defense in two scoreless innings.

Knebel, recently off the disabled list and back in the closer role, logged his second save in as many nights. He went into the manager’s office after the game and thanked Counsell for getting between him and Hernandez. Knebel was upset with two pitches, a 2-2 fastball on the outside edge called Ball 3, and a full-count fastball on the inner half of home plate called Ball 4.

“If it wasn’t for [Counsell] and his incredible speed, it could have been a little different situation,” Knebel said.

Knebel admitted he let his emotions get to him at a critical moment.

“When I threw my hands up, I realized it was stupid. ‘Don’t do this. You can’t get thrown out of the game right now,'” Knebel said. “It was a real heated situation. … Right there, 1-0, last inning, guy on first instead of one out. It could have been a different ballgame. Luckily, it wasn’t.”

Said Hader: “We have our hearts in these games. That’s how much it means to us.”

The Brewers have won four of five games over the past nine days against a slumping D-backs team that has lost six in a row and 12 of 13.

“I’ve been in this game a long time and I’ve seen some teams go through things like this,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “But this team is very capable and it gets frustrating because we have guys that are proven hi Joe Carter Throwback Jersey tters at this level, and unfortunately are not executing.”

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Dyson robs Santana: Before Santana supplied the only offense with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning against former Brewer Jorge De La Rosa, he was the victim of Dyson’s robbery. Santana was inches from a three-run home run in the fourth, only to see the Arizona center fielder make a fantastic leaping catch to pull the baseball back over the wall for the inning-ending out.

Video: Must C Catch: Dyson robs Santana of a home run

“He brought it back, for sure,” said Hader, who had one of the best views in the ballpark from the Brewers’ bullpen. “I thought it was gone. I looked over and say him running off. That’s tough.”

“Even after I saw that video,” said Santana, “man, he took a couple of steps forward and then he went back, he gathered himself and made a great catch. Next time, I hope I can hit it on a line. … He made a good catch. I’m just glad we got the win.”

Cain’s sliding catch: “Obviously, I’m not perfect,” said Hader after grinding through two innings that included a rare hit by a left-handed batter, David Peralta, boosting lefties to 2-for-30 (.067) against Hader this season. In the seventh, it was the first of Hader’s two walks that put Arizona in business for pinch-hitter John Ryan Murphy, who hit a fly ball to shallow center field that was caught by Lorenzo Cain with a nifty slide. He flipped the ball back to the infield to double-up Ketel Marte, ending the threat.

Video: ARI@MIL: Cain makes sliding catch, doubles off runner

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Pina is hitting .333 (11-for-33) with three doubles and a home run over his last nine games, with at least one hit in eight of those games. That’s a big deal for a Brewers offense looking for production at the bottom of the order. But it was Pina’s arm that most impacted Tuesday’s win.

In the eighth, he threw an 81.8 mph strike to shortstop Orlando Arcia, according to Statcast™, to nab Dyson, whose 30.6 feet per second sprint speed put him in the elite range. Arcia did a nice job of maintaining his tag on Dyson when Dyson lost contact with the bag.

An inning later, Pina registered a 1.85 second pop time and an 84.9 mph throw to retire Ahmed.

Video: ARI@MIL: Pina nails Ahmed stealing for 1st out of 9th

Pina averaged 84.9 mph on “max effort” throws last year, which ranked ninth of 61 qualifying catchers.

HE SAID IT
“I’m really happy with how our guys kept making pitches. It’s a good learning lesson for them, that when the emotions get higher and the tensions get higher, and you want pitches that much more, you’ve got to be ready emotionally to handle not getting what you want sometimes.” — Counsell, on Hader and Knebel

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UP NEXT
Brent Suter gets back on the mound for the Brewers in the finale of the three-game series against the D-backs at 12:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Suter (3-3, 4.72 ERA) last pitched over the weekend in Minnesota, picking up the win after 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Wednesday is the third game of the Brewers’ 10-game homestand, which features series against the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals over the next week. RHP Zack Godley (4-3, 3.78 ERA) will get the nod for the D-backs.

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 — Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt returned from season-ending shoulder surgery more upbeat than when he left.

The fix, Vogt said, was less invasive than the worst-case scenario Vogt originally had in mind, requiring a significant repair of the shoulder capsule but more minor “clean-ups” of the rotator cuff and labrum. He hopes to be healthy for Spring Training 2019.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt returned from season-ending shoulder surgery more upbeat than when he left.

The fix, Vogt said, was less invasive than the worst-case scenario Vogt originally had in mind, requiring a significant repair of the shoulder capsule but more minor “clean-ups” of the rotator cuff and labrum. He hopes to be healthy for Spring Training 2019.

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“Obviously, there is a lot of hard work ahead of me,” Vogt said, “but there is some hope in the future that I can regain full strength and be back.”

It was clear when Vogt addressed reporters prior t Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey o surgery that he was worried about that future. He choked back tears talking about the risk posed by another shoulder surgery like the one he endured in 2009 as a Tampa Bay Rays farmhand.

“The hard part was there were so many unknowns with my shoulder history and a lot of stuff on the MRI that you couldn’t see until you got in there,” Vogt said. “You obviously think about worst-case scenarios. Last time we spoke, it was pretty emotional, because there were questions whether or not I would ever play again.

“Those questions are still there. But I am more optimistic now that I am on the other side of surgery.”

Video: MIL@STL: Vogt doubles Brewers’ lead with a solo homer

Vogt’s surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles last week. Rather than rehab at home in Washington, Vogt opted to rejoin the team, and he’ll stay with the Brewers as much as is feasible for the rest of the season.

“He has a long road of rehab ahead of him. It’s good to enter it with the right attitude, and whatever your lot is, having a positi Joe Carter Jersey ve attitude is going to work for you,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Said Vogt: “I’ve been watching every game, so I know exactly where the guys are at. I’ll add value any way I can to help us win, whether that’s talking to pitchers between starts, talking to catchers, talking to hitters. Just being available. Being here to root the guys on. That’s going to help me.”

Davies to start Thursday
Right-hander Zach Da Joe Carter Throwback Jersey vies cleared Monday’s side session with no issues and is scheduled to come off the 10-day disabled list to start against the Mets on Thursday at Miller Park. Davies has been sidelined all month by right rotator cuff irritation.

Video: MIL@CHC: Davies strikes out Heyward swinging

His comeback comes right on the heels of Chase Anderson‘s return to the rotation from illness in Monday’s 4-2 win over the D-backs.

“We’re getting healthier in the pitching department,” Counsell said.

With Anderson and Davies back from the DL, and left-hander Brent Suter slated to start Wednesday, it means a move to the bullpen for right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has bounced between roles — as well as between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Major Leagues — so far this season.

“I understand it’s something new for [Woodruff]. I’m also glad he’s experiencing it,” Counsell said. “Where we end up in the future, we would certai Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey nly like to have him starting games, but we need to get there and have a spot for him. We’re trying to put our best guys out there, and right now this is our best fit. We’ll see what happens moving forward.”

Braun update
Ryan Braun, sidelined by back stiffness, is eligible to come off the 10-day DL beginning Thursday. He was making progress as of Tuesday afternoon.

“I think he hit on the field [Monday] and did a fuller workout,” Counsell said. “He’ll go through the same wor Justin Smoak Jersey kout today on the field. [Monday] was a good day. We’ll try to have another good day, and then [Wednesday] we’ll have a pretty good idea of the timetable.”

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