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MILWAUKEE — All of a sudden, Custom Angels Baseball Jersey  the banged-up Brewers look a whole lot healthier.

While he did not start against the Reds on Tuesday night, Christian Yelich was activated from the 10-day disabled list at about the same time the team posted a lineup that included Eric Thames and Ryan Braun. All three players had been hovering in day-to-day status recently — Yelich with a right oblique injury, Thames a mild groin strain and Braun a stiff back.

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MILWAUKEE — All of a sudden, the banged-up Brewers look a whole lot healthier.

While he did not start against the Reds on Tuesday night, Christian Yelich was activated from the 10-day disabled list at about the same time the team posted a lineup that included Eric Thames and Ryan Braun. All three players had been hovering in day-to-day status recently — Yelich with a right oblique injury, Thames a mild groin strain and Braun a stiff back.

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Thames went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Brewers’ 2-0 win Tuesday. Five of his last seven hits have been home runs.

“The goal was to come back and not have to go back on, so maybe it took a few more days than we thought,” said Yelich, who had been eligible for reinstatement since Sunday. “We were being cautious with it.”

The Brewers optioned reliever Jorge Lopez back to Triple-A Colorado Springs to activate Yelich.  Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey They originally planned to make that roster move Wednesday, but after Lopez pitched three innings of relief on Monday night, rendering him unavailable for Tuesday’s game, the team opted to activate Yelich a day early for bench duty.

Video: CIN@MIL: Lopez gets first MLB hit with two-run double

Yelich will start Wednesday’s series finale against the Reds, manager Craig Counsell said.

“I feel good, and I’m ready to go,” Yelich said. “I’m definitely excited to be back.”

The Brewers were excited to have him back to fortify an offense that disappointed in its first 17 games. Through Monday, the Brewers were 12th of 15 National League teams with 3.53 runs per game, 12th with a .670 OPS, 11th with 1.06 home runs per game and 11th with a .301 weighted on-base average.

“We’re getting healthier,” Counsell said. “Eric missed a game and a half. Ryan missed two games. Those were small ones. But getting Christian back, it’s certainly really important. …

“We just haven’t got going offensively yet, with a lot of guys. I would point to that. We’ve had injuries, for sure, but we’ve also just not swung the bats to our capabilities.”

The Brewers’ offense is still missing primary catcher Manny Pina, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday after an unsuccessful effort to rehab a right calf strain without a trip to the DL.

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• The Brewers added left-hander Wade Miley to the active roster at Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday, a milestone in Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  the veteran’s comeback from an ill-timed groin injury in Spring Training, when he was on the cusp of making Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster.

Miley will have to make a series of healthy appearances in the Minor Leagues before the Brewers make a decision about bringing him up to the Majors. If they do not have a spot for him, Miley can request his release.

• Another lefty, Boone Logan, still has not thrown off a mound since straining his left triceps in the same game that sidelined Miley. But Logan “is throwing the ball as hard as I’ve ever seen someone throw a ball in a long toss program,” Counsell said, so a mound session is imminent.

“Once he gets on a mound, we’re starting to map out kind of a tight schedule as far as when he gets back,” Counsell said.

• The organization promoted left-handed reliever Nick Ramirez to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey  Once he arrives, that team will have to make a corresponding roster move.

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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It’s true that it’s only mid-April, still so early in the year that Joe Mauer entered Tuesday hitting .412 and Jose Ramirez .160. There are a lot of unexpected early-season numbers that won’t last, because they simply  Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey can’t. We go through this every year. Baseball takes some time to balance out.

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It’s true that it’s only mid-April, still so early in the year that Joe Mauer entered Tuesday hitting .412 and Jose Ramirez .160. There are a lot of unexpected early-season numbers that won’t last, because they simply can’t. We go through this every year. Baseball takes some time to balance out.

That doesn’t mean they don’t hold some interest, however — at least in the sense that digging deeper under the hood of a hot start or a cold one can tell you a little bit about why things look that way right now. At the very least, it’s interesting enough to see some names you might not have thought about carrying some massive numbers.

There are five in particular that stood out to us. Which ones will last? 

1. Josh Hader, 61 percent strikeout rate.

On Saturday in New York, Hader faced six Mets hitters. The first five — Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes — all  Custom Angels Baseball Jersey struck out. (The sixth, Jay Bruce, flied out to center.) That seems to have been something of a coming-out party for the second-year Milwaukee lefty, but it shouldn’t have been. He’s established himself as one of the most high-upside relievers in the game, as he’s whiffed 25 of the 41 batters he’s seen so far.

If that sounds like hyperbole, it shouldn’t be. Since 2008, over 1,200 pitchers have thrown at least 50 innings. Hader has struck out 40.5 percent of the batters he’s faced, and that puts him third on that list, behind only Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. Looking just at the rate of contact inside the zone — i.e., pure dominance — he’s first.

Hade Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey r throws something like Chris Sale‘s fastball, from a similar low lefty release point, and Andrew Miller‘s slider. That’ll play. It has played.

2. Adam Ottavino, 64.7 percent strikeout rate.

Ottavino has struck out 22 of the 34 hitters he’s faced, but he’s getting there in a different way. Ottavino had previously been a very good reliever for Colorado, of course, but after 2015 Tommy John surgery interrupted his career, he struggled to throw strikes in ’17 (5.06 ERA, 6.6 walks per nine) and didn’t even make the Rockies’ Wild Card Game roster.

Now he’s throwing strikes. He’s throwing sliders, more of them than almost anyone in baseball, and they look like this:

Video: SD@COL: Ottavino strikes out Pirela, side in the 9th

Not only that, he’s throwing them in counts that no hitter would expect to see a slider in. For all the money the Rockies spent on relievers Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, and Jake McGee last winter, it’s their longest-tenured pitcher who has been by far their best.

3. Brandon Nimmo, .590 xwOBA, second-best in baseball

Nimmo has only had 27 plate appearances in the crowded Mets outfield picture, but the entire point here is to highlight interesting small sample numbers and what they migh Custom Angels Jersey t mean. He’s not going to keep hitting .333/.481/.714, of course, nor is he going to keep leading the National League in Expected wOBA, as he’s doing now.

But we knew Nimmo had showed an elite line-drive rate, a potentially elite batting eye and above-average speed. So far, he’s got four barrels, the best possible combination of exit velocity and launch angle, and 15.4 percent of his plate appearances have ended in a barrel — a top-five rate in MLB.

4. Rick Porcello, .190 Expected wOBA, best in baseball

Video: NYY@BOS: Porcello flirts with no-no in stellar outing

Porcello may have won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award, but he’s never really been considered as a true “ace,” at least the same way as current teammate Sale and former teammates Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander have been. In his first three starts of 2018, he’s doing his best to change that viewpoint.

To date, there have been 123 pitchers to face at least 50 hitters, and Porcell’s Expected wOBA — a number that includes strikeouts, walks and expected outcomes based on quality of contact — of .190 is the lowest of anyone. That’s in part because he’s collected 17 strikeouts against just a single walk and no homers; it’s also because his ground-ball rate of 52 percent is well up from last year’s 40 percent.

5. Cleveland is baseball’s most unfortunate hitting team.

You don’t need advanced stats to know that the Indians are off to a poor hitting start, since they’re hitting a meager .208/.284/.355 to start 2018. It’s the weakest line in the game. Is that due to poor luck or poor performance?

The answer, as you’d expect, is a little of both, but they’re not this bad. They actually have the second-best hard-hit rate of any team in the game, and one of the 10 lowest strikeout rates in baseball. They’re making enough contact and they’re making hard contact. They’re just not finding success — as the worst-in-baseball .234 Batting Average on Balls in Play would indicate.

The unfortunate outcomes are to such an extent that the 81-point difference between their Expected wOBA (.347, which is actually abov Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale e average) and their actual wOBA of .266 is the highest in baseball by quite a bit. On an individual basis, there have been 255 hitters with 30 times up, and Francisco Lindor (expected .438 wOBA, actual .296 wOBA) and Yonder Alonso (expected .442, actual .276) are both among the six biggest underperformers. It’ll get better, Cleveland fans. It has to.

Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast.


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

With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

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

With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

Bieber, Cleveland’s No. 8 prospect, fired seven scoreless frames, allowing four hits and striking out six to lead Double-A Akron past Altoona, 2-0. The 22-year-old right-hander extended his season-opening scoreless-innings streak to 20 with the performance, during which he’s allowed just 10 hits and zero walks while striking out 23 batters.

That Bieber, the Indians’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, is yet to issue a walk should not be surprising — he issued just 12 free passes (two intentional) in 173 1/3 innings last season to lead all Minor League hurlers both in walk rate (1.5 percent) and walks-per-nine innings (0.5 BB/9).

Hentges (No. 17) also dazzled in his start for Class A Advanced Lynchburg, posting six blank frames to help the Hillcats defeat Frederick, 4-1. The 21-year-old lefty scattered six hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts in arguably his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery last June. He’s quickly emerged as Lynchburg’s ace in McKenzie’s absence, posting a 0.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 16 inn Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ings (three starts) to begin the season.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

• It took him 10 games, but No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves’ No. 1) is finally on the board with his first home run. The 20-year-old phenom connected on a two-run shot to left field in the fifth inning, before finishing 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk in Triple-A Gwinnett’s win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The RBIs also were firsts for Acuna, who’s hitting .175 overall with two extra-base hits after his second multi-hit game.

Acuna’s first 2018 homer

No. 13 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays’ No. 2) extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in Double-A New Hampshire’s loss to Binghamton. Bichette also scored and run and stole his fourth base. The 20-year-old shortstop is hitting .341 through 10 games and ranks among the top three in the Eastern League in both runs scored (10) and hits (15).

No. 14 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies’ No. 1) broke out of a 1-for-26 slump by going 3-for-4 in Double-A Hartford’s loss to Portland in game one of a doubleheader. One of the 21-year-old shortstop’s hits was a double, and he also plated a run in the three-hit performance, his second this season.

No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals’ No. 2) collected a pair of hits in both ends of Class A Hagerstown’s doubleheader to improve his season slash line to a robust .415/.537/.902. The 19-year-old outfielder went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in the opener and then reached base four times in the nightcap in a 2-for-2, two-walk performance. Altogether, Soto has produced 10 extra-base hits and Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  20 RBIs in 12 games, with nearly twice as many walks (13) as strikeouts (seven).

No. 60 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A’s No. 2) furthered his reputation as one of baseball’s top left-handed pitching prospects by spinning five no-hit frames with nine strikeouts for Class A Advanced Stockton. He allowed just two hitters to reach base — one via a walk and the other on his own error — and threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes. The 20-year-old southpaw has been dominant to begin the season, posting a 1.23 ERA with 25 strikeouts and .120 opponents’ average over 14 2/3 innings (three starts) in the hitter-friendly California League.

No. 81 overall prospect Nick Gordon (Twins’ No. 4) has at least one hit and one RBI in three straight games after connecting on his first home run, a solo shot, in Double-A Chattanooga’s win over Jacksonville. The 22-year-old middle infielder is off to a strong start in 2018, hitting .350/.381/.550 through 10 games in his second tour of the Southern League.

Angels No. 10 prospect Michael Hermosillo set a career high with six R Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey BIs behind a trio of run-producing extra-base hits in Triple-A Salt Lake’s rout of Sacramento. The 23-year-old outfielder accrued his RBIs in the first six innings, too, as he plated two runs with a triple in the second inning, connected on a three-run homer in the fourth and then added a solo shot two frames later to finish 3-for-5. Hermosillo also scored two runs and recorded an outfield assist in center field.

Hermosillo’s second homer

Blue Jays’ No. 9 prospect T.J. Zeuch tossed six scoreless innings en route to his second win in three starts for Class A Advanced Dunedin. He scattered five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts while generating an additional seven outs on the ground. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has completed at least six innings in each of his three starts for Dunedin, posting a 2.89 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 18 2/3 frames overall.

Brewers No. 5 prospect Luis Ortiz set a career high with 10 strikeouts for Double-A Biloxi after entering the game as a reliever in the fourth inning. The 22-year-old righty would work the remaining 6 1/3 frames, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks as the Shuckers fell 4-3 to Mobile in 10 innings. At the plate for Biloxi, Corey Ray (No. 7) stayed hot with his fourth straight multi-hit performance as he finished 2-for-5 with two steal Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap s. He’s hit a double in four straight games and has an extra-base hit in nine of his past 10 contests.

Dodgers No. 16 prospect Caleb Ferguson took a no-decision for Double-A Tulsa despite posting five scoreless frames of two-hit ball. He tallied nine strikeouts against just one walk while throwing 53 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old righty sports a 0.87 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings through three starts for the Drillers.

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Giants No. 8 prospect Shaun Anderson led the way with six scoreless innings as Double-A Richmond blanked Bowie, 1-0. Facing three batters over the minimum in the outing, Anderson, whom San Francisco acquired from Boston at last year’s Trade Deadline, yielded four hits and one walk while pairing four strikeouts with nine ground-ball outs. He threw 86 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Orioles No. 17 prospect Zac Lowther allowed three hits over five innings in his second straight scoreless start for Class A Delmarva. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk, throwing 58 of his 84 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 21-year-old lefty has been dominant early in his first full season, posting a 0.36 WHIP with 20 strikeouts across 11 scoreless frames (both wins).

Reds No. 5 prospect Tony Santillan has gone 16 innings without allowing an earned run as he pitched Class A Advanced Daytona past Tampa, 8-2. The 21-year-old righty gave up three hits in six innings, struck out five and hit a batter. He’s limited opposing hitters to a .145 average across his first three starts, posting 18 strikeouts against four walks in 16 innings.

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

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MILWAUKEE — There are times, says Eric Thames, that he catches himself laughing at first base after watching a hitter react to something filthy out of Josh Hader‘s left hand.

“I’m just chuckling,” said Thames. “Like, ‘Oh man Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey , that stinks.'”

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MILWAUKEE — There are times, says Eric Thames, that he catches himself laughing at first base after watching a hitter react to something filthy out of Josh Hader‘s left hand.

“I’m just chuckling,” said Thames. “Like, ‘Oh man, that stinks.'”

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Thames, Milwaukee’s Mr. April, hit the decisive home run, and Junior Guerra delivered the scoreless start. Both were wowed by Hader, who added three more strikeouts and another two-inning save to his dominant start to the season in the Brewers’ 2-0 win over the Reds on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Forty-one batters have stepped into the box against Hader. Twenty-five have struck out. Hader is tied for ninth in the National League in strikeouts, even though he has worked 11 2/3 innings of relief and everyone else on the leaderboard has at least four starts.

Tuesday marked Hader’s second straight two-inning save, but he is not the Brewers’ closer, even though All-Star Corey Knebel is on the disabled list. Manager Craig Counsell wants to remain free of the constraints of that role with the long-haired left-hander.

“There are a few guys in the league who have fastballs like that,” Thames said. “Out of the hand, you think it’s going to be a ball down. Then, bam, it has that late life, and it just blows you away. It’s like, ‘I was right on that pitch,’ and then it’s in the mitt.

“As a hitter, that’s the biggest headache in the world. Hader has done a great job for us to step up like that.”

Is this sustainable? Not just the strikeouts, but the multi-inning outings? Hader has recorded at least four outs in six of his seven appearances this season, including four appearances of two full innings.

“I don’t know,” said Hader. “I guess we can find out.”

Has he looked at his eye-popping statistics?

“I don’t really check that out,” Hader said. “Whenever I get up, I get outs.”

The Brewers had to get a lead in order to get Hader into the game. Thames obliged in the sixth inning with a two-run homer  Custom Angels Baseball Jersey off Cincinnati starter Sal Romano, who entered the game with a 6.46 ERA but matched Guerra through five scoreless innings against a Brewers lineup bolstered by the return of Thames and Ryan Braun from minor injuries.

Video: CIN@MIL: Thames crushes two-run jack to right field

Guerra’s second start of the season was just as good as his first. He allowed one hit — a Joey Votto two-out single in the third inning — in 5 2/3 scoreless innings, with three walks and seven strikeouts, including a trio of swinging strikeouts on his signature splitter. Guerra threw only nine of his 20 pitches for strikes in the first inning, when he had to navigate around consecutive one-out walks before settling in.

In his first two starts since a promotion from Triple-A, Guerra has allowed one run on five hits in 11 innings, for a 0.82 ERA.

Video: CIN@MIL: Guerra tosses 5 2/3 frames of one-hit ball

“I feel really good right now,” Guerra said. “I don’t know if I’ll have the same year as two years ago, but the best thing right now is I feel really good.”

Dan Jennings, Jeremy Jeffress and Hader finished the Brewers’ first shutout in 2018. It was their first shutout over the Reds since Sept. 14, 2016, and their first shutout over the Reds at Miller Park since Aug. 28, 2015.

Video: CIN@MIL: Thames, Hader discuss Brewers’ 2-0 win

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Mr. April: Romano allowed only a walk and two singles before Lorenzo Cain worked a walk leading off the sixth inning, and Thames followed with a home run to the second deck in right field. It was Thames’ sixth home run this month and his 17th April homer over the past two seasons to match the Nationals’ Bryce Harper for most in the Majors. Nine of Thames’ April home runs over the past two years, and 11 of his 37 home runs overall, have come at the Reds’  Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap expense.

Hader vs. Votto: The best moment of Hader’s two innings came with two outs and the bases empty in the eighth, when Votto, the 2017 National League MVP runner-up, stepped to the plate. Hader fell behind in the count, 3-1, but came back with consecutive fastballs to catch Votto looking.

Video: CIN@MIL: Hader K’s Votto to end perfect frame in 8th

“I don’t know if it was fun [because] I got into a deep count,” Hader said. “It was nice to get that punchout.”

Said Counsell: “He’s getting outs. He’s getting them in a pretty dominating fashion  Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale right now. The first innings of his work have been absolutely electric. We’ll keep trying to put him in good spots and give him the proper rest. I still think that’s critical for him. With the way he’s performing, we have to do that.”

SOUND SMART
According to Elias, Hader’s seven straight relief appearances with three or more strikeouts ties Tom Henke (1989 Blue Jays) and Tom Gordon (1991 Royals) for the longest such streak since 1893, when the distance from the pitcher’s mound to home plate was set at 60 feet, six inches.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
From the “you don’t see that everyday” department: Brewers second baseman Eric Sogard kept his focus in the fourth inning and made the catch when Scooter Gennett‘s towering popup to shallow right field struck one of the cables that help support Miller Park’s convertible dome. The Brewers don’t track fly balls that strike the roof, but the most notable ins Custom Angels Jersey tance came during Game 4 of the 2008 National League Division Series between the Brewers and Phillies, when Counsell, then an infielder with the Crew, made an athletic catch near the third-base line in Milwaukee’s season-ending loss.

Video: CIN@MIL: Gennett skies popup off Miller Park cables

The ground rules state that a batted ball that strikes the roof, a roof truss or roof cable over fair territory is in play. If, in the umpires’ judgement, it strikes part of the roof in foul territory, it is a dead ball.

HE SAID IT
“Nothing.” — Guerra, when asked what he would do if he had to bat against Hader

UP NEXT
The Brewers expect to have one of their big bats back in the lineup against the Reds on Wednesday, when left fielder Christian Yelich makes his first start since sustaining a right oblique injury against the Cardinals on April 4. Zach Davies is Milwaukee’s scheduled starting pitcher for the 12:40 p.m. CT series finale, while Tyler Mahle is expected to start for Cincinnati.

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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Eric Thames hits 6th homer in return to Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey lineup

MILWAUKEE — There’s something about Eric Thames in April. Especially when he gets to Custom Angels Baseball Jersey  swing the bat against the Cincinnati Reds.

Returning from a minor groin injury to face his favorite opponent, Thames’ two-run home run in the sixth inning was the difference in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — There’s something about Eric Thames in April. Especially when he gets to swing the bat against the Cincinnati Reds.

Returning from a minor groin injury to face his favorite opponent, Thames’ two-run home run in the sixth inning was the difference in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win at Miller Park.

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It was Thames’ sixth home run, on top of the 11 he hit last April, when the left-handed slugger returned to the U.S. on a three-year deal with the Brewers following three huge seasons in South Korea. Of his 17 April homers and counting over the past two years, nine have come at the Reds’ expense. Of Thames’ 37 home runs overall since ret Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey urning, 11 have come against the Reds.

With Tuesday’s shot off Reds right-hander Sal Romano, Thames tied the Nationals’ Bryce Harper for the most April home runs in the Majors over the past two seasons.

And five of Thames’ last seven hits have been home runs.

So he must be happy, right?

“No,” Thames said. “I feel like I have a lot of bad habits. I’m doing certain things in the cage and stuff like that. I’m going back to my formula a little bit and changing my approach. That’s going to help in the long run.”

The long run is on Thames’ mind, since his red-hot April last season preceded pedestrian numbers until a strong finish in September. Thames returned this season hoping to be more consistent.

He is off to a productive start, despite his own misgivings. Thames’ batting average is .224, b Custom Angels Jersey ut his o Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap n-base percentage is .309, and he is slugging .633, tops on the team.

“He’s in a good place,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “When he gets a pitch to drive, he’s doing damage with it. He’s hoping that his experience is going to help him moving forward this year. He’s off to a good start, and that’s the main thing.”

Thames didn’t play in Monday’s series opener against the Reds after exiting Sunday’s game against the Mets in New York with discomfort in his right groin.

He’s looking for the Brewers’ offense to get going.

“The whole team feels like we’re on the brink of breaking out,” Thames said. “A 10-run inning or something crazy like that. It’s bound to happen.”

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 t Custom Angels Baseball Jersey he top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Alex Verdugo may not be known for his power, but he’s showing plenty of it early this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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

Alex Verdugo may not be known for his power, but he’s showing plenty of it early this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Verdugo, the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect (No. 33 overall), delivered a clutch homer for a third straight game, hitting a solo shot in the fifth inning against New Orleans that helped set the stage for Oklahoma City’s 10-9, walk-off victory in extra innings.

Verdugo’s streak of heroic homers began Saturday when the 21-year-old outfielder blasted a game-tying, two-run home run in his fi Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey rst three-hit performance of the season. He was scheduled for a routine day off on Sunday, but ultimately came off the bench in extra-innings to hit a walk-off, three-run shot in his only at-bat.

Verdugo is now halfway to his 2017 home run total — which he achieved in 117 games with OKC — through 10 games after going deep on Monday as part of a 2-for-4 performance. He’s batting .341/.357/.610 on the season, with 14 hits, nine runs and eight RBIs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

No. 11 overall prospect Francisco Mejia (Indians’ No. 1) homered for a second straight day, connecting on a three-run shot in his first at-bat as Triple-A Columbus fell to Pawtucket, 9-6. He would finish 2-for-5 at the plate, giving the 22-year-old switch-hitter at least one hit in each of his past three games and an RBI in four straight.

Mejia hits a homer

No. 15 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates’ No. 1) was sharp in his second start for Double-A Altoona. Working 5 2/3 innings, the 22-year-old righty permitted one earned run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He also induced seven ground-ball outs in the outing, throwing 55 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Keller has allowed just five hits in 11 2/3 innings between his first two starts, good for a .125 opponents’ average.

No. 52 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers’ No. 3) launched a pair of two-run shots, his first two home runs this season, and DJ Peters (No. 6) went deep for a second straight game as Double-A Tulsa edged Midland, 6-4. Will Smith (No. 9) also swung the bat well, logging a double, a walk and a hit by pitch in a 3-for-3 performance that boosted his average to .364.

Ruiz’s second homer

On the mound, right-hander Dennis Santana (No. 10) was nearly untouchable in his third start for the Drillers. Throwing 48 of his 73 pitches for strikes, Santana allowed one hit and one walk while recording 10 of his 13 outs via the strikeout in 4 1/3 innings.

No. 90 overall prospect Carter Kieboom’s (Nationals’ No. 3) one hit was a big one, as he connected on a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning in Class A Advanced Potomac’s win over Salem. The homer was the 20-year-old shortstop’s fourth this season and second during his current four-game hitting streak, during which he’s accrued eight RBIs on just five hits.

Kieboom hits a grand slam

No. 94 overall prospect Tyler O’Neill (Cardinals’ No. 4) reclaimed a share of the Minor League home run lead (six) with a two-homer game for Triple-A Memphis. The 22-year-old slugger connected on two-run shots in his first two at-bats before finishing 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. O’Neill is hitting a robust .432 this season,  Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey with hits in 10 straight games after an 0-for-5 performance on Opening Day.

O’Neill goes yard

Max Schrock (No. 10) also had a big game, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs, while Oscar Mercado (No. 13) started the scoring for Memphis with a leadoff home run, his first of the year. They are batting .408 and .341 this season, respectively.

Angels No. 24 prospect David Fletcher went 3-for-6 with four RBIs and fell a double short of hitting for the cycle in Triple-A Salt Lake’s loss against Albuquerque. The Bees’ leadoff man opened the game with his first home run, cleared the bases with a triple in the fourth and added a single in the following frame. The 23-year-old middle infielder has 10 hits in his past four games after going 0-for-18 in his five previous contests.

A’s No. 15 prospect Kevin Merrell came a home run away from hitting for the cycle in Class A Advanced Stockton’s 6-1 win over Modesto. The speedy shortstop opened the game with a triple, singled in his second at-bat before adding a fifth-inning double. He would ground out in his next at-bat before capping his game with another single to finish with a career-high four hits.

Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller tossed five innings of one-run, two-hit ball en route to his first full-season win as Class A Rome defeated Asheville 9-6. A 6-foot-6 left-hander whom Atlanta drafted in the second round in 2016, Muller recorded four strikeouts, five ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 48 of his 67 pitches for strikes. Rome was led offensively by designated hitter Drew Lugbauer (No. 30), who delivered a solo home run as well as a two-run shot in his fourth career multi-homer game. He finished with three hits, three runs and three RBis.

Brewers No. 7 prospect Corey Ray has at least one extra-base hit in eight of his past nine games after going 3-for-5 with a triple and a double for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a strong start in his first Double-A campaign, hitting .362/.400/.660 through 11 games. More importantly, Ray has been driving the ball consistently — a notion supported by his nine extra-base hits in that span. Troy Stokes Jr. (No. 22) also had a big game for the Shuckers, hitting a pair of doubles and a triple in a 3-for-4 performance.

Marlins No. 12 prospect Edward Cabrera showcased his front-of-the-rotation ceiling over six hitless innings as three Class A Greensboro hurlers combined to throw a one-hit shutout against Lakewood. The 20-year-old flame-thrower compiled two walks and three strikeouts before departing the game after 68 pitches (37 strikes). He’s allowed just one hit in 11 innings (.030 BAA) to begin his first full season.

Phillies No. 11 prospect Ranger Suarez matched a pair of career bests as he struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings to lead Double-A Reading past Harrisburg, 6-0. He scattered six hits and did not is Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale sue a walk in the outing while finding the strike zone with 69 of his 99 offerings. The 22-year-old has been sharp in back-to-back turns, allowing two runs in his past 14 innings after being tagged for seven runs and nine hits in his Double-A debut.

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

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MILWAUKEE — With more than half of their 2018 home run total hit by players sidelined with injuries, the Brewers managed just two singles off Luis Castillo through the first six innings and couldn’t overcome a nine-run deficit en route to a 10-4 loss to the Reds on Monday night at Miller Park to open a seven-game homestand.

Castillo (1-2), who entered with a 7.31 ERA after his first three starts, improved to 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.

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MILWAUKEE — With more than half of their 2018 home run total hit by players sidelined with injuries, the Brewers managed just two singles off Luis Castillo through the first six innings and couldn’t Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey  overcome a nine-run deficit en route to a 10-4 loss to the Reds on Monday night at Miller Park to open a seven-game homestand.

Castillo (1-2), who entered with a 7.31 ERA after his first three starts, improved to 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.

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“We got something going late, but especially the first time through the order, he got through us pretty good Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap  and quickly, in probably about 30, 35 pitches,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s been tough against us, for sure.”

The Reds scored three runs in the second off starter Brent Suter (1-2), then pounded the Brewers’ bullpen to notch just their third victory against 13 losses. The Brewers were without Eric Thames and his team-best five homers; as well as starters Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich and Manny Pina. The four had accounted for 10 of Milwaukee’s 18 home runs.

“Just a couple pitches I want back, because I was pounding the strike zone pretty well,” said Suter, who threw 53 of his 69 pitches for strikes. “I think my strike percentage was as high as it’s been, so a little bit frustrating result-wise, for sure.”

Trailing 9-0, Brewers reliever Jorge Lopez was left in to bat with two outs in the seventh and responded with his first career hit, a bases-loaded double to make it 9-2 and end Castillo’s outing.

Rookie catcher Jacob Nottingham, called up earlier in the day, had worked a two-out walk in his first big league at-bat to load the bases for Lopez. Nottingham then scored on a wild pitch, and Lopez came home on Jonathan Villar‘s single.

Video: CIN@MIL: Nottingham scores on Reed’s wild pitch

Milwaukee’s best opportunity with the game still in reach came in the fifth with the Reds up 3-0. Hernan Perez walked with one out. Orlando Arcia singled Perez to third and took second on the throw. After Castillo struck out Jett Bandy, pinch-hitter Eric Sogard narrowly missed a home run when he jerked a 2-2 pitch just to the right of the right-field foul pole. Castillo then retired Sogard on a grounder to first.

Video: CIN@MIL: Castillo induces groundout to end 5th inning

“I thought we had a chance to score in the fifth with Sogard, and it was probably about five feet from tying the game,” Counsell said.

The Reds then jumped on reliever Oliver Drake in a six-run sixth that included four doubles to push the lead to 9-0. Adam Duvall and former Brewer Scooter Gennett opened the inning with consecutive doubles. Gennett was erased in a rundown between second and third on Phillip Ervin‘s fielder’s choice. Phil Gosselin was intentionally walked with two outs to get to Castillo, who responded with a two-strike RBI single down the right-field line. Billy Hamilton singled in another run to make it 6-0, and Jose Peraza and Joey Votto followed with back-to-back doubles.

“You give up a hit to the pitcher, it’s obviously a big spot,” Counsell said. “It’s 4-0 at that point, it’s certainly still a ballgame. His single only knocked in one, but then the rest of the inning, he was just unable to make a pitch to close it out.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Suter can’t finish off Hamilton: Suter was within one pitch of escaping the second with just one run, but Hamilton punched a 1-2 pitch to right for a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-0.

Video: CIN@MIL: Hamilton lines a two-run single to right

“I was trying to go up and in, and it leaked back just a little bit middle to give him a chance,” Suter said. “You’ve got to tip your hat. He put it in play for a two-RBI hit, so that was really the back-breaker.”

SOUND SMART
Drake had allowed just one run in eight innings in his first six appearances for a 1.13 ERA. After his rough inning Monday, his ERA ballooned to 7.00.

HE SAID IT
“When I hit that ball, I didn’t see what was going on,” Lopez said of his first hit. “I thought it was foul or something because I didn’t see where it was going. I just kept running. Seeing those guys running, I just kept following.”

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Braun, held out of the starting lineup due to back tightness, legged out what was called a pinch-hit single in the ninth after second baseman Gennett made a diving stop behind second and threw to first. But the call was overturned after a 52-second review.

Video: CIN@MIL: Gennett lays out for diving backhanded stop

UP NEXT
Veteran right-hander Junior Guerra, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 11, makes his second start of the Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey  season Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. CT vs. the Reds. He allowed one run on four hits in Custom Angels Jersey  5 1/3 innings in his first start in St. Louis, but got a no-decision in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory. After a surprising 9-3 record in 2016, Guerra was the Brewers’ Opening Day starter last season, but he posted a 1-4 record and 5.12 ERA, battled injuries and was eventually sent to Triple-A. Sal Romano is expected to start for Cincy.

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


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MILWAUKEE — After limping home from New York with primary catcher Manny Pina among the players battling day-to-day injuries, the Brewers called up catching prospect Jacob Nottingham for the start of a weeklong homestand Monday. Pina was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right calf strain.

Nottingham made his debut Monday, entering in the seventh inning in the Brewers’ 10-4 loss. He worked a two-out walk in his first at-bat to load the bases and eventually scored on a wild pitch in a four-run seventh. He walked again in the ninth.

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MILWAUKEE — After limping home from New York with primary catcher Manny Pina among the players battling day-to-day injuries, the Brewers called up catching prospect Jacob Nottingham for the start of a weeklong homestand Monday. Pina was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right calf strain.

Nottingham made his debut Monday, entering in the seventh inning in the Brewers’ 10-4 loss. He worked a two-out walk in his first at-bat to load the bases and eventually scored on a wild pitch in a four-run seventh. He walked again in the ninth.

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“I think just controlling the strike zone was big,” Nottingham said. “Just staying in the moment and kind of slowing the game down as much as I can. Obviously it came in my favor, which was a relief, because the first at-bat was a little nerve-wracking. But, I think a lot of the pressure came off after I caught the first inning. After that, I think I settled in a little bit.”

Video: CIN@MIL: Nottingham scores on Reed’s wild pitch

Manager Craig Counsell said Nottingham will primarily back up Jett Bandy and use the promotion to gain much-needed big league experience after just eight games at Triple-A.

“My first thought was that this is where we set him up, however long he’s here, for the rest of the season as an experience that he can take back to Triple-A and use as a springboard,” Counsell said before Monday’s game against the Reds. “The fact that it was Jacob means he’s ready for this, but he also needs, preferably, significant experience at Triple-A as well.”

Bandy was on the verge of an ejection in Sunday’s game after being called out on strikes. He managed to stay in the game, though Counsell was ejected. At that point, the only backup option was an injured Pina.

“We wanted to make sure we had a healthy catcher here,” Counsell said. “Basically, it got down to Manny needing more time.”

Nottingham, 23, is ranked as the Brewers’ No. 27 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. He has a .296/.345/.519 slash line after 27 at-bats at Triple-A Colorado Sp Custom Angels Baseball Jersey rings, and hit his first home run in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Sunday.

“I’m just going to play hard,” Nottingham said. “When I’m in the lineup, I’m going to do everything I can to contribute, and everything else will take care of itself.”

“At first I was very excited, but once I landed here, that’s kind of when the nerves kicked in, and seeing the big Miller Park sign,” he said. “I’m just happy to be here. I’m excited.”

Video: MIL@STL: Pina exits game due to right calf tightness

Nottingham was not quite prepared for the weather in Milwaukee, which is digging out from a weekend snowstorm.

“I’m from California, so I don’t really own that many sweaters and stuff like that. So definitely shopping for some coats is going to be a big thing,” he said. “I’ve seen snow maybe 10 times. It’s definitely different.”

Injury updates

• Pina joins Christian Yelich, who has a right oblique injury, on the DL, but Yelich was eligible for reinstatement beginning Sunday.

“We’ve got to string a couple really good days together,” Counsell said of Yelich. “I think we’re on that path. He’s going to have a full day on the field in a little bit here, so it will be another step. We’ll see how he feels as we get through the night. He’ll tolerate everything on the field. At times he’s had some soreness after workouts, so we’ve got to make sure that’s not happening.”

• Catcher Stephen Vogt, who is on the DL with a right shoulder strain and has yet to debut this season, is progressing, but not ready, Counsell said.

“I  Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap played catch with him t Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey he other day, and there’s something on the ball; he’s out to 90 feet at this point,” Counsell said. “I think the feeling is that we’ve got to put a bit of a base under him, but he’s pushing the envelope a little, which is always a good sign.”

• Outfielder Ryan Braun, bothered by a sore back, pinch-hit Sunday but was not in the starting lineup Monday night. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning again Monday and reached on what was originally called an infield single, but the call was overturned after a challenge by the Reds.

“He’s improving,” Counsell said. “He’s definitely improving tonight. Before the game, he thought he was really on the right track. We would have used him tonight in the field if we would have had to, with a double-switch or something. He’s on the mend, for sure.”

• Counsell said the injury to first baseman/outfielder Eric Thames, who left Sunday’s game with a left abductor strain, was not as serious as originally thought.

“It was all good news, actually,” Counsell said after Monday’s game. “He saw the doctors. Feeling good. Trainers put him through a pretty good physical test, and he did well. Tomorrow’s still a possibility. We’ll take a look at how he feels when he gets here.”

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


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

The Iowa Cubs received strong offensive contributions from a pair of top prospects, as Mark Zagunis and David Bote each collected three hits, including a home run, while combining for five RBIs and five runs in a 9-4 win over Memphis.

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

The Iowa Cubs received strong offensive contributions from a pair of top prospects, as Mark Zagunis and David Bote each collected three hits, including a home run, while combining for five RBIs and five runs in a 9-4 win over Memphis.

Zagunis, the Cubs’ No. 13 prospect, singled in his first at-bat before connecting on a solo home run in the fourth inning. He would later add a two-run double to finish the game 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs. Zagunis’ double and homer were both firsts this season for the 25-year-old outfielder, and he improved his average from .130 to .214 with the multi-hit performance (also a first).

Bote (No. 14) also posted a pair of extra-base hits in his three-hit game. He launched his second solo home run in as many days in the third inning, before pushing across a run in the ninth with a triple and finishing 3-for-5. The 25-year-old second baseman scuffled out of the gate, but has swung a hot bat of late, hitting .375 with two homers and five RBIs in his past four games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

• Making his 2018 debut, No. 26 overall prospect Sixto Sanchez (Phillies’ No. 1) allowed four earned runs on seven hits in four innings in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Clearwater. While the 19-year-old struggled with his control in the outing as he issued four walks and threw just 46 of his 83 pitches for strikes, he still managed to register six strikeouts and routinely hit triple digits with his fastball.

• One night removed from hitting a game-tying home run in the eighth inning, No. 33 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers’ No. 2) one-upped himself with a walk-off, three-run blast that powered Triple-A Oklahoma City past New Orleans, 8-6, in 10 innings. Making the feat all the more impressive was that the 21-year-old outfielder had entered the game in the top of the frame as part of a double switch. He’s hitting .324 on the season, with two homers, two doubles and eight runs in nine games.

Verdugo’s walk-off homer

No. 57 overall prospect Jesus Sanchez (Rays’ No. 4) homered for a second straight day, hitting a three-run shot that proved to be the difference in Class A Advanced Charlotte’s 9-6 win over Lakeland. He finished the game 2-for-5 at the dish and has now hit in four straight for the Stone Crabs, including three multi-hit games. Shortstop Lucius Fox (No. 7) stayed hot with a 3-for-6 performance, his sixth multi-hit performance in 10 games this season, while Josh Lowe (No. 11) went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Yordan Alvarez‘s lone hit was a big one, as the Astros’ No. 4 prospect belted a three-run, walk-off home run in the 11th inning of Double-A Corpus Christi’s 10-7 win over Arkansas. The 20-year-old outfielder had struck out three times in his previous five at-bats b Bart Starr Jersey efore delivering the game-winning blast. Overall, Alvarez owns a .286 average through nine games, with two homers and 10 RBIs.

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Astros No. 10 prospect Corbin Martin carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning and went on to complete six scoreless innings as Class A Advanced Buies Creek blanked Salem, 5-0. The 2017 second-rounder earned his first career win with the performance, as Martin allowed two hits and three walks with six strikeouts. He is yet to allow an earned run in two starts, during which he’s permitted three hits while striking out 13 in 10 innings. At the plate, Ronnie Dawson (No. 15) paced the Astros’ offense by hitting his first home run, a third-inning solo shot, as part of a 3-for-5 day. The 22-year-old outfielder had just four hits in 33 at-bats (.121) heading into the game.

Braves No. 13 prospect Bryse Wilson extended his season-opening scoreless streak to 8 2/3 innings behind five dominant innings Sunday in Class A Advanced Florida’s win over Palm Beach. The 20-year-old righty allowed just one hit, generated six ground-ball outs and struck out five for a second straight start. Wilson’s five-inning, scoreless performance was the third in as many games for the Fire Frogs after Joey Wentz (No. 10) and Ian Anderson (No. 5, No. 51 overall) accomplished the feat on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Brewers No. 4 prospect Lucas Erceg, Corey Ray (No. 7) and Trent Grisham (No. 8) each tallied at  Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 least two hits and one run as Double-A Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 7-4, in game one of a doubleheader. Ray recorded the lone extra-base hit of a the trio, hitting a double in a 2-for-4 effort out of the leadoff spot, while Erceg lifted his average to .389 by going 2-for-3. Grisham, meanwhile, paced the Shuckers’ lineup with two runs as he finished 2-for-3. Ray would later add two more hits in the nightcap, giving him multiple hits in four of his past five games.

• Make it three wins in as many starts for Brewers No. 10 prospect Freddy Peralta. Starting game one of Triple-A Colorado Springs’ double-dip, the 21-year-old worked six strong frames, allowing two ear Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness ned runs on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. He’s pitched to a 1.13 ERA in the early http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey  going this season, with 11 hits allowed and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. Mauricio Dubon (No. 11) and Jacob Nottingham (No. 27) both entered the home-run column with solo shots to help lead the Sky Sox past Round Rock, 7-4.

Dodgers No. 6 prospect DJ Peters smashed a solo home run and a double as he collected three hits for the second time in four games for Double-A Tulsa. The long ball, a third-inning solo shot, was Peters’ third in 10 games this season. In 2017, the 6-foot-6, 225-pound outfielder hit 27 homers to finish third in the Class A Advanced California League.

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Dodgers No. 15 prospect Connor Wong recorded a career-high five RBIs behind a pair of home runs, the latter of which, a three-run shot in the eighth inning, proved to be the game-winner for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga against Inland Empire. The 21-year-old second baseman, the Dodgers’ second-round pick last June, finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and three runs. He’s off to a red-hot start to begin his first full season, with a .361 average, five home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs through nine games.

Padres No. 12 prospect Esteury Ruiz hit a two-run home run off of No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays’ No. 3), though it wasn’t enough to keep Class A Fort Wayne from falling to Bowling Green, 5-3. It was the first home run in 2018 for the 19-year-old second baseman, who garnered MVP honors last season after pacing the Rookie-level Arizona league in average (.350), hits (72), doubles (20), triples (10) and total bases (124) last season.

Padres No. 13 prospect Eric Lauer matched his career high with 10 strikeouts as he posted six scoreless frames in Triple-A El Paso’s rout of Las Vegas. He permitted three hits and walked two in the performance while throwing 59 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old lefty has completed exactly six innings in each of his three starts this season, his first at the Triple-A level.

Lauer’s 10th strikeout

White Sox No. 10 prospect Micker Adolfo homered for a second straight day and was the lone Class A Advanced Winston-Salem player to collect multiple hits in a 6-3 loss against Carolina. The 21-year-old outfielder has opened the season on a tear and the 2-for-3 performance improved his slash line to .395/.435/.651 through 11 games. He’s compiled seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in that span while striking out at an improved 17.4 percent clip.

White Sox No. 16 prospect Ian Clarkin posted his third career complete game as he pitched Double-A Birmingham past Montgomery, 2-1, in game one of a doubleheader. Throwing just 93 pitches (61 strikeouts) in the outing, the 23-year-old southpaw allowed one earned run as he scattered five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings. Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 Zack Collins (No. 9) supported Clarkin with a solo home run, his first extra-base hit in eight games this season.

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NEW YORK — “So annoying,” is how Eric Thames described the Brewers’ spate of minor injuries. After Thames left Sunday’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Mets with a mild left Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 groin strain, manager Craig Counsell said reinforcements may be required.

Thames’ exit in the third inning came at the same time Bart Starr Jersey Lorenzo Cain has been playing at slightly less than 100 percent on a sore quadriceps, while Ryan Braun was limited to pinch-hit duty because of a stiff back. Manny Pina also remained sidelined by a sore calf and Christian Yelich is still on the disabled with a right oblique injury.

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NEW YORK — “So annoying,” is how Eric Thames described the Brewers’ spate of minor injuries. After Thames left Sunday’s 3-2 walk-off loss to the Mets with a mild left groin strain, manager Craig Counsell said reinforcements may be required.

Thames’ exit in the third inning came at the same time Lorenzo Cain has been playing at slightly less than 100 percent on a sore quadriceps, while Ryan Braun was limited to pinch-hit duty because of a stiff back. Manny Pina also remained sidelined by a sore calf and Christian Yelich is still on the disabled with a right oblique injury.

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Thames, Braun, Pina and Yelich should return to the lineup at some point during a seven-game homestand that begins on Monday night against the Reds. The question is how long the Brewers can continue playing banged-up.

“The challenging part is that we’re in a lot of day-to-day injuries, even with the guys close to coming back,” Cou http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey nsell said. “These are not definite injuries. They are day-to-day injuries. That in itself is a little challenging. We may have to make some more permanent decisions here, pending the status of a couple of these guys.”

Thames struck out looking against Noah Syndergaard in the first inning and went down swinging to end the top of the third before exiting the game. Jesus Aguilar took over.

Video: MIL@NYM: Counsell on being ejected, walk-off loss

“It’s been sore for a little bit, but that first at-bat kind of aggravated it,” Thames said. “Cold weather, that kind of stuff. Tomorrow, we’ll do some [treatment]. The trainers did a great job of getting me heated up, so tomorrow we’ll come back and see how it feels.”

The Brewers’ other first-base option, Braun, was already sidelined by a stiff back. Braun left Saturday’s game in the middle of the fifth inning. His pinch-hit flyout ended the eighth inning on Sunday.

“He’s a little stiff today, but it’s something that he’s dealt with off and on, so we’ll assess it [Monday],” Counsell said.

The Brewers’ depth continues to come in handy. They surprised some by deciding to carry Braun, Thames and out-of-options Aguilar on the Opening Day roster, with Braun expected to split time between first base and a crowded outfield that included Cain, Domingo Santana and Yelich. Two-plus weeks into the season, Yelich is on the DL and Braun, Cain and Thames have all had to exit games because of minor injuries. Santana had a scare on Friday when he banged thighs with Cain as they converged on a fly ball, but Santana did not miss any playing time.

Pina, the club’s primary catcher, was available off the bench but unable to start for the fourth straight game on Sunday.

At some point, would the Brewers have to consider a DL stint for Pina?

“I don’t think we’re thinking about DL at all, actually,” Counsell said. “I’m considering whether he can start [Monday]. That’s the question I’m asking, not DL.”

When Aguilar was called into action on Sunday, infielder Eric Sogard was the only healthy player left on the club’s bench.

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