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SAN D Men’s Mitchell and Ness 19 Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey IEGO — Jhoulys Chacin was so good for the Padres at Petco Park Russell Martin Jersey last season — compiling a 1.79 ERA in 16 home starts — it made perfect sense for the Brewers to slot him into their opening series here after striking a two-year deal over the winter. But Padres manager Andy Green made a good point.

“He was pitching at home,” Green said. “Now he’s pitching on the road.”

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SAN DIEGO — Jhoulys Chacin was so good for the Padres at Petco Park last season — compiling a 1.79 ERA in 16 home starts — it made perfect sense for the Brewers to slot him into their opening series here after striking a two-year deal over the winter. But Padres manager Andy Green made a good point.

“He was pitching at home,” Green said. “Now he’s pitching on the road.”

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Indeed, Chacin looked anything but comfortable on his old mound Friday, when it took a furious Brewers rally in the ninth inning to overcome Chacin’s shaky start in an 8-6 win over his former Padres teammates. They tallied s Paul Molitor Jersey even hits in 3 1/3 innings in Chacin’s Brewers debut, including back-to-back home runs in a go-ahead second inning. Chacin was charged with four runs, all earned, while walking two, hitting a batter and striking out one.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell made an early call to the bullpen with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, one out, Eric Hosmer coming up for San Diego and the Padres leading, 4-2. Another Brewers newcomer, left-hander Dan Jennings, who had just signed a contract with Milwaukee hours earlier, induced a double play to spare Chacin further damage.

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“It wasn’t the way you want to start the season,” Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  Chacin said, “but my team picked me up.”

Only once last season did Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  Chacin surrender multiple home runs in a start at Petco Park, but Cory Spangenberg and Austin Hedges went back-to-back in the second inning for a 3-2 lead. Spangenberg’s home run was a two-run shot.

“The home run I gave up to Hedges, it was the pitch I wanted to throw and where I wanted to throw it,” Chacin said. “They saw the ball well, maybe.”

Perhaps Chacin will have better results at his new home, Miller Park. He’s lined up to make his next start against the Cardinals in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

“I don’t think he got any of his pitches going,” Counsell said. “Especially his slider, it never became the weapon that it is tonight. He was behind in the count quite a bit. He couldn’t get anything going on the right track. He kind of battled through it and survived a little bit, and we got him out in the fourth to keep us in the game.”

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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SAN DIEGO — Ji-Man Choi knows his opening stint with the Brewers could be short, but he certainly made the most of Opening Day.

Brewers GM David Stearns said he couldn’t comment about the team’s pending one-year agreement with left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, who must pass a physical before he can join the Brewers as soon as  Russell Martin Jersey Friday at Petco Park. Choi, whose inclusion on the Opening Day roster was something of a surprise, and who has a Minor League option remaining, appeared the likeliest to be the odd man out, even after roping a pinch-hit double with two outs in the 12th inning and scoring the deciding run in the Brewers’ 2-1 win over the Padres on Thursday.

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SAN DIEGO — Ji-Man Choi knows his opening stint with the Brewers could be short, but he certainly made the most of Opening Day.

Brewers GM David Stearns said he couldn’t comment about the team’s pending one-year agreement with left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, who must pass a physical before he can join the Brewers as soon as Friday at Petco Park. Choi, whose inclusion on the Opening Day roster was something of a surprise, and who has a Minor League option remaining, appeared the likeliest to be the odd man out, even after roping a pinch-hit double with two outs in the 12th inning and scoring the deciding run in the Brewers’ 2-1 win over the Padres on Thursday.

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“We had a meeting with [manager] Craig [Counsell] yesterday and he explained how we’re all a team together,” Choi said. “I just want to be a part of that team and be a piece of the puzzle.”

Video: MIL@SD: Arcia puts Brewers on top with single in 12th

The final decision went all the way to the eve of Opening Day, as Stearns and his team scoured the list of other teams’ cuts for bullpen help and zeroed in on Jennings, the 30-year-old who was recently released by the Rays. Jennings would give Counsell a second left-handed reliever alongside Josh Hader while the veteran who was brought in to fill that role, Boone Logan, recovers from a triceps Paul Molitor Jersey  strain. The Brewers expect Logan to be sidelined into early May.

In a career-high 77 appearances last season with the White Sox and Rays, Jennings logged a 3.45 ERA and limited left-handed batters to a .628 OPS.

“At this time of year, there are always players available, so we were going to be on the lookout for someone regardless [of Logan’s injury],” Stearns said. “I think every team has its own philosophy. I think some teams prefer to stick with the guys who have gone through camp. We’ve proven in the past that we’re open, if there’s the right fit, to bringing someone in at the end of camp. We think it’s benefitted us in the past, and if we’re able to accomplish something this year, we’re hopeful that will benefit us as well.”

Part of that benefit is cost. The Brewers have added a reliever at the end of Spring Training in each of the past two years for less than $1 million, and Carlos Torres and Jared Hughes each wound up playing meaningful roles last season. Jennings, who already is due about $600,000 from the Rays Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  following his release, presumably wo Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey uld come at a similarly modest salary.

While the Brewers finalize that addition, Choi was making his general manager look prescient. In discussing the roster on Wednesday, Stearns said, “This is a rare opportunity where you get to set a roster for exactly one day, and we can set a roster that gives us a good chance to win for that one day.”

And that’s just what happened.

“Before the game, actually, Pat [Murphy, Milwaukee’s bench coach] came and talked to me and said how I’m a Major League-caliber player,” Choi said. “That uplifted me and gave me the confidence. Even when I came in to pinch-hit, I had that confidence to do well.”

Video: Counsell talks about Choi’s spring performance

Aguilar waits turn, too
After news leaked late Wednesday that Choi had made the team, fans flocked to Jesus Aguilar‘s Twitter page to see whether it offered any clues about his fate. Two words — “new tiger” — caused a stir.

Yes, Aguilar had been traded to the Tigers, but not the Detroit Tigers. Over the winter in Venezuela, he was traded to the Tigres de Aragua, based in his hometown of Maracay.

Brewers Spanish language translator Carlos Brizuela alerted Aguilar to the confusion, and Aguilar edited his bio. “I didn’t know until he called me,” Aguilar said. “I Roberto Osuna Jersey was happy to go to Aragua. It’s my home team. I’m from there, so I’m excited about it.”

With the Brewers, Aguilar is currently one of four first basemen. Last year, Aguilar started against left-handers, but with Ryan Braun in the mix it was Braun who started Opening Day against the Padres’ Clayton Richard. Another lefty, Joey Lucchesi, is slated to start Friday.

“We have a lot of people there, but I’m still here,” Aguilar said. “I’m going to stay positive.”

Last call
Eric Sogard battled a stiff neck at the end of exhibition season but declared himself “100 percent” for Opening Day. He’s in a second-base timeshare with Jonathan Villar.

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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SAN DIEGO — Before Corey Knebel was saddled with a blown save, and Jeremy Jeffress bent but didn’t break, and Orlando Arcia got enough wood on a changeup in the 12th inning to push a go-ahead single through the infield, Chase Anderson was the story for the Brewers on Opening Russell Martin Jersey Day.

After all those other things transpired in Thursday’s 2-1 extra-innings win over the Padres, Anderson’s six scoreless innings were still a big story for a team betting its pitching is better than everyone outside the organization thinks it is.

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SAN DIEGO — Before Corey Knebel was saddled with a blown save, and Jeremy Jeffress bent but didn’t break, and Orlando Arcia got enough wood on a changeup in the 12th inning to push a go-ahead single through the infield, Chase Anderson was the story for the Brewers on Opening Day.

After all those other things transpired in  Roberto Osuna Jersey Thursday’s 2-1 extra-innings win over the Padres, Anderson’s six scoreless innings were still a big story for a team b Paul Molitor Jersey etting its pitching is better than everyone outside the organization thinks it is.

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“We pitched really well today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We’ve pitched really well for a while now. We haven’t gotten a ton of credit for how well we’ve been pitching, going back to last year.”

Video: MIL@SD: Anderson dominates over six shutout frames

That is some explanation for the angst over GM David Stearns’ decision to stand with the starting staff he’d already assembled in the wake of the splashy acquisitions of outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. The Brewers got all the way to the regular season without Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey making another notable addition to a rotation that will be without its top arm, Jimmy Nelson, until June at the earliest.

Anderson calmed the chorus for a day by delivering the sixth scoreless Opening Day start in franchise history. He allowed a lone single over six innings while dancing around three walks with six strikeouts, a performance more impressive considering it was unclear as of Thursday morning whether Anderson would pitch at all. He developed a bad stomach bug earlier in the week and was miserable while the rest of the team played a pair of exhibitions in Houston.

“I was wondering, honestly,” Anderson said. “It was pretty bad. Even waking up this morning, my energy level wasn’t good. I was still weak, still trying to get my strength back. I was able to get through it today.”

He did better than get through it. Anderson did not surrender a hit in the first three innings while enduring a scare in the top of the third, when he slid awkwardly while scoring his team’s first run of 2018.

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In the fourth, Anderson allowed a Jose Pirela single, the Padres’ only hit against Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey  him. In the sixth, he retired the heart of San Diego’s lineup — Wil Mye Men’s Mitchell and Ness 19 Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey rs, Eric Hosmer and Pirela — in order.

“I was a little concerned about the sixth inning because I thought he was getting a little tired,” Counsell said, “but he went out there and made some quality pitches. He was fighting it pretty bad in Houston, but he delivered today.”

Said Anderson: “When you get the spot to pitch the first game of the season, you want to set the tone and make the guys behind you trust in you and respect you. Go out there and put up zeros.”

Six times in 50 seasons as a franchise, a Pilots/Brewers starting pitcher has not permitted a run. Anderson joined a list that includes Yovani Gallardo, Ben Sheets, Teddy Higuera (twice) and Jim Slaton.

“It’s about setting a good game plan every day and going out and executing that plan,” Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson said. “The names on the back of the jerseys are who we have, and I’m plenty happy with who we have.”

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Knebel can’t hold it: Josh Hader and Matt Albers worked a scoreless inning apiece to pass a 1-0 lead to 2017 All-Star Knebel, who saw it slip away. After San Diego’s Carlos Asuaje led off with a single, pinch-runner Matt Szczur put himself in scoring position with a gutsy, two-out steal of second base. He scored two pitches later, when Freddy Galvis grounded an RBI single past diving Brewers first baseman Ryan Braun.

Video: MIL@SD: Galvis delivers late game-tying single in 9th

“I thought Corey threw the ball well,” Counsell said. “He threw a 2-0 curveball; you give [Galvis] credit. He just fell behind a little bit and you give the guy credit.”

Escape act: Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress followed Knebel and found himself in deep trouble w Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey hen he loaded the bases with one out in the 11th. The Padres had a chance to end the game earlier in the frame when Pirela’s bloop single trickled away from Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana. But Hosmer was held at third base, leaving the game in Chase Headley‘s hands. Jeffress executed a split-fingered fastball and Headley smacked a hard ground ball to third base, where Travis Shaw started a 5-2-3 double play.

Video: MIL@SD: Jeffress induces DP with bases loaded in 11th

“I was pumped up. Did you happen to see me right there?” Jeffress said. “I was just excited. That’s the drive and the confidence we need out of everybody. Coming out of the ‘pen, you have to be ready to beat everybody.”

Welcome Crew: Brewers newcomers Cain and Yelich combined for four singles — three from Cain — and helped manufacture the only run in the game until the ninth inning. With two outs in the third, Anderson swatted a single to center off Padres starter Clayton Richard, extending the inning for Cain and Yelich to add their own base hits. Yelich’s hit landed mere feet in front of Pirela, whose throw to the plate was up the line. Anderson scored — though his slide wasn’t pretty.

“I think he wanted to touch home plate with his nose,” said Arcia.

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Extra innings have been good to the Brewers on Opening Day. They improved to 3-0 in those circumstances, with Thursday’s win joining a list with victories over the Cubs in 2008 and the Rockies in ’13. Both of the earlier games went 10 innings.

WHAT’S NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin, the Padres’ Opening Day starter a year ago, will make his Brewers debut against his former team when the series continues Friday night at 9:10 p.m. CT. Chacin pitched well enough in a career-high 32 starts last season to get a two-year, $15.5 million contract from Milwaukee, and logged a 1.84 ERA in his five Spring Training starts. He’s 11-4 with a 2.03 ERA in 20 career games (18 starts) at Petco Park.

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


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SAN DIEGO — Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia had a theory about that Chase Anderson slide in the Brewers’ 12-inning, 2-1 win over the Padres on Opening  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey Day.

“I think he wanted to touch home plate with his nose,” Roberto Osuna Jersey Arcia said.

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SAN DIEGO — Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia had a theory about that Chase Anderson slide in the Brewers’ 12-inning, 2-1 win over the Padres on Opening Day.

“I think he wanted to touch home plate with his nose,” Arcia said.

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Actually, Anderson’s hand got in the way, which was a good Russell Martin Jersey thing. Christian Yelich Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ‘s first RBI as a Brewer stirred a few moments of concern Thursday after Anderson appeared to hit the side of his head on home plate, then stopped on the way back to the Brewers’ dugout and put his hands on his knees before completing the trip.

Anderson, who was also fighting a stomach bug, underwent concussion tests while the half-inning concluded, however, and was cleared to return to the mound for four more scoreless innings.

Video: MIL@SD: Anderson dominates over six shutout frames

It wound up being a critical run, and represented the first instance of the Brewers’ new top-of-the-order duo of Lorenzo Cain and Yelich at work. After Anderson extended the inning with a sharp single to center field, Cain and Yelich followed with singles of their own to plate Milwaukee’s first run. Cain finished with three hits, while Yelich went 1-for-4 in his Brewers debut including that soft single in front of left fielder Jose Pirela for a 1-0 lead in the third.

Anderson chugged home hard on the play.

“I think the biggest thing was, my decision-making was late and I went down late to slide and didn’t have my feet where I needed to have my feet,” Anderson said. “I think my left foot hit the plate and slipped a little bit, and I had to brace myself with my left hand and I hit my nose. That jarred me up a little bit.

“I don’t know if I blacked out for a minute or not, but I came up and didn’t feel very good. I didn’t know what happened.”

After it was clear that Anderson was OK, he wondered what teammates might have in store to remind him of his adventure.

“[Jeremy Jeffr Paul Molitor Jersey ess] was already talking about bubble-wrapping me next time I  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 54 Roberto Osuna Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey go to the plate,” Anderson said. “I’m just glad I didn’t get hurt.”

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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PHOENIX — After emerging from a rebuild to be surprise contenders last season, the Brewers know they will play under the weight of expectations in 2018. And that was before they bolstered the outfield with Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.

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PHOENIX — After emerging from a rebuild to be surprise contenders last season, the Brewers know they will play under the weight of expectations in 2018. And that was before they bolstered the outfield with Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.

Now, can they take the next step under that weight?

“Realistically, I don’t think any of us expected to be here this quickly,” said outfielder Ryan Braun, the team’s longest tenured player. “It’s a good place to be. I think it’s motivating and inspiring to all of us to know we’re coming into a season with expectations to win, with a front office and ownership group that now expects us to win. That’s where you hope to be as players.”

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It was with the promise of winning in mind that Braun agreed to give first base a try this spring. Getting some at-bats there during the regular season could help manager Craig Counsell spread time to Cain, Yelich and Domingo Santana in the outfield.

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Has the project been rejuvenating?

“More than anything, it’s rejuvenating that we’re expecting to win now and we’re expecting to contend,” Braun said. “The challenge of playing a new position … is a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

What’s the goal?
To get back to the postseason for the first time since 2011, but to do it in a sustainable way. That explains why, at a meeting in Los Angeles of owner Mark Attanasio, general manager David Stearns and assistant GM Matt Arnold early in the offseason, the Brewers decided to bolster their developing core by targeting Cain and Yelich, even though it created something of a logjam in the outfield. The Brewers now control both for the next five years, and consider themselves positioned to be competitive at a time other clubs in the division and the National League are rebuilding.

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What’s the plan?
Stearns is following a plan similar to other analytically minded GMs: Acquire as many good, controllable players as possible. Beyond Cain and Yelich, consider how many other of the club’s cornerstone players are Brewers property beyond the coming season: Starters Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, Zach Davies and Jhoulys Chacin; relievers Corey Knebel and Josh Hader (among others) and position players Travis Shaw, Eric Thames, Santana, Orlando Arcia and more. With the exception of Chacin, a veteran, one can make the case that most of those players are on an upward trajectory in their careers.

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Cain and Yelich represented a bid to improve in two areas: Run prevention and bat to ball skills. Both are plus defenders, which should help the pitching staff, and neither strikes out a lot. The latter trait is needed after the Brewers set Major League Baseball’s all-time team strikeout record in each of the past two seasons.

“Coming into the offseason, going over teams to start the offseason, Milwaukee definitely wasn’t on the list, because I knew they had a good outfield situation,” said Cain, whose professional career began with the Brewers. “I didn’t expect them to call, but once they did, I was definitely open to it and ready to come home. My main goal when I started was to play center field here. I didn’t do it long before I got traded, but now I’m back and ready to do it a little bit longer.”

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Cain excited to join Brewers

What could go wrong?
Much is riding on Nelson returning to his 2017 form, when he threw the same number of innings as Clayton Kershaw with a better Fangraphs WAR (4.9 to 4.6). While some pitchers never come all the way back from labrum injuries, Nelson’s is different in that the tear, suffered diving back to first base in a game at Wrigley Field last September, was in the front of his shoulder, and not in the back from long-term wear. That’s a significant difference, said Nelson after conversations with doctors.

If Nelson suffers a  Marco Estrada Jersey setback along the way, or proves less effective than he was last year, the Brewers could struggle to repeat their mound success from last season, when they ranked ninth in the Majors in ERA. Stearns added Chacin on a two-year deal and took low-risk fliers on veterans Yovani Gallardo and Wade Miley, but Gallardo was released and Miley is now rehabbing a groin injury sustained in extending spring training. The Bre Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey wers don’t have the firepower of the division-rival Cubs, who added Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood to a mix that already had Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

Nelson is not the only player in danger of regression. Shaw, Thames, San Kevin Pillar Jersey tana and catcher Manny Pina all had career years in 2017, and are being counted on again this season.

Who could surprise?
Junior Guerra would qualify as a pleasant surprise if he can pitch the way he did in 2016. He skipped winter ball at the Brewers’ request that offseason to rest up for Opening Day, got hurt in the third inning and struggled upon getting healthy. This year, he came to Spring Training with a successful winter season under his belt. The question is whether the Brewers will give him a spot Marcus Stroman Jersey in the rotation.

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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SAN DIEGO — They’re snapshots, really. The anticipation of each baseball season lends an aura to Opening Day Marco Estrada Jersey rosters, but they are really just that. A roster for one game on Opening Day.

The Brewers have proved that with personnel moves following a single regular-season game in each of the past two seasons. And still, it looked mighty strange on Wednesday when the team released its list of 25 players who will step to the foul lines on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park.

SAN DIEGO — They’re snapshots, really. The anticipation of each baseball season lends an aura to Opening Day rosters, but they are really just that. A roster for one game on Opening Day.

The Brewers have proved that with personnel moves Kevin Pillar Jersey following a single regular-season game in each of the past two seasons. And still, it looked mighty strange on Wednesday when the team released its list of 25 players who will step to the foul lines on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park.

This is it:

Pitchers (11): Matt Albers, Chase Anderson, Jacob Barnes, Jhoulys Chacin, Zach Davies, Oliver Drake, Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel, Brent Suter, Brandon Woodruff

Catchers (2): Jett Bandy, Manny Pina

Infielders (8): Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia, Ji-Man Choi, Hernan Perez, Travis Shaw, Eric Sogard, Eric Thames, Jonathan Villar

Outfielders (4): Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich

Disabled list: Boone Logan, Jimmy Nelson, Stephen Vogt

Yes, that is four first basemen and only 11 pitchers, after talk all spring that the Brewers would carry 13 pitchers for much of the coming year, and angst about whether they could keep out-of-options Aguilar or spring star Choi, with Braun joining Thames in the first base pool. In the end, all four of those players  Blue Jays Jersey Red made the cut.

The final subtractions were relievers J.J. Hoover and Taylor Williams. Hoover, who was charged with one earned run in 10 Cactus League appearances, was a victim of being on a Minor League contract, and will be assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Williams, who also had a stellar camp, was optioned to Triple-A.

In the interest of preserving depth, and to have a reliever ef Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Road Gray Jersey Cheap fective against left-handers to replace the injured Logan, the Brewers went with Drake, who is out of options, for the final bullpen spot.

Why the small relief corps? The Brewers enter the season with a fresh bullpen and an off-day coming Easter Sunday, and Woodruff is available in relief for the first four games. He will exit the bullpen for the starting rotation after Monday’s home opener, the start of a stretch of 20 games in 21 days.

Relief reinforcements will be required, and help could come from outside the organization. General manager David Stearns has made last-minute bullpen additions something of a tradition. Last year, he added Jared Hughes on the eve of Opening Day. The year before that, Carlos Torres.

Now, the Brewers are poised to make it three years in a row.

After they set their roster on Wednesday, MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported the Brewers were nearing a deal with left-hander Dan Jennings, who was just released by the Rays. Jennings has a 2.90 ERA over six Major League seasons with the Marlins, White Sox and Rays.

“We’re continuing to explore,” Stearns said. “Obviously, this time of year, there’s a lot of activity. There’s a lot of guys who were either released out of non-roster invite deals or guys who were released out of non-guaranteed Major League deals. I do think we’re getting some traction in that area.”

While they keep working, Choi will enjoy his second Major League Ope Marcus Stroman Jersey ning Day. He made it with the Angels two years ago.

“We thought having the extra position player made sense,” Stearns said. “I don’t know how long we’re going to be able to do this. Clearly, this isn’t something that you can do for long stretches in a Major League season, but Ji-Man had a heck of a spring. The option helps.”

Stearns added, “Ji-Man understands his roster situation. He’s very excited to be on the team on Opening Day. Like any player with options, he understands there is flexibility to go up and down.”

Choi batted .409 in Spring Training with three home runs, including a grand slam.

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“This sets our roster for, really, a day. That’s how it works,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But, the major contributors could not be here on that day.”

Counsell himself is a good example. When he scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, he’d never cracked an Opening Day roster in the Majors.

Counsell didn’t have that experience until the following year.

Was it a bit of a letdown?

“It was, frankly,” he quipped. “It was the ’98 Marlins. We weren’t very good.”

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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When the offseason began, few envisioned the Padres and Brewers as two of baseball’s biggest movers and spenders. Yet the two clubs will open the season on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park — and they’ll do so with a host of new talent.

First baseman Eric Hosmer, who signed a franchise-record eight-year contract with San Diego in February, will take the field at Petco Park for the first time as a Padre Marco Estrada Jersey . He’ll do so opposite former Royals teammate Lorenzo Cain, who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee. Cain will be joined in the outfield by Christian Yelich, who arrived via trade with Miami.

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When the offseason began, few envisioned the Padres and Brewers as two of baseball’s biggest movers and spenders. Yet the two clubs will open the season on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park — and they’ll do so with a host of new talent.

First baseman Eric Hosmer, who signed a franchise-record eight-year contract with San Diego in February, will take the field at Petco Park for the first time as a Padre. He’ll do so opposite former Royals teammate Lorenzo Cain, who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee. Cain will be joined in the outfield by Christian Yelich, who arrived via trade with Miami.

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The Bre Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey wers, a surprise contender in the National League Central last year, already look like a better team on paper than the 86-win squad from 2017.

“Realistically, I don’t think any of Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Road Gray Jersey Cheap  us expected to be here this quickly,” said Brewers veteran Ryan Braun. “It’s a good place to be. You want to enter a spring with expectations, and that’s where we are now as an organization. It’s fun, it’s exciting. It’s motivating and inspiring to all of us to know we’re coming into a season with expectations to win.”

With one of baseball’s youngest rosters, the Padres might be a year or two behind the Brewers in their push toward contention. But the Hosmer addition seems to accelerate that path. (Not to mention baseball’s best farm system, according to MLB Pipeline).

“It’s been a blast for me,” Hosmer said. “I almost felt like a rookie in camp, learning new faces. … It’s been fun, it really has. I’m excited to get things going with these guys.”

Thursday’s pitching matchup features Padres left-hander Clayton Richard against Brewers righty Chase Anderson. Anderson posted a 2.74 ERA in 25 games last season, significantly better than Richard’s 4.79 mark over 32 games.

But the Padres believe their veteran sinkerballer will be aided greatly by an improved infield defense. They added shortstop Freddy Galvis via trade with Philadelphia and third baseman Chase Headley in a deal with the Yankees.

Even though both hurlers are past their 30th birthdays, it’s the first Opening Day start for both. Richard called it a “great honor,” and he waxed poetic about the day’s significance.

“The place is full, the sights, the sounds, the smells that we haven’t had for months — it’s a terrific, terrific time,” Richard said. “It’s so America. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s truly special.”

Did you know?

• Braun will start Opening Day at first base because the Brewers are facing a lefty in Richard. He’s also part of the crowded outfield mix Milwaukee developed by adding Cain and Yelich. Braun got the start at first over the lefty-hitting Eric Thames, who launched 31 homers last season.

“This is a pretty good lineup, man,” Cain said. “There’s a lot of guys who can swing the bat.”

It’ll be Braun’s first Major League appearance at first base.

• This year’s Opening Series marks the first time the Padres a Marcus Stroman Jersey nd Kevin Pillar Jersey  Brewers will square off to begin a season. The Padres own a 21-28 all-time record on Opening Day, while the Brewers are 24-23-1, including a 9-10-1 mark since moving to the National League in 1998. Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Padres skipper Andy Green are winless in two Opening Days apiece. Neither team has won an opener since 2014, when the Padres beat the Dodgers and the Brewers blanked the Braves.

• Legendary closer Trevor Hoffman is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Petco Park. Hoffman, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in January, spent 16 seasons with the Padres before finishing his career with two years in Milwaukee.

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Biggest im Joe Carter Jersey pact prospects of 2018: NL Central

Not every rookie will leave his mark on baseball like Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinge Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey r did a year ago, but each club has a prospect or prospects who should crack its big league roster in 2018. Below are MLB Pipeline’s choices for the ro Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey okies who will make the biggest impact on each team in the National League Central.

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Not every rookie will leave his mark on baseball like Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger did a year ago, but each club has a prospect or prospects who should crack its big league roster in 2018. Below are MLB Pipeline’s choices for the rookies who will make the biggest impact on each team in the National League Central.

• Impact prospects: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL West

Chicago: Victor Caratini, C/1B (No. 8 on Cubs’ Top 30)
Opening Day 2018: Cubs
Chicago’s stacked young lineup is ready for a run at another World Series championship, which won’t leave many at-bats for Caratini. Nevertheless, he beat out veteran Chris Gimenez to win the backup catching job and his ability to play first and third base gives him some versatility. Acquired in a 2014 trade that sent Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell to the Braves, Caratini hit a career-best .342/.393/.558 in Triple-A last year and stands out most with his ability to make repeated line-drive contact from both sides of the plate.

Cincinnati: Jesse Winker, OF (No. 4 on Reds’ Top 30; No. 82 on Top 100)
Opening Day 2018: Reds
He’s hit pretty much everywhere he’s been, including his 121 at-bat big league debut last year. So it should come as no surprise that he’s hit .348/.415/.522 during Spring Training games as he prepares for his first full season in the bigs. He’s part of a four-man outfield now, with Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler, but look for Winker’s bat to force its way into the lineup on a more regular basis.

Video: CIN@COL: Winker plates Hamilton on a single to center

Milwaukee: Brandon Woodruff, RHP (No. 3 on Brewers’ Top 30; No. 96 on Top 100)
Opening Day 2018: Brewers
A hamstring injury delayed Woodruff’s big league debut until August, and he pitched to a 4.81 ERA in eight starts once finally healthy. The 25-year-old righty hasn’t been particularly sharp this spring but nonetheless earned a spot in Milwaukee’s Opening Day rotation. Woodruff lacks overpowering stuff but confidently attacks hitters and Joe Carter Jersey mixes his pitches well, resulting in strong ground-ball rates and workhorse profile on the mound.

Video: TEX@MIL: Woodruff gets DeShields looking

Pittsburgh: Colin Moran, 3B (No. 8 on Pirates’ Top 30)
Opening Day 2018: Pirates
Part of the Gerrit Cole trade, Moran will be the Pirates’ regular third baseman after a strong Grapefruit League showing. The Pirates are hoping that his new approach at the plate, with a greater focus on launch angle that led to him hitting 18 homers and Blue Jays Jersey Red  slugging .543 in 79 Triple-A games before fouling a ball off of his face, will lead to consistent power production at the hot corner in Pittsburgh.

St. Louis: Jack Flaherty, RHP (No. 2 on Cards’ Top 30; No. 38 on Top 100)
Opening Day 2018: Cardinals
Flaherty was dominant across two levels of the Minors in 2017, leading Josh Donaldson Jersey  to his first taste of the big leagues at age 21. Always capable of commanding the baseball well, his stuff ticked up in the last year or two, which has allowed him to miss more bats. He’s going to pitch in a big league rotation for a long time, and due to an injury to Adam Wainwright, Flaherty will begin the Justin Smoak Jersey 2018 season starting Major League games.

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HOUSTON — With several spots in the bullpen still to be determined, the Brewers haven’t set their 25-man Opening Day roster.

“There’s a lot of player movement at this time in the industry, so that’s why every team kind of stays flexible until they absolutely have to,” manager Craig Counsell said before Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to the Astros in an exhibition game at Minute Maid Park.

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HOUSTON — With several spots in the bullpen still to be determined, the Brewers haven’t set their 25-man Opening Day roster.

“There’s a lot of player movement at this time in  Josh Donaldson Jersey the industry, so that’s why every team kind of stays flexible until they absolutely have to,” manager Craig Counsell said before Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to the Astros in an exhibition game at Minute Maid Park.

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At the end of Spring Training last year, the club added Justin Smoak Jersey Jared Hughes. The year before, Carlos Torres was a late spring signing.

This year, not counting a pickup before Thursday’s season opener in San Diego, five Brewers are fighting to make the roster to start the 2018 season.

Relievers Taylor Williams, Oliver Drake and J.J. Hoover are competing for two available spots, along with first basemen Jesus Aguilar and Ji-Man Choi. Aguilar and Drake are out of options. Williams and Choi are non-roster invites.

Being on an Opening Day roster is the goal, but players are constantly being called up during the regular season for a variety of reasons.

“Opening Day is an important, symbolic day certainly for the players and standing in [for pregame introductions] means something,” Counsell said. “But we used 50 players last year and we’ll use 50 players again this year most likely. So a lot of the guys that are the last guys to leave are usually the first guys to come back.”

Anderson honored to start
After turning Blue Jays Jersey Red  the corner in 2016, followed by a breakout year in ’17, Chase Anderson‘s career has progressed to where the right-hander will be the Opening Day starter on Thursday against the Padres at Petco Park.

“I was excited and honored to get that nod for the first game,” Anderson said. “You don’t take those lightly. I’ve been progressing in the right direction for a year and a half. It’s going to be fun to start the season off and getting our team off on the right foot. As each hour goes by, it’s getting more exciting.”

Video: LAD@MIL: Anderson talks about his fifth spring start

Adding a curve and a cutter has been instrumental in Anderson’s rise. In 2016, Anderson was 9-11 with a 4.39 ERA and 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in ’17.

“The curveball has gotten better, the cutter is another weapon for me and my changeup is still there,” said the 30-year-old Anderson. “You have more confidence going out there wh Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey en you have more weapons. When you have that, you build confidence.”

Anderson has added about four miles per hour on his fastball.

“There’s not one thing that I can pinpoint that helped me with velocity,” Anderson said. “The curveball got better just because I changed the grip, and got us Men’s Joe Carter Jersey Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ed to that. And the cutter as a fourth pitch has been a weapon. It’s been nice to adapt and get those pitches do something for me and help me out to get to this next level.”

Santana struggling
Domingo Santana‘s struggles at the plate this spring aren’t a concern for Counsell, who is more interested in the outfielder’s track record tha Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey n how he performed in the Cactus League.

Santana, who dropped a routine fly ball in right field for a first-inning error on Tuesday, came into the final exhibition game batting .192 with 10 hits in 52 at-bats.

Video: COL@MIL: Santana crushes a solo homer to deep center

But Santana’s rough spring shouldn’t affect his playing time in the regular season.

“It didn’t change anything at all,” Counsell said. “It didn’t change anything I perceived going into the season at all. This part of the season, we’re not playing for wins and losses. You can insert a name of the player that’s struggling in Spring Training because there’s going to be player at the bottom of the list of the statistics.

“If we thought Spring Training was a huge indicator of success, we’d do Spring Training a little differently. When I talk about a player, what happens last year matters. In Domingo’s case, what’s happened in the past matters, not just last year. He had a really good season. He’s a young player. It would be crazy for us to abandon that.”

Last season, the 25-year-old batted .278 with 30 home runs and 85 RBIs.

Up next
Following Wednesday’s off-day, watch live on MLB.TV as Anderson will make his first Opening Day start at 3:10 p.m. CT on Thursday at Petco Park.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston.


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PHOENIX — After winning the Cactus League, the Brewers will try to win some games that matter.

With six weeks of spring preparation in the books, manager Craig Counsell’s club is entering a season of expectations with some notable reinforcements. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich should fortify the lineup and the defense, and Jhoulys Chacin is the lone newcomer to a starting rotation that many observers expected general manager David Stearns to do more to fortify.

PHOENIX — After winning the Cactus League, the Brewers will try to win some games that matter.

With six weeks of spring preparation in the books, manager Craig Counsell’s club is entering a season of expectations with some notable reinforcements. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich should fortify the lineup and the defense, and Jhoulys Chacin is the lone newcomer to a starting rotation that many observers expected general manager David Stearns to do more to fortify.

The club did not get through Spring Training without some notable injuries. Catcher Stephen Vogt (right shoulder) and reliever Boone Logan (left triceps) will open on the disabled list with ace right-hander Jimmy Nelson, whose rehab from shoulder surgery continues. The Brewers also lost non-roster left-hander Wade Miley to a groin injury while he was on his way to cementing a spot in the starting rotation.

Still, Counsell deemed camp a success.

“I think we’re leaving in a good spot,” he said. “We anticipate having injuries, you know? You have to anticipate having injuries, so you prepare for them. That’s part of depth.

“Catcher sits on its own island a little bit, but we’re healthy on the position-player side. That’s going to take us into the regular season with a really deep position-player group. We’re going to have a lot of good choices every day.”

• Brewers not celebrating Cactus League crown

Video: Counsell on Suter and Woodruff making 25-man roster

Projected Opening Day lineup

1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, 1B
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Domingo Santana, RF
6. Manny Pina, C
7. Jonathan Villar, 2B
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Chase Anderson, RHP

Key roles

• Cain and Yelich figure to hit atop the order, though they could flip-flop depending on the opponent. Their bat-to-ball skills made them enticing to the Brewers, who set Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout records each of the past two years. Yelich’s natural power should play much better at cozy Miller Park than it did in Miami.

“Shaw said, ‘You’ll see,'” said Yelich. “That’s where they leave it at. It’s not a bad hitters’ park, that’s for sure. Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey ”

Video: MIL@OAK: Yelich homers, knocks in four runs vs. A’s

Corey Knebel set strikeout records and made the National League All-Star team after the Brewers installed him as the closer last season, but he might not be the team’s best reliever. That distinction might wind up going to Josh Hader, who didn’t allow a single run during the Arizona portion of Spring Training while striking out 16 batters vs. two walks. Counsell will have to decide how best to deploy his lefty weapon.

“The question is always going to be with Josh, ‘Six outs and days off, or back-to-back and three outs?'” Counsell said. “That’s the question that we’re going to have to answer. Sometimes the game will tell you what the answer to the question is.”

Video: Counsell discusses Hader’s role out of the bullpen

• Braun gets the nod Joe Carter Jersey  on Opening Day because the Brewers face Padres left-hander Clayton Richard, but Braun’s precise role remains an open question. If he plays first against left-handers, it still leaves a majority of games for Counsell to juggle Braun, Cain, Santana and Yelich in the outfield. The Brewers put it in the category of “good problem to have.”

Video: CWS@MIL: Braun fields a grounder at first base

Injury Updates

• Nelson will join the team in San Diego before heading home to Milwaukee to continue his throwing program. If he continues to progress, Nelson could get back on a mound sometime in the middle of April, at which point the Brewers would have a much clearer timetable for his return to the rotation. Besides the timing, the question is whether Nels Blue Jays Jersey Red on will be able to return to his stellar 2017 form following major shoulder surgery.

• Vogt and Logan project  Justin Smoak Jersey for early-May returns to big league action. Both are potentially important pieces because they are left-handed, Vogt a hitter and Logan a reliever. Logan in particular was a notable offseason addition because his presence could free Hader to pitch wherever Counsell deems best in the game.

• Miley, who worked out a deal to stay with the Brewers on his Minor League contract, should beat Vogt and Logan back. Miley will rehab in Phoenix until he can make rehab starts, at which time he can elect free agency if the Brewers don’t have a spot for him in the big leagues. Josh Donaldson Jersey Losing Miley was a blow to the starting rotation, where the club eschewed the big free agents and will try to win instead with depth.

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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