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MIAMI — Watching Josh Hader surrender the tying and go-ahead home runs on back-to-back pitches was surprising. Watching his velocity dip an inning later was enough for Brewers manager Craig Counsell and an athletic trainer to pay a visit to the mound.

Hader dismissed concerns about his health in the wake of a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park in which the Brewers’ best relief weapon looked vulnerable for the first time all season.

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MIAMI — Watching Josh Hader surrender the tying and go-ahead home runs on back-to-back pitches was surprising. Watching his velocity dip an inning later was enough for Brewers manager Craig Counsell and an athletic trainer to pay a visit to the mound.

Hader dismissed concerns about his health in the wake of a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park in which the Brewers’ best relief weapon looked vulnerable for the first time all season.

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Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson went deep on consecutive pitches to start the seventh inning for one Marlins lead, and Miami played small ball in the 10th to beat Brewers closer Corey Knebel.

“I wish I could be perfect every single time I step on that mound, but realistically, I can’t,” said Hader, named to the National League All-Star team a day earlier. “With games like this, you have to just keep moving forward, stay intact with yourself each day.”

All around, it was a frustrating start to the Brewers’ final road trip before the break, especially after winning three of four against the NL East-leading Braves to finish a 6-1 homestand. A day later, Brewers hitters went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and while the Marlins fared even worse at 2-for-12, backup catcher Bryan Holaday‘s single off Knebel with one out in the 10th was enough for a series-opening win.

“The fact is, we had opportunities and we didn’t do enough to win the game,” Counsell said. “We had chances to win the game. We didn’t make plays when we had to, to win this one. We haven’t had a game like that in a while.”

Video: MIL@MIA: Holaday delivers walk-off single in the 10th

Jesus Aguilar‘s National League-leading 23rd home run off Miami’s Jose Urena gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead, and while Aguilar’s throwing error contributed to an unearned run in the fourth inning, Brewers starter Chase Anderson and reliever Jeremy Jeffress combined to carry a 2-1 lead into the seventh.

That’s where the Marlins made their stunning strike against Hader.

Stunning, because he has been arguably the Majors’ best reliever this season, and — arguably again — over much of the past two seasons. Before Monday, Hader never had allowed multiple home runs in JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey  any of his 64 appearances and just two in 44 2/3 innings this season, and none since May 5.

Pitching for the first time since he delivered three scoreless innings six days earlier in a win over the Royals, Hader found immediate trouble with Castro, who fell behind 0-2 and fouled off six of the first eight pitches he saw, including five with two strikes, before getting to an 11th pitch and lining a home run to left field for a 2-2 ballgame.

Anderson got another fastball on the first pitch and hit another home run for a 3-2 Miami lead.

Video: MIL@MIA: Castro, Anderson homer to put Miami ahead

“Their guy has been pretty good, probably one of the best in baseball this year,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “I’m not sure the usage he’s been on lately, but obviously just making him work, guys are eventually going to make a mistake.”

Travis Shaw‘s two-out RBI double in the eighth tied the game again and sent  JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey the teams toward extra innings. For the Marlins, that run was something of a stunner, too, as it snapped Drew Steckenrider‘s scoreless innings streak at 19 2/3 innings.

Video: MIL@MIA: Shaw delivers a game-tying RBI single in 8th

It was in Ha JJ Watt Women’s Jersey der’s second inning of work that Counsell briefly became concerned. He visited the mound with athletic trainer Dave Yeager after Hader walked Cameron Maybin on four pitches, the last two just below 91 mph, according to Statcast™. Hader stayed in the game until yielding to Taylor Williams for the final out of a scoreless eighth.

“I had no idea what [the visit] was for,” Hader said. “I thought it was for somebody else, but all is well over here. I was sweating bullets, so maybe that [affected it]. Maybe I had sweat on the ball and didn’t get behind it as well.”

Added Counsell: “No worries with Josh after the game.”

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Counsell called it “a golden opportunity” in the 10th inning, when the Brewers put Lorenzo Cain on third and Christian Yelich on second with nobody out and the heart of the order coming up against veteran Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler. Aguilar struck out on three pitches and, after Shaw was intentionally walked, Brad Miller swung at a first-pitch sinker at the bottom of the zone and bounced into a routine double play that ended the threat.

“I know he’s trying to get the double play. That’s why they loaded it up there,” Miller said. “I think with him, it’s a really good sinker and you have to see it up and really stay on it. … I had the right idea, he just made a really good pitch and he got me to do exactly what he was trying to get me to do.”

Video: MIL@MIA: Ziegler gets DP with bases full in the 10th

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Aguilar’s power is his best asset, but that costly error aside, he has proven pretty nimble around first base as well. He showed it in the sixth, when Aguilar adjusted to a slightly off-target throw from Jeffress on Maybin’s comebacker and snatched the ball out of the air for the first out of what would become a scoreless inning.

Was it simply instinct taking over?

“Want to hear the truth? I don’t know,” Aguilar said. “I just saw the ball and tried to grab it, and that happened.” More >

Video: MIL@MIA: Aguilar has All-Star type of game in Miami

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Knebel’s trouble began when he hit Miguel Rojas with a pitch, a call Counsell and the Brewers challenged to see whether the baseball actually hit the knob of the bat. The call stood, and Maybin walked on four pitches before both runners pulled off a critical double steal. Holaday, filling in while starting catcher J.T. Realmuto is on paternity leave, grounded a winning single through a drawn-in infield.

Video: MIL@MIA: Hit-by-pitch call on Rojas stands in 10th

UP NEXT
Steady veteran Jhoulys Chacin will become the first Brewer to make his 20th start when he takes the ball against the Marlins at 6:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday. The team is 13-6 when he starts, including a victory over the Braves last week in which Chacin worked seven innings. Miami counters with rookie right-hander Pablo Lopez.

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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MIAMI — Christian Yelich made his return to Marlins Park on Monday at the perfect time — as a newly minted All-Star.

Traded from the Marlins to the Brewers in a Jan. 25 blockbuster, Yelich was among a trio of Brewers named to the Midsummer Classic on Sunday just before the club left for Miami. He went 2-for-5 and scored a run in the Brewers’ 4-3, 10-inning loss to open a three-game series.

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MIAMI — Christian Yelich made his return to Marlins Park on Monday at the perfect time — as a newly minted All-Star.

Traded from the Marlins to the Brewers in a Jan. 25 blockbuster, Yelich was among a trio of Brewers named to the Midsummer Classic on Sunday just before the club left for Miami. He went 2-for-5 and scored a run in the Brewers’ 4-3, 10-inning loss to open a three-game series.

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“It’s special. It’s a good feeling,” Yelich said. “It’s cool to come back with a first-place team and a winning team. It’s great to see some familiar faces around the ballpark. … It’s where it started for me, really. You get all of those memories of your first game playing here as a rookie. Obviously, there were some ups and downs, but it’s exciting to come back here.”

Video: MIL@MIA: Yelich singles in return to Marlins Park

Yelich had already played here as a visitor during the last World Baseball Classic, so Monday wasn’t his first time in the visitors’ clubhouse. Still, this was different.

“He should be really proud coming back here, and he should come in with his head held high,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Video: Yelich, Hader, Cain to play in the 2018 All-Star Game

Missing from Yelich’s homecoming was his best friend on the Marlins, catcher J.T. Realmuto. They were both drafted in 2010 (Yelich in the first round, Realmuto the third), signed within days of each other and began their professional careers as roommates in the Gulf Coast League. They remained teammates and roommates at each level of the Minors, then shared an apartment in Miami as Major Leaguers.

“We didn’t live together last year because he was getting married, and that would have been a little weird,” Yelich said.

Yelich was out in Miami with Realmuto the night Realmuto met his now-wife, Alexis. On Sunday, when Yelich and Realmuto were both named first-time All-Stars and exchanged texts, Yelich learned Realmuto would be placed on the paternity list Monday because Alexis was due to deliver the couple’s first child.

“We were talking yesterday about how special it will be to share our first All-Star Game together,” Yelich said. “It’s only fitting because we had so many memorable moments together coming up through the Minor Leagues, going through the ups and downs. We were living together for a few years, going through tragedies together here. So it’s special to be here for him having a kid.”

Video: MIL@MIA: Brewers booth on Yelich’s return to Miami

Realmuto, incidentally, is a potential player of interest to the Brewers ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, though all indications are the Marlins are unmotivated to move him after dealing Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon last offseason. Realmuto is under club control through 2021 and would bolster a position at which the Brewers entered Monday ranked 13th of 15 NL teams with a .633 OPS.

“I think [Realmuto] is the best catcher in baseball,” Yelich said. “Of course, I’m biased.”

Miley to rejoin rotation
Left-hander Wade Miley is scheduled to come off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Pirates at PNC Park after navigating four Minor League starts without a setback in his strained right oblique. Miley met the team Monday at Marlins Park after Women’s J.J.Watt Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey  a stint with Double-A Biloxi.

His most recent start was his sharpest, Miley said. He threw 57 pitches in four perfect innings with four strikeouts.

“The first couple starts, I was second-guessing myself. I was pulling off on everything,” Miley said. “I don’t know why. I felt fine. I couldn’t make pitches. I just stayed at it and told myself, ‘I’m fine.’ I guess that’s your brain trying to protect your body in a sen JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey se.”

The Brewers have an opening in the rotation after optioning right-hander Aaron Wilkerson back to Triple-A following his Saturday start against the Braves. They’ll need another starter for one of the games of this Saturday’s doubleheader in Pittsburgh.

It’s unlikely to be Brent Suter, who is on the DL with a left forearm tightness. Suter has been playing catch, but his return to the rotation is more likely to come after the All-Star break, Counsell said.

Brewers stump for Aguilar
While National League Final Vote candidate Jesus Aguilar made the media rounds from Miami, Brewers officials back in Milwaukee have been pressing his All-Star Game candidacy with the public. On Tuesday from 8-10 a.m. CT at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts in the Mayfair Collection, 11340 W Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, Wis., the first 500 fans will receive a “Sweet Jesús” doughnut while casting their votes.

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At Marlins Park, teammates wore T-shirts bearing the phrase “I believe in Jesús” for batting practice after spending the day making his case via their social media accounts. Aguilar entered the day tied with Rockies All-Star Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 22 home runs, and tied for third with 63 RBIs. Only Reds All-Star Eugenio Suarez had a better wRC+ or wOBA than Aguilar, who hit his way into regular duty for the Brewers in late April and early May.

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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MIAMI — After a daylong media blitz to promote his candidacy for the National League’s final All-Star Game roster spot, Jesus Aguilar returned to what he does best: hitting dingers.

He looked pretty nimble around first base, too.

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MIAMI — After a daylong media blitz to promote his candidacy for the National League’s final All-Star Game roster spot, Jesus Aguilar returned to what he does best: hitting dingers.

He looked pretty nimble around first base, too.

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Aguilar took the NL lead with home run No. 23 in the fourth inning and made a surprising defensive play in the sixth of the Brewers’ 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Marlins on Monday at Marlins Park, a day after he hit a pair of homers in a win over the Braves at Miller Park and was named one of five NL candidates for the final ticket to Washington, D.C. 

Teammates donned T-shirts bearing the phrase “I believe in Jesús” for batting practice after spending the day making his case via their social media accounts.

“I feel great, that support from my teammates,” Aguilar said. “Those kind of things make me feel good, make me feel like I have to keep going, you know?”

Keep going he did, taking the l JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey ead in an NL home run chase Aguilar didn’t join until he hit his first long ball of the season on April 21, when he was still fighting for playing time in the Brewers’ crowded first-base picture. Milwaukee didn’t give him back-to-back starts until the start of May.

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Now, Aguilar has more home runs than all but four Major League hitters, and it’s a heck of a group: J.D. Martinez, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Jose Ramirez.

“I just go out and try to do my job the right way. I don’t try to think about that other stuff,” Aguilar said. “If you put up a quality at-bat, something is going to happen, for sure. In that moment, I was like, ‘Wow.’ But we lost.”

It wasn’t all good at the plate. Aguilar had a chance to give the Brewers an extra-inning lead when he batted in the 10th with runners at second and third with no outs. He struck out on three pitches, and took responsibility afterward.

“I’m supposed to have a better at-bat, but that’s what we did in the moment,” Aguilar said. “I tried to do my best, but you’re not going to hit every time.”

Video: MIL@MIA: Yelich on Aguilar deserving All-Star berth

Likewise, it was a day of extremes in the field. After a rare throwing error contributed to an unearned run in the fourth inning, Aguilar made his presence felt in a good way in the sixth by making a terrific Women’s J.J.Watt Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey  barehanded play. Aguilar adjusted to a slightly off-target throw from reliever Jeremy Jeffress on Cameron Maybin‘s comebacker and snatched the ball out of the air for the first out of what would become a scoreless inning.

“That was ridiculous,” infielder Brad Miller said. “Not just his barehand, but his footwork, too. Quick feet, light on his feet. That was wild. Look, the way he’s playing right now, it’s all phases of the game, and it’s awesome. It truly is MVP-caliber play.”

Video: Hader on why Aguilar deserves the NL Final Vote

Was it instinct?

“Want to hear the truth? I don’t know,” Aguilar said. “I just saw the ball and tried to grab it, and that happened.”

Brewers officials back in Milwaukee have been pressing his All-Star Game candidacy with the public. On Tuesday from 8-10 a.m. CT at Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts in the Mayfair Collection, 11340 W Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, Wis., the first 500 fans will receive a “Sweet Jesús” doughnut while casting their votes.

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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Top prospects Andrew Knizner of the Cardinals and Luis Ortiz of the Brewers have been named replacements for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington.

Knizner will take the spot of A’s catcher Sean Murphy, who was placed on the disabled list on Monday. The right-hander Ortiz will fill in for righty Forrest Whitley of the Astros, who left his start on Monday with an injury.

Top prospects Andrew Knizner of the Cardinals and Luis Ortiz of the Brewers have been named replacements for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park in Washington.

Knizner will take the spot of A’s catch JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey er Sean Murphy, who was placed on the disabled list on Monday. The right-hander Ortiz will fill in for righty Forrest Whitley of the Astros, who left his start on Monday with an injury.

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Knizner, 23, is ranked the Cards’ No. 5 prospect, and is hitting .318/.386/.430 between stints at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. Power may be the last raw tool that eludes him as he continues his ascent toward the Majors; he has just three homers in 223 at-bats this year. Knizner spent three weeks with Memphis earlier this season — the first time he’s reached that level — when Carson Kelly was called up to St. Louis to fill in while Yadier Molina recovered from emergency surgery following a pelvic injury. In that stretch, Knizer impressed with a .333/.400/.444 line.

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Taken with what was touted as a sneaky solid pick in the seventh round in 2016 by St. Louis, Knizner had his true break out during the Arizona Fall League last season.

Ortiz, 22, is Milwaukee’s No. 4 prospect, and remains at Double-A Biloxi as he works toward a season in full health after battling forearm and hamstring issues early in his young career. He’s on his way to exceeding the career-high 94 1/3 innings this year, now at 49 frames with a career-high 4.41 ERA across 12 outings. He also has 51 strikeouts and a 1.235 WHIP.

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Ortiz, who was drafted by the Rangers with the 30th overall pick in 2014 and came over in the Jonathan Lucroy trade with Texas in 2016, got his first glimpse of JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey  Spring Training with the big league club this year. Scouting reports indicate that if Ortiz can remain healthy and condition his body to fully exploit his 6-foot-3 frame, he has the potential to be a No. 3 starter in a big league rotation.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.


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MIAMI — Jesus Aguilar hasn’t voted yet, he said, but plenty of others have.

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MIAMI — Jesus Aguilar hasn’t voted yet, he said, but plenty of others have.

VOTE Jesus: 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote

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The Brewers slugger led the way in fan balloting in the Final Vote for the last spot on the National League All-Star team in the waning hours of voting, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday. Fans can cast votes exclusively online — on computers, tablets and smartphones — as part of the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, as well as via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, until Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.

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As of Wednesday morning, Aguilar led the five-man NL field, followed by the Giants’ Brandon Belt, the Dodgers’ Max Muncy, the Nationals’ Trea Turner and the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter.

“I was like, ‘Wow, a lot of people are supporting me,'” Aguilar said. “It’s a great feeling. My family is happy, too. Let’s see what happens. I already won, I think — I’ve got that support and all that kind of stuff, and I’ve just got to say thank you to everybody for their support.

“If we win, I’m blessed. If not, I feel like I’m winning already.”

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Aguilar entered Tuesday as the NL leader with 23 home runs and a .639 slugging percentage but needed help to join teammates Lorenzo Cain, Josh Hader and Christian Yelich at the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

The Brewers have found Final Vote success before, landing Geoff Jenkins on the NL squad in 2003 and Corey Hart in 2008 via get-out-the vote campaigns. This year, they have been using the social media hashtag #WeBelieveInJesus to draw attention to Aguilar’s effort.

“Everybody is doing everything they can. I thi JJ Watt Women’s Jersey nk this is something cool,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I just think it’s something the Brewers are good at, and I think our fans are really good at it. From the series we had against the Marlins last year, where 70,000 people showed up on 24 hours’ notice [after Hurricane Maria hit Miami], to having gotten guys in in this same manner in the past. I think our fans and the organization, our players, have done a great job of promoting the cause.”

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Aguilar has been doing his best to keep the movement going. English is his second language, but he was all over television and radio for a second straight day Tuesday as the Brewers spread the message.

“It is different, and it is a lot, and it gets fast, and I do think you get an appreciation for what the players in the league who handle more on a daily basis — the stars of the game — go through,” Counsell said. “It’s something new. But when you start feeling it, you have to know how to handle it. Jesus, from all accounts and what I’ve witnessed, he’s playful with it, and he’s also respectful of it and honored by it. There’s a way to enjoy it.”

Aguilar was enjoying it all and very appreciative of his supporters.

“I’ve just got to say thank you to the fans, thank you to everybody for their support,” he said. “We’ve got to keep going.”

The Final Vote is not fans’ only way to weigh in. On Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted William JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey s Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

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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MIAMI — As Manny Machado trade talk continued to fly Tuesday, Brewers manager Craig Counsell had this message: Embrace the rumor.

“Rumors are a part of this time of the season,” said Counsell, whose club is among at least seven teams with offers out for the Orioles’ All-Star shortstop. “It’s a fun part for fans and for everybody in the organization when you’re a part of a team that’s doing well and looking at acquiring Major L JJ Watt Women’s Jersey eague players.

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MIAMI — As Manny Machado trade talk continued to fly Tuesday, Brewers manager Craig Counsell had this message: Embrace the rumor.

“Rumors are a part of this time of the season,” said Counsell, whose club is among at least seven teams with offers out for the Orioles’ All-Star shortstop. “It’s a fun part for fans and for everybody in the organization when you’re a part of a team that’s doing well and looking at acquiring Major League players.

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“So you see stuff, but I’ve learned that the best way to look at it is we’ve had a lot of conversations internally, and it’s [Brewers general manager David Stearns] and the staff’s job to parse through everything that’s going on. Then, if something happens, we’ll figure it out, and we’ll be a better team for it.”

Stearns declined comment on the record when asked about Sunday’s Baltimore Sun report that delivered an unusually specific list of the teams in on Machado, and a ranking of the desirability of those offers. According to the newspaper, that list, from best to worst offer, went Dodgers, D-backs, Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Indians and Cubs.

Video: LAA@BAL: Machado crushes a 2-run homer to deep left

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, writing for The Athletic, also added the Yankees to the list of Machado suitors and said Baltimore wants the Brewers’ top pitching prospect, Corbin Burnes, who was just called up to the Majors over the weekend, as the centerpiece of a deal with Milwaukee. The Brewers, according to Rosenthal, prefer a package that begins with Triple-A outfielder Brett Phillips and Double-A right-hander Luis Ortiz, who on Tuesday was named as a replacement in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park.

Interest in Burnes jibes with other reporting that the Orioles want Major League-ready pitching in a deal for Machado, who will be a free agent at season’s end.

The Brewers would have a home for Machado at his preferred position, shortstop, as Orlando Arcia remains in the Minor Leagues trying to work out of a deep slump. The Brewers have used a combination of Tyler Saladino, Brad Miller and Nate Orf at the position lately, and Machado, the American League’s starting shortstop in next week’s MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, would represent a dramatic upgrade for a team that is last in the National League in OPS at that position.

Stearns prefers players under club control for multiple years, which he showed in January when he sent four premium prospects to the Marlins for five years of Christian Yelich. But Stearns made a less significant trade last season for free-agent-to-be Anthony Swarzak, who played a critical bullpen role for the Brewers as they chased a postseason berth until the next-to-last day of the regular season.

“Whatever happens is when it happens,” Counsell said. “We’ve certainly got enough challenges here on a daily basis to keep our minds busy. … Nobody is immune to seeing names and stuff like that, though.”

Progress for Suter
Don’t rule out Brent Suter rejoining the Brewers’ starting rotation before the All-Star break just yet. The left-hander, sidelined by a forearm strain, took a significant step forward during a flat-ground throwing session on Tuesday and remains an option to come off the DL to start one game of Saturday’s doubleheader in Pittsburgh.

Video: KC@MIL: Suter strikes out the side in the 2nd inning

“That’s always been the hope and the goal,” Suter said, “but today definitely kind of solidified that in my mind as a possibility, for sure … Trying not to get too hyped up or excited, but I’m encouraged by today.”

Suter expects to throw off the mound on Wednesday in Miami or Thursday in Pittsburgh, after which the Brewers would face a decision.

“That spot is still open. We’re going to wait a little longer JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey  on it,” Counsell said. “We’ll see how Brent is doing. He’s still in the conversation.”

Careful with Cain
After watching him run extensively in the outfield on Sunday and on the basepaths on Monday, Counsell and Milwaukee’s athletic training staff decided Tuesday was the right time to give Lorenzo Cain a day off.

He returned from the 10-day disabled list for a left groin strain on Sunday.

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


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MILWAUKEE — On a night when Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel were essentially unavailable out of the Brewers’ bullpen, Jhoulys Chacin delivered seven effective innings.

The veteran right-hander came one batter shy of three trips through the Braves’ lineup, scattering three hits — two  JJ Watt Women’s Jersey off the bat of Ozzie Albies — and just two, first-inning runs. Aided by four early runs off Atlanta starter Max Fried, Chacin picked up his seventh win as th JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey e Brewers defeated the Braves, 7-2, at Miller Park on Thursday night. With the Cubs idle, the Brewers extended their lead in the National League Central to 1 1/2 games with their NL-best 52nd win.

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MILWAUKEE — On a night when Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel were essentially unavailable out of the Brewers’ bullpen, Jhoulys Chacin delivered seven effective innings.

The veteran right-hander came one batter shy of three trips through the Braves’ lineup, scattering three hits — two off the bat of Ozzie Albies — and just two, first-inning runs. Aided by four early runs off Atlanta starter Max Fried, Chacin picked up his seventh win as the Brewers defeated the Braves, 7-2, at Miller Park on Thursday night. With the Cubs idle, the Brewers extended their lead in the National League Central to 1 1/2 games with their NL-best 52nd win.

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“We’re doing a really nice job,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s our starting pitching that’s doing the nice job. Our bullpen’s gotten on a roll here and is putting up a bunch of zeros. But we’re also getting very effective starts and tonight, seven really strong innings from our starter. The whole staff is pitching very well.”

Chacin struggled in the first, hitting Ender Inciarte to lead off the four-game series, and followed that up by allowing Albies’ third triple of the season. Albies scored when Freddie Freeman bounced a grounder at Chacin, who didn’t hold his gaze at Albies enough to keep him at third base on the throw to first — a play that Counsell said was “really good” and “heads-up baserunning” by Albies.

Video: ATL@MIL: Albies races home on comebacker to the mound

“We started off behind the eight-ball, obviously,” Counsell said. “Jhoulys shut them down in the second, then we had really good at-bats in the second inning.”

Chacin settled in after the first and retired 20 of his last 24 batters faced, striking out seven over his final six innings of work. The two hit batters was a season high, as was the seven innings pitched, tying his May 15 outing in Arizona.

He credited his longevity Thursday to an efficient breaking ball that kept his pitch total at 93 — 62 of which were strikes.

Video: ATL@MIL: Counsell on Chacin’s start, insurance runs

“I threw a lot of curveball/sliders today, well-located, and when I threw my sinker, [I got] the [inning-ending] double play in the sixth [that] was a huge play there,” Chacin said. “Everything was working for me. I was throwing strikes. I threw a lot of balls the last couple games, so I tried to throw strikes and keep the ball down.”

Video: ATL@MIL: Chacin induces double play to end the frame

Counsell needed an extended outing out of Chacin after heavy workloads for his top relievers during the three-game sweep over the Twins earlier this week. Hader worked three scoreless innings of relief Tuesday, Jeffress threw 23 pitches in 1 2/3 innings Wednesday and Knebel worked both days, picking up his ninth and 10th saves.

Already up 4-2 in the eighth inning, the Brewers added three insurance runs, highlighted by a two-run homer from Hernan Perez, who finished a double shy of the cycle. The extra runs kept Jeffress, who warmed up during the eighth inning, in the bullpen as Dan Jennings retired all six batters he faced over the final two frames en route to his first save of the season and second of his career.

Video: ATL@MIL: Perez belts 2-run HR to straightaway center

“Add-on runs always make it a little more comfortable for the ninth,” Counsell said. “We were able to avoid [Jeffress] today, which was nice. Really, two solid and important outings for the bullpen.”

Chacin’s cushion came when the Brewers chased Fried — who was battling a blister on his left middle finger — after three innings and four runs, starting with Jonathan Villar scoring on a sacrifice fly following his first-inning leadoff double. Milwaukee added three more in the third, highlighted by Perez’s triple and Tyler Saladino taking home on a wild pitch.

Video: ATL@MIL: Saladino speeds in from third on wild pitch

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With a 52-35 record, the Brewers are tied with the 1982 team for the best record through 87 games in franchise history.

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Highlight-reel catches are becoming the norm for Keon Broxton JJ Watt Jersey  in center field, who, according to Statcast™, made his fifth four-star catch of the season on Albies’ soft liner in the sixth inning. Entering Thursday, only nine other players had five 4-star catches all season, and Broxton didn’t make his season debut until being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 27. On this occasion, Broxton covered 48 feet in 3.7 seconds to take the wind from Albies’ sails on a play that had just a 35 percent catch probability.

Video: ATL@MIL: Broxton shows off range with running catch

Broxton made just his seventh start of 2018 on Thursday, but has made quite an impact in that short time. The 28-year-old robbed the Twins’ Brian Dozier of a ninth-inning homer Wednesday.

“With Keon, it’s been that he’s in a stretch that is like a hot hitter at the plate, and he makes a play a day where he takes runs off the board,” Counsell said. “Defensively, you’ve got to get opportunities. You’re not guaranteed opportunities like you are when you’re in the lineup. But he’s gotten opportunities and he’s made some plays, and they’ve been run-scoring plays. It’s been incredible really, just to get those opportunities and make very difficult plays.”

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“It is frustrating. I don’t know if they saw something else there. The picture on the scoreboard felt clear. I thought [Acuna] was shaking his top hand on the bat, not even his bottom hand. So I’m not sure what they were looking at on that one. If there are pictures that they saw that we didn’t, maybe we’ll get them. But I don’t know what they saw on that one.” — Counsell, on the Brewers’ seventh-inning challenge where a Ronald Acuna Jr. hit-by-pitch ruling was not overturned, despite it appearing the ball hit the knob of the bat, not Acuna’s hand

Video: ATL@MIL: Acuna hit by pitch after review in the 7th

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Right-hander Freddy Peralta (3-1, 2.28 ERA) makes his second career start at Miller Park when he faces the Braves on Friday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Peralta allowed three runs in the first inning during his last start in Cincinnati, but followed that up with four shutout frames. Atlanta will send right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (6-4, 2.02) to oppose him in the second game of the four-game set.

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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MIAMI — Ideally, the Brewers would have found a low-leverage situation for their 23-year-old top pitching prospect, Corbin Burnes, to make his Major League debut. But sometimes, the baseball gods don’t let you choose.

With his name floated in Manny Machado trade rumors earlier in the day, Burnes debuted in a tight spot Tuesday and went six up, six down to get the job done. He protected a two-run lead with a perfect eighth inning, then returned with a four-run lead in the ninth and finished the Brewers’ 8-4 win at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI — Ideally, the Brewers would have found a low-leverage situation for their 23-year-old top pitching prospect, Corbin Burnes, to make his Major League debut. But sometimes, the baseball gods don’t let you choose.

With his name floated in Manny Machado trade rumors earlier in the day, Burnes debuted in a tight spot Tuesday and went six up, six down to get the job done. He protected a two-run lead with a perfect eighth inning, then returned with a four-run lead in the ninth and finished the Brewers’ 8-4 win at Marlins Park.

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“I would have preferred a different setting for his first outing, but the way our bullpen was lined up, it was his job to get these outs,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “The next time he enters the game, there’s not going to be any bigger spot. So he’s kind of conquered that hurdle and gotten over that bridge. That’s a great sign.”

Video: MIL@MIA: Counsell on win over Marlins, Burnes’ debut

Another great sign for Counsell’s club: At 55-37, the Brewers set a franchise record for victories before the All-Star break with six games left on their first-half schedule.

So, Burnes can say he was part of some history.

“That was everything I’ve dreamed and plus some,” he said. “That was pretty cool.”

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Christian Yelich collected three hits and four RBIs against his former team, and Travis Shaw and Tyler Saladino drove in two runs apiece as Milwaukee rode a four-run second inning to its seventh win in nine games on a night starter Jhoulys Chacin had to grind through 5 2/3 innings.

Video: MIL@MIA: Saladino scores 2 with a single to left

He exited with a 5-4 lead, relievers Dan Jennings and Jeremy Jeffress preserved it, and Shaw added insurance with his 16th home run of the season in the eighth before Burnes, the Brewers’ No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, took over. He’d been in the news Tuesday before throwing his first pitch, after a report that the Orioles coveted the right-hander in trade talks with the Brewers for All-Star shortstop Machado.

As it happened, both men had a big night. Machado had just hit his second home run of the night against the Yankees in Baltimore when Burnes took over in Miami and induced a Miguel Rojas groundout for his first out in the Majors. Cameron Maybin lined out to deep center field, and Bryan Holaday swung on a slider in the dirt for Burnes’ first big league strikeout.

Video: MIL@MIA: Burnes ends clean inning with 1st K in debut

Yelich provided some breathing room in the ninth with a two-run double, giving him a season-high four RBIs in the game and five hits in 10 at-bats in his first two games back at Marlins Park since Miami dealt him to Milwaukee in January.

Those runs sent Burnes back to the mound for another 1-2-3 inning in the ninth and gave closer Corey Knebel a day of rest.

“They were chipping away all night, so to give us a little more breathing room was huge,” Yelich said. “And Corbin was able to shut the door.”

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Shaw provides insurance: One night after a one-run lead slipped away from Josh Hader in the seventh inning, the Marlins were similarly hanging around in the late innings on Tuesday before Shaw and Yelich helped the Brewers pull away. Shaw’s home run in the eighth off Javy Guerra, a solo shot off the facade in t JJ Watt Wisconsin Badgers Jersey he second deck in right field, made it 6-4 and gave Shaw two homers in the past week after he’d gone without one for a 20-game stretch.

Video: MIL@MIA: Shaw clobbers a solo homer to deep right

“I thought Travis’s homer was huge,” Counsell said. “That probably was the big run.”

Welcome home: Yelich was a thorn in his former team’s side from the start, delivering a double in the first inning that set up Shaw’s run-scoring groundout. Then, after Miami scored twice off Chacin in the bottom of that inning, Yelich drove in two more runs with a single in Milwaukee’s four-run second. Each of Yelich’s five hits in the first two games of the series have gone to the opposite field.

“The hit in the second inning was a hit we needed. It got us back into the lead after giving up the lead,” said Counsell. “That was a nice inning. We got the leadoff hitter on, and it looked like it was going to fizzle, and we end up with four runs that inning with some two-out hits.”

Video: MIL@MIA: Yelich smacks a 2-run double down the line

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When Burnes finished the game, he qualified for his first Major League save and became the first pitcher since the Cubs’ Kyuji Fujikawa on April 1, 2013, at Pittsburgh to notch a save in his Major League debut. The only other Brewers pitcher to get a save in his debut was Dave LaPoint in 1980.

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Before he could settle into his outing, Burnes had to deal with some butterflies in his stomach. Catcher Erik Kratz greeted him on the mound at the start of the eighth, and, JJ Watt Color Rush Jersey  according to Burnes, reminded the rookie that he was playing the same game he played growing up in Bakersfield, Calif., and at St. Mary’s College before the Brewers made him their 2016 fourth-round pick.

“Go out there and try to pound the strike zone,” Kratz told him.

The first pitch: A 95.5-mph fastball to the backstop.

Video: MIL@MIA: Burnes’ 1st pitch in MLB goes to backstop

“You can’t groove one for the very first pitch,” Burnes said afterward.

From there, he made quick work, throwing 18 of his final 24 pitches for strikes while topping out at 96.5 mph.

“My read on it is if you get to the big leagues this fast, you know what you’re doing, and you can handle yourself,” said Counsell. “To put together a season like he did last year [when Burnes was Milwaukee’s Minor League player of the year] tells me you’ve got to keep it together, and you’re mentally a pretty focused kid. Our feel on him is limited, but based on his history as a Brewer, that’s kind of what I’ve gathered.”

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“There is really good depth on this team. I’m so happy in this organization, and hopefully, I can teach them a little bit and learn from them, too. They have such good stuff. Freddy [Peralta] has that good cut fastball, and then to see Burnes with electric stuff. To go to the postseason, you see guys like that, rookies, make the difference.” — Chacin, on what he’s seen from Brewers callups

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Peralta (4-1, 2.14 ERA) will start in Wednesday’s series finale against Miami at 6:10 p.m. CT at Marlins Park. Peralta, the No. 9 Brewers prospect per MLB Pipeline, has held big league batters to a .134 average and tallied 46 strikeouts through his first six starts. The Marlins will counter with right-hander Dan Straily (3-4, 4.55).

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


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MILWAUKEE — Playing with a chip on his shoulder worked for one notable Wisconsin athlete. Perhaps it will work for another.

Sounding a bit like Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers after he slipped to the Green Bay Packers at No. 24 in the 2005 NFL Draft, California prep shortstop Brice Turang said he was determined to make teams regret letting him fall to the Brewers at No. 21 in the MLB Draft last month. Turang signed Thursday for $3.4111 million, a Los Angeles Rams Custom Jersey ccording to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

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MILWAUKEE — Playing with a chip on his shoulder worked for one notable Wisconsin athlete. Perhaps it will work for another.

Sounding a bit like Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers after he slipped to the Green Bay Packers at No. 24 in the 2005 NFL Draft, California prep shortstop Brice Turang said he was determined to make teams regret letting him fall to the Brewers at No. 21 in the MLB Draft last month. Turang signed Thursday for $3.4111 million, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

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“Obviously, there were some teams that didn’t like me and some teams that did,” said Turang, who was mentioned as a possible top overall pick before his senior season at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. “It happened to work that way, and I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m going to go out there and put a chip on my shoulder and play as hard as I can to pretty much show what they lost.

“That’s just kind of how I am.”

Video: Draft 2018: Brewers draft SS Brice Turang No. 21

Turang had a scholarship waiting at LSU had he opted not to sign with the Brewers, and he said the decision went nearly down to the wire. It wasn’t until Wednesday, Turang said, that he knew for sure he was going the professional route. He put pen to paper at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoeni Custom Los Angeles Rams Women’s Jersey x on Thursday, a day before the deadline.

In the run-up to that life-altering decision, Turang tried to keep things as normal as possible.

“I went out and hit, I hung out with my friends,” he said. “I wasn’t quite thinking about it. Then we were kind of getting to the deadline and I was like, ‘OK, let’s try to figure this out.’ So we did. Now I’m out here in Arizona playing for the Brewers.”

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It was “extremely hard” to pass on a scholarship to play for LSU, he said.

“I’m not going to look behind,” said Turang. “I wish LSU the best of luck. They’re going to go out here and win a national championship. I know they will. It was a tough call, but I’m excited to be out here.”

Turang will begin his professional career in the Rookie-level Arizona League, but the Brewers have shown a willingness to advance high school picks to the Pioneer League in their first year of pro ball. That was the path of outfielder Tristen Lutz last year after the Brewers drafted him 34th overall. This year, Lutz is playing at Class A Wi Custom Women’s Rams Jersey sconsin as a 19-year-old.

“[Turang] hasn’t seen live pitching in quite a while, so we’ll get him ramped back up down there in Arizona and let him get his feet wet on the routine of being a professional baseball player,” Brewers amateur scouting director Tod Johnson said. “Then, we’ll see.”

The Brewers struck one other agreement on deadline day with 20th round pick Joey Matulovich, a right-hander coming off his junior season at Cal. His bonus was lower than $125,000, so it did not count against Milwaukee’s pool. The Brewers signed fewer players than in past years — 23 of 40 Draft picks, plus eight undrafted free agents — but still exceeded their pool by nearly four percent and will pay a tax on that overage. Milwaukee used its remaining dollars to make some last-minute offers Friday to players with college offers, but none bit.

“I think we took an ‘aggressive’ class, as far as a lot of high school kids after the 10th round,” Johnson said. “They obviously have options, and junior college players as well, to go to school if we don’t reach an agreement. In other cases, for instance with [12th rounder] Korry Howell and [12th rounder] Reese Olson and [24th rounder] Wade Beasley and [25th rounder] Pablo Garabitos, we were able to get those guys to sign. We feel good abo Women’s Nike Custom Made Los Angeles Rams Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey for Sale ut that.”

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


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MILWAUKEE — One day after the Brewers signed 2018 first-round Draft pick Bryce Turang, last year’s top pick was named to the prestigious SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

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MILWAUKEE — O Custom Rams Jersey ne day after the Brewers signed 2018 first-round Draft pick Bryce Turang, last year’s top pick was named to the prestigious SiriusXM All-Star Futu Custom Los Angeles Rams Women’s Jersey res Game.

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Fast-rising infielder Keston Hiura, MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 Brewers prospect and No. 30 on the overall Top 100 list, will be Milwaukee’s lone representative at the prospect showcase on July 15 at Nationals Park in Washington.

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The Brewers drafted Hiura ninth overall last year, and he was limited to designated hitter duty while recovering from a right elbow injury. He has split time between second base and DH this year and remains a hitt Los Angeles Rams Custom Jersey ing machine at Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Biloxi, entering Friday with a .322/.381/.523 slash line between the two stops.

Hiura was sidelined recently with a mild strain of his left thumb, but returned to Biloxi’s lineup on Friday.

He’s one of 30 members of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects slated to take part in the game, which will stream live on MLB.com. MLB Network will exclusively televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 3 p.m. CT, with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and Jim Callis calling the contest live. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers.

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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