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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The fans and volunteers responded with cheering and applause.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video: MIL@CHC: Davies strikes out Heyward swinging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Here’s MLB Pipeline‘s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Mi Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey nor Leagues on Monday.

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

Fresh off earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, MJ Melendez enjoyed the biggest offensive performance of his young career.

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Melendez, Kansas City’s No. 4 prospect, hit a three-run home run and a pair of doubles en route to a career-high six R Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey BIs on Monday, pacing Class A Lexington in an 18-2 rout of Rome. He finished 3-for-6, also scoring two runs in the contest.

The Royals’ second-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Melendez was named to the Pipeline PTOW after he led all qualified team Top 30 prospects in slugging (1.042) and ranked second in home runs (tied-four) and OPS (1.503).

With his home run on Monday, the 19-year-old catcher has now homered in five of his past seven games, giving him eight home runs on the season along with a share of fourth place on the South Atlantic League leaderboard. Overall, Melendez has produced a .271 batting average with 21 extra-base hits and a .627 slugging percentage, the circuit’s second-best mark, in 31 games.

Lexington scored at least four runs in three different innings as the top five hitters in the Legends’ lineup combined for 17 hits and 13 RBIs. Among those standouts was first baseman Nick Pratto (No. 2), who went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. The 2017 first-rounder is slashing .272/.321/.444 in his first full season, with six homers, 22 RBIs and five steals in 38 games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

No. 3 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) blasted his eighth home run, bumping him up to second place on the Double-A Southern League leaderboard. The solo shot was the lone hit in four at-bats for the 21-year-old outfielder, who owns a .328 average with 29 RBIs through 31 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox

• No. 22 overall prospect Willy Adames (Rays’ No. 2) tallied two hits, including a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning, his fourth homer this season. The 22-year-old shortstop has been consistent in his second tour of the International League, slashing .311/.387/.466 over 40 games.

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At the Class A Advanced level, Jesus Sanchez (No. 53 overall, Rays’ No. 4) hit a two-run homer and finished 2-for-5, leading Charlotte past Tampa, 12-9. The 20-year-old outfielder has put up big numbers so far in the Florida State League, producing a .353/.367/.549 batting line, six home runs and 30 RBIs in 37 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Jesus Sanchez, OF, Rays

• No. 48 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers’ No. 3) went 2-for-5 with his second home run in as many days as Double-A Tulsa fell to Arkansas, 7-6. The homer, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, was the 19-year-old catcher’s sixth in 33 games this season, and he’s now hitting .375 with eight RBIs during his current 10-game hitting streak. DJ Peters (No. 6) also homered for the Drillers, his ninth of the year.

Video: Top Prospects: Keibert Ruiz, C, Dodgers

• No. 68 overall prospect Jon Duplantier (D-backs’ No. 1) completed a season-high six innings of two-hit ball in his first scoreless start of the season as Double-A Jackson beat Pensacola, 5-0, in a rain-shortened game. He induced seven ground-ball outs and struck out six in the outing, throwing 51 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old righty has pitched to a 2.37 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings (six starts) this season after getting a late start due to a hamstring injury.

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Angels No. 11 prospect Jose Suarez racked up 11 strikeouts for a second straight start, tossing five scoreless innings of two-hit ball as Double-A Mobile blanked Jacksonville, 1-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The 20-year-old lefty has already registered a trio of double-digit strikeout performances this season and sports a 69-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in a combined 38 2/3 innings (nine st Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey arts) between Mobile and Class A Advanced Inland Empire.

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Brewers No. 18 prospect Jake Gatewood was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs to help power Double-A Biloxi past Chattanooga, 12-7. The multi-hit effort was Gatewood’s sixth in his past 11 games, during which he’s improved his average from .175 to .241.

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Brewers No. 22 prospect Trey Supak posted six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in Class A Advanced Carolina’s 4-2 win against Down East. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in all but one of his nine starts this season and currently ranks among the Carolina League leaders with a 1.76 ERA (second), 48 strikeouts (tied-second) and 51 innings pitched (first).

Cardinals No. 11 prospect Austin Gomber struck out nine batters over eight innings, marking his fourth eight-plus strikeout performance in his past five starts for Triple-A Memphis. The big left-hander allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks as he paced the Redbirds in a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City. He’s fanned 57 batters in 49 innings (eight starts) on the season while pitching to a 4.04 ERA.

Rangers No. 30 prospect Tyler Phillips hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past three starts after tossing seven scoreless innings in a no-decision for Class A Hickory. Throwing 55 of his 79 pitches for strikes, the 20-year-old right-hander yielded five hits and struck out seven while generating another nine outs via ground balls. He’s lowered his ERA from 4.73 to 2.86 across his past three turns, allowing 13 hits and striking out 18 in 17 1/3 innings.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers didn’t muster much against Zack Greinke when they faced him last week in Phoenix, but Travis Shaw & Co. powered their way to a win in Monday’s rematch at Miller Park.

Shaw connected for a two-out, two-run home run off Greinke in the bottom of the first inning, and Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain added solo shots to back Chase Anderson‘s return from the disabled list in Milwaukee’s 4-2 win over the D-backs.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers didn’t muster much against Zack Greinke when they faced him last week in Phoenix, but Travis Shaw & Co. powered their way to a win in Monday’s rematch at Miller Park.

Shaw connected for a two-out, two-run home run off Greinke in the bottom of the first inning, and Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain added solo shots to back Chase Anderson‘s return from the disabled list in Milwaukee’s 4-2 win over the D-backs.

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The Brewers have hit 20 home runs while winning eight of their last 11 games, a stretch that includes three wins in four tries against a D-backs team that has lost 11 of 12. First-place Milwaukee remained 1 1/2 games up on the Cardinals in the NL Central.

“This is kind of what we’ve been searching for all year,” said Shaw, who has emerged from a 5-for-50 funk to hit .325 with four home runs in his last 10 starts. “It took a while to show up, but consistently we’ve done a pretty good job now for a couple of weeks.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Shaw crushes a 2-run homer to center in 1st

Anderson, back from a stomach bug to pitch six quality innings, was not the only Brewers pitcher returning to a familiar role. Corey Knebel, who missed a month with a hamstring injury before easing back to action over the past two weeks, closed it out for his first save since the season-opening series in San Diego.

Anderson surrendered a single to the first batter he faced, hit another and walked two in the first inning, including free-swinging second baseman Ketel Marte with the bases loaded. But Shaw gave the Brewers the lead one half-inning later before Santana (fourth inning in a 3-0 count) and Cain (sixth inning) added insurance, while Anderson settled in to work through the end of the sixth. He allowed two runs on thr Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ee hits.

Video: ARI@MIL: Santana skies a solo homer to right field

Of Shaw’s homer, Anderson said, “It was a nice answer. Travis has just been awesome this season. When he answers like that with a two-run homer it gives you confidence that we are going to score some runs today.”

That was no sure thing entering the day against Greinke, who was tough on Milwaukee hitters six days earlier at Chase Field while allowing one run on four hits in six innings of a 2-1 D-backs win. In his first three starts of May, Greinke had surrendered only three earned runs in 18 2/3 innings against the Astros, Nationals and Brewers.

Video: ARI@MIL: Cain crushes a solo homer to left-center

And the Brewers — at least manager Craig Counsell, a former teammate in 2011 — knew that Greinke has been a force at Miller Park, especially during his season and a half pitching for Milwaukee in 2011-12, when he was 15-0 with a 2.93 ERA here.

But Monday was different, beginning with Shaw.

“Any time you have a pitcher like Greinke on the mound, playing with the lead is significantly different,” Counsell said. “It is the first inning, but it felt like a game where runs were going to be scarce. Getting that lead is certainly more comfortable, and it probably was one of the more important plays of the game tonight.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Counsell on Anderson’s start in 4-2 win

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Knebel closes it out: “It had been a while. That was good to hear,” said Knebel after Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” shook Miller Park’s sound system at the start of the ninth. That guitar riff announced Knebel’s first save opportunity at home all season, and Knebel made quick work of the D-backs in a 13-pitch, 12-strike inning that included a strikeout. Counsell had been ready to put Knebel back in a save situation, where he feels the 2017 All-Star best fits the res Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey t of the Brewers’ bullpen picture, for more a week. The g Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey ames did not cooperate until Monday.

“I knew it was going to be coming soon,” said Knebel. “It’s good to be here at home.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Knebel works a perfect 9th for his 2nd save

SOUND SMART
Josh Hader gets more headlines, but Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress is quietly putting together his own All-Star Game case. His scorel Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey ess eighth inning Monday was Jeffress’ 21st consecutive appearance without being charged with a run, during which he has held hitters 5-for-64 (.078). It’s the longest streak of scoreless appearances in the Major Leagues this season, and the longest by a Brewers pitcher since John Axford Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey  went 23 consecutive outings without being charged with a run in 2013.

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Shaw’s contributions were not limited to the batter’s box. Twice, he robbed D-backs cleanup man Paul Goldschmidt of a hit, first on a backhanded play in the third inning and then on a charging, barehanded play in the eighth. After a slew of April errors by the team’s infielders, Counsell has lauded his team’s run prevention of late.

“When you make that many errors early, you don’t want to be looked at as a bad defensive team. At least I don’t,” Shaw said. “I think a lot of guys pride in it. I take pride in it. We had to focus a little bit more.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Shaw charges for a great barehanded stop

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Anderson was rolling by the fifth inning, retiring 11 in a row before a leadoff walk to Jeff Mathis. Anderson erased that runner with David Peralta‘s inning-ending double play, though it took a terrific stretch by first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who did the splits while holding first base, plus a Brewers challenge. Peralta initially was ruled safe on the play, but that was overturned upon review.

Video: ARI@MIL: Peralta out at first after challenge in 5th

UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 3.63 ERA) will look to continue his impressive May when he starts Tuesday’s 6:40 p.m. CT rematch against the D-backs in the second game of a 10-game Brewers homestand. Chacin sports a 1.96 ERA through 18 1/3 innings over three starts this month, including seven innings of one-run ball last week in Arizona. Right-hander Matt Koch (2-2, 4.06 ERA) will get the nod for the D-backs.

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MILWAUKEE — Twenty-one-year-old Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta returned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday after the team activated Opening Day starter Chase Anderson from the 10-day disabled list to work against the D-backs.

Peralta’s six walks in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday showed he still has work to do. A 13-strikeout gem against the Rockies six days earlier showed he has the stuff to get big league hitters out.

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MILWAUKEE — Twenty-one-year-old Brewers pitching prospect Freddy Peralta returned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday after the team activated Opening Day starter Chase Anderson from the 10-day disabled list to work against the D-backs.

Peralta’s six walks in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday showed he still has work to do. A 13-strikeout gem against the Rockies six days earlier showed he has the stuff to get big league hitters out.

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“Going back down, he’ll have all the confidence in the world knowing you can pitch at this level,” said Brandon Woodruff, a teammate in both the Majors a Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey nd Minors this season who ex Marco Estrada Canada Day Jersey perienced his own big league debut last year. “His first one was spectacular, and then you’re going to have your lumps here. He’ll be just fine. He’s a good kid.”

Peralta’s demotion was not a surprise, since Anderson was ready to return from a DL stint (illness), and another member of the Opening Day rotation, Zach Davies, is due back later this week from a shoulder injury.

Video: MIL@COL: Peralta strikes out 13 over 5 2/3 in debut

Davies said he expects to start Thursday against the Mets, though the Brewers were not ready to make anything official until Davies, who made a Minor League rehab start on Saturday for Class A Wisconsin, cleared his between-starts bullpen session.

“Look, we’re at a stage that when the guys come here, they’re expected to help us win. That’s what Freddy did,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But you get all the other stuff out of the way, the butterflies, the nerves, the stuff you can’t replicate anywhere else. He’s comfortable with the guys, knows what to expect on his start day, has some feel of the lay of the land.

“But the big thing is he came here and helped us win two games. That’s the main thing.”

Peralta’s 18 strikeouts in his first two Major League starts set a Brewers record. Thirteen of them came in 5 2/3 scoreless innings of his Mother’s Day debut in Denver, when Peralta carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning with his family in the stands at Coors Field, watching him pitch professionally for the first time.

Video: Peralta joins MLB Tonight to discuss his MLB debut

The follow-up was not as sharp, as Peralta, whom MLB Pipeline ranks as Milwaukee’s No. 9 prospect, walked the Twins’ leadoff man in four of the five innings he took the mound. Peralta was charged with four earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts in four-plus innings.

“First game, for sure, should give him confidence. Second game, he needs to figure out what he did wrong,” said catcher Manny Pina, who said the key was a lack of fastball command in blustery conditions at Target Field. “He’ll be back here, for sure.”

Pondering pitching
Counsell and the Brewers watched with some interest as the Rays tabbed veteran reliever Sergio Romo as their starting pitcher for back-to-back games against the Angels over the weekend.

Former Brewers general manager Doug Melvin floated a simila Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey r idea for years: Start one of your best relievers and pitch him an inning or two or three, then turn to an innings-eating “starter.” The idea is to maximize your chances of grabbing a lead and taking control of how the manager deploys his pitching the rest of the game.

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Video: Counsell on Romo making two consecutive starts

“I understand why they did it in this situation with the Angels’ lineup,” said Counsell. “They’ve been [creative] all year, too, and their thought process with it. I think it’s a different way of saying, ‘How can we get 27 outs?’ That’s the question they’re asking, and they’re trying to find the best way to get 27 outs. I appreciate that they’re trying to answer the question in a different way, and they’re trying to find a bit of an edge.

“Doug’s talked about it for a long time. It presents different challenges in [the National League, where pitchers hit]. … It’s a different question in our league I think, and there are still answers for it. We’ve talked about, but it’s a more complicated question.”

The Brewers did start short-stint relief pitchers for some games last August and September after Jimmy Nelson went down with a shoulder injury, but not on consecutive days.

Suter to start
Counsell tabbed Brent Suter to start what had been an open date on the schedule Wednesday against the D-backs and said Woodruff would be available out of the bullpen for the time being.

Woodruff, incidentally, turned heads in the clubhouse on Monday afternoon after he shaved off the long, red beard he’d been growing since 2016. He said he simply felt like a change.

“Everybody was freaking out, coming in here,” Woodruff said with a laugh.

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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MINNEAPOLIS — Is Josh Hader pitching his way onto the National League All-Star team? What about the way-too-early NL Cy Young Award debate?

Brewers manager Craig Counsell will leave those questions to observers outside the clubhouse.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Is Josh Hader pitching his way onto the National League All-Star team? What about the way-too-early NL Cy Young Award debate?

Brewers manager Craig Counsell will leave those questions to observers outside the clubhouse.

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“I think Josh is pitching really well and affecting a lot of our games — and affecting them in a pretty meaningful way,” Counsell said. “And we highly value the impact he’s making. Whether that merits [honors and awards], that’s what baseball fans love to debate.

“I hope he keeps pitching like this, and I hope he makes them debate it.”

In the wake of Hader’s latest strikeout special, a 2 1/3-inning outing Saturday in which he struck out the final six batters he faced for a 5-4 win over the Twins, here are some of the more eye-popping things about the left-hander’s start to the season:

• Ninety-five hitters have dug in against Hader. Fifty-six of them have struck out. That 59-percent strikeout rate would shatter the all-time record (min. 25 batters faced) set by the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman in 2014, when he struck out 52.5 percent of hitters. The only other pitcher in history to Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  strike out more than half of the hitters he faced was then-Braves closer Craig Kimbrel at 50.2 percent in ’12.

• Hader, 24, is also on a pace to break Chapman’s record for strikeouts per nine innings (min. 25 batters faced). Hader has 18.44 so far, to Chapman’s 17.67 in ’14.

• Hader’s Major League-leading 0.51 WHIP after 27 1/3 innings is also historic. According to STATS Inc., the record-low WHIP for a pitcher in 25-plus innings is 0.36, by Ed Cushman of the Milwaukee Cream Citys in 1884. Hader’s 0.51 is next, then Boston’s Koji Uehara‘s 0.57 in 74 1/3 innings in 2013.

• Hader, a relief pitcher, entered Sunday ranked 11th in the NL in strikeouts. Every other pitcher in the top 28 is a starter who had pitched at least 15 more innings than Hader.

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• His strikeout rate is not abating as hitters get more aggressive earlier in counts. Twenty-seven of Hader’s last 38 outs have come via strikeout.

• “I don’t know if anybody has struck out 200 people out of the bullpen before, but …” Twins manager Paul Molitor said Saturday after Hader’s outing left him on pace for 197 strikeouts in 56 games spanning 95 1/3 innings. His instinct was correct; nobody in Major League history has ever topped 200 strikeouts pitching exclusively in relief. Only six men have topped 150 strikeouts, led by 181 for Boston’s Dick Radatz in 157 relief innings in 1974. The closest thing to what Hader is doing was Astros closer Brad Lidge in 2004, when he struck out 157 batters in 94 2/3 innings.

• Both of Hader’s wins, five of his six saves and 10 of his 16 outings overall have spanned at least two full innings. The Dodgers’ Mike Marshall owns the Major League record with 62 multi-inning appearances in 1974, the year he won NL Cy Young Award honors. Hader won’t get to 62, but he does have a chance to become the first reliever since Mariano Rivera in ’96 to get to 35 appearances of two-plus innings.

• His sling-like delivery makes Hader death on left-handed hitters, who are 1-for-28 (.036) against him. Miami’s Justin Bour singled off Hader on April 22 at Miller Park.

• Hader has gotten to two strikes against 75 batters, for whom it looks like walk or bust. Five have walked. One — Steven Souza Jr., with a full-count single off Hader last week — has gotten a hit, for a batting average of .014.

• Hader’s 57.1-percent contact rate is the lowest in baseball for pitchers who have logged at least 10 innings this season, but the Twins didn’t come close to that on Saturday. They made zero after Eddie Rosario hit consecutive foul balls while leading off the eighth inning. That’s a span of six different batters, 21 pitches/16 strikes, with no contact. In all, Hader threw 22 strikes, and the Twins had 15 swings and misses.

Video: MIL@CIN: Hader records 8 K’s on 8 outs for the save

• The Reds know the feeling. On April 30 at Great American Ball Park, Hader logged an eight-out save while getting every out via strikeout. No one had ever struck out all eight batters in a 2 2/3-innings appearance.

“I’m really just trying to do my best to attack hitters and keep them off-balance,” Hader said. “[On Saturday] the fastball was there, so it just came down to executing.”

The buzz is building, with one national publication this weekend picking up on Hader’s bid for the NL All-Star team.

Does Counsell worry Hader will get caught up in it if that buzz builds?

“Players are human. They’re affected by a lot,” Counsell said. “And a lot of things that we don’t always advertise. They’ve got everything going on. They’ve got pressure. Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey  I’m not singing a sob story for the players, by any means. But keeping them focused on what they can control is important. So that’s what we’ll continue to do.”

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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MINNEAPOLIS — Win or lose Sunday, it was going to be the Brewers’ most successful road trip of 10 or more games in 30 years.

They would have liked it to be just one win better.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Win or lose Sunday, it was going to be the Brewers’ most successful road trip of 10 or more games in 30 years.

They would have liked it to be just one win better.

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Jesus Aguilar homered in all three games against the Twins, including Sunday’s tying shot in the sixth, but the Twins struck for a pair of runs against relievers Taylor Williams and Boone Logan in the eighth inning to avoid a sweep and send the Brewers to a 3-1 loss at Target Field.

Video: MIL@MIN: Counsell on the loss to the Twins

The Brewers settled for seven wins in 10 games on a journey through Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota, marking only the fifth time in 50 years as a franchise, and the first time since an 8-2 road run in 1988, that they’d won at least seven times on a trip of 10 or more games. Somehow, a 1973 Brewers team that finished 14 games under .500 had an 11-1 road trip that June.

“That’s a hell of a road trip for a 10-dayer, and a couple of those losses are thanks to me,” said Logan. “We could possibly have done a little better than that. But 7-3 is good.”

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How did manager Craig Counsell analyze it?

“I don’t analyze 7-3 other than we had a good trip. We won three series,” he said. “If you win three series in a row on the road, you feel like you’re doing your job. You move on to the next one.”

Twice on this trip, a leadoff walk issued by the rookie Williams led to the game’s decisive run scoring against the veteran Logan. Williams walked Brian Dozier leading off the eighth inning after being ahead in the count, 0-2, and four batters later with the bases loaded and one out, Logan Morrison connected against Logan for a two-run single off the wall in right field.

“It really hurts when you give them free bases like that,” said Williams, who has 23 strikeouts in 15 innings this season, but also 11 walks. “That’s what’s hurt me the last two situations, and it’s something I’ve got to get over the hump on if I want to pitch in those situations.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Morrison rips a go-ahead 2-run single in 8th

With the go-ahead runner aboard, on came Logan, who joined the Brewers’ active roster at the start of the road trip after recovering from a triceps injury. He has had a lot of career success against left-handed hitters but not so far with the Brewers — they are 5-for-9 against him with three wa Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey lks (one intentional), including Morrison’s tiebreaking hit.

“He’s struggled so far, there’s no question,” Counsell said. “It’s only been 10 days, but we haven’t seen the swing and miss on the slider from left-handers. That’s the thing you’re waiting to see.”

Said Logan: “At the end of the day I need to get those outs. I’ve got one job to do and I haven’t really been doing it against lefties at all. It’s a small sample size. I’m confident I’ll turn it around. But trying to figure it out in a tight ballgame in the eighth isn’t ideal. I’ve just got to find a way to Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  get outs.”

Twins starter Jake O Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey dorizzi struck out 10 batters in 5 2/3 innings to help prevent the Brewers from moving 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.

Milwaukee will open a 10-game homestand Monday atop the National League Central at 28-19 with a reawakened offense that averaged 5.3 runs per game on the trip. When they hit the road, the Brewers were 28th in the Majors at 3.7 runs per game.

Video: MIL@MIN: Guerra strands a pair in the 4th inning

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Twins strike first: Jett Bandy started behind the plate for the Brewers and had a bad fifth inning. He struck out to end the top of the frame with a pair of runners on base, then bounced a throw into center field when Byron Buxton stole second base on Dozier’s swinging strike three in the bottom of the Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey  inning to push Buxton to third. The Brewers called for lefty reliever Dan Jennings and pulled the infield in against Max Kepler, who capitalized by grounding a single through second base for a 1-0 lead.

Video: MIL@MIN: Kepler singles to drive in a run in the 5th

“When you’re bringing him in there, that’s what you’re thinking: a ground ball,” Counsell said. “If anything, I thought we got a tough break on the strikeout. The ball’s in the dirt, it’s a tough ball to throw for Jett, and then [second baseman Jonathan Villar] couldn’t stop it. You’d kind of like to have that one back and have him on second base, and maybe something different happens there.”

Aguilar ties it: Aguilar hit four home runs in three games against the Twins, giving the first baseman five homers on the trip while he went 12-for-39 (.308) with nine RBIs. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich had just struck out against Odorizzi when Aguilar connected with an 0-2 pitch for a home run that tied the game at 1.

“He was brilliant this weekend,” Counsell said. “Four homers. Three straight days of it. He’s swinging a really nice bat, and he’s pretty locked in.”

UP NEXT
Chase Anderson will come off the 10-day disabled list to start Monday’s 6:40 p.m. CT game against the D-backs, the opener of a 10-game Brewers homestand. Anderson was scratched from a start in Denver at the beginning of the Brewers’ just-completed road trip when he fell ill the night before, and with another starter, Zach Davies, down with a shoulder injury, the Brewers made the decision to place Anderson on the DL. He was feeling better by the following day, and spent the rest of the week working out and keeping his arm in shape. Zack Greinke will start for the D-backs.

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


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MINNEAPOLIS — Freddy Peralta‘s second Major League start lacked the electricity of his first, so Christian Yelich and Josh Hader provided the power instead.

Yelich skied a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, while Hader dominated Twins hitters for the final seven outs of the game, the last six of which were swinging strikeouts, to seal a 5-4 Brewers win on Saturday at Target Field.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Freddy Peralta‘s second Major League start lacked the electricity of his first, so Christian Yelich and Josh Hader provided the power instead.

Yelich skied a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, while Hader dominated Twins hitters for the final seven outs of the game, the last six of which were swinging strikeouts, to seal a 5-4 Brewers win on Saturday at Target Field.

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“You know, we’ve been rolling,” said Hader, “and we’re just going to keep this momentum.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Hader strikes out 6 in a row to end the game

It was Milwaukee’s seventh win in the first nine games of a road trip that concludes Sunday afternoon. In all seven of those victories, the Brewers have scored at least five runs. In their last six wins, they have hit multiple home runs.

They have scored so much that Hader had only pitched twice on the trip before Saturday’s overpowering 32-pitch, 22-strike effort.

“It’s not really surprising anymore,” Yelich said. “He seems to do it every time he comes in the game, but it’s special. He’s been huge for us.

“It gives us, as an offense, that feeling that if the game is tied late, with our bullpen … we just have to find a way to push one across. If we do, we like our chances.”

Yelich provided that one run when he connected with a down-the-middle fastball from Twins reliever Addison Reed with one out in the eighth inning. Yelich has a hit in 16 of his last 18 games, including eight of the nine games on this trip.

Jesus Aguilar also homered for the Brewers, his third in the first two games of this series, and Manny Pina continued a productive trip by driving in one run and scoring another in the Brewers’ game-tying two-run fifth inning.

Video: MIL@MIN: Aguilar crushes a homer to center in the 4th

“It seems like it’s been somebody different every night,” Yelich said. “That’s what it takes to go on a run like this.”

Peralta, the 21-year-old Brewers right-hander who made a Mother’s Day splash by striking out 13 Rockies in 5 2/3 innings of a scoreless Major League debut, set a franchise record by running his strikeout total to 18 through his first two career starts. But Saturday’s follow-up outing was not quite the same, as he walked more batters (six) than he struck out (five) and did not record an out beyond the fourth inning. Peralta finished his start allowing four runs on three hits.

“I was feeling good, but it was not the Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  best day for me,” Peralta said. “I was trying to keep the game as close as I can.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Peralta strikes out Escobar to escape a jam

He did, and Dan Jennings, Jeremy Jeffress and Hader held Minnesota scoreless over the final five innings. Hader recorded the final out of the seventh, struck out the side in the eighth and then after opening the ninth inning with a walk, he struck out the side again in the ninth for the victory.

“I know what it’s like to be on the other end of that,” said Yelich, who struck out in both of his at-bats against Hader last season when he was with the Marlins. “It’s just an uncomfortable at-bat. He really taxes you. I’m glad he’s on our side.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Walks will haunt: Aside from a three-batter, three-strikeout third inning, Peralta worked in traffic all night. He walked Minnesota’s leadoff hitter in four of the five innings he started, and those free baserunners turned into runs twice, including the fourth, when Twins center fielder Jake Cave hit a go-ahead two-run home run for his first hit in his own Major League debut.

With Chase Anderson (illness) due back from the 10-day disabled list on Monday and Zach Davies (shoulder) not far behind, it is unclear when and where Peralta will next pitch.

“If I have to go back to [Triple-A] Colorado Springs, I know I will be here someday,” Peralta said.

Sneak attack: With the game tied at 4, Jennings found trouble after Logan Morrison pulled a double to right field to lead off the sixth inning. Shortstop Orlando Arcia helped erase that runner, sneaking behind Morrison for Jennings’ on-target pickoff throw. The Twins didn’t move a runner past first base the rest of the game.

“It’s something that Orlando is so good at. His sense of timing in those plays is wonderful,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s not a fielding play necessarily, but that’s a big-time defensive play by a shortstop, and Dan made a nice throw.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Jennings nabs Morrison at second on pickoff

SOUND SMART
Including the six strikeouts Saturday, all on fastballs, Hader has whiffed 56 of the 95 batters he’s faced this season, a 59-percent rate that is 10 percentage points higher than second-place Adam Ottavino of the Rockies. For pitchers who have faced at least 25 batters in a season, the all-time record is Aroldis Chapman‘s 52.5-percent strikeout rate for the Reds in 2014.

“It’s hard not to be [impressed],” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We’ve seen him a little bit in the past, and obviously you know that his strikeout ratio is getting a lot of attention. If you’re wondering about the new analytics, everything he does shows up in pretty high fashion. … I don’t know if anybody has struck out 200 people out of the bullpen before, but…”

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Molitor’s successful challenge extended the bottom of the sixth inning for the Twins’ first two ru Marcus Stroman Canada Day Jersey ns. The Twins skipper asked the umpires to take a second look at both ends of Cave’s double-play groundout. Upon review, the lead runner was out, but Cave was safe at first base. Peralta struck out the next batter and worked ahead of No. 9 hitter Bobby Wilson, 0-2, but Wilson stayed alive long enough to sting a two-run double off the wall in left-center field for a 2-1 Twins lead.

Video: MIL@MIN: Cave reaches first safely after review

UP NEXT
The Brewers’ long road trip comes to an end at Target Field on Sunday afternoon, when Junior Guerra draws the start opposite Twins right-hander (and former Milwaukee pitching prospect) Jake Odorizzi at 1:10 p.m. CT. Guerra delivered a quality start in Arizona his last time out to snap a three-start losing streak.

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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MINNEAPOLIS — Zach Davies expects his next start to be in a Brewers uniform after a successful test of his right shoulder in a rehab start at Class A Wisconsin on Saturday.

Davies, on the disabled list with rotator cuff irritation, struck out nine while allowing two hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings of the Timber Rattlers’ 1-0 win at home against Burlington. Davies racked up those strikeouts on just 56 pitches, 44 of which were strikes.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Zach Davies expects his next start to be in a Brewers uniform after a successful test of his right shoulder in a rehab start at Class A Wisconsin on Saturday.

Davies, on the disabled list with rotator cuff irritation, struck out nine while allowing two hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings of the Timber Rattlers’ 1-0 win at home against Burlington. Davies racked up those strikeouts on just 56 pitches, 44 of which were strikes.

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“I think it will be just the one rehab start, but I’m not sure where I’m going to fit in with the rotation,” Davies told reporters in Grand Chute, Wis. “They’ve got some planning [to do] and some time to set me up in the spot that they need to.”

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The Brewers have decisions to make with Chase Anderson (illness) coming off the DL on Monday against the D-backs and Davies following soon after. Manager Craig Counsell said the team would wait until Davies clears his between-starts bullpen session before making a decision about where and when he will slot back in.

Davies will rejoin the team on Monday at Miller Park. The earliest he would pitch for Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  the Brewers is Thursday at home against the Mets.

“I had a good mix of everything today,” Davies said. “I made sure I got that in. I didn’t want to leave anything out and not feel prepared for my next start. So I got a mix of everything, accomplished everything I wanted to [in terms of] pitch count, sequencing, everything. It’s just up from here.”

Did he expect nine strikeouts?

“No. I was expecting them to swing early, and they were pretty patient, for the most part,” Davies said. “It was a little bit different than expected, but I was able to get through 4 2/3 at the pitch count I wanted to. … I feel really good. Everything feels crisp. Everything feels back to normal. Stamina, the bite to the curveball and changeup, it’s there. It’s promising, and it’s a nice confidence-builder.”

Prospect Pennington retires
He already endured one Tommy John surgery ou Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey t of high school and another elbow surgery in 2016. Now, in need of a second Tommy John repair, Brewers pitching prospect Josh Pennington opted to retire from professional baseball on Saturday.

Pennington, 22, was one of the prospects acquired along with third baseman Travis Shaw in a December 2016 trade that sent Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox.

“The past four years have been a grind of non-stop physical therapy to work back from injury after injury,” Pennington wrote on Instagram. “And now with another major surgery — a second UCL reconstruction — needing to be done and a very uncertain comeback, I’ve decided that it’s time to move on with my life.

“For those who truly know me they will understand the heartbreak this decision brings for me, but baseball will never define who I am. Who I am as a man, brother, son and one day who I am as a father and husband that will define me.”

Pennington pitched two innings this season at Class A Wisconsin before re-injuring his elbow.

“Josh has put in a tremendous amount of work with our medical and rehab staff to return from several significant injuries. Unfortunately, he suffered another setback,” Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan said. “We know this is a difficult decision, but we are fully supportive of Josh and wish him the best as he moves forward.”

Betancourt released
On Saturday, the Brewers released Minor Leaguer Javier Betancourt, the middle infielder who was shot near his left elbow in an incident in Venezuela over the offseason. Betancourt had worked his way back to playing games in extended spring training, but the Brewers did not have a spot for him in their system, Flanagan said.

Betancourt was acquired from the Tigers with a player to be named later in David Stearns’ first trade as Brewers general manager in November 2015. That player to be named later wound up being Manny Pina, who is now Milwaukee’s starting catcher.

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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