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MILWAUKEE — Tempers flared briefly during the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night at Miller Park, after Yairo Munoz and Eric Sogard traded words following a play at second base. But after the game, both characterized the incident as a misunderstanding.

“We got caught up in the moment,” Munoz said. “He didn’ Randall Cobb Jersey t say anything [bad] at all. I  Ty Montgomery Jersey just want to leave it at that.”

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MILWAUKEE — Tempers flared briefly during the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday night at Miller Park, after Yairo Munoz and Eric Sogard traded words following a play at second base. But after the game, both characterized the incident as a misunderstanding.

“We got caught up in the moment,” Munoz said. “He didn’t say anything [bad] at all. I just want to leave it at that.”

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“The first words that came out of my mouth were, ‘Are you all right?'” Sogard said. “I don’t know if he understood what I was saying, but he got a little mad and I guess we both got a little fired up.”

Video: STL@MIL: Sogard, Counsell on slide in 8th inning

With the score tied at 1, Munoz and Sogard collided when Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks threw to second after fielding an attempted sacrifice bunt by Hernan Perez. Hicks fired to get the lead runner, but his throw led Munoz into Sogard, who slid into the base and was out on the play. Teammates of both players rushed onto the field in the moments that followed, and the conflict fizzled shortly after. No one was ejected.

“The ball just took me into where he was coming,” Munoz said. “I don’t think [the slide] was inappropriate or anything.”

It was an important play in the flow of the game. Hicks took a chance throwing to second, and it proved large when he walked Christian Yelich two batters later to set up a two-on, two-out situation for  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap Lorenzo Cain. Hicks struck out Cain to strand the potential go-ahead run at second. The Brewers won an inning later when Jesus Aguilar walked it off with a solo home run off Bud Norris, largely overshadowing the spark of fireworks that came before.

“It was just kind of a heat of the moment thing,” Sogard said. “I’m glad it didn’t escalate into anything further.”

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.


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MILWAUKEE — Joe Gray Jr. signed a contract to play professional baseball on Friday, and when he came to Miller Park, the thing he was most excited for was to meet Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich.

“That’s my favorite guy, no offense to anyone else on the team, but that’s my guy,” said Gray, the Brewers’ second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. “When I got to the park, I really wanted to make sure I met Yelich and [Lorenzo] Cain before I left.”

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MILWAUKEE — Joe Gray Jr. signe Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap d a contract to play professional baseball on Friday, and when he came to Miller Park, the thing he was most excited for was to meet Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich.

“That’s my favorite guy, no offense to anyone else on the team, but that’s my guy,” said Gray, the Brewers’ second-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. “When I got to the park, I really wanted to make sure I met Yelich and [Lorenzo] Cain before I left.”

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When Gray was playing catch in foul ground on the first-base side of the field before Friday’s game between the Cardinals and Brewers, Yelich was right beside him.

On if that was cool, Gray nodded and smiled, “That’s, mm-hmm, yeah.”

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Gray’s goal is to one day be manning the outfield at Miller Park alongside Yelich, but the 18-year-old — the Brewers’ first Draft pick born in the 2000s — has a way to go.

“I had a little bit of knowledge about the Brewers,” Gray said. “It’s a phenomenal organization, they’re really playing well this year, and I hope I can be a part of that the next few years.”

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The Hattiesburg, Miss., native made the trip to Milwaukee on Friday with his mother, father and younger sister, but he is headed to Arizona to begin his professional career Saturday. He had been committed to Ole Miss to play college baseball. Gray, the 60th overall pick, signed for the full slot value at $1,113,500, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

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At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Gray hit .474 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs last season, and comes from the same high school program that has produced five Major Leaguers, including former outfielder Wendell Magee.

“It’s always a great day when there’s an opportunity for somebody to start their dream,” said Brewers scouting director Tod Johnson. “We’re happy it came together for us.”

Video: Draft 2018: Brewers draft OF Joe Gray No. 60

Before heading off to Maryvale, Gray is just a kid soaking it in and standing next to his idol.

“It’s an unreal situation right here,” Gray said. “It’s what every kid would dream of, and I can’t Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap  be any happier.”

Milwaukee’s first-round pick, shortstop Brice Turang, has not signed, but Johnson said the organization is “still working through the process.” Ninth-round pick Arbert Cipion also remains unsigned inside the top 10 rounds. The deadline for players to sign is July 6.

Video: STL@MIL: Stearns on Draft picks, team’s defense

Barnes continues to attack
Jacob Barnes was a fixture in the Brewers’ bullpen a season ago, but he was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on May 12. Since being recalled May 28, he has appeared in nine games and allowed zero runs over 9 1/3 innings.

“Jacob has been really good since he got back,” said manager Craig Counsell. “For him it’s all about attacking hitters, go after the hitters. When he does that, he always gets good results.”

The strikeout numbers are down for Barnes — he had eight since returning from Triple-A and just one multi-strikeout appearance after having six such outings over his first 10 appearances — but his ERA is down to 1.91 after reaching 2.84 at the time of the demotion.

“When he’s on the attack, making them swing the bat or offering pitches right on the end of the strike zone, he’s going to have success,” Counsell said.

Amid a stretch of 24 games in 24 days leading into the All-Star break, the Brewers need options in the bullpen, especially because no starter has worked into the eighth inning this season. Brent Suter has lasted seven innings twice in his past two starts, and Jhoulys Chacin finished seven frames once.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Between Chase Anderson‘s electric start and Brad Miller‘s Brewers debut on Saturday, Milwaukee might have fewer questions entering the final month before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Anderson rebounded from a home run-heavy outing against the Phillies to strike out a season-high nine and Miller drove in a run, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina‘s second multi-homer game in four days handed the Brewers a 3-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee stayed two games ahead of the Cubs in the National League Central after Chicago lost to Cincinnati on Saturday.

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MILWAUKEE — Between Chase Anderson‘s electric start and Brad Miller‘s Brewers debut on Saturday, Milwaukee might have fewer questions entering the final month before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Anderson rebounded from a home run-heavy outing against the Phillies to strike out a season-high nine and Miller drove in a run, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina‘s second multi-homer game in four days handed the Brewers a 3-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee stayed two games ahead of the Cubs in the National League Central after Chicago lost to Cincinnati on Saturday.

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With Zach Davies, Wade Miley and Jimmy Nelson all sidelined for the Brewers, Milwaukee needs the Anderson it became accustomed to last season when he finished 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA and only allowed 14 home runs in 141 1/3 innings — otherwise, they might need to shop for an extra starter at the Deadline. Except for seven shutout innings against the Cubs on June 12, the 2017 Anderson had been nowhere to be seen since getting off to a strong April, entering Saturday with already 16 homers surrendered.

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on Anderson’s outing, quiet offense

Despite a second-inning shot to Molina, Anderson was dominant against a Cardinals lineup that has managed seven total runs over three games this series. He struck out seven batters looking, the second most in a start by any Major League pitcher this season (Corey Kluber, nine).

“The strikeouts were really good,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He struggled with his command a little bit, but it’s close. The misses were good, the stuff was really good, crisp. It’s just the next step of pushing the strike zone a bit more. But he gave us a chance today and did a nice job.”

Video: STL@MIL: Molina crushes a solo jack to right-center

It wasn’t the most efficient outing for Anderson — 100 pitches and just 57 strikes with four walks over five innings — but he avoided any big frames and exited with the lead.

On his up-and-down outing, Anderson liked that he was more consistent than he has been but still said he was “spotty” and must work on the fastball up in the zone to be the ace the Brewers need.

“I’d have it one hitter, but I wouldn’t have it the next,” Anderson said. “Overall, I kept us in th Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap e game, but the four walks are still what I’m working on. I’m either getting guys 3-0 or 0-2 and the pitch count is getting up there. But that’s something that you do as you try to be more consistent. I call this a good building game.”

Milwaukee built its advantage on a first-inning rally, capped by Miller’s RBI single on his first pitch as a Brewer. Miller, who also drew a walk in the seventh inning and converted all of his defensive chances at second base, was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday morning as the Brewers optioned right fielder Domingo Santana.

Video: STL@MIL: Miller hits an RBI single in 1st Brewers AB

With Tyler Saladino still serving a stint on the disabled list and Orlando Arcia batting .220 since returning from a brief stay in Triple-A in late May, the Brewers can sur Randall Cobb Jersey ely use Miller’s bat — which had 30 home runs in 2016 — for middle-infield depth.

The Brewers struggled to hit Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas after the first, recording one hit over his final 5 2/3 innings.

“It’s one of those things where he was locating his pitches pretty well,” said Eric Thames, who went 1-for-4. “As hitters, we have to Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale  do a better job of not swinging at balls in the dirt and barrel the balls he leaves us to barrel.”

Video: STL@MIL: Mikolas fans 5 across 6 2/3 solid innings

Jeremy Jeffress allowed the go-ahead two-run homer to Molina in the sixth. Jeffress’ season ERA dipped to 0.32 on May 27 but has jumped to 1.19 after allowing four earned runs since May 30.

” Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap I think that’s the fine margins of relief pitching,” Counsell said. “He made some good pitches that a good hitter got him on a pitch that probably got a little too much of the plate.”

Video: STL@MIL: Molina hammers second homer for the lead

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Brewers unable to solve Hicks: Jordan Hicks continued a spectacular rookie campaign for the Cardinals by leaving the tying run on third base by inducing a Manny Pina groundout to end the seventh inning. Hernan Perez reached second base on a throwing error by Jedd Gyorko and stole third during Pina’s at-bat, but the Brewers’ catcher couldn’t cash in on one of Milwaukee’s late opportunities to tie the game.

The Brewers are 2-for-21 (.095) against the 21-year-old Hicks this season.

“We did a nice job late in the game,” Counsell said. “We put pressure on all of their relievers and made it tough on their relievers, just couldn’t get that next hit.”

Video: STL@MIL: Hicks retires Pina, strands runner at third

Aguilar can’t deliver: Jesus Aguilar had another chance to tie the game or put the Brewers ahead late, but he grounded out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning. One night after being the hero with two home runs — one to end Jack Flaherty‘s no-hitter in the seventh and a walk-off blast off Bud Norris — Aguilar produced his 50th RBI of the season on a first-inning sacrifice fly but finished 0-for-3 for the game.

“We wanted to pitch [Aguilar] tough,” Molina said. “We knew he was seeing the ball good. That’s the guy we didn’t want to beat us again.”

Video: STL@MIL: Aguilar plates Yelich on sacrifice fly

Milwaukee left six runners on base and went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the loss.

“It’s tough to put us down,” Counsell said. “They beat us today, they won out, but we made it tough on them. We had the guy up there a couple times to break it open or get that next hit, and we couldn’t do it today.”

Video: STL@MIL: Tuivailala retires Aguilar, escapes trouble

CAIN LEAVES GAME
Lorenzo Cain exited after the fourth inning — the second time this series he was unable to finish a game (right hamstring strain on Thursday) — with groin tightness. Cain went 0-for-1 and was plunked in the left shoulder by Mikolas in the first inning — his second time getting hit this series.

“He’s a little beat up right now,” Counsell said. “We’re just being cautious with it.”

Counsell said Cain will have Sunday’s series finale off, signaling Ryan Braun‘s first start since Tuesday.

Braun came in to play left field, with Thames moving over to right on Saturday. The action for Braun was his first since spending Wednesday in Los Angeles getting cryotherapy on his right thumb.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (6-2, 3.18) will get the start when the Brewers and Cardinals conclude their four-game series at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday at Miller Park. Chacin pitched six innings and allowed one run against the Pirates last Monday, but he took the loss in a 1-0 game. He surrendered nine runs (six earned) over 10 1/3 innings against St. Louis in consecutive April starts. Right-hander Luke Weaver (3-6, 4.69) starts for the Cardinals.

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


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MILWAUKEE — With a crowded outfield since the return of Eric Thames from left thumb surgery earlier this month, the Brewers optioned right fielder Domingo Santana to Triple-A Colorado Springs and added some infield depth on Saturday morning.

After hitting 30 home runs in 2017 and starting on Opening Day in right field for Milwaukee, Santana has struggled to find any pop. The 25-year-old has three homers in ’18 and has not started since June 12 against the Cubs, only filling in as a pinch-hitter since.

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MILWAUKEE — With a crowded outfield since the return of Eric Thames from left thumb surgery earlier this month, the Brewers optioned right fielder Domingo Santana to Triple-A Colorado Springs and added some infield depth on Saturday morning.

After hitting 30 home runs in 2017 and starting on Opening Day in right field for Milwaukee, Santana has struggled to find any pop. The 25-year-old has three homers in ’18 and has not started since June 12 against the Cubs, only filling in as a pinch-hitter since.

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“I think as we really just looked at what Domingo’s role was going to be moving forward, we know at some point we’re going to need Domingo going, and we’d both prefer that he’s rolling and clicking when that time comes,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s tough to do when you’re not playing that much.”

Counsell credited Santana for being “a big part of the Brewers’ success last season” and believes he will return to the Majors at some point this season.

“We’re hoping we’re putting him in a spot to be successful,” Counsell said. “When that time comes for him to be up here, we’ll want him to be able to carry that load and count on him regularly.”

Video: NYM@MIL: Santana flicks go-ahead 2-run double into RF

Milwaukee already se Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale nt down struggling Opening Day shortstop Orlando Arcia this season, but he was swiftly called back up after Tyler Saladino‘s ankle forced him onto the disabled list.

The Brewers called up infielder Brad Miller from Triple-A as Saturday’s corresponding move. They will look for Miller, who was acquired from the Rays in a trade for Ji-Man Choi earlier this month, to add some offense to a scuffling middle infield.

“I’m pretty excited to get the call and come to a team in first place,” Miller said. “Just getting in this organization, everybody so far to me has been first class, and I want to contribute to this winning culture.”

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This is Miller’s first stint with a National League team after spending six seasons with the Mariners and Rays. He has started everywhere except pitcher and catcher in his career, and Miller thinks his skillset should work with an NL team, especially during double switches and pinch-hitting scenarios.

“In Interleague games, the few of them I’ve had, it’s kind of fun,” Miller said. “Definitely, I think my ability to play everywhere and be a left-handed bat fits well.”

Miller knocked 30 home runs in 2016 with Tampa Bay, but he hit .201 last season. Still, he believes he can get back to his ’16 level and contribute offensively for the first-place Brewers. In 48 games primarily at first and second base with the Rays in ’18, Miller hit .256 with five home runs and 21 RBIs. Miller hasn’t been at shortstop for a couple of seasons, but Counsell said his ability to play all over the field regularly makes him “versatile and a very good athlete.”

“Each year’s different, and you kind of go with the ebbs and the flows,” Miller said. “But being in this environment, the culture they’ve created here, it seems pretty positive for everyone involved.”

Miller, who started at second and batted sixth, drove in a run with a bloop single and drew a walk in his Brewers debut in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Cardinals. He was pulled in favor of Eric Sogard during a double switch in the seventh inning. His performance came one night after Milwaukee’s middle infielders — Arcia, Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar — combined to go 0-for-7. But getting the start just hours after arriving in Milwaukee didn’t startle the newest Brewer.

“That first day — no matter how much sleep you have, no matter the travel — it d Randall Cobb Jersey oesn’t really matter,” Miller said. “You’re just running on adrenaline and want to get out there and get going.”

Video: STL@MIL: Miller hits an RBI single in 1st Brewers AB

Brewers sign sixth-round pick Rasmussen
The Brewers on Friday agreed to terms with another one of their top picks from the 2018 Draft, signing Oregon State right-hander Drew Rasmussen.

Rasmussen, Milwaukee’s sixth-round selection, signed for $135,000, although his pick value (No. 185) was $251,700, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis. A redshirt junior, Rasmussen has undergone two Tommy John surgeries and missed all of last season. He was drafted as a supplemental first-rounder by the Rays in 2017, but he failed his physical and returned to college.

Only first-rounder Brice Turang and ninth-round pick Arbert Cipion remain unsigned for the Brewers in the top 10 rounds.

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


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MILWAUKEE — After barely making the team out of Spring Training, Jesus Aguilar was the Brewers’ third-string first baseman. Now, he’s been welcomed by teammates at Miller Park’s home plate with a walk-off shower twice this season and is arguably his team’s most feared hitter.

In their 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Friday night at Miller Park, the Brewers had three hits: an eighth-inning single from Eric Sogard and two solo home runs from Aguilar. In the victory, Aguilar became the first player in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to break up a no-hit bid of five-plus innings with a home run and hit a walk-off homer in the same game, per Elias Sports.

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MILWAUKEE — After barely making the team out of Spring Training, Jesus Aguilar was the Brewers’ third-string first baseman. Now, he’s been welcomed by teammates at Miller Park’s home plate with a walk-off shower twice this season and is arguably his team’s most feared hitter.

In their 2-1 win over the Cardinals on Friday night at Miller Park, the Brewers had three hits: an eighth-inning single from Eric Sogard and two solo home runs from Aguilar. In the victory, Aguilar became the first player in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to break up a no-hit bid of five-plus innings with a home run and hit a walk-off homer in the same game, per Elias Sports.

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“I’m confident,” Aguilar said. “I’m confident in myself. When I get a chance to go there, I’m going to give my 100 percent. That’s how I think.”

Aguilar’s team-leading 15th homer broke up Jack Flaherty‘s no-hit bid with one out in the seventh i Randall Cobb Jersey nning. His 16th won it in the ninth off of Bud Norris. Add five-plus one-run innings from Junior Guerra, a lights-out bullpen and the benches clearing in the eighth and Milwaukee is above .500 (17-16) in the National League Central this season with its NL-best 45th win, extending its lead over the Cubs to two games.

But Brewers manager Craig Counsell was zeroed in on Aguilar carrying the team in his fifth-consecutive multi-RBI performance.

“It’s again, it’s putting together at-bats, smart at-bats, knowing what’s going on,” Counsell said. “[Aguilar has] really improved on that. He knows what he’s looking for. I think that’s the best way to say it. Able to use a good swing and the strength and be a really dangerous player.”

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on Aguilar’s two home runs in win

The Brewers’ offense scored 11 runs off two-time All-Star Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals’ staff in a series-opening romp on Thursday night, yet they were anything but dangerous for most of Friday.

Flaherty had no-hit stuff for 100 pitches, but it was his 101st pitch when Aguilar connected for the Brewers’ first hit — a game-tying homer in the seventh.

Video: STL@MIL: Aguilar homers to break up no-hitter in 7th

Behind in the count 0-1, Aguilar said he was “just trying to hit the ball. [Flaherty] was dominating the strike zone tonight, and I think we got lucky. We tied the game in the moment, it’s a new game, and we’re moving forward, thinking we’re going to win this game.”

Flaherty pitched seven innings and tied a career-high with 13 strikeouts, blowing by the nine he had against the Brewers on April 3. Yet the rookie’s one mistake to Aguilar — who didn’t have a home run this season until April 21 — denied him of his fourth career victory.

Jordan Hicks hurled a scoreless eighth, allowing the single to Sogard, which led to the benches clearing after Sogard slid into Cardinals shortstop Yairo Munoz at second base.

Video: STL@MIL: Benches clear after force play in Milwaukee

Norris came on in a tie game in the ninth, and retired Travis Shaw before getting ahead of Aguilar in the count, 0-2. Then came another slider, one that Aguilar sent into the right-field bullpen.

“Well, I mean, it was just outstanding,” Counsell said. “He hit two sliders. First one, guy’s pitching a heck of a game, it’s a ball out of the zone, it’s just kind of strength and a good baseball swing gets it out of there. The last one, Norris has got a very good slider, it was a little up I think, but to get to that ball with two strikes was absolutely amazing. Yeah, he put us on our back tonight and carried us.”

Video: STL@MIL: Aguilar clubs 2nd homer to walk off Brewers

Aguilar’s recent tear, which included a first-inning RBI double on Thursday off Martinez, is also earning respect from his opposition.

“Great hitter, he’s hot right now,” Norris said. “I got ahead, which was my focus. Then I got to expand him. I’m trying to throw a fastball up. I yanked it. He put a barrel on it, ball went over the fence. Not happy about it, that’s for sure. “

With Eric Thames back in the lineup after thumb surgery and Ryan Braun healthy following a short cryotherapy procedure in Los Angeles earlier this week, Counsell certainly has several options for first base and left field.

Aguilar is making his best argument for earning the starting first-base job, just months after even making the team was in flux.

“When [Counsell] puts me there,” Aguilar said, “he knows I’m going to battle and do what I’m supposed to do.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hader puts out fire with 3 K’s: With no outs and runners on first and second in the sixth inning, Josh Hader relieved Guerra, and finished the inning by striking out the Cardinals’ 7-8-9 hitters to keep the deficit at one run.

Video: STL@MIL: Hader K’s Flaherty, the side in the 6th

“I was just attacking them,” Hader said. “Using my strengths, and for me, that’s not giving them anything they can put in play to score those runs.”

The Brewers and Cardinals combined for 30 strikeouts over nine innings, and Milwaukee’s bullpen — Hader, Jacob Barnes, Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel — had eight over four innings.

Video: STL@MIL: Barnes strikes out Martinez in the 7th

Some of those strikeouts led to disputes with home plate umpire Tim Timmons, including an ejection to Tommy Pham in the first inning after arguing with Timmons from the Cardinals’ dugout. Thames threw his bat and slamm Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale ed his helmet after his second strikeout of the game in the third.

“There was good pitching on both sides tonight,” Counsell said. “When the pitchers keep putting the balls on the corners, there’s going to be some disagreements. There were a lot of balls put on corners tonight.”

Video: STL@MIL: Pham tossed for arguing from Cards’ bench

SOUND SMART
Aguilar’s walk-off home run not only made him the first Brewer with multiple walk-off homers in a season since Corey Hart in 2010, but helped him match Jeromy Burnitz’s club record (1999) with multiple RBIs in five straight starts.

HE SAID IT
“Never. Never. Never. Don’t strike out. That’s why I was overaggressive trying to hit that pitch in front.” — Aguilar, who said he has never been on a team that was no-hit at any level of baseball and that his only game plan against Flaherty before the home run was to not strike out

Video: Must C Clutch: Aguilar hits tying, then walk-off HR

UP NEXT
Right-hander Chase Anderson Ty Montgomery Jersey  (5-6, 4.54 ERA) will look to rebound in the third game of the Brewers’ four-game series with the Cardinals on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. CT at Miller Park. Anderson allowed a season-high six runs on only five hits in a loss to the Phillies on Sunday. Right-hander Miles Mikolas (7-2, 2.69) will start for the Cardinals.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Freddy Peralta‘s Miller Park debut is finally almost here.

After making his first three Major League starts on the road and seeing a home start pushed back due to Wednesday’s rainout in Pittsburgh, the rookie will take the Miller Park mound for the first time on Tuesday against the Royals, giving fans their first look at one of the club’s top prospects.

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MILWAUKEE — Freddy Peralta‘s Miller Park debut is finally almost here.

After making his first th Ty Montgomery Jersey ree Major League starts on the road and seeing a home start pushed back due to Wednesday’s rainout in Pittsburgh, the rookie will take the Miller Park mound for the first time on Tuesday against the Royals, giving fans their first look at one of the club’s top prospects.

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“I’m very excited,” Peralta said. “It’s like a dream, pitching in Miller Park.”

The right-hander started his career on Mother’s Day in Colorado, striking out 13 over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in front of his family, who were visiting from the Dominican Republic and had never seen him pitch as a professional. Instead of seeing him pitch that day for Triple-A Colorado Springs, Peralta was called up for his debut when Chase Anderson became ill.

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

Anderson went on the disabled list, which led to Peralta’s second start at Minnesota on May 19, when he allowed four earned runs over four innings while walking six and striking out five. Sent back down to Triple-A after the start, Peralta was called up to pitch on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, when he struck out seven over six shutout innings.

“I had good command of the fastball and confidence in myself and my teammates,” Peralta said. “Just was using my fastball a lot, going to it, and it worked on the corners and everything went pretty well.”

Video: MIL@PIT: Peralta K’s 7 over 6 scoreless innings

Peralta, who turned 22 on June 4, is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his first three big league games, all of which the Brewers have won. In 59 innings in Triple-A this season, he is 6-1 with a 2.75 ERA with 84 strikeouts, and he’s replicating his success at the  Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale Major League level.

“I know that [Major League hitters] are smart, but I just have to pitch the same and believe in myself, trust my ability in making pitches,” Peralta said. “I know they’re better hitters than in the Minor Leagues, and I just have to make the adjustments, but it’s all the same for me.”

Middle-infield shuffle continues

Adding Brad Miller to the Major League roster on Saturday, the Brewers have plenty of options in the middle infield. Just look at the second base-shortstop pairings manager Craig Counsell drew up for Milwaukee’s four-game series against the Cardinals: Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard started on Thursday, Villar and Orlando Arcia on Friday and Sunday and Miller and Hernan Perez on Saturday.

Villar, Perez and Sogard all have at least 19 starts at second base this year for the Brewers, and Arcia and Sogard each have at least 21 at shortstop and Tyler Saladino has nine (which would be more if not for an ankle injury in late May).

It’s a lot of shuffling, and Counsell said it will continue for the foreseeable future.

“It’s not a strict platoon in any way,” Counsell said, “but I think you will see some different sets of players in the middle infield going forward here.”

The Brewers are hoping one of their many options up the middle begins to stand out offensively. Perez entered Sunday’s game hitting .260, but his ability to play everywhere but catcher makes him a valuable asset. Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap  Saladino hit .324 in 16 games, but he’s still recovering from an ankle injury. Sogard raised his average to .146 after recording a hit as a pinch-hitter on Friday and Saturday. Arcia is hovering around the .200 mark and was sent down to Triple-A earlier this season, while Villar has maybe been the best offensive option, batting .261 going into Sunday.

And then on Saturday the Brewers added Miller, who went 1-for-2 with a RBI and a walk in his debut at second base.

Video: STL@MIL: Miller hits an RBI single in 1st Brewers AB

Miller, who also can play in the outfield, thinks consistent playing time will come down to who is able to seize their chance.

“I feel like they always do a good job of communicating [what the situation is], but whoever takes advantage of opportunity, it’s all about performance,” Miller said. “We’ve got a lot of good players, so we’re in a good spot. It’ll be kind of fun to mix and match and go get ’em.”

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


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MILWAUKEE — Few Major League pitchers entered Sunday hotter than Jhoulys Chacin in June. The Brewers right-hander had allowed five runs over 24 1/3 innings in four starts this month.

But Chacin couldn’t continue his scorching stretch against the Cardinals on Sunday, as he struggled with command en route to giving up a season-high eight runs over 4 1/3 innings in an 8-2 Brewers loss at Miller Park. With the defeat, the Brewers split their four-game set with the Cardinals and stayed two games ahead of the Cubs, who lost their fourth straight game on Sunday, atop the National League Central.

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MILWAUKEE — Few Major League pitchers entered Sunday hotter than Jhoulys Chacin in June. The Brewers ri Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap ght-hander had allowed five runs over 24 1/3 innings in four starts this month.

But Chacin couldn’t continue his scorching stretch against the Cardinals on Sunday, as he struggled with command en route to giving up a season-high eight runs over 4 1/3 innings in an 8-2 Brewers loss at Miller Park. With the defeat, the Brewers split their four-game set with the Cardinals and stayed two games ahead of the Cubs, who lost their fourth straight game on Sunday, atop the National League Central.

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Chacin’s problems started in the first, an inning he had been excellent in this season. The Cardinals’ first two batters reached base — as they also did in the second, fourth and fifth against Chacin — and Matt Carpenter scored on a sacrifice fly, only the second run Chacin has allowed in 17 first innings this seaso Ty Montgomery Jersey For Sale n.

“His command wasn’t great today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He just battled with it all game. He made some pitches to get through the first three innings, but there was traffic all day, and just not quite as sharp as he’s been in previous starts.”

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on loss, injuries to Cain and Shaw

The Brewers’ bats backed their starter with four first-inning hits, including Christian Yelich‘s 10th homer of the season, to take an early 2-1 lead. The advantage held until Chacin allowed five runs in the fourth. Alone, that inning, highlighted by Jose Martinez‘s three-run homer, matched Chacin’s previous single-game high for earned runs allowed this season.

Video: STL@MIL: Yelich drills an opposite-field solo HR

But if there was an issue with Chacin’s performance against the Cardinals, it came before St. Louis even met bat with ball. All season, Chacin has been able to get hitters to put the ball in play and keep his pitch count down, like against the Pirates in his last start when he was pulled after 6 1/3 innings and 74 pitches. But after issuing a season-high five walks, Chacin threw 89 pitches and was consistently pressured with runners on base.

“I didn’t have a good feeling with my pitches today,” Chacin said. ” Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap When you walk five guys in four innings, it’s not a good game. I had runners on base every inning and just battled with my control. I was just missing too many pitches in the middle. I paid for it.”

It wasn’t just Chacin who didn’t pick up the slack in the series finale against the Cardinals. Like on Saturday, Milwaukee’s offense score two runs in the first inning but never crossed the plate again.

“We didn’t play good the last two days,” said Travis Shaw, who exited the game in the third inning after re-aggravating a right wrist injury. “It is what it is. We took two out of four and we’re still in first place.”

Video: STL@MIL: Shaw leaves the game with a wrist injury

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Chacin’s rough fourth: Chacin nearly escaped the fourth inning with just two runs allowed and a one-run deficit for the Brewers, but Martinez took an 0-2 offering over the left-center field wall for a three-run homer and gave the Cardinals a four-run cushion. Entering Sunday, hitters were 1-for-29 (.034) with 11 strikeouts against Chacin with an 0-2 count this season.

“0-2 hits, 0-2 home runs are frustrating,” Counsell said. “I think [Chacin’s] going in there and he just didn’t get it quite where he wanted to get it. It was in, but he was probably trying to go in off the plate.”

Dexter Fowler started the inning with a double and scored with Harrison Bader on Carpenter’s two-run single. After issuing a walk to Greg Garcia, Martinez clobbered his 11th homer of the season and the seventh surrendered by Chacin.

“I felt like I made a good pitch to Martínez, but maybe not down enough, and he put a good swing on it and hit a homer,” Chacin said. “But overall, I wasn’t making good pitches today.”

Video: STL@MIL: Martinez crushes a 3-run homer to left

SOUND SMART
Before allowing eight earned runs on Sunday, Chacin had allowed nine total runs over his first six starts at Miller Park this season.

HE SAID IT
“Not right now. We’ll see how tomorrow goes with treatment for them, but if we have two players who are unable to play for a while, we’ll just go through tomorrow and see what tomorrow brings. The off-day is helpful, for sure.” — Counsell, on if he is planning for DL stints for Shaw and Lorenzo Cain (groin/hamstring), who both exited games over the weekend

UP NEXT
Right-hander Freddy Peralta (2-0, 2.30 ERA) will make his Miller Park debut on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. CT, when the Brewers welcome the Royals for the first of a two-game series. Peralta’s first three Major League starts have all come on the road, and he calls it a “dream” to pitch at Miller Park. Milwaukee is 6-6 in Interleague play this season and will oppose Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis (5-8, 4.43) in the opener.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw exited Sunday’s 8-2 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park in the middle of his third-inning at-bat due to a nagging right wrist injury.

“I don’t really have any new information right now,” Shaw said after the game. “Hopefully, we’ll know more in the next day or two. Obviously, there was a pretty good twinge on the swing. There was no way I could have kept going.”

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw exited Sunday’s 8-2 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park in the middle of his third-inning at-bat due to a nagging right  Randall Cobb Jersey wrist injury.

“I don’t really have any new information right now,” Shaw said after the game. “Hopefully, we’ll know more in the next day or two. Obviously, there was a pretty good twinge on the swing. There was no way I could have kept going.”

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Shaw, who struck out looking in his first-inning at-bat, dropped his bat after a swing while facing Cardinals starter Luke Weaver, which brought Brewers manager Craig Counsell and a trainer out of the dugout. Shaw exited the game with an 0-2 count against Weaver. Brad Miller entered the game in his pla Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap ce and struck out.

Shaw has been a stable force in the Brewers’ lineup this season, but he missed the first two games of Milwaukee’s series in Pittsburgh last week due to his right wrist. He started all four games of the series against the Cardinals.

After going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the series opener on Thursday, Shaw went 0-for-8 with five strikeouts and a walk over the final three games.

On getting a day off Monday to recover, Shaw said: “It’ll be good. This is something I’ve been dealing with for awhile now and a couple of swings here and there will get it every now and then.”

Counsell said he envisions neither Shaw nor Lorenzo Cain, who exited Thursday and Saturday’s games and was not in the lineup on Sunday with a groin/hamstring injury, requiring a stint on the disabled list, but he does expect the rest of the team to pick up the slack on offense after the Brewers scored just seven runs over the series’ final three games.

“Everybody kind of has to pick up the slack a little bit,” Counsell said. “You just got to do wha Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap t you’re capable of doing and produce offensively. Whoever’s in the lineup, it’s just that everybody has their job to do. Continue to have good at-bats and put pressure on the other guys.”

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


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In a bunched-up National League Central, a crossroads is coming.

Ahead sits a crucial six-week stretch that will push the season past its halfway point and bring it to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Buyers and sellers will be defined. Pretenders and contenders will separate. And in a division where four teams still have a legitimate chance to earn a postseason berth, key decisions will surface.

In a bunched-up National League Central, a crossroads is coming.

Ahead sits a crucial six-week stretch that will push the season past its halfway point and bring it to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Buyers and sellers will be defined. Pretenders and contenders will separate. And in a division where four teams still have a legitimate chance to earn a postseason berth, key decisions will surface.

Here is a look at a few of them, as MLB.com has identified one pressing question that each NL Central club will seek to answer before the end of next month:

BREWERS
The question: Could Jimmy Nelson be the boost Milwaukee’s rotation needs?

After watching the Brewers swing a deal for Christian Yelich in January, most everyone expected the club to follow up by adding a front-line starter. That splash never came, and it leaves Milwaukee in a spot where it again must assess whether its starting depth is sufficient.

Thus far, it’s been Jhoulys Chacin and Junior Guerra anchoring a rotation that has been around league average in most statistical categories. Getting Zach Davies off the disabled list should provide a boost, and the Brewers see potential in rookie Freddy Peralta. But they still lack an ace.

Nelson isn’t exactly that, but if he can avoid another setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery, Milwaukee may be more content to stand pat with what it has. Nelson’s rehab hit some s Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap nags this spring, and he hasn’t yet resumed throwing off the mound. The Brewers can use the next few weeks to asses Nelson’s progress and better project the potential impact he may have in the second half. If it isn’t deemed to be enough, their search for rotation help may again heat up.

CARDINALS
The question: Does St. Louis have enough on offense?

Sound familiar? It should, as this is the same question the Cardinals were trying to address months ago. Marcell Ozuna was supposed to play a big role in answering it, but even as he’s come alive this month, the pieces around him haven’t exactly fallen into place.

Video: Marcell Ozuna is named the NL Player of the Week

The club ranks in the league’s bottom half in runs scored, and the offense leans too heavily on the long ball. Dramatic first-half struggles from Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong have complicated lineup construction. Injuries to Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong haven’t helped, either.

But Molina is back, DeJong is on the mend and others (namely Matt Carpenter and Ozuna) have recently provided production more consistent with their career norms. With middle-of-the-order bats like Manny Machado and Mike Moustakas expected to be dangled as trade options in the coming weeks, St. Louis will have to assess whether it will gamble on this current unit coming around, or if the club is willing to part with prized prospects to acquire another big bat. The latter would be a particularly bold move for a team that is often hesitant to give up long-term assets for a short-term fix. The Cards would be more inclined to do so if they can first close the gap with the Brewers and Cubs.

CUBS
The question: What will Yu do?

Yu Darvish was supposed to be the missing piece the defending division champs needed, but he has spent as much time on the DL as he has the active roster this year. First, it was the flu. Now, it’s a right triceps injury.

Yes, Mike Montgomery has done an exceptional job filling in during Darvish’s absence. But there’s a reason the Cubs committed $126 million to Darvish this offseason. Getting him back — and the Cubs are optimistic they will before the All-Star break — would give Chicago even more flexibility in how it can deploy its arms. The Cubs could give Tyler Chatwood time to pause and address his command troubles. They could consider temporarily transitioning to a six-man rotation. Or (and this seems likeliest), they could make one of baseball’s best bullpens even more formidable by adding Montgomery to it.

Video: LAD@CHC: Montgomery tosses 6 innings of 1-run ball

For a club with few glaring needs, sliding Darvish back into the rotation may be the biggest move the Cubs make in July. Of course, they’ll only get a boost if he’s better than his first impression and can stay healthy. Darvish has a 4.95 ERA, three quality starts and a 1.425 WHIP in eight games. The Cubs need better.

PIRATES
The question: Will the Bucs be buyers or sellers?

In dealing away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole last offseason, the Pirates cast themselves into what most folks thought would be another rebuild. Then they raced out to an 11-4 start to the season, forcing many to reevaluate whether they had undersold Pittsburgh’s potential. That answer is still unclear.

The Bucs have been a streaky team so far, and not for the better as of late. A recent 9-19 stretch — one complicated by a leaky bullpen — has dropped the Pirates into fourth place in the division. If they’re still treading around or below the .500 mark at this time next month, Pittsburgh will likely listen to trade offers on veteran players nearing free agency. That may put Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer, David Freese and/or Francisco Cervelli on the move. But if the next six weeks go more like the first few did, general manager Neal Huntington may be inclined to hold onto his assets and even add a complementary piece or two.

So what has to go right for the Pirates to push themselves into buying consideration? Their inexperienced rotation will need to hold up. The Bucs’ young relievers will need to step up. Their lineup will need to show that its early production was no fluke. And Pittsburgh would probably need to leapfrog at least one team ahead of it in the division.

REDS
The question: Will Cincinnati’s carousel of outfielders finally prove fruitful?

There was sound logic behind the Reds’ decision to enter the season rotating four outfielders through three outfield spots. They believed that such a system would help keep everyone fresh and maximize the varying skill sets offered by Scott Schebler, Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Jesse Winker. Instead, the club has been handcuffed by inconsistent production from all four. Currently, Cincinnati ranks last in the NL in outfielder batting average and slugging percentage.

The biggest conundrum may be what to do with Hamilton. His elite defensive ability will always be an asset, but he’s not been on base enough to take advantage of his speed. Hamilton is just a little over a year away from free agency, and if he’s not deemed part of the Reds’ long-term plan, the club may reach a point where they quit prioritizing his playing time.

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The other possibility is that the club could try to deal the center fielder. Duvall could also be on the trade block. What sort of value either might have on the market will be shaped whether either can find his way out of a first-half funk.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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PITTSBURGH — Where in the world is Domingo Santana? On Wednesday, before the finale vs. the Pirates was postponed by rain, he was placed for the sixth straight time on the Brewers’ bench, a place Santana rarely found himself a year ago while hitting 30 home runs as Milwaukee’s regular right fielder.

Santana has been a victim of a drop in power production — the 25-year-old entered Wednesday with a .358 slugging percentage and on pace for seven home runs on the season — in addition to Eric Thames, who returned last week from a long  Ty Montgomery Jersey stint on the DL for a thumb injury. Santana has been the odd man out in a mix of players manning the outfield spots and first base.

PITTSBURGH — Where in the world is Domingo Santana? On Wednesday, before the finale vs. the Pirates was postponed by rain, he was placed for the sixth straight time on the Brewers’ bench, a place Santana rarely found himself a year ago while hitting 30 home runs as Milwaukee’s regular right fielder.

Santana has been a victim of a drop in power production — the 25-year-old entered Wednesday with a .358 slugging percentage and on pace for seven home runs on the season — in addition to Eric Thames, who returned last week from a long stint on the DL for a thumb injury. Santana has been the odd man out in a mix of players manning the outfield spots and first base.

“Look, I acknowledge we’re in a difficult spot with Domingo,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I also think we’re talking about the spots of Thames, [Jesus] Aguilar, [Christian] Yelich and [Lorenzo] Cain.

“Right now, there’s just not a spot  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ty Montgomery Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap for Domingo. That’s just where we’re at right now, and that can change pretty fast.”

Counsell also mentioned the other player in that outfield/first base mix, Ryan Braun. He was away from the team Wednesday for treatment on his troublesome right thumb, but even then Santana couldn’t crack the lineup.

Santana, asked a Randall Cobb Jersey Cheap bout the situation, said, “I don’t know what to say.” He declined further comment.

Santana does have a Minor League option remaining, so the Brewers could send him to Triple-A Colorado Springs to get regular at-bats if Braun returns healthy from his treatment and the other players in that rotation remain healthy. But Counsell gave no indication the Brewers were considering such a demotion.

“Right now, it’s better for him to help here,” Counsell said.

“We have other players playing well, and that’s what’s making it tough,” he added. “Those guys are going to play because they’re doing a really good job. The power is down [for Santana].”

Miller time?
Thursday marks the first day the Brewers can consider calling up infielder Brad Miller, the veteran acquired from the Rays in a June 10 trade and immediately optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. By rule, an optioned player must spend 10 days in the Minor Leagues before he can be called up, unless he is replacing an injured player.

Video: Rays receive Choi, Brewers receive Miller in trade

Despite their lack of middle infield production, particularly at shortstop, there were no indications that the Brewers planned to promote Miller.

He has been reacclimating himself to shortstop after mostly playing first base for the Rays this season, committing three errors with the SkySox including two in his debut. In Miller’s first 23 plate appearances in the Brewers organization, he posted a .263/.348/.421 slash line, including his first home run on Sunday.

“We’re talking about it, but look, we’re seeing if he can improve in some ways down there as well,” said Brewers assistant general manager Matt Arnold, who came to Milwaukee from the Rays front office.

Asked what the Triple-A reports say about Miller’s defense so far, Arnold said, “A couple of errors, but a couple of really good plays, too. He has made some plays that don’t show up in the box score. The reports on him have been really positive so far.”

In the Majors, meanwhile, shortstop Orlando Arcia remains mired in a miserable offensive slump. He was briefly demoted to the Minor Leagues before his replacement, Tyler Saladino, sprained his ankle. Saladino is weeks away from being healthy, and another potential option, prospect Mauricio Dubon, is out for the year following knee surgery.

To date, Arcia’s defense has kept him in the lineup most days.

“We know it’s in there, and [Arcia] is still such a young player,” Arnold said. “It’s tricky to learn at the Major League level, especially when your team is really trying to compete. At the same time, there are a couple of plays that he makes every night Randall Cobb Jersey  that nobody else makes, right? It’s unbelievable what he can do there. We’re thrilled with his production on that side.”

Albers still shut down
Eight days into his stint on the 10-day disabled list for a right shoulder injury, reliever Matt Albers said he was feeling improvement but has yet to resume playing catch. Until he does, Albers and the Brewers will be unable to craft a schedule for rehab outings.

“I’m not going to put a timetable on it now,” Albers said. “I don’t want to disappoint myself, or get to a point where I’m pushing past where I should be.”

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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