Keon Broxton scores by Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey escaping rundown

CINCINNATI — It wasn’t exactly the clean escape choreographed by Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich a few weeks earlier against the Cubs, but the result was similar for Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton Customized Falcons Jersey  in Friday’s 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

The Brewers were happy to take a free run, any way they could get it.

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CINCINNATI — It wasn’t exactly the clean escape choreographed by Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich a few weeks earlier against the Cubs, but the result was similar for Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton in Friday’s 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

The Brewers were happy to take a free run, any way they could get it.

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“When you do something to help the team win, no matter what it is, it makes you happy,” said Arcia. “It makes everyone happy.”

The Brewers were nursing a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning with Broxton at third base and Arcia at second after the duo pulled off a double steal with one out. On the next pitch, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart threw down to third and had Broxton picked off, but Broxton and Arcia remained in a rund Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform own long enough to draw a throw to second base.

That gave Broxton a chance to break for home and score for a 3-1 lead.

“That play is on Arcia,” said manager Craig Counsell. “Arcia made that play happen, for sure.”

Arcia was out on the play, but it was still reminiscent of a bit of baserunning magic by Cain and Yelich back on June 12 against the Cubs, when the duo’s escape on a similar play led to two runs in a 4-0 win.

Video: Must C Crafty: Baserunning helps pad Crew’s lead

“Keon caused a little traffic jam, but there’s no question Arcia’s paying attention to the game against the Cubs when Cain does it, and he did the same exact thing,” Counsell said. “It turned out a little bit different, but it disrupted their rundown, obviously. At the time it was a huge run to make it 3-1.”

Said Arcia: “Right there I was just thinking to be as close to third as I can, just in case Broxton got tagged out, I could make it to third without being tagged out. Then once he made it safe to third, I was just trying to make it safe to second, make something happen.”

It worked. When the Reds ran Broxton all the way back to third base, their only play was to try to retire Arcia.

That was the opening Broxton needed to score.

“You know what? That play, I take full resp Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey onsibility for that play,” said Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman. “I’m the manager of the club. When we do not execute a rundown correctly, which has happened to us a couple of times, that’s on the manager to make sure it doesn’t happen, and it did happen. It’s the second or third time it’s happened, and we’ve got to clean that up.”

What went wrong?

“I don’t want to get into specifics of it,” Riggleman said. “What’s supposed to happen is I’m supposed to make it more clear to them what they’re supposed to do there. We will do that.”

The Brewers, meanwhile, will wait for a spot to pull off the play again.

“That was a wild one,” said Broxton. “It was high adrenaline, and it was fun. I’m glad it worked out.”

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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Zach Davies exits rehab start with Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey back issue

CINCINNATI — What might have been Brewers starter Zach Davies‘ final Minor League rehab start was cut short Friday, reportedly by a lower back ailment.

Davies was knocked around to the tune of six earned runs on 10 hits in three innings for Class A Wisconsin. He exited after 48 pitches, well short of the 80 pitches or seven innings expected, and did not address the media. Brewers manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Davies would not rejoin the team Saturday in Cincinnati, as originally planned.

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CINCINNATI — What might have been Brewers starter Zach Davies‘ final Minor League rehab start was cut short Friday, reportedly by a lower back ailment.

Davies was knocked around to the tune of six earned runs on 10 hits in three innings for Class A Wisconsin. He exited after 48 pitches, well short of the 80 pitches or seven innings expected, and did not address the media. Brewers manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Davies would not rejoin the team Saturday in Cincinnati, as originally planned.

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The Brewers were more optimistic, meanwhile, on left-hander Wade Miley, who began his rehab assignment Thursday. He’s not eligible for reinstatement until July 9, about three weeks before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Add those moving pieces to the factors that Milwaukee GM David Stearns must consider, as he weighs whether to trade for a starter to bolster the Brewers’ postseason hopes.

“If we Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ‘re going t Custom Cardinals Jersey o go and add to this starting staff, we’re going to want it to be somebody who can really impact the team,” Stearns told reporters on hand for Davies’ outing in Grand Chute, Wis. “We think we have really good depth in our starting rotation, so for us to go out and trade some young talent to acquire a starting pitcher, it’s not going to be just to add to that depth. It’s going to be a guy who we think can help lead the rotation.”

There are options in the trade market for teams willing to pay a high price in prospects. The Mets have said they would listen to offers on Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who certainly qualify as No. 1 starters. The Rangers’ Cole Hamels is another. Stearns conceded the club faces some tricky calls in the days and weeks to come.

“We are going to have some options, and that’s a really good place for a Major League team to be in the middle of the summer,” Stearns said. “Assuming everyone stays healthy, we’re going to have some decisions to make, and those are good decisions to have to go through at this point.”

Draft update
MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo reported that Brewers ninth-round Draft pick Arbet Cipion signed for $138,200, leaving first-rounder Brice Turang as Milwaukee’s only unsigned selection from the first 10 rounds. The Brewers selected the prep shortstop from California at No. 21 overall.

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The deadline for Turang to decide whether to sign with the Brewers or take his scholarship to LSU is July 6, and now the financial landscape is in focus.

According to data compiled by Mayo and fellow MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, the Brewers have spent $2,928,800 so far of their $6,611,900 pool, which included the $3,013,600 assigned to the 21st overall pick. That means they can go about $670,000 over slot to land Turang without paying any penalty for exceeding their pool.

If teams exceed their pool by 0-5 percent, they pay a 75 percent tax on the overage, but don’t surrender future picks. So, the Brewers conceivably could go as high as $4 million to dissuade Turang from going to LSU and not be penalized in next year’s Draft. But if Milwaukee signs any players from Rounds 11-40 to bonuses in excess of $125,000, that overage counts against the pool. Such deals remain a possibility, and would affect the amount available to Turang.

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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Und Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey ermanned Crew runs out of steam vs. Reds

CINCINNATI — The shorthanded Brewers skirted disaster for as long as they could Saturday, but in the seventh inning, disaster finally stuck.

With outfielders Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun down with injuries, and relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader off-limits for the day, the depleted Brewers yielded eight Reds runs before recording an out in the decisive seventh inning of a 12-3 loss at Great Ameri Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform can Ball Park, a go-ahead outburst punctuated by power-hitting pitcher Michael Lorenzen‘s pinch-hit grand slam.

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CINCINNATI — The shorthanded Brewers skirted disaster for as long as they could Saturday, but in the seventh inning, disaster finally stuck.

With outfielders Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun down with injuries, and relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader off-limits for the day, the depleted Brewers yielded eight Reds runs before recording an out in the decisive seventh inning of a 12-3 loss at Great American Ball Park, a go-ahead outburst punctuated by power-hitting pitcher Michael Lorenzen‘s pinch-hit grand slam.

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For the second time this season, Brewers manager Craig Counsell found himself on the wrong end of a score so lopsided, he sent a position player to the mound. Catcher Erik Kratz drew the assignment this time.

“We were kind of squeaking by for six innings there, then we put ourselves in a pretty good spot,” said Counsell. “But give them credit — they kept swinging the bats.”

Video: MIL@CIN: Counsell on the bullpen in the loss to Reds

Kratz was forced into his third career pitching appearance after 35-year-old left-hander Mike Zagurski didn’t retire any of the four hitters he faced in his first big league outing in five years, and Jacob Barnes surrendered a grand slam to Lorenzen — a no-doubter to left field that made it 10-3.

The quick strike turned a close game that the Brewers mostly led, into a blowout. Eric Thames continued his torment of the Reds with a home run in the first inning, and Jonathan Villar and Kratz delivered RBIs for a 3-1 lead in the sixth.

Video: MIL@CIN: Villar hits an opposite-field RBI double

Brewers pitching, meanwhile, held the line. The Reds loaded the bases with no outs against Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth inning and Taylor Williams in the sixth, but came away with a lone run each time.

Video: MIL@CIN: Chacin gets Votto to flyout, strands a pair

In the seventh, however, with high-leverage relief aces Jeffress and Hader down, and left-hander Dan Jennings in need of a day off himself, Cincinnati finally hit it big against Williams, Zagurski and Barnes.

“These were our guys today, and we knew before the game this was who we were going to have to get through the game with,” said Counsell. “These guys can’t pitch every day. They won us the last two games, and that’s how you’ve got to play it. There’ll be more games where Josh and J.J. weren’t available, and [closer Corey Knebel] is not available. You put yourself in a position to win, and that’s all you can ask.”

The Reds tied the game against Zagurski when Thames misplayed Scooter Gennett‘s fly ball in the sun for a game-tying RBI double, and took the lead when Jesse Winker punched a go-ahead RBI single through the left side.

Video: MIL@CIN: Gennett ties the game with an RBI double

Enter Barnes, who surrendered a two-run single to Adam Duvall and another base hit, before Lorenzen, a former Cal State Fullerton outfielder, smashed a fastball for a grand slam, his second home run in as many days and his third in his last three official at-bats. Lorenzen hit a solo shot off Chase Anderson on Friday.

“[Lorenzen] swings,” said Barnes. “We knew he can hit. But it was one of those things — down a couple, bases loaded, 1-0 count, he was geared up for a fa Customized Falcons Jersey stball and it was more over the plate than I liked, obviously.”

Zagurski took the loss in a high-leverage Brewers debut.

“It was probably more out of need at the time, but that’s a situation I need to handle, and I did Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey n’t do the job,” he said. “It’s just disappointing. Hopefully we’ll get a few more in there and straighten it out a little bit.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Zagurski vs. Votto: Zagurski’s first Major League appearance since September 2013 with the Yankees began with no outs, a runner at first, with the Brewers trying to protect a one-run lead and Joey Votto due to hit. Zagurski fired a series of 94-96-mph fastballs at the outside edge of the strike zone, as Votto worked a seven-pitch walk that put the go-ahead runner on base and put the Brewers in trouble.

Video: MIL@CIN: Zagurski walks Votto in 1st 2018 appearance

“I have to make a little better pitch,” Zagurski said. “If [the umpire] is not giving me that, I need to move it on the plate a little bit more, and I didn’t do that. No ill will towards him. I have a job to do, and I didn’t do it.”

“We didn’t give ‘Z’ some easy matchups,” Counsell said. “I understand that, but that’s how it works. That’s where we were at today. He made good pitches to Votto, there’s no question. He made really good pitches and [Votto] laid off of them.”

Perez vs. Votto: Hernan Perez has made a pair of scoreless appearances as a pitcher for the Brewers, so perhaps it was not surprising when he unleashed a strong throw from right field to third base on the fly in the fourth inning to retire Votto. It was a big moment with the Brewers leading 1-0.

Video: MIL@CIN: Perez nabs Votto at 3rd with a great throw

SOUND SMART
Thames’ home run gave him 14 in 22 games against the Reds and seven home runs in his first 39 at-bats at Great American Ball Park.

The Brewers have hit a home run in 18 straight games at the venue over the past three years, matching the Reds’ own record from 2010 for any team at the ballpark.

The Brewers also set a strikeout record. They whiffed 18 times, a season high for MIlwaukee, and a Reds club-record for a nine-inning game.

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Kratz might have surrendered a pair of runs on two hits and a walk, but he also struck out one of the Reds’ best hitters when he caught Eugenio Suarez looking at a knuckleball for the first out of the inning. Kratz also pitched for the Astros and Pirates in 2016.

Video: MIL@CIN: Kratz strikes out Suarez with 59-mph pitch

“We don’t want to wear anybody else’s arms out, so if it can get some guys fresh so we can use them tomorrow or the next day, I definitely take pride in that,” Kratz said. “I’d rather catch nine and go away with high fives, but we didn’t get it today.”

HE SAID IT
“Hey, he got three more outs than I did.” — Zagurski, on Kratz’s mound work

UP NEXT
Rookie sensation Freddy Peralta will make his fifth big league start when the Brewers and Reds finish their four-game series on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. CT. Peralta has 35 strikeouts in his first 22 2/3 big league innings while holding opponents to seven hits in 74 at-bats (.093). In two of his four starts, Peralta h Custom Cardinals Jersey as used a steady diet of high fastballs to log double-digit strikeouts while yielding only one hit, making him the only rookie in the live ball era with two such outings, and the only Brewers pitcher ever to have two such outings in his career. The Reds counter with former Mets ace Matt Harvey.

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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Keon Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey Broxton does it all in win vs. Reds

CINCINNATI — Keon Broxton announced his return to the big leagues in a big way, and he picked the perfect night.

With Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich sidelined by injuries Friday night, and Ryan Braun about to join them on the bench, Broxton was a one-man highlight reel in an 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He hit his first two big league homers of 2018, drove in four runs, scored on a circus play and made a spectacular diving catch in a victory that carried the Brewers to the mathematical midpoint of their regular season with the National League’s best record.

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CINCINNATI — Keon Broxton announced his return to the big leagues in a big way, and he picked the perfect night.

With Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich sidelined by injuries Friday night, and Ryan Braun about to join them on the bench, Broxton was a one-man highlight reel in an 8-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He hit his first two big league homers of 2018, drove in four runs, scored on a circus play and made a spectacular diving catch in a victory that carried the Brewers to the mathematical midpoint of their regular season with the National League’s best record.

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Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton drills his 1st homer of the season

Chase Anderson pitched six stellar innings, and Milwaukee (48-33) maintained its 2 1/2-game lead over the second-place Cubs in the NL Central with 81 games in the books, and 81 to go.

“I think it’s probably one of my best games ever, honestly,” said Broxton, who was promoted from the Minors over the weekend after Cain hit the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury.

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Broxton, whose infield single in Thursday’s series opener was his only hit in his first two games back with the Brewers, smacked an RBI single in the second inning and a solo home run in the fourth against Reds starter Sal Romano, then he punctuated his productive night at the plate with a two-run shot in Milwaukee’s five-run ninth.

Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton belts his 2nd home run of the game

They were Broxton’s first home runs in the Majors since last season, when he was one of MLB’s nine 20/20 players, but also posted the league’s highest strikeout rate for a team that set the all-time strikeout record for a second straight season. That led GM David Stearns to acquire outfielders Cain and Yelich in January, which led to Broxton beginning the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Now, with their outfield depleted by injuries, the Brewers need him, and Broxton’s contributions weren’t limited to the long ball. In the eighth inning he teamed with Orlando Arcia to steal a run by spoiling a Reds rundown. In the ninth, Broxton robbed Scooter Gennett with a diving catch. Arcia flashed some leather earlier on a running grab to keep a hit from dropping in the outfield in the fifth.

Video: MIL@CIN: Arcia makes a tough sliding basket grab

“That’s a great performance,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “I think it speaks to our depth again. We’ve had a couple guys come up and have games like that, where they’ve made really, really meaningful contributions. The [Ji-Man Choi] game comes to mind. [Broxton] had a heck of a game, for sure.”

Video: MIL@CIN: Counsell discusses Broxton’s stellar game

Broxton’s efforts were amplified by the fact the Brewers were without Cain and Yelich, who sat out with a stiff back. They also lost Braun in the seventh inning when he developed back stiffness of his own and had to leave the game.

Anderson moved to 6-6 with a 4.18 ERA by holding the Reds to one run on two hits — Tucker Barnhart‘s shift-beating single down the third-base line with one out in the fourth inning, and Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen‘s line-drive home run with one out in the sixth. Anderson also walked one and struck out five.

“The thing I’m most excited about is not what I did, but for [Broxton] to come up here and step in, and continue what he did last year,” Anderson said. “Obviously, he’s a big league player who was kind of out of luck in Spring Training. When we got Yelich and Cain, there wasn’t a spot for him.

Video: MIL@CIN: Anderson fans 5 over 6 innings of 1-run ball

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“To come up and do what he did tonight — just an all-around game. That’s really good for us right now. It gave us a little bit of a boost when we needed it.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
It was still a tight game in the eighth when Broxton turned a potential baserunning mistake into a big insurance run. One pitch after he and Arcia pulled off a double steal, Broxton was nearly picked offat third base. But in a play reminiscent of an escape pulled off by Cain and Yelich against the Cubs earlier this month, Arcia and Broxton managed to extend the rundown long enough to draw a throw back to second base, which allowed Broxton to score.

Video: Must C Crafty: Broxton escape Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey s rundown to steal a run

“Keon caused a little traffic jam, but there’s no question Arcia’s paying attention to the game against the Cubs when Cain does it, and he did the same exact thing,” Counsell said. “It turned out a little bit different, but it disrupted their rundown, obviously. At the time, it was a huge run to make it 3-1.”

SOUND SMART
The Brewers have hit a home run in 17 straight games at Great American Ball Park over the past three years, tying for the second-longest streak by any team — including the Reds. The home team holds the mark for the longest such streak, with a long ball in 18 straight games in 2010.

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After the Brewers padded their lead with a five-run rally in the ninth, Broxton put the finishing touch on his career night when he dove for Gennett’s fly ball to the right-center-field gap and made a terrific diving catch. The umpires took a second look and confirmed the call.

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“Scooter’s probably going to be really mad at me,” Broxton said of his former Brewers teammate, “but he’s going to have to wear that one, I guess.”

HE SAID IT
“Look, we’ve earned this. We’ve earned where we’re at. It’s been a successful first half of the season, and now we’ve got to keep backing it up.” — Counsell

UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin was the Brewers’ steadiest starting pitcher before he allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park earlier this week. He’ll look to bounce back in Saturday’s 3:10 p.m. CT game against Tyler Mahle and the Reds at Great American Ball Park, where Chacin is 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in five career games and four starts.

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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Brewers option Orlando Arcia to Triple- Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey A

CINCINNATI — Five weeks after they sent shortstop Orlando Arcia to the Minor Leagues amid a brutal slump, the Brewers did it again on Sunday.

This time, the decision was driven not only by Arcia’s ongoing offensive issues, but by bullpen need. The Brewers promoted right-hander Aaron Wilkerson from Triple-A Colorado Springs, while optioning Arcia to that affiliate.

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CINCINNATI — Five weeks after they sent shortstop Orlando Arcia to the Minor Leagues amid a brutal slump, the Brewers did it again on Sunday.

This time, the decision was driven not only by Arcia’s ongoing offensive issues, but by bullpen need. The Brewers promoted right-hander Aaron Wilkerson from Triple-A Colorado Springs, while optioning Arcia to that affiliate.

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Arcia — who is 23 years old and one of baseball’s best defensive shortstops, as well as the Brewers’ Opening Day starter at the position the past two seasons — is the least productive hitter in the National League with at least 150 plate appearances, using his 27 weighted runs created plus and .215 weighted on-base average as the measures. Arcia struck out in his only at-bat during Saturday’s 12-3 loss to the Reds and saw his slash line fall to .197/.231/.251.

“The short term is we had to have an arm today. But probably more important longer term is that we’ve got to get Orlando going offensively,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Unfortunately, I feel like we’ve kind of failed here in just trying everything we can to do it.”

Counsell added, “Look, we’re taking a defensive hit. Defensively, we’re not going to be as good. We know how good Orlando is, and really, through all of this, he has played wonderful defense. His defense has been better through this stretch. It’s been really, really good the entire season. But it’s important to try and get the best Orlando Arcia.”

In spite of his struggles, Arcia’s teammates were surprised when the team demoted him to Triple-A on May 25, hoping to give him an opportunity over several weeks to fix his swing and build confidence in a hitter-friendly environment. That plan was scuttled five days later, after Arcia’s replacement at shortstop, Tyler Saladino, i Customized Falcons Jersey njured his left ankle and hit the 10-day disabled list.

Now, Saladino is nearing a return. He began a rehab appearance at Class A Wisconsin on Thursday and is expected to move up to Colorado Springs this week before rejoining the Brewers.

Arcia was unable to make the most of his playing time during Saladino’s absence, going 13-for-64 (.203) with two walks and no extra-base hits since returning from his brief stint in the Minors.

“What we originally had planned to do, we’ll make another attempt at it,” Counsell said. “He’s going into, hopefully, an easier offensive environment.”

Wilkerson, 29, is coming from that environment. He pitched in three games for the Brewers last season and competed for the starting rotation this spring. He injured his non-throwing shoulder on a swing just before the start of the regular season but has been active since mid-May, posting a 2.08 ERA in eight games (seven starts) for the SkySox.

Injury updates
It was a good news, bad news situation for the Brewers’ star outfielders on Sunday. Lorenzo Cain expressed optimism that he will be able to escape the 10-day DL on Wednesday, the first day he is eligible to return from a left groin strain. Christian Yelich, meanwhile, was in danger of hitting the DL for lingering tightness in his ba Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform ck.

Yelich planned to take some swings before Sunday’s series finale against the Reds, and said the next day or so would determine whether he would remain in day-to-day territory or hit the DL. He has not played since leaving Thursday’s game in Cincinnati following a first-inning groundout.

“We’ll either be back in a couple days, or I’ll see you in 10 days,” Yelich said. “I don’t think it will be longer than the 10, so that’s kind of the good news.”

There was better news on Cain, who cranked the treadmill up to 12 mph during a Friday workout, and is scheduled to run on the field at Miller Park on Monday and Tuesday. If he clears those tests, Cain could be back in the lineup on Wednesday against the Twins.

“I think there’s a really, really, really good chance I should be back when it’s time for me to be back,” said Cain.

Last call
Jesus Aguilar and Brent Suter were named the Brewers’ player and pitcher of the month for June. Aguilar hit 10 home runs while also leading the team in hits (26), doubles (6) and RBIs (24). Suter held opponents to a .198 average (21-for-106) while posting a 3.60 ERA in five starts.

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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MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week has four different players making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week has four different players making their second appearance on a Prospect Team of the Week, though none have been quite as hot as Francisco Mejia.

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After combining for a .189/.258/.293 batting line during the season’s first two months, Mejia rebounded in earnest with a torrid month of June, hitting .455 with a 1.193 OPS. What’s more, Mejia is raking at a .526 clip with 20 hits during his nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s improved his season average from .251 to .291.

Among other PTOW returnees, Tyler O’Neill is back for the first time since the season’s opening week after clubbing four home runs in five games in the Pacific Coast League, and Brandon Lowe is making his second straight PTOW appearance after another loud showing with Triple-A Durham.

The Padres are well represented on the latest PTOW with pitchers Logan Allen and Chris Paddack, both Top 100 overall prospects. It’s the second time this season that two pitchers from the same organization garnered PTOW honors after Cardinals hurlers Ryan Helsley and Austin Gomber back in April.

Here’s the complete Prospect Team of the Week for games of June 25 through July 1.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

C: Francisco Mejia, Columbus Clippers (Triple–A)
(Indians’ No. 1 prospect/No. 16 overall)
7 G, .593/.645/.926, 8 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 1 IBB, 2 K

Mejia officially put his sluggish start to the season behind him in June by hitting .455/.476/.717 and collecting hits in 22 of 24 games, including 18 multi-hit performances. The 22-year-old recorded at least one double in five straight games to pace all Top 30 prospects in two-baggers, and his 16 hits were tied for the most among Top 30 prospects.

1B: Kevin Cron, Reno Aces (Triple-A)
(D-backs’ No. 19 prospect)
6 G, .462/.483/1.115, 9 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K

That Cron led all Top 30 prospects in both home runs and RBIs was a product of two monstrous games. He erupted to hit three home runs and finish with a career-high seven RBIs on Wednesday, and then added a two-homer, six-RBI performance on Saturday. Overall, the 25-year-old has 10 multi-homer games in his career and 13 home runs in 50 games this season, putting him well on his way towards achieving his fourth straight season with at least 25 home runs.

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2B: Brandon Lowe, Durham Bulls (Triple-A)
(Rays’ No. 14 prospect)
8 G, .484/.590/.935, 9 R, 5 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 BB, 7 K

Lowe may be appearing on his second straight PTOW, but it’s his first as a second baseman after garnering honors as an outfielder last week. Another torrid week at the plate saw the 23-year-old produce 29 total bases, tied for the most among Top 30 prospects, while also ranking second in runs scored (tied), hits (15), doubles (tied) and RBIs. He’s slashing .307/.409/.571 with 16 homers and 26 doubles on the season, thanks largely to a .341/.431/.716 line and eight home runs in 22 games with Durham.

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3B: Elehuris Montero, Peoria Chiefs (Class A)
(Cardinals’ No. 27 prospect)
6 G, .500/.565/.850, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K

Montero, 19, hit safely in all six games for Peoria as he improved his season average from .302 to .316. He homered in two of those contests, giving the Dominican third baseman a career-best nine homers in 71 games after he totaled nine home runs in 170 games across his first three seasons.

SS: Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids Kernels (Class A)
(Twins’ No. 1 prospect/No. 12 overall)
6 G, .500/.577/.850, 8 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 SB

The 2017 No. 1 overall Draft pick went hitless at the outset of the week before collecting hits in five straight games, including back-to-back three-hit performances and three multi-hit games. It helped the 19-year-old shortstop tie a bow on his best month of the season, as Lewis finished June with a .330/.380/.604 batting line with five homers, 10 doubles and 22 RBIs in 23 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Royce Lewis, SS, Twins

OF: Jacob Robson, Erie SeaWolves/Toledo Mud Hens (Double-A/Triple-A)
(Tigers’ No. 26 prospect)
5 G, .471/.591/1.059, 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 3 SB, 1 CS

Robson began his week in the Eastern League, where he tallied three hits and three runs in two games before moving up to Triple-A Toledo and blasting two home runs in his first three games in the International League. The 23-year-old outfielder, an eighth-round pick in 2016, is putting together a breakout campaign, hitting .294/.389/.478 with nine home runs, 17 doubles and 13 steals through 70 games.

OF: Tyler O’Neill, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
(Cardinals’ No. 2 prospect/No. 52 overall)
5 G, .278/.381/1.000, 7 R, 1 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

O’Neill went deep in three straight games to begin the week as he ultimately homered in four of his five contests for Memphis. It was the third time this season that the 23-year-old slugger homered in three consecutive games in the Minors — four including his time in the Majors. He’s hit 19 homers in 49 games this season, good for a share of second place in the Pacific Coast League, and has 21 homers in 65 games between the Minors and Majors.

Video: Top Prospects: Tyler O’Neill, OF, Cardinals

OF: Corey Ray, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers’ No. 6 prospect Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey )
5 G, .353/.421/.941, 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K, 1 SB

While June marked Ray’s worst month of the season (.223/.324/.404), the 23-year-old did finish it on a high note by hitting a home run in two of his final four games before opening July with another homer, giving him three for the week. After a disappointing first full season, Ray has gotten back on track this year at Biloxi, hitting .251/.345/.469 with a career-high 12 homers as well as 19 steals in 77 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Corey Ray, OF, Brewers

LHP: Logan Allen, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
(Padres’ No. 9 prospect/No. 100 overall)
1-0, 1.29 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0.71 WHIP

Allen is making his second PTOW appearance in five weeks after the 21-year-old southpaw completed seven innings for the third time in four starts while striking out 10. He owns a stellar 0.36 ERA with 26 strikeouts and a .350 OPS against over 25 innings in those four outings, during which he’s improved his overall ERA from 3.65 to 2.66, the second best mark among qualified pitcher in the Texas League. He also leads the circuit in WHIP (1.10) and strikeouts (95).

Video: Top Prospects: Logan Allen, LHP, Padres

RHP: Chris Paddack, Lake Elsinore Storm (Class A Advanced)
(Padres’ No. 8 prospect/No. 98 overall)
1-0, 3.60 ERA, 2 GS, 10 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 14 K, 1.20 WHIP

Paddack, 22, kicked off his week with a dominant four-inning outing in which he allowed just one hit while recording nine of his 12 outs via the strikeout. The right-hander didn’t fare as well on Sunday, when he allowed four earned runs in six innings, though the performance still netted the right-hander his fourth win in 10 starts for Lake Elsinore. Fully healthy after Tommy John surgery wiped out his 2017 campaign, Paddack as returned to post a 2.24 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and 83-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 1/3 innings in the hitter-friendly California League.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Another start, another gem from Chris Paddack:4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 KThe #Padres No. 8 prospect has given up 1 ER or less in 7 of 9 starts for @Storm_Baseball. Here’s how all @Padres prospects are performing tonight: https://t.co/QJnjQVOpIh pic.twitter.com/3rwSWHWE35

RP: Ray Black, Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A)
(Giants’ No. 29 prospect)
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 SV, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.33 WHIP

Finally healthy after myriad injuries limited him in recent years, the flame-throwing Black is finally healthy and on the cusp of the Major Leagues. Now 28, Black logged three scoreless appearances last week in the Pacific Coast League, one of which led to his first career Triple-A save. He’s racked up 33 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings with Sacramento, and 53 in 29 2/3 frames (16.1 K/9) including his time with Double-A Richmond.

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

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The Brewers signed more than 35 international prospects during the 2017-2018 signing period, and the total is close to 50 prospects from nine different countries when the previous period is included.

The Brewers signed more than 35 international prospects during the 2017-2018 signing period, and the total is close to 50 prospects from nine different countries when the previous period is included.

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According to industry sources, the Brewers agreed to deals with outfielder Eduarqui Fernandez, who ranked No. 18 on MLB.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list and shortstop Branylan Jaraba, No. 26, for $1.1 million each.

The Brewers are also the favorite to land No. 20 Eduardo Garcia, who is not eligible to sign until he turns 16 on July 10, for a bonus amount similar to Jaraba and Fernandez. There’s also a deal for $500,000 with outfielder Erys Bautista of the Dominican Republic.

The club did not confirm the deals.

Fernandez, who is from the Dominican Republic, is an aggressive hitter with some pop and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He profiles as a center fielder, but could end up in one of the corner outfield positions because of his size and overall skill set. He has been compared to a young version of former big leaguer Alex Rios.

Garcia, who is from Venezuela, is one of the top defenders in this year’s class. The teenager could hit 10-12 home runs in the big leagues one Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey  day, but it will be his glove more than his bat that will propel him through the Minor Leagues and make him an everyday player.

As for Jaraba, the teenager from Colombia is a big-bodied athlete with a plus bat, plus power and plus arm potential. He’s a decent shortstop now and projects to be an above-average defender at third base in the future.

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs — like the Brewers — that rec Custom Cardinals Jersey eived a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs received $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team’s initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club’s bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

 

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.


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CINCINNATI — Freddy Peralta had no idea what went wrong in a grueling, 43-pitch first inning. All he knew was he had Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform  to fix it.

The Brewers’ rookie right-hander did just that on Sunday, when he surrendered three runs before recording an out, then settled in to give the Brewers hope of a comeback. A 54-minute rain delay that ended Matt Harvey‘s finest outing with the Reds amplified that hope.

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CINCINNATI — Freddy Peralta had no idea what went wrong in a grueling, 43-pitch first inning. All he knew was he had to fix it.

The Brewers’ rookie right-hander did just that on Sunday, when he surrendered three runs before recording an out, then settled in to give the Brewers hope of a comeback. A 54-minute rain delay that ended Matt Harvey‘s finest outing with the Reds amplified that hope.

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But it was promptly extinguished in an 8-2 loss at Great American Ball Park because the Brewers didn’t hit much after the delay, and the Reds did, roughing up reliever Aaron Wilkerson for five runs in a sixth inning punctuated by Cincinnati’s second grand slam in as many days.

“It was 3-0 with nobody out, and for it to still be 3-0 there in the sixth, especially in this ballpark, you still have a fighting chance,” said Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw. “We were in a good spot. But they came out after the rain delay and put some good at-bats together again and put it out of reach.”

Ryan Braun‘s two-run home run in the ninth spared Milwaukee a shutout, but after winning the first two games of the series against the National League’s hottest team, the Brewers settled for a four-game split and saw their lead in the NL Centr Customized Falcons Jersey al dwindle to half a game over the Cubs.

Video: MIL@CIN: Braun rips a late two-run homer to center

Peralta, the rookie sensation coming off his second start with double-digit strikeouts and only one hit allowed, labored in a long opening inning. The first six Reds reached safely for a 3-0 lead, as Peralta surrendered two walks and four hits while working with diminished velocity on a humid 93 degree afternoon.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell stuck with Peralta, who entered the day with 35 strikeouts in his first 22 2/3 big league innings, and saw it pay off. He struck out the final three batters of the first inning and managed to pitch through the end of the fifth allowing only one more hit — Tucker Barnhart‘s bloop single over third base in the second inning. Peralta struck out five, and twice retired the side on fewer than 10 pitches.

“We were really both concerned to see him and really anxious to see him because his numbers were so strong in the league so far,” said Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman. “He showed us why. That was a pretty gutsy performance to go 40-plus pitches in the first inning and then come back there and regroup.”

Counsell said, “It was really cool to see him right it, and how well he pitched for the last [four] innings. As much as anything, it’s a lesson you’ve got to get it rolling right away because a big league team will take advantage of it.”

Counsell thought the issue was Peralta’s release point. Peralta wasn’t immediately sure.

“The pitching coach [Danny Darwin] told me, ‘Forget about this. Keep fighting and let’s see what happens,'” Peralta said. “That’s what I did.

“In this game, you have to learn something new every day. I take it like a learning experience,” Peralta added. “I knew that I had a responsibility to keep in the game as long as I can because our bullpen has been working a lot the last couple of days. That’s my job.”

The Brewers need Peralta at the moment. Zach Davies, whose lingering shoulder injury cleared a path for Peralta’s second stint in the Major Leagues this season, left his rehab start on Thursday with a back injury and will not be able to rejoin the rotation this week as expected.

Video: MIL@CIN: Sogard reels in fly ball with a sliding grab

Before the rains came, Harvey threw fewer pitches in his first three perfect innings (32) than Peralta expended to record his first out (35), and fewer pitches through four perfect innings (41) than Peralta needed in Cincinnati’s nine-batter first (43).

The Brewers’ first baserunner was Shaw, who punched a shift-beating single to left field, leading off the fifth inning. Their only other baserunner against Harvey was Brad Miller, who singled amid lightning and thunder immediately preceding the rain delay in the sixth.

“Two runs, three runs,” said Counsell, referring to Milwaukee’s output in the past two games. “You’re going to need more to win most games. Today was a pretty light day just as far as putting pressure on the other guy.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Wilkerson, who took an early-morning flight on Sunday from Round Rock, Texas, after a promotion from Triple-A Colorado Springs, retired the first batter he faced in the bottom of the sixth before hitting Adam Duvall with a pitch. The inning quickly unraveled, as Alex Blandino and pinch-hitter Jesse Winker hit successive singles to make it 4-0 before Jose Peraza delivered the big blow, a grand slam to left field.

Video: MIL@CIN: Peraza drills a grand slam to left field

“I felt like it was a pretty well-located pitch, but I showed him the same pitch three times in a row,” Wilkerson said. “Probably should have went with something different.”

It marked the second straight day a reliever was knocked around in his season debut. Mike Zagurski was charged with four runs without recording an out in Friday’s loss.

“There’s innings that we need to cover there, and those are the guys that have to do it,” said Counsell. “[Wilkerson] settled down the last two innings. We needed those innings covered, and that’s the spot for Wilk. There’s length there — a two-inning window for him to keep us in the game — and they got the big blow.”

SOUND SMART
It’s July 1 and the Reds already have hit nine grand slams, most in the Majors and enough to match a franchise record they set in 2002. The Major League record for slams in a season is 14, a mark shared by the ’06 Indians and ’00 A’s.

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For the second straight day, Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton made what Statcast™ considers a four-star catch, ranging 80 feet in 4.9 seconds for a Scott Schebler fly ball that had a 41 percent catch probability. Broxton held on when he smashed into the outfield wall.

Video: MIL@CIN: Broxton’s makes 41% probability catch

UP NEXT
Brent Suter will get the start as the Brewers return to Miller Park to face the Twins at 7:10 p.m. CT on Monday. Suter was named the Brewers’ pitcher of the month in June when he went 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. The Twins will send right-hander Kyle Gibson to the mound in the opener.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Christian Yelich took “a big step” in his comeback from a stiff back on Monday, when the outfielder and club officials expressed equal confidence he will avoid the disabled list.

Now, can Yelich make similar progress in the final days of All-Star Game balloting? It will require a big step, to say the least.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Christian Yelich took “a big step” in his comeback from a stiff back on Monday, when the outfielder and club officials expressed equal confidence he will avoid the disabled list.

Now, can Yelich make similar progress in the final days of All-Star Game balloting? It will require a big step, to say the least.

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Yelich remained 10th and Lorenzo Cain 12th among National League outfielders when Major League Baseball’s final Monday afternoon update was released with four days remaining to vote. The top three will form the league’s starting outfield.

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Of more immediate concern to Yelich was getting back on the field. He hasn’t played since leaving Thursday’s game in Cincinnati after one at-bat, but he took early batting practice on Monday and fielded fly balls in the outfield. He remained off-limits for Monday’s game against the Twins.

“We’re getting closer,” Yelich said. “Every day has been better so far.”

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, Custom Cardinals Jersey  tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

Nate Orf, freed
In need of a bat with Yelich sidelined at least another day, the Brewers’ decision-makers thrilled fans who had been pushing a #FreeNateOrf movement on social media, not to mention Orf himself, by promoting the former undrafted free agent to the Major Leagues on Monday.

Video: Counsell, Orf talk about long-awaited callup

To make room for the 28-year-old Orf, who went right into the starting lineup at second base against the Twins, the Brewers optioned reliever Aaron Wilkerson back to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Orf, a former catcher who converted to the infield at Baylor University after undergoing Tommy John surgery, told a story about Brewers scout Brian Sankey asking him if he would sign for $1,000 if Sankey could get it approved. Orf responded that, heck, he would sign for a Snickers bar.

He wound up getting $500.

“I cost myself $500,” Orf said after making it to the Majors. “Not a good move.”

His persistence, however, paid off. Orf batted .291 with a .388 on-base percentage over parts of six Minor League seasons before Monday’s promotion, capped by a two-homer, four-hit game for Colorado Springs on Sunday.

“Let’s go,” he said. “I played a game 24 hours ago and the swing feels nice right now. I think it’s best-case scenario, jump right into it feeling good at the plate. … Yesterday, I hit two home runs in the game and I was standing out in the dirt thinking, ‘You’re going to h Arizona Cardinals Custom Jersey ave to go earn this thing. You’re going to have to produce and force a hand to get up there.’

“Little did I know, an hour later, I was getting the call.”

SkySox manager Rick Sweet broke the news in the middle of a full clubhouse.

“It’s the day you put all the work in for,” Orf said. “This is why I signed for $500, to grind out as long as I needed to, to have this day come. To see it come to fruition. It’s what it was all about the whole time.”

‘Nothing to report’ on top Draft pick
Brewers general manager David Stearns couldn’t handicap the club’s chances to sign top Draft pick Brice Turang before Friday’s deadline, and declined to say whether the sides were even in active negotiations.

The Brewers have signed all of their other selections in the first 10 rounds, and are believed to have several above-slot agreements with players beyond that. MLB.com’s Jim Callis reported Monday night that the Brewers had signed 12th-rounder Korey Howell for $210,000 — $85,000 of which counts against Milwaukee’s pool. How far beyond the roughly $3.01 million slotted for Turang at No. 21 overall the Brewers can go to lure him away from a scholarship to LSU depends on how many other bonuses in excess of $125,000 go to other players from Rounds 11-40.

“There’s nothing to report,” Stearns said. “The deadline is this Friday and we’ Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ll see what happens between now and then.”

Last call

• Brewers head physician Dr. William Raasch examined right-hander Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform  Zach Davies on Monday to make sure that there was nothing significantly structurally wrong with Davies’ back. Davies is on the 10-day DL with a shoulder injury, but it was back discomfort that forced him out of a rehab start at Class A Wisconsin on Thursday.

• Infielder Tyler Saladino‘s rehab assignment was advanced from Wisconsin to Colorado Springs as he continues a comeback from a sprained left ankle.

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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The would-be All-Star starters remain the same in both leagues, but with only three days left to vote on the 2018 Camping World ML Women’s Nike Customized Atlanta Falcons Elite Away White NFL Football Uniform B All-Star Ballot, there are five spots that remain too close to call.

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The Reds’ Scooter Gennett and the Cubs’ Javier Baez are pushing Ozzie Albies of the Braves at second base in the National League, while a pair of Astros — shortstop Carlos Correa and first baseman Yuli Gurriel — are trying to make lates move to take the voting lead at their respective positions in the American League.

Another Houston player, second baseman Jose Altuve, continues to have the highest vote total of any player in either league. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leads all NL players in votes.

The Red Sox have two players — Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez — in line to start in the AL, while the Braves have three (Albies, Freeman and Nick Markakis) in the NL.

Voting to decide the starters for the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on July 17 at Washington’s Nationals Park continues until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Here are the latest voting results for both leagues:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

CATCHER
1. Wilson Ramos, Rays: 1,556,195
2. Gary Sanchez, Yankees: 1,116,568
3. Brian McCann, Astros: 961,325
4. Salvador Perez, Royals: 614,492
5. Yan Gomes, Indians: 522,139

There was no movement in the top five this week, though Ramos stretched his lead by about 280,000 votes over Sanchez, who landed on the disabled list with a groin injury. The Rays backstop, whose .290 average and 74 hits are tops among AL catchers, has a commanding lead of nearly 440,000 votes, putting him in good position to earn his first career All-Star start.

FIRST BASE
1. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 1,312,221
2. Yuli Gurriel, Astros: 1,088,068
3. Mitch Moreland, Red Sox: 907,955
4. Albert Pujols, Angels: 688,594
5. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 499,603

Gurriel picked up about 92,000 votes this week, mov Custom Atlanta Falcons Jersey ing within 224,000 of Abreu, whose 50 RBIs continue to be tops among AL first basemen. The rest of the top five remains the same, though this appears to be a two-man race. Moreland, whose .889 OPS leads all AL players at his position, sits in third place.

Video: KC@HOU: Gurriel cracks a grand slam to left field

SECOND BASE
1. Jose Altuve, Astros: 3,405,815
2. Gleyber Torres, Yankees: 997,724
3. Dee Gordon, Mariners: 528,270
4. Jason Kipnis, Indians: 372,885
5. Jed Lowrie, Athletics: 255,092

Altuve’s place in the AL starting lineup is secure, while his overall vote lead stands at 286,709 over Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts. Torres, Gordon and Kipnis remain in the three spots behind Altuve, while Oakland’s Jed Lowrie moved past Boston’s Dustin Pedroia to regain fifth place.

THIRD BASE
1. Jose Ramirez, Indians: 1,811,902
2. Alex Bregman, Astros: 1,050,370
3. Miguel Andujar, Yankees: 963,641
4. Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 590,283
5. Kyle Seager, Mariners: 447,940

Ramirez’s lead grew by more than 205,000 votes this week, giving him a comfortable 761,000-vote lead over Bregman, who surged past Andujar into the No. 2 spot. Ramirez is tied for second in the Majors with 24 home runs, one behind Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez. Seager moved into the top five, replacing the Royals’ Mike Moustakas.

Video: CLE@OAK: Ramirez drills an RBI double to deep left

SHORTSTOP
1. Manny Machado, Orioles: 1,272,233
2. Carlos Correa, Astros: 1,135,152
3. Francisco Lindor, Indians: 898,977
4. Didi Gregorius, Yankees: 824,710
5. Jean Segura, Mariners: 675,140

Correa landed on the disabled list with a back ailment on Friday, and while the Astros’ star isn’t expected to miss much time, it remains to be seen whether his inactivity during the final days of voting hinders his ability to challenge Machado. Correa picked up more than 30,000 votes on Machado this week, leaving a 137,000-vote gap between them. Lindor jumped back into third ahead of Gregorius, while Segura continues to round out the top five.

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

OUTFIELD
1. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 3,119,106
2. Mike Trout, Angels: 2,666,972
3. Aaron Judge, Yankees: 2,021,348
4. George Springer, Astros: 1,141,661
5. Michael Brantley, Indians: 1,093,376
6. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox: 1,071,135
7. Marwin Gonzalez, Astros: 768,281
8. Josh Reddick, Astros: 706,145
9. Eddie Rosario, Twins: 666,108
10. Mitch Haniger, Mariners: 652,563
11. Brett Gardner, Yankees: 636,087
12. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox: 506,993
13. Aaron Hicks, Yankees: 483,574
14. Nicholas Castellanos, Tigers: 469,578
15. Tyler Naquin, Indians: 344,639

Betts, Trout and Judge continue to hold sizeable leads to be the starters, while the top seven spots remain unchanged from a week ago. Reddick and Rosario surged two spots each, knocking Gardner down to the No. 11 spot. Betts might be assured a starting spot in the AL outfield, but his chances of catching Altuve for the overall lead look bleak as the gap swelled from 123,453 a week ago to 286,709 this week. The only change on the list this week? Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin, who replaced Seattle’s Ben Gamel to return to the top 15.

Video: BOS@NYY: Judge crushes a solo homer to center

DESIGNATED HITTER
1. J.D. Martinez, Red Sox: 2,236,945
2. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees: 977,274
3. Evan Gattis, Astros: 953,460
4. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 601,794
5. Edwin Encarnacion, Indians: 559,915

Martinez’s lead over his pinstriped rival Stanton swelled from 936,000 to more than 1.25 million, lining up the Major League home run leader for his first All-Star start and second overall selection. Stanton and Gattis remain behind Martinez, while Cruz climbed to the No. 4 spot and Encarnacion returned to the top five, knocking injured Angels star Shohei Ohtani off the list.

Video: J.D. sets Boston franchise record for HRs before July

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CATCHER
1. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,384,631
2. Willson Contreras, Cubs: 1,240,132
3. Kurt Suzuki, Braves: 1,174,470
4. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 913,149
5. J.T. Realmuto, Marlins: 818,925

Posey led Contreras by roughly 92,000 votes a week ago, but the Giants’ catcher saw his lead grow to more than 144,000 votes. Suzuki remains a dark-horse contender, sitting about 210,000 votes behind Posey, who would be making his fourth straight start and fifth of his career. Realmuto, who leads NL catchers with a .908 OPS, makes his first appearance in the top five, knocking Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers off the list.

Video: MIA@SF: Posey opens the scoring with a solo homer

FIRST BASE
1. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 2,905,301
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs: 1,178,915
3. Brandon Belt, Giants: 802,027
4. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers: 661,485
5. Joey Votto, Reds: 479,803

Freeman’s place in the NL’s starting lineup seems to be locked in thanks to a vote total more than twice of his nearest competitor. Although the top spot isn’t in doubt, it should be noted that Joey Votto of the Reds moved back into the top five after being bumped out by the Cardinals’ Jose Martinez last week.

SECOND BASE
1. Ozzie Albies, Braves: 1,857,185
2. Scooter Gennett, Reds: 1,689,393
3. Javier Baez, Cubs: 1,586,888
4. Joe Panik, Giants: 493,573
5. Logan Forsythe, Dodgers: 379,325

Albies lengthened his lead over Baez, but the Cubs’ second baseman might not be the one to watch. Gennett is making a late move to challenge Albies for the starting job, picking up nearly 75,000 votes on the leader this week to move within roughly 168,000 votes of the top spot. Gennett (.898), Baez (.892) and Albies (.823) finished the week with the top three OPS among qualified NL second basemen.

Video: ATL@STL: Albies bloops an RBI single into left-center

THIRD BASE
1. Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 2,326,711
2. Kris Bryant, Cubs: 1,370,631
3. Johan Camargo, Braves: 868,860
4. Eugenio Suarez, Reds: 601,219
5. Justin Turner, Dodgers: 496,912

Just as Arenado took the NL lead in home runs with two against the Dodgers this weekend, the Rockies’ third baseman saw his vote lead at third base swell by nearly 310,000 this week. Arenado is more than 950,000 votes ahead of Bryant, putting the Rockies star in position to make his second straight All-Star start and fourth consecutive appearance.

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SHORTSTOP
1. Brandon Crawford, Giants: 2,303,516
2. Dansby Swanson, Braves: 1,162,263
3. Addison Russell, Cubs: 1,026,014
4. Trevor Story, Rockies: 820,484
5. Chris Taylor, Dodgers: 498,570

Crawford, whose .315 average and .884 OPS are No. 1 among NL shortstops, continues to hold a commanding lead at the position, setting him up for his second career All-Star appearance and first starting nod. The only change in the top five this week was the emergence of Chris Taylor of the Dodgers, who pushed his way past Wa Custom Cardinals Jersey shington’s Trea Turner for the No. 5 spot.

OUTFIELD
1. Nick Markakis, Braves: 2,457,648
2. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,046,534
3. Bryce Harper, Nationals: 1,777,221
4. Charlie Blackmon, Rockies: 1,310,107
5. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves: 1,204,321
6. Ender Inciarte, Braves: 1,101,511
7. Jason Heyward, Cubs: 1,018,320
8. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs: 939,907
9. Ben Zobrist, Cubs: 900,316
10. Christian Yelich, Brewers: 708,250
11. Odubel Herrera, Phillies: 664,335
12. Lorenzo Cain, Brewers: 613,205
13. Andrew McCutchen, Giants: 595,907
14. Corey Dickerson, Pirates: 540,093
15. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers: 509,936

This list looks remarkably similar to last week’s as the top 10 vote-getters remain the same. Markakis and Kemp appear to have locked up their starting spots, while Harper — who has said he would participate in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby as long as he’s on the NL roster — maintains a comfortable 467,000-vote lead over Blackmon. The Nos. 11-15 spots feature the same names as a week ago, though Herrera jumped from No. 14 to 11, flipping spots with Dickerson.

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Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — on computers, tablets and smartphones — exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year’s All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league’s roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

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

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

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.