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CLEVELAND — Eric Thames is scheduled to test his surgically-repaired left thumb in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs beginning Wednesday in Fresno, Calif., meaning potential logjams at first base and in the outfield may finally be nearing reality for the Brew Marco Estrada Jersey ers.

Manager Craig Counsell calls it a good problem to have.

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CLEVELAND — Eric Thames is scheduled to test his surgically-repaired left thumb in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs beginning Wednesday in Fresno, Calif., meaning potential logjams at first base and in the outfield may finally be nearing reality for the Brewers.

Manager Craig Counsell calls it a good problem to have.

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“He’ Marco Estrada Jersey Sale s going to play some outfield during his rehab stint, I’ll just tell you that,” Counsell said. “Look, first of all, it’s five days away, so who knows? And we’re going to have a lot of good players. We’re back to the healthy situation that you guys fretted about all Spring Training.

“So, we’ll have to make a decision on who plays every day. That’s the way it will work. There will be some good players who will be occasionally left out of the lineup. We’ll have some tough decisions to make, sure. Hopefully we can get everybody back healthy.”

Counsell had similar things to say all spring, when he insisted that the Brewers’ crowded outfield and first base situations would work themselves out. That’s just what happened, with Christian Yelich (oblique), Ryan Braun (back) and Thames all requiring stints on the 10-day disabled list.

Video: MIL@STL: Thames sneaks home run over right-field wall

Thames has been sidelined since tearing a ligament in his left thumb on April 24 in Kansas City. He had a final check-up with the surgeon on Monday in Phoenix before playing the first of two extended spring training games with “nothing to note,” Counsell said.

A five-day assignment would put Thames back in the big leagues on Monday for the start of a Brewers homestand against the Cubs and Phillies, though the timetable is open-ended depending on Thames’ health.

Last call
• The Sky Sox activated catcher Jacob Nottingham, MLB Pipeline’s No. 25 Brewers prospect, from the DL on Tuesday following a three-week absence for a rib cage injury. The team also activated another catcher, Jett Bandy, three days after Bandy was outrighted to Colorado Springs.

• Right-hander Jimmy Nelson isn’t with the team for the rest of this road trip, but that was no cause for concern, Counsell said. With other players further along in their recovery from injuries, the team decided before this trip that Nelson would continue his throwing program at Miller Park.

• Minor League outfiel Marcus Stroman Blue Jays Jersey der Joantgel Segovia earned a promotion to Class A Advanced Carolina on Tuesday after posting a .347/.397/.441 slash line at Class A Wisconsin.

Adam McC Marcus Stroman Jersey alvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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CLEVELAND — When the Brewers lost four straight games to the Cubs in the waning days of April, and i Marco Estrada Jersey Sale t looked like their offense might never put another crooked number on a scoreboard, cleanup man Travis Shaw took to Twitter and borrowed a page from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ playbook. He urged fans to “C-H-I-L-L.”

More than a month later, after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Corey Kluber and the Indians gave the Brewers their first back-to-back losses since Shaw sent his message, did he have another?

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CLEVELAND — When the Brewers lost four straight games to the Cubs in the waning days of April, and it looked like their offense might never put another crooked number on a scoreboard, cleanup man Travis Shaw took to Twitter and borrowed a page from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ playbook. He urged fans to “C-H-I-L-L.”

More than a month later, after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Corey Kluber and the Indians gave the Brewers their first back-to-back losses since Shaw sent his message, did he have another?

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“Nah,” he said with a grin. “That was a one and done.”

It was “Kluber being Kluber,” as Lorenzo Cain put it after the Indians ace stifled Brewers batters over seven innings to out-duel Junior Guerra at Marco Estrada Jersey Progressive Field. Shaw made things interesting with a long home run leading off the ninth, but it wasn’t enough for the Brewers, who, coupled with Sunday’s loss to the White Sox in Chicago, have dropped consecutive games for the first time since that frigid four-game sweep at Wrigley Field.

Video: MIL@CLE: Brewers on 3-2 loss against the Indians

“We’ve been pretty consistent this last month. But it’s a long season and we’ve got to continue to be consistent throughout the entire season to get to where we want to be, which is in the playoffs,” said Cain. “A little hiccup, losing two back-to-back, but we’ve got to find a way to bounce back.”

Cain’s run-scoring single in the third inning was all the Brewers could muster against Kluber, who scattered seven hits — six of which were singles — in seven innings for his 25th consecutive start allowing three or fewer runs.

The Brewers were aiming for a second win in as many matchups against Kluber, who surrendered a 433-foot home run to pitcher Brent Suter when the teams met at Miller Park on May 8 in a 3-2 Brewers win. In Tuesday’s rematch, Kluber struck out seven without a walk, never let the leadoff batter of an inning reach base and limited the Brewers to a trio of two-out singles over his final four scoreless frames.

Video: MIL@CLE: Yelich robs Kipnis with a sliding catch

“They’re a good lineup. There’s a reason they’re in first place,” Kluber said. “They’re a good team. They did a good job at times when I got ahead of them. They still battled and they were able to waste some pitches, they were able to get some hits behind in the count. I think they did a good job of staying with at-bats and not just kind of bailing on them and trying to hit home runs or whatever the new thing is.”

Guerra gave the Brewers a chance with his third consecutive quality start, working six innings while allowing three runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts and one costly walk. The free pass led off the second inning, four batters before Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall announced his return from the disabled list with a two-run single.

Video: MIL@CLE: Guerra strikes out Ramirez in the 1st inning

Jose Ramirez hit his 19th home run with two outs and the bases empty in the third inning for Cleveland’s other run — a key piece of insurance when Shaw connected against closer Cody Allen in the ninth.

“We had some baserunners. Just couldn’t get the next hit to make it a rally,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We pitched well enough to keep us in the game and give us a shot later, but we just couldn’t push the next run across.”

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The third inning looked promising for the Brewers before K Marcus Stroman Jersey luber locked in. Manny Pina started things with a long double to the left-field gap for what would prove to be Milwaukee’s only extra-base hit until Shaw’s homer in the ninth. Orlando Arcia and Cain followed with singles, the sort of hits with runners in scoring position that eluded the Brewers as they went 0-for-16 in the clutch while losing two of three to the White Sox. It was a chance for a big inning with the team’s May Player of the Month, Christian Yelich, coming up. Yelich made hard contact, only to see his line drive head straight for second baseman Jason Kipnis‘ glove. Jesus Aguilar struck out, and the inning was over.

Video: MIL@CLE: Cain knocks in Pina with a single to right

“We really had that one good opportunity,” said Counsell, “and Christian hit a ball right on the screws and wound up lining out.”

Was it a turning point in the game?

“I wouldn’t say that was a turning point. I would say I wish that went through,” said Yelich. “With Kluber, it’s tough to square balls up a Marcus Stroman Blue Jays Jersey gainst a guy like that, and when you do, you’d like to see them get through. It just wasn’t meant to be tonight. All you can do is try to hit the ball hard in that situation, and you have to live with the results. … I thought we did a really good job battling him.”

HE SAID IT
“Throwing that frisbee slurve, whatever he calls it. It’s pretty impressive because he stands all the way to the far right side of the rubber and throws a cutter that looks like it’s coming at you, but it ends up on the outside part of the plate or off the plate. He keeps it shin-high, which you can’t just do anything with. It’s impressive. But it’s Kluber being Kluber. I’ve seen him over the years. He’s as solid as any pitcher I know.” — Cain, who was the only Brewer with multiple hits

Video: MIL@CLE: Kluber earns his 9th win of the season

UP NEXT
Brewers hitters will take another crack at Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco in the conclusion of a two-game Interleague Series at 12:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Carrasco struck out 14 batters, a season high for an Indians pitcher, while scattering five hits and two runs in a complete-game effort against the Brewers at Miller Park on May 9. Milwaukee counters with Chase Anderson.

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


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MILWAUKEE — Day 2 of the Brewers’ 2018 MLB Draft star Marcus Stroman Jersey ted a round later than most teams, due to the loss of their third-round selection after signing outfielder Lorenzo Cain over the offseason.

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MILWAUKEE — Day 2 of the Brewers’ 2018 MLB Draft started a round later than most teams, due to the loss of their third-round selection after signing outfielder Lorenzo Cain over the offseason.

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But when it did get going with the 125th overall pick in the fourth round, Milwaukee selected one of the top junior college arms in the country: a strikeout machine named Aaron Ashby Marco Estrada Jersey Sale .

Ashby, a left-hander out of Crowder College, led all Division I JUCO pitchers in strikeouts (156) and strikeouts per nine innings (18.8) last year, as well as featuring a fastball that has maxed out at 95 mph. Scouts also cite a plus curveball, sharp slider and a changeup — although he doesn’t use the change too often.

Ashby’s college coach, Travis Lallemand, echoed his ability to use four pitches, and he sees Ashby settling into a starter’s role in the Brewers’ organization.

Video: Draft Report: Aaron Ashby, College pitcher

“He has a fourth pitch with the changeup that can turn him into a starter, and he’s not necessarily just a two-pitch guy,” Lallemand said. “He got punchouts all year with all three [pitches] at this level, and things will have to be polished in professional baseball, but he’s still growing and getting better.”

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But, according to Lallemand, who coached Ashby for two seasons at Crowder, it’s the person the Brewers are getting that should have the organization and fans excited.

“[The Brewers are] getting one of the highest-character kids around. I have a three-year-old son, and Aaron treated him like his own,” Lallemand said. “One of those guys who didn’t have too many bad days.”

And Tuesday was definitely not one of those bad days for Ashby.

The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon ET.

Round 5 (155th overall): RHP Justin Jarvis, Lake Norman HS
Sneaking just into MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 Draft Prospects, Jarvis, who was ranked 199, threw an 18-strikeout perfect game to open his senior season in 2018. He stands at 6-foot-2 and 168 pounds.

He is currently committed to UNC Wilmington, but Jarvis is considered “fairly signable,” according to his MLB.com scouting report. Jarvis’ fastball sits in the mid 90s, and scouts cite a solid curveball and good command of pitches.

Video: Draft Report: Justin Jarvis, High School pitcher

Round 6 (185th overall): RHP Drew Rasmussen, Oregon State University
The 2018 Draft isn’t Rasmussen’s first rodeo — he was drafted 31st overall by the Rays in 2017, but he didn’t sign due to some discrepancies in his pre- and post-Draft medical exams. After having a second Tommy John surgery last fall, Rasmussen missed the entire 2018 season and fell into the Brewers’ lap in the sixth round.

“It’s a first-round arm, and we’ll continue to work and look at the medical as we go through the signing process and see where he is,” said Brewers scouting director Tod Johnson. “We have a lot of confidence in our medical staff in getting him back.”

When healthy, Rasmussen was at the top of Oregon State’s rotation, a team that perennially makes the NCAA Tournament and plays some of the country’s top competition in the Pac-12. At 6-foot-1 and owner of a fastball that gets Marcus Stroman Blue Jays Jersey to 96 mph, scouts project that Rasmussen will be a bullpen guy — and he can be a steal for Milwaukee if healthy.

Video: Draft Report: Drew Rasmussen, College pitcher

Johnson said Rasmussen plans on forgoing his final year of eligibility to sign with the Brewers.

“The injury was a factor in us being able to get him where we got him,” Johnson said. “Having the opportunity to add an arm like that … it’s a well- Marco Estrada Jersey known risk factor we can take into account.”

Round 7 (215th overall): C David Fry, Northwestern State University
The Brewers’ first position-player selection on Day 2 came in the seventh round with the Northwestern State backstop.

“It’s definitely something you dream about, and I didn’t know if I would get drafted today or tomorrow [on Day 3],” Fry said. “But they contacted me early and said be ready for a call, and it just happened.”

Fry was named the 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Player of the Year, hitting 12 home runs and driving in 55 RBIs — both team-highs. He was one of the Southland Conference’s top Draft prospects and set several Northwestern State records as a hitter.

“I’m coming in as a guy who is proven, and I’ve done that throughout the past four years,” Fry said. “I want to be the older guy [in the rookie class] and show everyone how it’s done.”

Milwaukee is getting a good-hitting catcher, but also someone with a decent glove overall. Fry played first and second base early on in his four-year college career.

But Fry thinks he can excel as a professional catcher.

“I’ve gotten a whole lot better at catching,” Fry said. “I probably got picked up as an offensive-type player, but I’m mature back there, and  Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey I think I can become a pretty good catcher.”

Round 8 (245th overall): RHP Luis Gonzalez, PJ Education School (Puerto Rico)
The Brewers added another right-handed arm to their 2018 Draft class with Catalina, Puerto Rico native Gonzalez in the eighth round, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds.

Johnson said the Brewers invited Gonzalez in for a workout and got to see him throw off the mound at Miller Park.

“[Gonzalez is] relatively raw,” Johnson said. “He’s got a good arm — fastball, breaking ball — he’s a developmental piece for us. He’s a tomorrow-type guy.”

Round 9 (275th overall): CF Arbert Cipion, Passaic County Technical Institute
According to Johnson, Milwaukee loves adding guys who play in the middle of the field — second base, shortstop and center field — because they give you flexibility and are typically the most athletic guys on the field.

Cipion fits that bill. He was the top outfield prospect in New Jersey, according to Prep Baseball Report, and his throws from the outfield top out at 89 mph. At 6-foot-2, Cipion has a short, aggressive swing and the physical attributes say he could be a five-tool player.

“Being from New Jersey, he’s not heavily scouted, so he was a little off-the-radar probably,” Johnson said. “We’re really excited about up-the-middle athletic players, and he’s another one who just turned 18 in May.”

Cipion is currently committed to Division II Southern New Hampshire University.

Round 10 (305th overall): RHP J.T. Hintzen, Florida Southern College
Hintzen’s college career started at The University in the South in Sewanee, Tenn., before he made the move to Florida Southern College for his final two years. It was a good move.

The senior went 14-0 with two saves last season. Hintzen struck out 114 batters and only walked 13 over 96 2/3 innings with a 1.96 ERA.

Drafted as a starting pitcher, it’s a safe bet that Hintzen will move through the organization as a starter. Hintzen tossed eight shutout innings in late May as Florida Southern eliminated Texas A&M-Kingsville in the NCAA Division II Baseball National Tournament, and he finished the season by being named an All-American.

“He was very successful this year, and he’ll have some interesting ingredients that he can hopefully develop,” Johnson said. “He’s a guy our scouts like, and to sign him for lesser dollars to manage our pool space was good news.”

His strong performances aren’t just limited to FSC, though. Hintzen pitched in 18 games with the Orleans Firebirds of the ultra-competitive Cape Cod Baseball League in 2017, finishing the regular season with a 1.95 ERA as a reliever against some of the country’s top college competition.

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


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MILWAUKEE — The first Draft pick in Brewers franchise history was a shortstop, though Gorman Thomas would make his Major League mark in the outfield. Four years later in 1973, the Brewers used their top pick on another prep shortstop in Robin Yount. Paul Molitor (’77), Dale Sveum (’82), B.J. Surhoff (’85), Gary Sheffield (’86) and Bill Spiers (’87) were all drafted as shortstops and rose to the Major Leagues.

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MILWAUKEE — The first Draft pick in Brewers franchise history was a shortstop, though Gorman Thomas would make his Major League mark in the outfield. Four years later in 1973, the Brewers used their top pick on another prep shortstop in Robin Yount. Paul Molitor (’77), Dale Sveum (’82), B.J. Surhoff (’85), Marco Estrada Jersey  Gary Sheffield (’86) and Bill Spiers (’87) were all drafted as shortstops and rose to the Major Leagues.

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Not since Spiers had the Brewers spent their top Draft pick on a shortstop, but that drought ended Monday when the team took 18-year-old Brice Turang 21st overall with the first of their three selections on Day 1. Prep outfielders Joe Gray (No. 60 overall) and Micah Bello (No. 73) r Marco Estrada Jersey Sale ounded out Milwaukee’s picks.

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Turang, a 6-foot-1 left-handed hitter from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif., has ties to the Brewers. His father, Brian Turang, was Milwaukee’s 20t Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey h round pick in 1987 who didn’t sign but went on to play in the Majors with the Mariners.

Thirty-one years later, the Brewers called the name Turang again.

“He was someone we were interested in all year,” said Brewers scouting director Tod Johnson, “and we’re pretty excited it worked out the way it did tonight, to be able to acquire a quality player at a premium position.”

Earlier mock drafts had Turang going higher, but he slipped to the bottom third of the first round after hitting .352 with a .464 on-base percentage in his senior season. Milwaukee officials knew him as well as any player in the Draft. Turang played for the Brewers’ Area Codes team in California for the past three years, giving area scout Wynn Pelzer, regional scouting supervisor Josh Belovsky and Johnson an opportunity to coach Turang and get to know the player and his family.

It’s the second straight year the Brewers have used their top Draft pick on a player from Pelzer’s and Belovsky’s territory. They followed UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura before the Brewers took him at No. 9 overall in 2017.

Belovsky was already dreaming on a Turang-Hiura middle-infield combo. That will take time. First, the Brewers need to sign Turang away from a scholarship offer to LSU. Then, he’ll have to navigate a longer Minor League road than Hiura, who was a more advanced hitter coming out of college.

“[Turang] has been on the map for years,” Belovsky said. “As a freshman, he was on varsity and hit like .500. He’s always had an innate ability to hit and barrel the baseball. At shortstop, he’s a premium defender. You’re getting a guy who could potentially be an All-Star that can hit at the top of the lineup for you. Plus runner, solid arm, leader on the field. Just a solid overall player.”

Video: Brewers on selecting Turang with 21st selection

The 21st pick is assigned a value of $3,013,600.

“We’ll see how that plays out, and I’m not concerned about it. I think we’ll be able to reach an agreement with them,” Johnson said. “His commitment to LSU is strong, and we know he has said previously and consistently that he likes LSU and is willing to go there, but he has also said he wants to start his professional baseball career.

“We’re very familiar with him, been in the dugout with him, so that certainly helps us to some degree, but we’ll see how that works out, but I expect that we will sign him.”

The Brewers used their other Day 1 picks on prep center fielders — Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School’s Gray in the second round, and Hilo (Hawaii) High School’s Bello in Competitive Balance Round B.

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

Gray is a toolsy right-handed hitter with power in his bat and in his throwing arm. Bello, who doesn’t turn 18 until July, is a top-of-the-order hitter known for his speed and quick bat. They will join a farm system that lost two young outfielders (Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison) in a trade with the Marlins for Christian Yelich, but still has eight outfielders among MLB Pipeline’s top 30 Brewers prospects, including Nos. 5-8.

Even with that depth, the Brewers see Gray and Bello in center field, Johnson said.

“I just saw [farm director] Tom Flanagan as I walked out, and he said, ‘We’ll find Marcus Stroman Jersey spots for them all to play,'” Johnson said. “Amassing additional talent is never a bad thing, even if they happen to play the same position.”

Video: Draft 2018: Brewers draft OF Micah Bello No. 73

Like Turang, Gray entered the year ranked higher on some lists but dropped as the Draft neared, in part over concern about swing-and-miss.

“He’s made some adjustments this spring that we’re pretty excited about continuing with him and getting him in a professional development program to continue to work on his swing and develop that area and his pitch recognition,” Johnson said. “And we’re excited about getting that athletic package at that spot in the Draft.”

The Draft continues on Tuesday with rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show Marcus Stroman Blue Jays Jersey begins at 11:30 a.m. CT, with exclusive coverage beginning at noon.

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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Mets prospects stole the show on Monday as Andres Gimenez hit a pair of key late-inning home runs to back a career-best performance from Justin Dunn as Class A Advanced St. Lucie defeated Tampa, 6-2, in 10 innings.

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

Mets prospects stole the show on Monday as Andres Gimenez hit a pair of key late-inning home runs to back a career-best performance from Justin Dunn as Class A Advanced St. Lucie defeated Tampa, 6-2, in 10 innings.

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Gimenez, the Mets’ top-ranked prospect, broke a scoreless tie when he connected on a two-out solo shot in the top of the eighth inning before putting his club ahead for good with a three-run homer in the 10th. It marked the first career multi-homer performance for Gimenez, who finished 2-for-5 with four RBIs.

A 19-year-old shortstop signed in July 2015, Gimenez continues to check every box this season as a younger player in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He’s hitting .291/.362/.463 after Monday’s performance, with 19 extra-base hits (four homers), 30 runs scored and 19 steals in 49 games.

As for Dunn, the Mets’ No. 3 prospect received a no-decision for St. Lucie despite registering a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. He allowed two hits (both singles) and one walk while throwing 58 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

Video: Top Prospects: Justin Dunn, RHP, Mets

The Mets’ first-round pick in 2016, Dunn pitched to a 5.00 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 48 walks in 95 1/3 innings in his full-season debut with St. Lucie. This season, however, the 22-year-old righty has shown more consistent stuff and has fared considerably better as a result, posting a 2.36 ERA with a 51-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 45 2/3 innings (nine starts) in his second tour of the FSL.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

No. 50 overall prospect Jesus Sanchez (Rays’ No. 4) smashed a two-run homer and finished 2-for-4 as Class A Advanced Charl Marco Estrada Jersey otte fell to Dunedin, 5-4. After putting himself on the map in 2017 with an impressive full-season debut, the 20-year-old outfielder has continued to boost his stock in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League by slashing .333/.347/.521 with seven homers, 13 doubles and 35 RBIs in 47 games.

• No. 63 overall prospect Monte Harrison (Marlins’ No. 1) and Isan Diaz (No. 7) combined for five hits and six RBIs in Double-A Jacksonville’s win against Birmingham. Harrison recorded a season-high four RBIs in the victory, finishing 2-for-5 at the plate, while Diaz tallied a double, two RBIs and a stolen base in a 3-for-5 performance. Right-hander Nick Neidert (No. 8) paced the Jumbo Shrimp on the mound by tossing seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 6-3 in 11 starts this season. The 21-year-old allowed three hits, walked four and struck out eight. Neidert has given up a combined three earned runs in his past four starts, during which he’s racked up 34 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings.

Harrison’s two-run single

Angels No. 28 prospect Luis Rengifo collected four hits to improve his average to .341 in 11 games since his promotion to Double-A Mobile. He drove in a pair and also stole a base in the contest, his 26th steal in 52 games this season between two levels. Altogether, the 21-year-old infielder is batting .327/.423/.468 with 20 extra-base hits and more walks (30) than strike Marcus Stroman Jersey outs  Marco Estrada Jersey Sale (24).

Brewers No. 4 prospect Luis Ortiz permitted one hit over four innings in his second straight scoreless outing for Double-A Biloxi. The 22-year-old righty struck out four and induced six ground-ball outs, throwing 39 of his 56 pitches for strikes in the performance. Ortiz has allowed just three hits over seven innings in his past two starts, during which he’s lowered his ERA from 3.91 to 3.00.

Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint allowed just an unearned run in six innings in a tough-luck loss for Double-A Mississippi against Montgomery. The 21-year-old righty allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out four Marcus Stroman Blue Jays Jersey and recorded another 11 outs via ground balls. A somewhat overlooked prospect in a deep Braves system, Toussaint has pitched to a 3.52 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings (12 starts) this season in his return to the Southern League.

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Phillies No. 8 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa had a perfect night at the plate as he reached base five times out of the leadoff spot for Class A Advanced Clearwater. The 20-year-old shortstop recorded a double, two walks and two stolen bases in the contest, finishing 3-for-3 in his third multi-hit performance in his past four games.

Rays No. 21 prospect Genesis Cabrera was lights-out for Double-A Montgomery as he scattered five hits and set a career high with 12 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. He did not issue a walk in the outing and threw 73 of his season-high 109 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old southpaw has been impressive in his return to the Southern League, as Monday’s performance gives Cabrera a 3.24 ERA with 74 strikeouts and a .190 BAA in 66 2/3 innings (12 starts) for the season.

Cabrera rings up 12th strikeout

White Sox No. 9 prospect Zack Collins was a bright spot for Double-A Birmingham in a loss against Jacksonville, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. The 21-year-old backstop has produced a .333 average over his last 31 games and now sports a .282/.455/.491 slash line, with eight home runs and 52 walks through 51 games this season.

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

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CHICAGO — With a quiet offensive series and a couple shaky games from their bullpen, the Brewers’ hot streak is over, but they’re not panicking yet.

Milwaukee was unable to secure its seventh straight series victory when their offense and bullpen struggled in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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CHICAGO — With a quiet offensive series and a couple shaky games from their bullpen, the Brewers’ hot streak is over, but they’re not panicking yet.

Milwaukee was unable to secure its seventh straight series victory when their offense and bullpen struggled in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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“It’s not like we’re worrying or anything,” outfielder Domingo Santana said. “We still have 3 1/2 months, four months, and every game counts.”

Matt Albers allowed back-to-back home runs in the White Sox go-ahead three-run sixth inning, as the Brewers dropped two of three to the South Siders. Marcus Stroman Jersey Milwaukee’s offense finished with six hits, all singles. Four came off White Sox starter Dylan Covey, who struck out seven over five-plus innings.

Brewers left-hander Brent Suter allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six over five-plus innings. He departed after Yolmer Sanchez‘s bloop single to lead off the sixth. Sanchez stole second and took third on catcher Manny Pina‘s throwing error, and he scored on pinch-hitter Daniel Palka‘s two-run homer off Albers. The next batter, Adam Engel, also homered off Albers, who had allowed just two home runs in his first 25 1/3 innings of the season. Engel’s Marco Estrada Jersey Sale home run struck the top of the center-field wall and bounced off center fielder Lorenzo Cain‘s glove before going over the fence.

“We had a chance to win every game,” Suter said. “You’ve got to tip your hat to the Sox. They played really well and had good at-bats.”

The Brewers scored an unearned run in five innings off Covey, who was drafted 14th overall in 2010 by Milwaukee but did not sign after a physical revealed he had Type 1 diabetes.

“He’s doing a nice job,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “There’s clearly something that’s changed about that kid that he’s improved on, because it’s a guy who’s kind of been bounced around a little bit. Now he seems to be pitching pretty well. His ball has real good sink on it. The split-finger change or whatever is a nice pitch for him. He looks like somebody who has found something for himself.”

Jose Abreu and Engel delivered RBI doubles off left-hander Dan Jennings in the eighth. The Brewers entered Sunday with the Majors’ second-lowest bullpen ERA at 2.55. Milwaukee’s relief corps allowed eight runs in the series — four each on Marco Estrada Jersey Friday and Sunday, with Albers and Jennings combining for seven of the eight.

“Our ‘pen has been great and continues to be great,” Suter said. “Just wasn’t our day today.”

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
What could have been:
In the fifth inning, Milwaukee loaded the bases but scored just one run. Sanchez misplayed a Christian Yelich chopper at third base, allowing an unearned run to score. Jesus Aguilar popped out and Travis Shaw struck out to end the inning.

Video: MIL@CWS: Pina races home on Sanchez’s error in 5th

In the three-game series, the Brewers went 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position and scored nine total runs, five of which came in Saturday’s win.

“We’ve missed some pitches to hit in those at-bats and their guys have made a couple pitches, so the margin for error gets a little smaller when their guys are making pitches,” Counsell said. “I’m perfectly fine with our approach in those at-bats.”

Video: MIL@CWS: Covey fans Shaw to strand the bases full

SOUND SMART
The Brewers dropped their first series since the Pirates took two of three at Miller Park from May 4-6, and they lost their first road series since they were swept by the Cubs from April 26-29.

HE SAID IT
“If we can have this conversation in four weeks again, I’ll be happy.” — Counsell, on the Brewers’ six-series winning streak ending

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Brewers challenged that Jonathan Villar was called out stealing second base in the sixth inning. After a one-minute, two-second review of second baseman Yoan Moncada‘s tag on Villar’s arm, the call stood, and Villar was out 2-4 on the play. The inning ended in a tied game, and Milwaukee was out of challenges.

Video: MIL@CWS: Gonzalez nabs Villar stealing as call stands

UP NEXT
After an off-day Monday, the Brewers begin a two-game series Tuesday in Cleveland at 6:10 p.m. CT. Right-hander Junior Guer Marcus Stroman Blue Jays Jersey ra wi Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ll start for Milwaukee against the Indians’ Corey Kluber, whom the Brewers beat earlier this season at Miller Park. Guerra, who has a 2.01 ERA over his last four starts, allowed four runs but struck out nine over five innings in his only career appearance against the Indians, which resulted in a 6-2 loss on May 9.

Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.


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

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

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

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

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

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Has the project been rejuvenating?

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

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

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Davies excited for 2018 season

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

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Arcia looking to have fun in ’18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

This is it:

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

Catchers (2): Jett Bandy, Manny Pina

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

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

Disabled list: Boone Logan, Jimmy Nelson, Stephen Vogt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video: MIL@LAD: Choi hits a grand slam in the 6th

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

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

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

Was it a bit of a letdown?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did you know?

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

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

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

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

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

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Blue Jays Jersey Red


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