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MILWAUKEE — “There’s ups and downs to the ride,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday afternoon of his high-flying Brewers, and, boy, he wasn’t kidding.

Counsell’s club plummeted back to earth in a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals, with St. Louis hitting as many home runs — three — as Milwaukee’s batters tallied hits. The Brewers came within seven outs of adding to their Major League-leading nine shutout losses on a night their starting pitcher, Zach Davies, fell into a four-run deficit in the second inning.

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MILWAUKEE — “There’s ups and downs to the ride,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday afternoon of his high-flying Brewers, and, boy, he wasn’t kidding.

Counsell’s club plummeted back to earth in a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals, with St. Louis hitting as many home runs — three — as Milwaukee’s batters tallied hits. The Brewers came within seven outs of adding to their Major League-leading nine shutout losses on a night their starting pitcher, Zach Davies, fell into a four-run deficit in the second inning.

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When they hit, the Brewers really hit. When they don’t, they really don’t.

“It seems like that, but I think we hit tonight,” Hernan Perez said. “I think some of the guys hit the ball hard, but right to somebody. I think we had a good game today. [Michael Wacha] was good today.”

The Brewers did hit plenty of baseballs hard against Cardinals starter Wacha, with no hits to show for it until Perez blooped a single to center field in the fifth inning, and no runs until Jonathan Villar‘s pinch-hit RBI double off Sam Tuivailala with two outs in the seventh.

Video: STL@MIL: Villar lines an RBI double to right field

The result was a departure for a club that had won 14 of its past 18 games while leading MLB in scoring in that stretch. The Brewers had scored at least eight runs in each of the three preceding games, including a 17-run rout of the Mets on Saturday in which nine Brewers players had at least one hit and at least one RBI. They scored eight more runs Sunday to finish a series win over the Mets, then greeted the Cardinals with eight more runs on Monday afternoon.

Wacha would have none of that on Tuesday while holding the Brewers to one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings, despite four walks and a series of loud outs. Until Francisco Pena smashed a 108.2 mph (according to Statcast™) home run off Dan Jennings in the eighth, three of the four outcomes with the highest exit velocities belonged to Brewers hitters against Wacha — lineouts for Ryan Braun in the second inning, Jesus Aguilar in the fourth and Travis Shaw in the fifth.

Video: STL@MIL: Ozuna robs Aguilar with a tough diving grab

“The balls we did hit hard to the outfield, they caught,” Counsell said. “That kind of led to a tough offensive day.”

It was just as tough a day for Davies, whose ERA inflated to 5.23 after he allowed five earned runs on eight hits in five innings, with three walks (one intentional) and four strikeouts. Four of those runs scored in the second inning, when Harrison Bader led off with a home run and the Cardinals added on with a series of soft hits and Matt Carpenter‘s bases-loaded walk.

Video: STL@MIL: Bader belts a solo homer to left-center

In his first two starts since spending three-plus weeks on the disabled list with a right rotator cuff injury, Davies has yielded nine earned runs on 14 hits in nine innings. He spoke of some soreness from falling on that shoulder while deflecting a comebacker last week against the Mets.

“Everything hasn’t felt great the last couple games starting back,” he said, “but you’re at the top level, you’ve got to find it some time.”

Said Counsell of the state of Davies’ shoulder: “We’ll look at it. I don’t think that’s the reason that’s causing any of this. We’ll continue to certainly be careful with that and look at it.”

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on Davies’ outing and facing Wacha

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Seeing-eye single: The most damaging of the Cardinals’ soft hits in the second inning belonged to Jedd Gyorko, who followed Carpenter’s run-scoring walk with a ground ball that rolled right between Perez and Brewers shortstop Tyle Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey r Saladino for two runs and a 4-0 lead. Was it bad Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey  luck, or a Milwaukee mistake?

“Maybe they could have kept it in the infield, but I don’t think there was an out to be had on the play,” Counsell said. “It was a slowly hit ball up the middle. Perez was just on the other side of the bag. When you’re shifting, that ball is kind of the problem ball that can cause the infielders to pause. But there was no out on that play, at all.”

Video: STL@MIL: Gyorko plates 2 with a single to center

Cain called out in seventh: The Brewers put a rally together in the seventh,  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey when Villar greeted Tuivailala with a run-scoring double that left runners at second and third and two outs in a 5-1 game. Lorenzo Cain batted next, and had words for plate umpire Cory Blaser after being called out on a 2-2 fastball.

“We put together some good at-bats and had the top of the order up,” Counsell said. “I thought the ball was a little bit inside to LoCain. That was about it.”

Video: STL@MIL: Tuivailala K’s Cain, strands a pair in 7th

SALADINO EXITS, HEADED TO DL
Saladino left the game in the third inning with a sprained left ankle after rolling it on an out at second base. X-rays were negative, but Counsell indicated after the game that the Brewers would make a roster move as early as Wednesday, with recently demoted Orlando Arcia one of the candidates to take that spot.
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Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. CT contest between the Cardinals and Brewers will be telecast exclusively on Facebook, marking the second time the teams have matched up on the platform this season. Former All-Star Brewers closer Dan Plesac will be part of the broadcast team calling the game. Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.98 ERA) will start for the Brewers after allowing two earned runs in his last start vs. the Mets. The Cardinals will send Alex Reyes to the mound for Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey the first time since 2016 after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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 — With Miller Park as a backdrop, the Brewers took batting practice off a tee at Helfaer Field on Tuesday morning.

Except these Brewers weren’t the ones in first place in the National League with 35 wins. These were the Brewers’ wives, who are preparing for the first Brewers-Cubs Softball Challenge.

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MILWAUKEE — With Miller Park as a backdrop, the Brewers took batting practice off a tee at Helfaer Field on Tuesday morning.

Except these Brewers weren’t the ones in first place in the National League with 35 wins. These were the Brewers’ wives, who are preparing for the first Brewers-Cubs Softball Challenge.

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Benefiting RBI Softball programs in Milwaukee and Chicago, spouses of Brewers and Cubs players will be facing off in a softball game on June 12 at Helfaer Field. Fans can support the cause by purchasing a Wives Softball Challenge ticket package at brewers.com/themenights. The package includes entry to the softball game and a Loge Outfield Box ticket to that night’s game against the Cubs at Miller Park.

Even better: The Major Leaguers will be coaching their wives as the two franchises take their rivalry to a new level.

“It’s always fun to have an opposing team that have you have a little bit of a rivalry with,” said Anna Anderson, wife of Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. “The guys always go into every game competitive and wanting to beat people, but there’s something about that border rivalry and a team that is that close.”

The Brewers’ wives held their first practice for the game Tuesday. They split up into two groups of infielders and outfielders, with each player having the opportunity to step into the box and work on their hitting with a coach from the Brewers’ RBI Baseball team.

And while some of the wives are no strangers to a baseball diamond after watching their husbands play 162-plus games each year, several of them were foreign to the finer points of the game.

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“Some of us have never touched a softball, some of us have,” said Danielle Knebel, wife of Brewers right-hander Corey Knebel. “J Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ust trying to figure out where we should all be, touching the ball, hitting and infielding. The basics.”

Knebel looked at home on the field and shagged several balls in the outfield at Helfaer, a youth baseball field where the dimensions are only 200 feet to the center-field wall.

Anderson faced a learning curve, but parental duties in her day-to-day life have helped prepare her.

“[Softball] is not my cup of tea,” Anderson said. “But I do play catch and hit balls with [my 18-month-old son] Hunter off his tee, so I do practice.”

Video: STL@MIL: Wives on Brewers-Cubs Softball Challenge

Brewers and Cubs players are planning to be in attendance at the game and either coach bases or switch roles and cheer on their spouses from the stands.

Many women have put their lives on hold — Anderson worked in real estate in Dallas for 10 years and planned on running a company — to sacrifice for their husbands’ careers, so the opportunity to take the field is meaningful.

“I tell myself that my job every day is to make it as easy as possible for [Chase] to be successful on the field, no matter what that means,” Anderson said. “We’ve definitely had to put his career first for now, but baseball has such a short shelf life.

“I know there will come a day when he’ll be right behind me helping me accomplish my dreams and whatever that looks like.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Danielle Knebel on wives’ softball game

But on the field, it will certainly be all about the rivalry between the two clubs, who finished first and second in the NL Central in 2017.

“We always get to see our guys perform, so it’s nice that we get to take it out here on this field against them,” Knebel said. “It’s exciting, but we’re taking it kind of seriously, because we are not going to lose.”

At the game, Brewers commentators will provide play-by-play commentary, Bernie Brewer will make an appearance and children will race in miniature versions of the Johnsonville Famous Racing Sausages.

The Brewers’ wives will also raffle off gift baskets, autographed memorabilia and more to benefit RBI Softball.

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Geoff Jenkins, the Brewers’ top pick in the 1995 Draft, is among the 21 former Major League All-Stars scheduled to represent clubs on Monday for the first day of Major League Baseball’s three-day Draft, MLB announced.

Jenkins will represent the Brewers along with senior manager of baseball administration Mark Mueller. Day 1 coverage will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Monday, with a preview show beginning at 5 p.m. CT.

The Brewers have three selections on Day 1 — Nos. 21, 60 and 73 overall.

Brewers’ first Draft pick tough to project

Programming note
Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. CT contest between the Cardinals and Brewers will be telecast exclusively on Facebook, marking the second time the teams have Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey matched up on the platform this season. Former All-Star Brewers closer Dan Plesac will be part of the broadcast team calling the game.

How to watch the Facebook Watch Game

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. Beat reporter Adam McCalvy contributed to this report.


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MLB’s unique and innovative viewing experience continues today, and with perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups, as prized pitching prospect Alex Reyes makes his 2018 debut for the Cardinals against the Brewers at Miller Park. The 1:10 p.m. ET matinee will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook as part of a digital-only national broadcast.

Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey The finale of the three-game series featuring a pair of postseason hopefuls currently hovering at or near the top of the National League Central standings is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB’s partnership with Facebook.

MLB’s unique and innovative viewing experience continues today, and with perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups, as prized pitching prospect Alex Reyes makes his 2018 debut for the Cardinals against the Brewers at Miller Park. The 1:10 p.m. ET matinee will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook as part of a digital-only national broadcast.

The finale of the three-game series featuring a pair of postseason hopefuls currently hovering at or near the top of the National League Central standings is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB’s partnership with Facebook.

Fans can catch the contest at www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames or by loggin Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey g on to Facebook’s MLB Live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game with play-by-play anchor Scott Braun, analysts Jason Motte and Dan Plesac and in-game reporter Jon Paul Morosi.

How to watch:
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1. Search for “MLB Live” on Facebook

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2. Or stream the game from your phone to a TV on the same WiFi network by tapping the TV icon.

Upcoming Facebook games (all times ET)
• Wednesday, June 13: LAA-SEA, 4:10 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 20: ATL-TOR, 12:37 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 27: KC-MIL, 2:10 p.m.

What to know about the Cardinals-Brewers game
After wowing the league with elite velocity and precision over his first 12 outings in 2016, Reyes is making his first appearance since the end of that season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last February. The 23-year-old is Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey the Cards’ No. 1 prospect and No. 16 overall, per MLB Pipeline.

Exercising caution, St. Louis allotted Reyes an extra month of rehab work to prepare for a return to a rotation that has already weathered attrition to Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) and Adam Wainwright (right elbow), and has marginal uncertainty about how it will stagger its unit once Martinez returns. Reyes has been as advertised in his Minor League rehab work, throwing 23 scoreless innings over four starts, with 44 strikeouts.

“I never had doubt in myself,” Reyes said recently. “I always told myself I’d be able to get back to where I was.”

Reyes is squaring off against right-hander Junior Guerra and an impressive Brewers club that set a franchise milestone for their best 50-game start. Guerra is coming off an effective outing against the Mets last Friday in which he manuevered through six innings on 72 pitches before manager Craig Counsell opted to turn to his bullpen, which has been arguably the Majors’ best.

These clubs are among a quartet that sit above .500 in the NL Central.

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

Brewers infielder Tyler Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 Saladino injures ankle

MILWAUKEE — Brewers shortstop Tyler Saladino will be heading to the disabled list, according to manager Craig Counsell. Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey

Saladino sprained his left ankle and X-rays were negative after he was helped off the field Tuesday night during the third inning of the Brewers’ 6-1 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers shortstop Tyler Saladino will be heading to the disabled list, according to manager Craig Counsell.

Saladino sprained his left ankle and X-rays were negative after he was helped off the field Tuesday night during the third inning of the Brewers’ 6-1 loss to the Cardinals at Miller Park.

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With the bases loaded in the third, second baseman Hernan Perez fielded a chopping ground ball and flipped it to Saladino at second for the forceout as Saladino’s left ankle awkwardly twisted against the base. Medical staff helped Saladino off the field, with the Brewers trailing the Cardinals, 4-0.

Counsell said an option for replacing Saladino is to bring back Opening Day shortstop Orlando Arcia, who was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs last Friday amid an offensive slump.

“[Arcia is] a candidate, yeah,” Counsell said.

Video: STL@MIL: Counsell on Davies’ outing and facing Wacha

Arcia is 4-for-15 through four games in Triple-A but has three hits in his past eight at-bats. The Sky Sox begin a home series vs. Iowa on Wednesday.

Saladino was acquired by the Brewers from the White Sox for future considerations in April. The 28-year-old infielder spent his first three seasons in Chicago and was penciled in as the Brewers’ starting shortstop after Arcia’s demotion.

“It’s unfortunate,” Counsell said. “Tyler was getting a chance to p Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey lay pretty regularly, and he was doing a nice job. It’s just one of those bad-luck things.”

In place of Saladino, Eric Sogard went 1-for-2 with a walk. Sogard was recalled from Triple-A when Arcia was sent down.

Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey When asked what Saladino’s imminent DL stint could mean for him, Sogard said he’ll be ready for whatever is asked.

“Who knows?” Sogard said. “I’m always ready to play every day, so we’ll see Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey what happens.”

Stephen Cohn is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.


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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.

We’re just seven weeks into the Minor League season, and already guys have matched the records for the most Prospect Team of the Week mentions in a single year by a position player and a pitcher.

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.

We’re just seven weeks into the Minor League season, and already guys have matched the records for the most Prospect Team of the Week mentions in a single year by a position player and a pitcher.

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Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. — heard of him? — has made the PTOW four times in 2018, all in the last five weeks. He equals A.J. Reed (2015), Kyle Schwarber (2015), Gary Sanchez (2016) and Brendan Rodgers (2017) as the only four-time honorees since we started picking the team three years ago. Guerrero also has earned PTOW acclaim three weeks in a row, something previously accomplished only by Lewis Brinson (2015).

Orioles left-hander Zac Lowther isn’t nearly as famous as Guerrero but he has been just as dominant on the mound. He’s a three-time PTOWer this year, joining Thomas Szapucki (2016) as the only pitcher to make that claim. While all of the past PTOW hitters mentioned in the preceding paragraph have reached the big leagues, Szapucki currently is recuperating from Tommy John surgery as a Mets farmhand.

2018 Prospect Teams of the Week

Here’s our complete PTOW for games of May 21-27:

C: Tom Murphy, Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple-A)
(Rockies’ No. 11 prospect)
.333/.429/.750, 7 G, 24 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 9 SO

No stranger to the PTOW either, Murphy made it three times in 2016 and might have taken over as the Rockies’ big league catcher last year had he not fractured his forearm in Spring Training. He homered twice last week to give him 13 in 41 games in 2018 (tied for third in the Pacific Coast League) and 43 in 192 career Triple-A contests. He’s batting .306/.375/.669 overall.

Watch: Murphy goes yard

1B: Jake Gatewood, Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A)
(Brewers’ No. 17 prospect)
.375/.444/.917, 6 G, 24 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 7 SO

Gatewood batted just .167/.250/.333 in April but is hitting .309/.350/.564 in May. He tied for the Minor League lead with seven extra-base hits last week, including three doubles on Monday and two homers on Sunday. His season slash line now stands at .242/.302/.455 in 48 games, and his nine homers are one shy of the Southern League lead.

Watch: Gatewood’s 2nd homer of the game

2B: Keston Hiura, Carolina Mudcats (high Class A)
(Brewers’ No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 50)
.414/.469/.655, 7 G, 29 AB, 5 R, 12 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 CS

Hiura is another Brewer who has shrugged off a cold April (.238/.301/.333) with a hot May (.349/.408/.606). Considered the best pure hitter in the 2017 Draft, where Milwaukee selected him ninth overall, he had five multihit games last week. He’s batting .301/.362/.487 in 47 games and tops the Carolina League with 15 doubles and 23 extra-base hits.

Watch: Hiura hits walk-off

3B: Vladimir Guerrero, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Double-A)
(Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 2)
.500/.542/.818, 6 G, 22 AB, 6 R, 11 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SO

Guerrero had four multihit games in six tries last week, extended his on-base streak to all 35 games and boosted his season stats to .431/.480/.713 with 10 homers. He leads the entire Minor Leagues in batting, hits (75) and total bases (124) and tops the Eastern League in those categories plus doubles (17), extra-base hits (28), RBI (49), slugging and OPS (1.193). All that at age 19.

Watch: Vlad Jr. sends one out

SS: Jonathan Arauz, Quad Cities River Bandits (low Class A)
(Astros’ No. 21 prospect)
.519/.567/.741, 7 G, 27 AB, 5 R, 14 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS

After batting just .220/.331/.276 in 36 games while getting his first taste of low Class A last year, Arauz has looked like a different hitter in his return to the Midwest League. He recorded five multihit games last week to improve to .293/.392/.483 in 47 games. He tripled twice and ranks second in the Minors with six three-base hits.

OF: Daz Cameron, Lakeland Flying Tigers (high Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  Class A)
(Tigers’ No. 9 prospect)
.423/.483/.846, 7 G, 26 AB, 7 R, 11 H, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 SB

The son of former all-star Mike Cameron and part of the Justin Verlander trade with the Astros last August, Cameron is enjoying his best season as a pro. He homered twice on Wednesday and is riding a 12-game hitting streak while batting .302/.388/.440 with 14 extra-base hits and seven steals in 42 games.

OF: Eloy Jimenez, Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
(White Sox No. 1 prospect/MLB No. 3)
.360/.448/.760, 6 G, 25 AB, 6 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 8 SO

If it weren’t for Guerrero, we’d be hailing Jimenez as the best prospect in the Minors. After missing the first two weeks of the season with a left pectoral strain and taking two weeks to get his timing back, he’s batting .384/.431/.667 in May. Four multihit games last week raised his line to .336/.379/.623 with nine homers in 36 contests, and he paces the Southern League in slugging.

Watch: Eloy belts grand slam

OF: Cedric Mullins, Bowie Baysox (Double-A)
(Orioles’ No. 6 prospect)
.560/.607/.680, 6 G, 25 AB, 9 R, 14 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, 3 SB

A steal as a 13th-rounder out of Campbell in 2015, Mullins can do a little bit of everything and showed that last week with two three-hit games, a four-hit contest, two extra-base knocks and three steals. He has a .972 OPS in May and is batting .319/.368/.521 with six homers and eight steals in 46 games.

LHP: Zac Lowther, Delmarva Shorebirds (low Class A)
(Orioles’ No. 15 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0.67 WHIP

Thanks to the life, command, extension and deception with his fastball, Lowther was a strikeout machine in college at Xavier and continues to be one in pro ball. Last week he recorded his third scoreless outing and third with dou Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey ble-digit whiffs in six starts this year, boosting his record to 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA, 51/9 K/BB ratio and .115 opponent average in 31 innings.

RHP: Shane Bieber, Columbus Clippers (Triple-A)
(Indians’ No. 3 prospect/MLB No. 100)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 1 CG, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 WHIP

Since signing as a fourth-rounder out of UC Santa Barbara in 2016, Bieber has pounded the strike zone and dominated everywhere he has gone. He turned in the best outing of his pro career on Friday, tossing a seven-inning no-hitter while needing just 80 pitches (61 strikes) and facing the minimum 21 batters. He missed out on a perfect g Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey ame only because his shortstop made an error.

Bieber has gone 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA in 10 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this year, and he leads the Minors in WHIP (0.70), K/BB ratio (61/3 in 65 1/3 innings) and walk rate (0.4 per nine innings). His career record as a pro is 15-6 with a 2.19 ERA, 244 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 262 2/3 innings.

Watch: Bieber fans 7 in no-no

RP: Seth Elledge, Modesto Nuts (high Class A)
(Mariners’ No. 18 prospect)
0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 SV, 2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0.37 WHIP

Elledge struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced last week allowing no hits and one walk while improving to 6-for-6 in save opportunities this Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey spring. He’s 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 32 strikeouts and a .125 opponent average in 21 innings.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Ryan Braun has big Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018 day, Crew wins 4th straight

MILWAUKEE — It seems it’s been a different player every day for the surging Brewers. On Monday, it was a different player in a notably different spot.

In Ryan Braun‘s first start in two years batting below his usual thre Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey e-hole — and his first start hitting fifth since an injury-plagued 2014 — he reached safely in all four plate appearances, with three hits, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Cardinals on Memorial Day at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — It seems it’s been a different player every day for the surging Brewers. On Mo Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey nday, it was a different player in a notably different spot.

In Ryan Braun‘s first start in two years batting below his usual three-hole — and his first start hitting fifth since an injury-plagued 2014 — he Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey reached safely in all four plate appearances, with three hits, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in the Brewers’ 8-3 win over the Cardinals on Memorial Day at Miller Park.

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Milwaukee starter Brent Suter chipped in at the plate with a two-run double Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey in the fourth inning and Jonathan Villar hit a game-breaking, three-run home run in the seventh to seal the Brewers’ seventh win in the first eight games of a homestand, and their 14th win in 18 games overall. The Brewers have the best record in the National League at 35-20, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs and five ahead of the Cardinals.

Milwaukee has scored 37 runs while winning its last four games, including Saturday’s 17-run romp of the Mets. Every one of the runs scored Monday came via two-out hits, and relievers Taylor Williams, Matt Albers and Jacob Barnes supplied four more scoreless innings out of Major League Baseball’s stingiest bullpen.

Video: STL@MIL: Braun on hitting 5th in the order

“When you’re playing like this, it’s really important to rack up as many wins as possible because you know you’re not going to be able to fire on all cylinders at all times,” said Braun. “I think we’ve done a really good job of taking advantage to this point of the fact that we’ve done everything well over the last couple of weeks.”

Braun led the way Monday. He doubled and scored in the second inning, singled and scored on Suter’s double in the fourth, added a broken-bat RBI single in the fifth inning that made it a 5-3 lead, then took an intentional walk and scored on Villar’s homer in the seventh.

Video: STL@MIL: Braun smacks a double the other way in 2nd

Brewers manager Craig Counsell considers most discussions about batting lineups a waste of time, but Monday marked an exception. Besides Braun’s limited production so far — he has never posted a wRC+ below 110 in his first 11 seasons, but is at 91 after gaining 10 points Monday — the decision was fueled by Jesus Aguilar‘s recent run. Aguilar has hit seven of his nine home runs and logged 19 of his 30 RBIs on the season during the Brewers’ 18-game hot streak.

Video: Counsell on lineup shift paying early dividends

“Jesus has been as hot as any hitter in baseball for the last couple of weeks,” Counsell said. “Ryan is just off the [disabled list]. Right now, this is, to me, the best construction for us. I can tell you it will change in the days ahead.

“I talked to Ryan, and quite frankly, Ryan had the same idea because of what Jesus has been doing. I think he was very cool with it.”

Said Braun: “I suggested it. I didn’t know if [Counsell] was going to be hesitant or afraid to bring it up — like he was going to offend me or something. … They’re obviously able to do whatever they want, but I just wanted him to know that I was fine with it, and I think we’re both on the same page with it.”

Braun will need more good days to get back to his benchmark level of production. His .308 wOBA is 75 points below his career average, and his .728 OPS is 171 points off the mark.

But Braun pointed to another advanced stat: a .257 batting average on balls in play, way below the norm, and an indication, when coupled with a hard-hit rate right around his career average, of some bad luck.

“At some point, you have to change something up and your luck changes a bit,” he said. “It was a good start today.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Suter double: The Brewers pitcher hit a 433-foot home run against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber earlier this month, so Suter is no easy out. Still, Cardinals starter Luke Weaver had the matchup he wanted when Suter stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth, especially when Suter fell into an 0-2 count. But Suter stayed alive to make it an eight-pitch at-bat, fouling off a trio of two-strike pitches before pulling a hard ground ball past Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez for a two-run double and a 4-2 Brewers lead.

Video: STL@MIL: Suter helps his own cause with 2-run double

“Got the pitcher up there and tried to make some quick work out of him,” said Weaver. “But he had a pretty legendary at-bat.”

Said Villar: “Changeups, slider, breaking balls. [Suter] every time was ‘take it, take it, take it.’ Really?” said Villar. “He looked like a position player up there, not a pitcher.”

Villar homers: It’s been a difficult season and a half for the switch-hitting Villar, especially from the right side of the plate. But his first right-handed home run came in a big spot Monday, a three-run shot into the Brewers’ bullpen off Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil that extended a two-run lead to 8-3. Just as importantly, it meant another day of rest for Brewers relief weapon Josh Hader, who had been warming in that bullpen before Villar padded the lead.

Video: STL@MIL: Villar hammers a no-doubt 3-run homer

“That’s what add-on runs do. Add-on runs change the nature of the bullpen game,” said Counsell. “It’s a nice thing. We’ll have Josh available [Tuesday].”

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Suter, who kept the Cardinals off-balance aside from home runs off the bats of Yairo Munoz and Matt Carpenter in a three-run fifth inning, endured a scare in the second when Harrison Bader‘s comebacker hit him on the left side of the chest.

Video: STL@MIL: Suter gets the out after being hit in chest

Suter was surprisingly specific.

“It was on the nipple area,” he said with a straight face. “They came out and asked, ‘How are you doing?’ I said, ‘Good.’ ‘Where’d it get you?’ ‘Right on the nipple area.’ I didn’t know what else to say. They were all chuckling, and the umpire was having a good laugh, too, but it was fine. It was one of those plays I was trying to get the glove up a bit and I missed it, and I just bodied it up.”

HE SAID IT
“It means we’ve got a night game tomorrow. I mean, I guess we’re two months in, or close to two months in. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, man. We’ve got a great journey ahead of us, and it’s a rollercoaster ahead. We’re ready to take the ride. I would say get on and enjoy the ride.” — Counsell, when asked what it means to clear Memorial Day in first place

UP NEXT
The Brewers and Cardinals continue their three-game series Tuesday night at Miller Park as Milwaukee nears the end of its 10-game homestand. Zach Davies (2-4, 4.74) will start for the Brewers after losing his first start off the disabled list, allowing four earned runs in four innings vs. the Mets. Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.88) will start for St. Louis. Game time is 6:40 p.m. CT.

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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Jimmy Nels Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey on encouraged by shoulder rehab

MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Nelson was breathing “a big sigh of relief” Friday after an encouraging visit with the surgeon who repaired his right shoulder.

Nelson, who is eight months removed from surgery to repair his labrum, rotator cuff and shoulder capsule, will refrain from throwing for the next 10 days. But he left his Thursday appointment in Los Angeles with assurances that the repairs are healing as expected, and that a recent bout of discomfort was just part of the process.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Nelson was breathing “a big sigh of relief” Friday after an encouraging visit with the surgeon Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey  who repaired his right shoulder.

Nelson, who is eight months removed from surgery to repair his labrum, rotator cuff and shoulder capsule, will refrain from throwing for the next 10 days. But he left his Thursday appointment in Los Angeles with assurances that the repairs are healing as expected, and that a recent bout of discomfort was just part of the process.

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“It was really good,” Nelson said. “[Dr. Neal] ElAttrache was extremely happy and pleased with the way those three main repairs are healing. He made it pretty clear that this is the hardest part of this whole process, those [structures] actually healing. Because they are three rather unique, extensive repairs. Now that they’re healed, he’s very confident that that’s not going to change throughout the rest of this process.

“That’s a big sigh of relief there. When you’re on the DL and you start feeling an ache or pain, as an athlete or a person, period, your knee-jerk reaction is to start filing through scenarios in your head. Obviously, worst-case scenario is he would have had to go back in there to clean something up. That wasn’t even an idea he threw out there. He was plenty pleased with how well it had healed and how strong it was.”

Video: MIL@CHC: Nelson K’s seven in five scoreless frames

Following his 10-day hiatus from throwing, Nelson will have to work his way back to 150 feet. That’s where he had been throwing for some weeks before a bout of discomfort that persisted after five days off, prompting the visit with ElAttrache.

His timetable to return to competition remai Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey ns dependent on when Nelson is able to graduate from flat ground to a mound.

“He got ahead of schedule, and we were trying to figure out days,” said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. “We’ve got to back off that a little bit and just let him get better.”

Nelson expressed a similar outlook.

“From the whole beginning of this process, I was trying to get back better as soon as possible. The deeper I get into this, the more I realize it’s more about the bigger picture, which is my career,” Nelson said. “These guys have been doing an unbelievable  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey job for where we’re at [in the standings] right now, how we’re playing and where we are as a team. As bad as I want to be back as soon as I can with these guys, I’ve got to be smart, too.”

Last call:
• The Brewers will have to make another roster move Monday, when Chase Anderson comes off the DL to start against the D-backs at Miller Park. Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Anderson was scratched from his last start with that flu bug but is back to full strength.

• Right-hander Zach Davies, on the DL with a right shoulder injury, will make a rehab start for Class A Wisconsin on Saturday. Counsell declined to say Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey whether Davies was scheduled for more Minor League outings after that.

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


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Brewers’ bats stay hot Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey in win vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — The Brewers’ badly-needed offensive surge wasn’t limited to hitters’ havens in Colorado and Arizona.

Continuing a high-scoring road trip in a ballpark not always conducive to putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard, Ji-Man Choi homered in his return to the big leagues and Jesus Aguilar went deep twice to back Brent Suter‘s finest start of the season in an 8-3 win over the Twins on a summery Friday at Target Field.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Brewers’ badly-needed offensive surge wasn’t limited to hitters’ havens in Colorado and Ar Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey izona.

Continuing a high-scoring road trip in a ballpark not always conducive to putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard, Ji-Man Choi homered in his return to the big leagues and Jesus Aguilar went deep twice to back Brent Suter‘s finest start of the season in an 8-3 win over the Twins on a summery Friday at Target Field.

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The Brewers guaranteed a winning road trip with their sixth victory in eight games while reclaiming the top spot in the National League Central from the Pirates. They are the first team in the NL to 27 wins.

“Every night it’s somebody different. Tonight it was me. Tomorrow it can be somebody else,” Aguilar said. “We’re hitting good, we’re playing like a unit, like a great team. The offense is good.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Choi clobbers a solo homer in the 2nd

Trouble was, the offense hadn’t shown it before this 10-game trip. The Brewers hit the road ranked 28th in the Majors at 3.7 runs per game, but have averaged 5.9 runs on 10.9 hits in eight games since. In their six victories over the Rockies, D-backs and Twins, the Brewers have averaged 7.7 runs on 12.8 hits.

On Friday, manager Craig Counsell almost — not quite, but almost — let the word “comfortable” slip past his lips when describing what that kind of production can do for a team.

“You get some leads like that and it’s an easier game in the late innings, for sure,” Counsell said.

Aguilar helped by launching a 415-foot, two-run home run off Twins starter Kyle Gibson in a three-run third inning, then connected against side-arming reliever Trevor Hildenberger in the seventh for a hooking line drive that struck the left-field foul pole for the third multi-homer game of Aguilar’s career.

He is vital to the Brewers’ offense at the moment because the top two first basemen on the Opening Day depth chart — Eric Thames (thumb) and Ryan Braun (back) — are on the 10-day disabled list.

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“It’s the power, for sure. But it’s kind of ‘hitability,'” Counsell said. “There’s adjustments made, you know? The last homer is on a pretty good slider down, a two-strike slider down, and he still puts a really good swing on it and puts a ball in play and it ends up going out of the park. He’s that strong.

“He’s doing a heck of a job, man. He’s hitting in the middle of the lineup and he’s producing and driving in runs when we need him to. He’s been huge for us.”

On Friday, Brewers hitters spotted Suter a 5-0 lead by the middle of the third inning, and Suter responded with his best 2018 start. His six strikeouts and 5 2/3 innings pitched were both season-highs for the left-hander, who scattered five hits plus one walk and didn’t surrender a run until his final batter, Max Kepler, lifted a sacrifice fly for the second out of the sixth.

“Runs help,” Suter said. “It kind of eases the tension of the game.”

Said Counsell: “You feel like it’s different guys, and that’s what’s good. You feel like you have a lot of guys feeling good, and you don’t have to count on one guy every day.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Suter saves run from scoring on comebacker

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Choi goes deep: Talk about making the most of limited opportunities. Choi delivered a pinch-hit double and scored the Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey  winning run in the 10th inning of the Brewers’ Opening Day win in San Diego, only to be optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs the next day. He returned Friday to replace Braun and hit the third pitch he saw into the bullpen for a 1-0 Brewers lead in the second inning. It was Choi’s first big league homer since he connected against current teammate Junior Guerra last July 7 for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s really important — especially because it was the first run of the game as well,” Choi said. “I’m all about the victory.” More >

Video: MIL@MIN: Choi on his return to the Majors

Kepler comes close: Kepler homered off Boone Logan and drove in all three runs for the Twins, but a few feet here and there, and it could have been a special night for Kepler, and an especially tough one for Suter. In the second inning with a man on base, Kepler hit a long double that hit the top of the right-field wall and caromed back into play to put runners at second and third with no outs. Suter escaped without allowing either man to score. Then, in the sixth with two aboard, Kepler hit another deep drive to right field that struck the high outfield wall only a few feet foul. Two pitches later, Kepler hit a routine sacrifice fly to make it a 5-1 game.

“If he does some damage there, it’s a different ballgame,” Suter said. “Kepler had a couple that just missed home runs. He’s been a tough out for me since 2014, playing him in Double-A. He’s just a really good hitter, so you have to tip your cap sometimes; we’ve had some good battles. Other than that, I felt like I was in control pretty well.”

Video: MIL@MIN: Kepler clobbers a homer to right in the 8th

UP NEXT
What does 21-year-old Freddy Peralta have in store for career start No. 2? Tune in Saturday to find out, when the Brewers’ No. 9 prospect takes the mound for the follow-up to his 13-strikeout debut against the Rockies on Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey Mother’s Day. Peralta set a Brewers rookie record for strikeouts and became the fourth pitcher since 1893 to whiff at least a baker’s dozen in his big league debut. Right-hander Fernando Romero starts for Minnesota at 6:10 p.m. CT.

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


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MINNEAPOLIS — Ji-Man Choi was so sick earlier this week, one of a number of Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox players and staff struck by a stomach bug similar to the one that hit some of the Brewers, that it required a visit to the doctor. He got well just in time to make his presence felt in the Major Leagues.

Promoted back to the big leagues after Ryan Braun hit the 10-day disabled list, Choi homered on the third pitch he saw for a Brewers lead in the second inning of their 8-3 win over the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Ji-Man Choi was so sick earlier this week, one of a number of Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox players and staff struck by a stomach bug similar to the one that hi Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 55 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Red Jersey t some of the Brewers, that it required a visit to the doctor. He got well just in time to make his presence felt in the Major Leagues.

Promoted back to the big leagues after Ryan Braun hit the 10-day disabled list, Choi homered on the third pitch he saw for a Brewers lead in the second inning of their 8-3 win over the Twins on Friday night at Target Field.

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Asked about his quick-strike contribution, Choi said, “It’s really important — especially because it was the first run of the game as well. I’m all about the victory.”

Choi has made the most of limited opportunities. He cracked Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster and sparked the winning rally that day against the Padres with a pinch-hit double, but was optioned to the Minors after one game.

Video: MIL@SD: Choi drills crucial pinch-hit double in 12th

Friday was his first game back.

“I feel like for anyone it would have been a hard situation,” said Choi before the game through translator Daniel Cho. “But I just want to think about right now, being here right now and just overcoming that.”

The homer was Choi’s first in the Majors since last July 7, when he went deep against the Brewers’ Junior Guerra for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Choi hit four home runs at Colorado Springs between his games with the Brewers.

Choi served as Milwaukee’s designated hitter against Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson. Two more right-handers are scheduled to start for Minnesota over the weekend.

Video: MIL@MIN: Choi on his return to the Majors

“That’s a great way to start out, for sure,” Counsell said of Choi’s homer. “Make yourself comfortable with a home run. He took a pitch down the middle Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey of the plate and did something really good with it. It’s a great series for him to be here. It’s a great bat to put in the middle of the lineup.”

On Thursday, the Brewers placed Braun on the 10-day disabled list with back stiffness and backdated the move to Monday, meaning Braun is eligible for reinstatement beginning Thursday against the Mets at Miller Park. If Braun is not ready Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  that day, he should return to action soon thereafter, Counsell said.

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


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

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

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Braden Bishop, the Mariners’ No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline, had a sensational night at the plate in Double-A Arkansas’ 9-7 loss to NW Arkansas on Thursday, going 5-for-5 with his third home run of the season. Over the past two games, the 24-year-old outfielder is 7-for-9, raising his season Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey batting average by 39 points in the process, from .195 to .234.

Other top prospect performances from Thursday:

Austin Meadows, the Pirates’ No. 2 prospect and the No. 42 prospect overall, went 3-for-5 with a double in Triple-A Indianapolis’ 6-0 win over Norfolk, on the same night the Pirates announced they intend to call up the 23-year-old outfielder on Friday. Meadows is hitting .294/.336/.397 with 10 doubles and a homer in 32 games.

• A pair of Angels prospects starred in Class A Burlington’s 21-6 loss to Kane County — Jo Adell, the Angels’ No. 1 prospect and the No. 57 prospect overall, went 2-for-4 with a homer and drove in three runs, upping his season batting average to .329 with a .961 OPS in 22 games this season, while Roberto Osuna Canada Day Jersey Brandon Marsh — the organization’s No. 4 prospect and No. 99 overall — went 3-for-5 with a double. Marsh is slashing .295/.390/.470 with three home runs and four steals in 34 games this season.

Astros No. 9 prospect J.D. Davis had a big night of his own, hitting for the cycle in Triple-A Fresno’s 9-7 victory over El Paso. The 25-year-old third baseman drove in five runs, upping his slash line for 2018 to .425/.479/.669 with four homers in 32 games.

Davis homers to complete cycle

Brewers’ No. 6 prospect Corey Ray homered for the fifth time in his last five games during Double-A Biloxi’s 6-4 loss to Chattanooga. The 23-year-old center fielder now has seven homers and seven steals, along with an .857 OPS in 40 games this season.

Conner Greene, the Cardinals’ No. 18 prospect, gave up four runs in Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey  6 2/3 innings, while notching seven strikeouts for Double-A Springfield. The line may not be impressive, but the right-hander, was sharp through the bulk of his performance as he cruised through six innings before giving up a three-run homer in the seventh.

• Jeren Kendall, the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect, went 2-for-3 with a homer in Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga’s 2-1 loss to Stockton.  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey It was the 22-year-old outfielder’s second homer of the season, and came in his second consecutive multi-hit game.

• Starling Heredia, the Dodgers’ No. 17 prospect, drove in all four runs in Class A Great Lakes’ 5-4 loss to Bowling Green. Heredia went 2-for-4, with both hits leaving the ballpark for his fourth and fifth homers of the season.

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• Oscar Gonzalez, the Indians’ No. 18 prospect, turned in a 3-for-4 Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey performance with a three-run homer in Class A Lake County’s 7-0 victory over South Bend. The homer was Gonzalez’s fourth of the season, and the 20-year-old left fielder is 5-for-7 over his last two games.

Marlins’ No. 8 prospect Nick Neidert threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out 11 to help Double-A Jacksonville beat Mobile, 7-3. The 21-year-old right-hander lowered his season ERA to 3.25 over eight starts in 2018.

• Pirates’ No. 18 prospect Clay Holmes tossed six scoreless frames in Triple-A Indianapolis’ victory over Norfolk, giving up two hits, walking two and striking out seven. It was a strong bounce-back performance for the 25-year-old right-hander, who had surrendered 12 runs over his previous three outings (7.53 ERA).

Yankees’ No. 26 prospect Nick Nelson gave up only one run over six innings in Class A Advanced Tampa’s 6-2 win over Dunedin, yielding three hits while walking one and striking out six. The 22-year-old right-hander lowered his season ERA to 3.46 in three starts for Tampa after posting a 3.65 mark in five starts for Class A Charleston this season.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.