Nelson allows 4 runs in loss to Blue Jays

Nelson allows 4 runs in loss to Blue Jays

MILWAUKEE -- Kendrys Morales hit a booming two-run home run to give the Blue Jays a four-run lead in the fifth, and Toronto's bullpen held on to beat the Brewers, 4-3, in the opener of a two-game Interleague series on Tuesday at Miller Park.

Making his first start as a third baseman in four years, Jose Bautista extended Blue Jays' fifth with a two-out single, before Morales got all of a Jimmy Nelson sinker for a home run to straightaway center. At a projected 447 feet, according to Statcast™, Morales' home run was the second longest by a Blue Jays hitter this season, and it was also their second-hardest-hit home run, leaving the bat at 110.5 mph to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee who covered the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

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Crew trio becomes brewers during off-day

Guerra positioned to return Friday; Thames makes plan to preserve legs

Crew trio becomes brewers during off-day

MILWAUKEE -- They were brewers one day, Brewers the next. Eric Thames, Corey Knebel and Oliver Drake resumed their day jobs Tuesday after spending part of the team's off-day at MillerCoors, working on a limited edition beer coming to Miller Park later this summer.

The trio settled on an IPA -- Thames' favorite -- based on a wish list the slugger submitted ahead of time for taste, appearance and aroma. They chose two kinds of hops, one with tropical notes for brewing and another with a lemony aroma for dry-hopping.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew prospect Supak flourishing in Class A

Crew prospect Supak flourishing in Class A

APPLETON, Wis. -- This past offseason, Brewers pitching prospect Trey Supak drew inspiration from an unlikely source: NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith.

Smith once said, "All men are created equal. Some just work harder in preseason." Supak is using that quote to drive his dream of making the big leagues.

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Gatewood drives in six for Carolina

Gatewood drives in six for Carolina

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Burnes makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Burnes makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thames' body still adapting to MLB grind

Slugger committed to adjusting training routine after exiting with leg cramp Sunday

Thames' body still adapting to MLB grind

CHICAGO -- Eric Thames' amazing April has yielded to an "infuriating" May, marred by illness and persistent lower body soreness, the likes of which cost him the final four innings of Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Manager Craig Counsell removed Thames as a precaution after watching the slugger hobble down the baseline for a run-scoring groundout in the fifth inning. The Brewers cited cramping, and Thames, who also missed games on the Brewers' just-completed road trip with strep throat, was so frustrated that he struggled to put his thoughts into words.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats get going too late for Crew in finale loss

Bats get going too late for Crew in finale loss

CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant hit two of the Cubs' four home runs in a 13-6 rout of the Brewers on Sunday at Wrigley Field, making it clear the defending World Series champions do not intend to let upstart Milwaukee run away with the National League Central.

Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo also homered, and Willson Contreras collected three hits and three RBIs as the Cubs scored in every inning but the second to back Jake Arrieta for a split of the rain-shortened series. Chicago remained two games behind first-place Milwaukee by handing the Brewers only the third loss in their past 13 games.

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

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Braun returns to Brewers' lineup after DL stint

Cravy optioned 1 day after callup; Guerra likely to be activated next week

Braun returns to Brewers' lineup after DL stint

CHICAGO -- Ryan Braun was back in action for the Brewers on Sunday, the first day he was eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list for left calf and right arm injuries.

"He's passed every test," said manager Craig Counsell. "Really, the only thing is just that he's been inactive for 10 days. But other than that, we're comfortable with where he's at with his calf and his arm. So he should be good to go."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stearns, Crew surprised by rainout decision

Stearns, Crew surprised by rainout decision

CHICAGO -- A rainless rainout on Saturday brought the latest entry in a rivalry that seems to be simmering again between the Brewers and Cubs.

"It was the first time for us that we've had players treated for sunburn after a rainout," quipped Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Burnes spins seven scoreless for Carolina

Burnes spins seven scoreless for Carolina

Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies' No. 11 prospect hit a pair of solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain dance: Brewers' & Cubs' moves amaze

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Rain dance: Brewers' & Cubs' moves amaze

With winds swiring and rain falling, there was no question that the Brewers-Cubs game on Saturday was going to be delayed at the very least. So, before the game was officially postponed, the pitchers in the underground bullpen did what anyone would do while they waited: They held a dance-off. 

Check out the clip above for some worms, somersaults and some truly ... umm ... effortful attempts at breakdancing. 

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Brewers believe Villar will return to '16 form

Counsell planned to have 2nd baseman bat 6th before Saturday's rainout

Brewers believe Villar will return to '16 form

CHICAGO -- The Brewers tried letting leadoff man Jonathan Villar swing his way through a slow start. They tried days off. On Saturday, they were going to try something altogether new before wet weather prompted a postponement of their game against the Cubs.

Villar was going to bat sixth for the first time in his two-year Brewers tenure, a fall down the order that manager Craig Counsell attributed to Eric Sogard's recent run of success. Sogard, who has reached safely 17 times in 28 plate appearances since a promotion from Triple-A, was supposed to bat leadoff for the second straight day.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Pure excitement' for Espino in Majors debut

Starter spent 11 seasons in Minor Leagues before callup

'Pure excitement' for Espino in Majors debut

CHICAGO -- Alex Espino hurriedly packed a suitcase in Panama, then boarded a five-hour flight to Chicago. He was not going to miss his son, 30-year-old right-hander Paolo, make his Major League debut for the Brewers after toiling parts of 11 seasons in the Minors.

Upon arriving at Wrigley Field on Friday, Alex Espino realized he'd forgotten one thing: A warm jacket suitable for a 37 degree wind chill. A Brewers staffer -- Spanish language translator Carlos Brizuela, Espino's former high school teammate in Pendleton, Fla. -- delivered one with the team's name stitched across the chest.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bandy, Santana help Crew claim soggy opener

Bandy, Santana help Crew claim soggy opener

CHICAGO -- The only thing that dampened the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cubs on Friday -- besides the rain that interrupted play for nearly two hours -- was that Paolo Espino did not get the win.

Espino, 30, was making his big league debut after spending 11 years in the Minor Leagues, but he was lifted after four innings and Wily Peralta picked up the win after striking out five over two innings in his first relief appearance since 2012. First-place Milwaukee now has won 10 of its past 12 games, and it opened a three-game lead over Chicago in the National League Central.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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

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Sogard stays sizzling in San Diego, lifts Crew

Sogard stays sizzling in San Diego, lifts Crew

SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, the Brewers enjoyed their first day alone atop the National League Central since August 2014. Eric Sogard made sure they stayed there.

Sogard -- who torched the Padres for nine hits in the four-game series at Petco Park -- had four more knocks on Thursday, including the go-ahead double in the top of the seventh inning that helped send Milwaukee to a 4-2 victory.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego who covered the Brewers on Thursday.

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Brewers are brewing a ballpark-exclusive beer

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Brewers are brewing a ballpark-exclusive beer

After conquering baseball, it seems as though Eric Thames asked himself, "What if I were not only a Brewer, but also a brewer?"

On Friday, the Milwaukee club announced that Thames, Oliver Drake and amateur brewer Corey Knebel will begin working with MillerCoors to develop an exclusive, limited-release beer to be featured at Miller Park late this season.

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Arcia breaks out of slump, acts as sparkplug

Arcia breaks out of slump, acts as sparkplug

SAN DIEGO -- Mired in a major slump entering Thursday's game against the Padres, Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia broke out in a big way.

Arcia was 6-for-44 (.136) in the month of May before collecting two hits and twice setting the table for Eric Sogard, who collected four hits of his own, as the Brewers toppled the Padres, 4-2, in the series finale at Petco Park. The win was Milwaukee's third in a row and ninth in 11 games, leading to a spot in first place in the National League Central standings.

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Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego who covered the Brewers on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jett-fueled ninth-inning rally lands Crew in first

Jett-fueled ninth-inning rally lands Crew in first

SAN DIEGO -- Jett Bandy's tiebreaking RBI single in the top of the ninth inning sent the Brewers to a 3-1 victory in San Diego on Wednesday night -- and into first place in the National League Central.

"I don't like to use 'rebuilding team' anymore,'' Brewers starter Matt Garza said. "The organization went through that process, but these guys here want to win. They come in and put their work in and they are reaping the rewards right now.''

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Brewers on Wednesday.

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Garza a bright spot in Brewers' rotation

Club moves Peralta to bullpen to address starting woes

Garza a bright spot in Brewers' rotation

Before they pushed into first place in the National League Central with a 3-1 win over the Padres on Wednesday night, the Brewers made the first move to address an underperforming starting rotation by bumping Wily Peralta to the bullpen.

Manager Craig Counsell made that announcement two days before Peralta was scheduled to start Milwaukee's series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and two hours before Matt Garza continued to be his team's surprising stalwart. Garza surrendered one run in six innings for his fourth straight quality start -- a rare commodity for the Brewers through the first quarter of the season.

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Sogard's big night lifts daughter's spirits

Brewers utility man gets four hits in game after heartbreaking loss

Sogard's big night lifts daughter's spirits

SAN DIEGO -- The cupcakes arrived thanks, in part, to her father's sweet swing.

The Brewers' Eric Sogard's daughter went viral recently with her heartfelt reaction to Monday's heartbreaking loss. Sogard's go-ahead, 10th-inning homer sent the tyke into a frenzy at Petco Park. Then her dad's heroics were eclipsed by Hunter Renfore's two-run, walk-off moonshot.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Brewers on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Five-run first backs Nelson's gem vs. Padres

Five-run first backs Nelson's gem vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson stepped into the batter's box before he stepped onto the rubber Tuesday night. That, of course, did not bode well for the host Padres.

Milwaukee sent nine men to the plate in the top of the first inning, scoring five times and providing Nelson with all the support he needed in a 6-2 victory at Petco Park. The right-hander struck out eight over six-plus frames, while allowing two runs -- and he even chipped in offensively with an RBI single in the sixth.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Brewers on Tuesday.

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Nelson relies on improved curveball in win

Brewers righty strikes out eight in six-plus innings vs. Padres

Nelson relies on improved curveball in win

SAN DIEGO -- Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson pitched his second consecutive stellar game. Unlike his previous outing, this one came with a win. Nelson stymied the Padres, 6-2, on Tuesday night.

The Brewers ambushed Padres lefty Clayton Richard with a five-run first inning. Before Nelson toed the rubber, the Brewers' offense had shown its mettle.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Brewers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew getting contributions up and down roster

Counsell pleased with early season success from rebuilding team

Crew getting contributions up and down roster

SAN DIEGO -- About 20 miles south of the Del Mar Race Track, the Brewers reached roughly the season's quarter pole Tuesday.

Heading into the 40th outing of a 162-game grind, the Brewers are where few expected. When peeking down the National League Central standings, it doesn't take long to find second-place Milwaukee (21-18), 1 1/2 games behind the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Brewers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillips homers twice in Triple-A

Phillips homers twice in Triple-A

The New York Mets organization welcomed back one of its better pitching prospects on Tuesday as right-hander Marcos Molina returned from a nearly 21-month absence to hurl four innings of one-run ball for Class A Advanced St. Lucie.

The Mets' No. 13 prospect last pitched in a Minor League game on Aug. 17, 2015, also with St. Lucie, at the end of a season that saw him battle elbow issues throughout and log just 40 innings. Those elbow issues would lead to Tommy John surgery for Molina, costing him the entire 2016 season.

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Cut4: Sogard's daughter cries after dad's loss

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Cut4: Sogard's daughter cries after dad's loss

The Brewers-Padres game was an eventful one on Monday night. It went to extra innings tied at 4 when Eric Sogard -- channeling some of his righteous #nerdpower -- deposited a go-ahead homer into the right-field seats.

Brewers fans and players probably thought the game might be over, but, alas, being the home team, the Padres had a chance to come back in the bottom of the 10th inning. And they did in fact do just that thanks to Hunter Renfroe.

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Brewers show grit despite tough loss

Brewers show grit despite tough loss

SAN DIEGO -- It wasn't quite Sunday's Miracle in Milwaukee, but the Brewers proved again on Monday there's plenty of fight in their dugout.

The Brewers fell to the Padres, 6-5, in 10 innings at Petco Park. That Milwaukee was still around in extras was nearly a victory in itself, considering it overcame deficits of 3-0, 3-2 and 4-2.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego who covered the Brewers on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.