Anderson headed to DL with strained oblique

Righty exited Wednesday's game after hurting himself batting in the 2nd inning

Anderson headed to DL with strained oblique

CINCINNATI -- The Brewers weathered six weeks without their best hitter. Now that Ryan Braun is back, can they survive a long stretch without one of their best starting pitchers?

They are about to find out.

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Brewers run into Reds' defense in loss

Brewers run into Reds' defense in loss

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton has often changed a game with his speed and once again, the Reds' center fielder created a scoring chance on his own.

In the Reds' 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday, Hamilton drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth, stole two bases and scored the go-ahead run on Adam Duvall's infield single.

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Peralta resuming mound work during DL stint

Peralta resuming mound work during DL stint

CINCINNATI -- As Wily Peralta begins his comeback from a fortuitously-timed right calf injury, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the club hasn't abandoned the idea of developing the erstwhile Opening Day starter into a viable relief option.

"That's what we're shooting for, for sure," Counsell said. "When he gets to the point of being able to go on rehab, he will pitch out of the bullpen. That's certainly what we're still working for."

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Nelson gets nod for series finale vs. Reds

Nelson gets nod for series finale vs. Reds

The good news for Reds starter Homer Bailey is that his upcoming start in Thursday's game between Cincinnati and the Brewers probably won't go as poorly as his first outing of the season. The bad news is he'll still have to face a Milwaukee team that presents a lot of problems up and down the lineup.

Bailey made his season debut on Saturday against the Nationals after recovering from elbow surgery, and it went about as poorly as one could have imagined. He struggled mightily with his command, giving up six hits, eight runs and walking three over just 1 2/3 innings before being pulled. His ERA currently sits at 43.20.

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Location, velocity concerns for Guerra

Location, velocity concerns for Guerra

CINCINNATI -- His walk rate is up, his strikeout rate is down, and baseballs are flying over fences with regularity. Was last year the real Junior Guerra, or is this?

The Brewers' right-hander was looking for answers on Tuesday after allowing four home runs in four-plus innings of an 8-6 loss to the Reds. Guerra matched the most home runs allowed by a Major League pitcher this season and came within one dinger of a dubious Brewers record last set by Randy Wolf in 2010. Guerra has now surrendered more home runs this season (11) than he did in all of last season (10) in 80 fewer innings.

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Brewers hit three homers in loss to Reds

Brewers hit three homers in loss to Reds

CINCINNATI -- A power surge struck Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night, as the Reds and Brewers combined for seven home runs over the game's first five innings. Cincinnati hit the last and most crucial, however -- a Joey Votto two-run shot that provided the winning margin in the Reds' 8-6 victory and snapped a four-game skid against Milwaukee.

"I think we hit 15-16 balls right on the screws today," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "Really good offensively, I thought. There were certainly some big blows with the home runs, but just a lot of good, quality at-bats. A lot of barrel-on balls."

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Braun, Villar activated from disabled list

Hart to retire, be inducted into Wall of Honor on Friday

Braun, Villar activated from disabled list

CINCINNATI -- Jonathan Villar watched the flight of Ryan Braun's opposite field home run on Saturday night at Class A Advanced Wisconsin and said to himself, "Wow, that guy is ready to play."

Both players were back with the Brewers on Tuesday in an 8-6 loss to the Reds. Braun went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored, and Villar came on as a pinch-hitter, but went 0-for-1.

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Phillips drives in four in doubleheader

Phillips drives in four in doubleheader

Keegan Akin had showed progress in each of his starts this month before putting it all together on Tuesday to fire a career-high eight scoreless frames and lead Class A Advanced Frederick past Wilmington, 5-1.

The Orioles' No. 5 prospect carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before allowing a two-out single to center field. It was the only hit allowed by the left-hander, as he struck out six and walked three while tossing a season-high 110 pitches, 71 for strikes.

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Inbox: Which Brewers will earn All-Star nods?

Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers fans' questions

Inbox: Which Brewers will earn All-Star nods?

Who do you think will go to the All-Star Game for the Brewers?
-- Mitch S., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is open until Thursday at 10:59 p.m. CT, and fans can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period. But with no Brewers among the top five vote-getters on the infield, or among the top 15 outfielders, as of the final ballot update on Monday afternoon, the local nine is on the outside looking in as far as the starting lineup.

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Brinson narrowly misses cycle for Sky Sox

Brinson narrowly misses cycle for Sky Sox

After hitting .097 in 14 games with the Brewers, Lewis Brinson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and immediately got back on track.

The No. 13 overall prospect was a perfect 4-for-4 and nearly hit for the cycle as Colorado Springs topped Omaha 14-3 on Monday night.

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Broxton, Shaw homer to back Davies in win

Broxton, Shaw homer to back Davies in win

ATLANTA -- Travis Shaw drilled a titanic first-inning home run and Zach Davies was efficient as the Brewers beat the Braves, 7-0, on Sunday at SunTrust Park.

Davies scattered four hits over seven innings with one walk and no strikeouts against the Braves, who had averaged 6.25 runs while winning seven of their past eight games. He also recorded his first career extra-base hit -- a fourth-inning leadoff double -- that chased Julio Teheran.

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Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Brewers on Sunday.

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Brewers claim catcher Vogt off waivers

Brewers claim catcher Vogt off waivers

ATLANTA -- The Brewers claimed veteran catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers on Sunday after the A's designated him for assignment earlier this week.

Vogt, 32, has struggled at the plate this season, batting .217 with four home runs and 20 RBIs. He has struck out 31 times in 157 at-bats. Behind the plate, he has only thrown out 15 percent of runners.

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Two-seam fastball keeps Davies in control

Two-seam fastball keeps Davies in control

ATLANTA -- Zach Davies went into Sunday's start against the Braves looking to pitch to weak contact, and he did just that.

The right-hander induced 11 ground balls in seven innings of the 7-0 win at SunTrust Park. He became the 13th pitcher in Brewers history to go at least seven innings without recording a strikeout.

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Shaw hit a moonshot to right-field pavilion

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Shaw hit a moonshot to right-field pavilion

If you hit a "home run" in your backyard growing up, there was always a good chance you'd lose the ball on the roof. Rarely is that an issue for Major Leaguers. Notice, I said rarely -- not never. 

Facing the Braves on Sunday, Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw blasted a Statcast-projected 429-foot moonshot to right field, eventually landing on top of the Coors Light Chop House.

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Ortiz featured in duel of the day

Ortiz featured in duel of the day

ATLANTA -- While his teammates were trying to figure out R.A. Dickey's knuckleball in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park, Brewers right-hander Matt Garza did everything he could to keep Milwaukee in the game after Brandon Phillips' two-run homer in the third broke a 1-1 tie.

After Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte legged out an infield single to lead off the third, Phillips pounced on a hanging changeup, driving it over the left-field wall.

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Ailing Sogard walks as PH, Franklin tossed

Ailing Sogard walks as PH, Franklin tossed

ATLANTA -- After getting hit by a pitch in the right tricep in Friday's loss to the Braves, Eric Sogard was out of the lineup for Saturday's 3-1 defeat at SunTrust Park.

The Brewers' second baseman, who walked in a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning, downplayed the severity of his injury.

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Bats can't back Garza in loss to Braves

Bats can't back Garza in loss to Braves

ATLANTA -- After escaping first-inning trouble, Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey found his groove and shut down 18 of the final 21 batters he faced in the Braves' 3-1 victory over the Brewers on Saturday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

The Braves won their fourth straight, as Dickey was masterful on the mound. He scattered five hits and issued one walk, while striking out six batters in seven innings. According to Statcast™, Dickey threw 92 knuckleballs and registered 16 called strikes.

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Brewers put men on, can't cash them in

Brewers put men on, can't cash them in

ATLANTA -- As the rain fell upon SunTrust Park in Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Braves, the Brewers had something cooking in each of Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz's five innings of work. But Milwaukee stranded seven runners in that span, scoring just once on a solo homer from Keon Broxton.

Broxton's solo homer
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Braun, Villar expected back during road trip

Braun, Villar expected back during road trip

ATLANTA -- If all goes well for Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar in their rehab games this weekend, Brewers manager Craig Counsell expects them to rejoin the club during its current road trip.

Braun and Villar were slated to start their rehab stints at Class A Wisconsin on Thursday, but the Timber Rattlers' game against Kane County was rained out. Counsell said the duo will both start the first game of Friday's doubleheader.

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Crew's late comeback falls just short

Crew's late comeback falls just short

ATLANTA -- Given a chance to extend their recent success against a division leader, the Braves got five solid innings from Mike Foltynewicz to claim a 5-4 win Friday night over the National League Central-leading Brewers at SunTrust Park.

The Braves, who have won six of their past seven and eight of 11, won on the strength of two extra-base hits from Brandon Phillips (including a homer), Dansby Swanson's decisive two-out RBI single in the seventh and a couple of game-saving gems in the final two innings.

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Burnes dominant once again for Biloxi

Burnes dominant once again for Biloxi

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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With baby in hospital, Shaw doing double duty

Third baseman flooring teammates with focus at ballpark amid scary period

With baby in hospital, Shaw doing double duty

MILWAUKEE -- The easy part was the three hits and three RBIs. The hard part was getting on that airplane.

Yet that is what the job required on Thursday of Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw, after his productive day at the plate fueled a 4-2 win over the Pirates at Miller Park. Shaw had spent the early morning with newborn daughter Ryann and wife Lindy at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, where he's been every morning and night since Ryann was born earlier this month with a congenital heart defect.

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Chase paces Crew with 6th straight quality start

Chase paces Crew with 6th straight quality start

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson logged his sixth straight quality start and Travis Shaw homered and drove in three runs in a 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Miller Park, which sent the Brewers back on the road with at least a game and a half lead over the rest of the National League Central.

"This team, this run," said Anderson, "it's been a lot of fun."

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Atmosph-Eric: Sogard ranges for key play

Run-saving defensive gem complements sparkplug's 3-hit game

Atmosph-Eric: Sogard ranges for key play

MILWAUKEE -- "Nerd power" apparently applies to defense, too.

Eric Sogard, one of the most surprising players on one of Major League Baseball's most surprising teams, tallied three more hits and made the defensive play of the game in the Brewers' 4-2 win over the Pirates on Thursday at Miller Park. While it wasn't quite Orlando Arcia's game-ending gem of the night before, Sogard's eighth-inning effort produced an out at the plate that helped seal a winning homestand.

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Arcia's gem among Crew's top game-enders

Yount's layout, Gomez's grab, quirky DP round out list of win-sealing plays

Arcia's gem among Crew's top game-enders

MILWAUKEE -- What's better: A walk-off home run or some walk-off robbery?

The Brewers were still buzzing Thursday morning after shortstop Orlando Arcia and first baseman Eric Thames combined for the latter in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Pirates. Arcia's daring spin and throw to Thames' soft-handed scoop prompted another question. What are the best game-ending defensive plays in Brewers history?

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Gatewood goes deep, triples for Carolina

Gatewood goes deep, triples for Carolina

After a long wait to begin his professional career, Brandon Marsh is showing just what all the hype was about.

The Angels' No. 3 prospect continued his torrid start on Thursday as he connected on his first pro homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle in a 3-for-4 effort for Rookie-level Orem. He tallied four RBIs and scored three runs in the contest, a 13-8 victory over Ogden.

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