Kintzler optioned to Triple-A as Brewers narrow bullpen race

Kintzler optioned to Triple-A as Brewers narrow bullpen race

MESA, Ariz. -- The Brewers narrowed the competition for the final spots in their bullpen on Sunday, as right-hander Brandon Kintzler was optioned to Triple-A.

Kintzler had struggled in the Cactus League with a 6.48 ERA in eight appearances. He allowed 13 hits in 8 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and five walks.

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Brewers experiment with Parra at first, Jimenez at catcher

Brewers experiment with Parra at first, Jimenez at catcher

MESA, Ariz. -- Spring Training offers clubs a chance to experiment, and the Brewers took advantage Sunday by getting a look at Gerardo Parra at first base and Luis Jimenez at catcher.

Parra started at first against the A's in a Cactus League game at Hohokam Stadium. The outfielder has never played the position in a regular-season game, but has been taking ground balls throughout camp.

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Peralta goes six strong vs. Indians, Braun stays hot

Brewers starter slated to take hill April 8 vs. Rockies

Peralta goes six strong vs. Indians, Braun stays hot

PHOENIX -- Jason Kipnis homered for Cleveland and Ryan Braun drove in two runs for Milwaukee as the Indians beat the Brewers, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Braun continued his hot streak as he ripped a double to the gap in right-center in the first inning to score Jean Segura. He added an RBI-single up the middle in the fifth to tie the game.

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'Tough decisions' near for Brewers in setting roster

Roenicke says he's 'a little baffled' as bench, 'pen in play

'Tough decisions' near for Brewers in setting roster

PHOENIX -- The Brewers have some difficult decisions to make over the next week as they determine who will fill the final spots on the bench and in the bullpen.

"I hate to say it, but I'm a little baffled as with which way to go," manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday.

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Brewers believe in contender status for 2015

Roenicke feels his club can once again challenge for NL Central title

Brewers believe in contender status for 2015

PHOENIX -- The 2014 Brewers led the Major Leagues in conflicting outcomes. So the 2015 version does not lend itself to one-step analysis.

The '14 Brewers were in first place in the National League Central for 150 days, but they finished the season losing 22 of their last 31 games, including one stretch in which they dropped 13 of 14. The root cause of the late-season demise was a hitting slump that included almost the entire lineup.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Last Call: Brewers' best friend Hank makes spring debut

Dog makes appearance at pet adoption fundraiser

Last Call: Brewers' best friend Hank makes spring debut

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Man's best friend.

• Hank the Dog made his first appearance of Spring Training on Saturday at Maryvale Baseball Park, where the adopted pooch took part in an adopt-a-pet event and fundraiser for the Arizona Humane Society. Hank ran around on the warning track before Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians and posed for photos with fans on the right-field concourse.

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'Total package': Arcia impresses in short spring stint

Roenicke says prospect 'fun to watch' as bat develops

'Total package': Arcia impresses in short spring stint

PHOENIX -- The Brewers caught a glimpse of the future on Friday night, as top prospect Orlando Arcia showed off his improving skills over three eventful innings in a Cactus League game against the Reds.

Arcia ripped a pair of doubles in his only at-bats, one to left field and another to right. Both hits came off Major League pitchers in Burke Badenhop and Jumbo Diaz.

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Gennett, Lucroy go deep in Brewers' win

Fine-tuning Garza strikes out six over 5 2/3 innings

Gennett, Lucroy go deep in Brewers' win

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Brewers hit two home runs while Brandon Phillips drove in four runs for the Reds. In the end, it was Milwaukee that prevailed with a 8-6 victory at Goodyear Ballpark.

It was a bumpy night for both starting pitchers. Reds starter, and rotation candidate, Raisel Iglesias gave up three runs in the first inning and three more in the third. The top of the first began with three straight sharply connected hits, including home runs by leadoff batter Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy for a 3-0 Milwaukee lead.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers to get Lucroy more spring work at first base

All-Star catcher may be able to give veteran Lind some rest against lefties

Brewers to get Lucroy more spring work at first base

PHOENIX -- The Brewers hope to get a look at Jonathan Lucroy at first base at least twice over the final eight games of Spring Training, manager Ron Roenicke said on Friday.

Lucroy is expected to see more time at first this season than he has in the past, possibly to spell Adam Lind when facing left-handed starting pitchers.

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Smith can be key piece to Brewers' success

Southpaw hopes to bring impressive spring performance into April

Smith can be key piece to Brewers' success

PHOENIX -- When Brewers manager Ron Roenicke looks at the clubs in the National League Central, he sees five above-average starting rotations. Roenicke said Friday he expects most division games to be close, which places more importance on the bullpen.

If that's indeed the case, reliever Will Smith figures to be a key piece in the Brewers' success this season. The left-hander is having a strong Spring Training, with a 0.87 ERA in 8 Cactus League appearances, building on a strong finish to 2014.

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Roenicke taking time before lining up Fiers, Nelson

Brewers manager has plan, but will not need to make call until later

Roenicke taking time before lining up Fiers, Nelson

PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday he is still deciding between Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson as the club's fourth starter.

Both pitchers will be lined up to be available to start the fourth game of the regular season April 10 against Pittsburgh. But Roenicke said a final decision doesn't need to be made until after Opening Day at the latest.

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Brewers have grand day against Mariners

Davis, Jimenez each hit slams; Fiers returns from shoulder fatigue with strong start

Brewers have grand day against Mariners

PHOENIX -- Brewers left fielder Khris Davis made his first Spring Training home run count Thursday, hitting a first-inning grand slam that one-hopped its way clear out of Maryvale Baseball Park in the Brewers' 15-1 victory over the Mariners.

Davis connected against Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias, who surrendered six earned runs on eight hits over three-plus innings against a Milwaukee team on a tear. The Brewers have scored at least nine runs in five of their last six games, reaching double-digit runs in four of those games.

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Brewers committed to Nelson in rotation

Despite spring struggles, right-hander remains fifth starter

Brewers committed to Nelson in rotation

PHOENIX -- Tyler Thornburg and Michael Blazek may be getting better Spring Training results, but right-hander Jimmy Nelson's fifth-starter status is secure, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke suggested Thursday.

Nelson was handed that job at the start of camp "because of what he did last year in Triple-A," Roenicke said. "He was the most dominant pitcher in Triple-A, and that tells you if he can get to that guy, we have a really nice Major League starter."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red-hot Sardinas optioned by Brewers

Infielder set to get more playing time in Minors; Peterson also sent down

Red-hot Sardinas optioned by Brewers

PHOENIX -- After raising his Cactus League batting average 207 points with an 8-for-11 spree over the past week, Brewers infielder Luis Sardinas was rewarded Thursday with a ticket to the Minor Leagues.

"It's a tough league, isn't it?" manager Ron Roenicke said.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gantner, Thomas bring special bond to Brewers camp

Former teammates at Spring Training as instructors

Gantner, Thomas bring special bond to Brewers camp

PHOENIX -- The appearance of No. 17 in Brewers camp earlier this week signaled the annual arrival of Jim Gantner, the beloved former second baseman who remains the only man to wear that number since his retirement in 1992. Gantner insists he has nothing to do with the ongoing lobby to have his number formally retired by the franchise.

"It's all Tony," said Gantner, referring to longtime Brewers equipment manager Tony Migliaccio. "You know, 'Rillo [former All-Star infielder Jeff Cirillo] wanted my number once. He offered me two used sweatsuits. ... I'm serious! 'Buddy, you can have them,' he said.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Schafer lends support to Hooten Foundation

Brewers outfielder joins advisory board to help raise awareness of PED abuse

Schafer lends support to Hooten Foundation

PHOENIX -- Moved by a father's effort to educate youth about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs in the memory of his late son, Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer accepted an invitation to serve on the Taylor Hooten Foundation's advisory board.

Other players on the board include Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. They will participate in the foundation's educational activities throughout North America and appear in print, radio and TV public-service ads.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Last call: Brewers still fighting spread of pinkeye

Last call: Brewers still fighting spread of pinkeye

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Seeing pink.

The "no high-fives" rule was back in effect Thursday after another case of pinkeye appeared in the Brewers' clubhouse. The latest victim was outfielder Shane Peterson, who was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs in the morning. He has the infection in both eyes, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez, Braun drive big day for Brewers' bats

Duo combines for five hits and four RBIs in tie against A's

Gomez, Braun drive big day for Brewers' bats

PHOENIX -- Carlos Gomez hit a leadoff home run and logged RBIs in each of the first three innings as the Brewers knocked around A's Opening Day starter Sonny Gray on Wednesday at Maryvale Baseball Park. The game ended in a 9-9 tie after Oakland rallied for four runs in the ninth.

Gray was touched for six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in only 2 2/3 innings, but he wasn't the only pitcher roughed up in the early going. Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson pitched five innings and surrendered four runs (one earned) on six hits, including Ike Davis' long two-run home run in the third inning. Those runs and one more came in the third after Brewers second baseman Luis Sardinas was charged with a costly error.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Little-known Blazek could find spot on Brewers

Right-hander has impressed since club converted him back to a starting pitcher

Little-known Blazek could find spot on Brewers

PHOENIX -- Michael Blazek had two objectives when he came to his second Spring Training with the Brewers: Throw strikes, and don't try too hard. His success in both areas, particularly during a sharp outing against the D-backs on Tuesday night, has the somewhat anonymous right-hander poised to make his name known in 2015.

"I'm not even going to say he's not going to make our team out of Spring Training," manager Ron Roenicke said, "because I don't know. We'll see what happens here the next week and a half. There's some guys we hoped to be throwing a little better."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller Park to host Minor League game on June 19

Class A Wisconsin will face Beloit; tickets are on sale now

Miller Park to host Minor League game on June 19

PHOENIX -- Wily Peralta's eyes widened when he was asked about the first time he pitched at Miller Park. It was 2009, when Peralta started for the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in an official Midwest League game.

That tradition will continue in 2015 when the Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers (an A's affiliate) meet in Milwaukee on Friday, June 19. Tickets went on sale Wednesday morning at brewers.com/timberrattlers.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers introduce nachos on a stick

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Brewers introduce nachos on a stick

We are lucky enough to live in the golden age of of technology -- we carry computers in our pockets, we can print in 3D and we can create robots that are cute and clean our houses for us. But finally, in the year 2015, one of humanity's greatest problems has finally been solved. Thanks to the Brewers, you no longer have to eat nachos with your hands.

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Last Call: Ninth-inning struggle for Jeffress

Righty was enjoying a strong spring before allowing four runs to A's

Last Call: Ninth-inning struggle for Jeffress

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: A tough ninth inning.

• Reliever Jeremy Jeffress was enjoying a solid Spring Training, with a 2.35 ERA and a sparkling .130 opponents' average through his first six Cactus League appearances. He hit a major speed bump on Wednesday against the A's when he squandered a four-run lead in the ninth inning of what became a 9-9 tie.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Segura leads Brewers' rout against D-backs

Segura leads Brewers' rout against D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Brewers pounded out 13 hits en route to a 12-0 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Salt River Fields.

Brewers starting pitcher Michael Blazek, who was making his second straight appearance against the D-backs, was impressive. The right-hander allowed just one hit and a pair of walks while striking out four over four innings.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former first-rounder Bradley embraces switch to bullpen

Former first-rounder Bradley embraces switch to bullpen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After three so-so seasons as a starting pitcher, former Brewers first-round Draft pick Jed Bradley is eager to begin a new phase of his career in the bullpen.

When Bradley reported to Brewers Spring Training, Milwaukee Minor League pitching coordinator Rick Tomlin and some other officials met with the club's No. 26 prospect and proposed a switch to relief. Even though the left-hander was coming off his best season statistically -- Bradley was 10-10 with a 3.91 ERA at two levels in 2014 -- he agreed.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Roenicke: Time to see better results

Roenicke: Time to see better results

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Up to this point of Spring Training, Ron Roenicke has been more concerned about the process than results. With fewer than two weeks before the team's April 6 opener against the Rockies, the Brewers' manager said results are beginning to matter.

"I guess it's starting to get alarming this late in camp," Roenicke said as part of a conversation about some scuffling relief pitchers. "Before this, it didn't bother me. But from here on out, yeah.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Last Call: Brewers' ballpark pup returns to his roots

Last Call: Brewers' ballpark pup returns to his roots

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Dog days of spring.

• Hank the Dog is coming home.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thornburg still unsure of role with Brewers after strong start

Versatile arm pitched as starter, long reliever, setup man for Milwaukee in 2014

Thornburg still unsure of role with Brewers after strong start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tyler Thornburg's role is always changing and evolving. In one sense, his role is being the guy without a role.

"I've dealt with it my first three years in the big leagues and this will be my fourth doing that -- just never really knowing what I'm going to be doing," Thornburg said. "But hopefully whatever spot I'm in I'm going to be successful."

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

Gomez takes part in fantasy mock draft

Gomez takes part in fantasy mock draft

Here at MLB.com, we have plenty of fantasy baseball expertise. But no one can dispute that the Major League players whom we analyze have their own level of knowledge. Knowing this, we decided to solicit advice from them about how to build the perfect fantasy team. The result is the first ever -- that we know of -- players-only fantasy mock draft.

Ten players with an interest in fantasy baseball agreed to take part in a three-round mock draft with the help of MLB.com reporters, who relayed picks across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. Reporting done by Adam McCalvy, Rhett Bollinger, Alden Gonzalez, Mark Bowman, Jane Lee, Brittany Ghiroli, Steve Gilbert, Brian McTaggart and Joe Frisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Parra comfortable in first start at first base for Brewers

Roenicke confident career outfielder can provide depth at new position

Parra comfortable in first start at first base for Brewers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Gerardo Parra has appeared in 767 games in the outfield during his six-year career, but on Monday he played a new position -- first base.

Parra has worked at first base a bit throughout Spring Training, but Monday's start was his first game action at the new position.

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

Gennett's RBI, Thornburg's four strong not enough vs. Rockies

Braun extends hitting streak in loss

Gennett's RBI, Thornburg's four strong not enough vs. Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Wilin Rosario and Cristhian Adames delivered consecutive RBI hits in the seventh inning as the Rockies pulled away from the Brewers, 5-1, Monday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Rosario entered as a replacement and doubled off the left-field wall against Brewers reliever Neal Cotts, and Adames singled Rosario home as the Rockies broke a 1-1 tie. Tim Wheeler added a two-run homer in the eighth.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.