Crew announces Give-Back Game to benefit community

Club to give ticket-sale proceeds from final home game to 4 local charities

Crew announces Give-Back Game to benefit community

MILWAUKEE -- Make a charitable donation, and you could receive a field-level ticket to the Brewers' final home game of 2016 on Sept. 25.

At a news conference at the stadium on Tuesday morning, the Brewers announced plans for the first "Give-Back Game," a philanthropic event to raise money for a group of local charities. Starting immediately, for the Brewers' final regular-season game at Miller Park, fans can purchase $10 tickets, with most of the proceeds going to charity.

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Middlebrooks activated from DL, sent to Triple-A

Middlebrooks activated from DL, sent to Triple-A

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers cleared room on the 40-man roster by outrighting third baseman Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A Colorado Springs after activating him from the disabled list on Tuesday. Middlebrooks had been out with a lower right leg strain since July 25.

Between Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez at third base, in addition to any possible September callups, playing time would likely have been sparse for Middlebrooks.

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Arcia homers in 4-run 7th, but Crew falls late

Arcia homers in 4-run 7th, but Crew falls late

MILWAUKEE -- Yadier Molina got much more than he bargained for when he squared to sacrifice in the ninth inning of a tie game on Monday. That sacrifice, which was intended to move the potential go-ahead run to third, instead scored the winning run from first and jolted the Cardinals to a 6-5 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park.

With the come-from-behind win, the Cardinals padded their lead for the National League's second Wild Card spot. They are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates, who lost, 8-7, to the Cubs in 13 innings.

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Guerra to return Friday against Pirates

Right-hander's last start came on Aug. 3 vs. Padres

Guerra to return Friday against Pirates

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra will return to the Brewers' rotation and start on Friday at Pittsburgh, manager Craig Counsell announced Monday, after the rookie missed nearly all of August with right elbow inflammation.

Following Guerra's start, the rest of the Brewers' rotation will fall into order, indicating that the team will make at least one turn through the rotation with six starters.

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Brinson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Brinson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

We here at MLB Pipeline are running out of superlatives for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Luckily for us, we're running out of weeks for the Prospect Team of the Week.

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Phillips, Woodruff among top prospect performers Monday

Giants' No. 2 prospect allows two hits, fans 11 in shutout for Squirrels

Phillips, Woodruff among top prospect performers Monday

Tyler Beede needed just 94 pitches, 70 strikes, to spin his first shutout.

The Giants' No. 2 prospect led Double-A Richmond to a 4-0 win over Hartford on Monday, notching his first double-digit strikeout game of the season along the way.

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Villar homers as Crew curbed at plate in finale

Villar homers as Crew curbed at plate in finale

MILWAUKEE -- Right on schedule, here come the Pirates.

John Jaso and Gregory Polanco hit solo home runs in a go-ahead sixth inning Sunday, and Starling Marte added an insurance shot in the eighth as Ivan Nova and charging Pittsburgh finished a four-game sweep of Milwaukee with a 3-1 win at Miller Park.

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Guerra eager to rejoin Brewers' rotation

Starter tentatively scheduled to return Friday

Guerra eager to rejoin Brewers' rotation

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra was back to Milwaukee on Sunday after navigating a Minor League rehab start, and he said he expects to rejoin Milwaukee's rotation on Friday in Pittsburgh.

That assignment remained tentative because manager Craig Counsell had yet to set his projected pitching rotation for the Sept. 2-4 series, which coincides with the start of expanded rosters. Guerra, coming off a 55-pitch outing for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday, must first check out medically.

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Blazek resumes throwing, could return in September

Blazek resumes throwing, could return in September

MILWAUKEE -- After an MRI scan of his right elbow and forearm yielded good news last week, Brewers reliever Michael Blazek has resumed throwing with renewed hope he will pitch again this season.

Blazek, who is on the disabled list with a forearm strain, was off Sunday after three straight days of flat-ground throwing sessions from 60-75 feet. He will resume throwing on Monday, and he has his sights on a mid-September return to the Brewers' bullpen.

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Diaz among top prospect performers Sunday

Yankees No. 2 prospect collects first four-hit game for Tampa; No. 7 allows 1 hit in 5 scoreless

Diaz among top prospect performers Sunday

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and left-hander Justus Sheffield, two of the New York Yankees' key prospect acquisitions from the non-waiver Trade Deadline, have made strong impressions as teammates on Class A Advanced Tampa. On Sunday, the duo paced their new club to an 8-2 victory over Brevard County, with Torres leading the offense with four hits and Sheffield tossing five scoreless innings.

Making his fifth start for Tampa after coming over from the Indians along with Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 1) as part of the Andrew Miller trade, Sheffield, the Yankees' No. 7 prospect, tossed three hitless frames before yielding a knock to begin the fourth. It was the only hit allowed in five innings by the No. 87 overall prospect, who walked three and struck out five while throwing 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

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Cravy crushes homer for first big league hit

Cravy crushes homer for first big league hit

MILWAUKEE -- When Brooks Kieschnick stepped to the plate for the Brewers in 2003, you could see it coming. He was a first-round Draft pick who played nine professional seasons as a power-hitting outfielder before converting to pitching and making it to Milwaukee as a two-way threat.

So when Kieschnick hit a trio of home runs as a relief pitcher in '03, it made sense. As Tyler Cravy stepped to the plate on Saturday, it was not so obvious that a baseball was about to clear the fence.

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Taillon on Perez: 'He's a Latin Babe Ruth'

Brewers' slugger now 5-for-7 with 3 HRs against Pirates' pitcher

Taillon on Perez: 'He's a Latin Babe Ruth'

MILWAUKEE -- "He's a Latin Babe Ruth or something like that," Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon said of the Brewers' Hernan Perez, laughing about a respectful rivalry that has swung wildly of late in the Nuevo Bambino's favor.

Perez homered twice and drove in four runs against Taillon in the first three innings of the Pirates' 9-6 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Saturday. The Pirates rallied back from a 5-1 deficit to win the game, but not before Perez improved to 5-for-7 in the Majors against Taillon with three home runs.

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Crew's three homers come up short vs. Bucs

Crew's three homers come up short vs. Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- In a game of big innings, it was the Pirates who hung the last crooked number on the scoreboard Saturday night.

Gregory Polanco came off the bench to hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the sixth for a 9-6 win over the Brewers at Miller Park, where Pirates starter Jameson Taillon was not the only pitcher to struggle. He surrendered five earned runs in three innings for his worst start this season, but six different Pirates batters drove in at least one run as Pittsburgh pulled to within 1 1/2 games of St. Louis in the race for the second National League Wild Card.

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Arcia working on simplifying swing mechanics

Arcia working on simplifying swing mechanics

MILWAUKEE -- The swing that produced Orlando Arcia's first Major League home run on Friday was a whirr of moving hands and feet, leaving the 22-year-old shortstop leaning at a 45-degree angle to the dirt as he watched the baseball fly to left field.

The result was a milestone moment for a player who ranks 11th on MLBPipeline.com's list of the top prospects in baseball. The process, however, is a work in progress.

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Ray among top prospect performers Saturday

Top Red Sox pitcher impresses in second start; Twins' No. 3 continues hot streak

Ray among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Making his second professional start on Saturday, Groome, No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one earned run and struck out five of the nine hitters he faced in two innings for Boston's Gulf Coast League affiliate in a contest against the Twins'.

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Arcia drills first HR, but Brewers fall to Bucs

Arcia drills first HR, but Brewers fall to Bucs

MILWAUKEE -- Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam pushed the Pirates to the brink of something even rarer: A series win at Miller Park.

Mercer's slam off Matt Garza capped a five-run sixth that began with back-to-back errors by Brewers third baseman Jonathan Villar. Top Milwaukee prospect Orlando Arcia answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning -- his first career home run -- but the Pirates held on, 5-3, for their second win in as many nights to open this four-game series.

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Brewers' Arcia dedicates first HR to parents

Shortstop prospect 'very happy' to go deep, but wishes it came in a win

Brewers' Arcia dedicates first HR to parents

MILWAUKEE -- He's barely 22 years old, after all, so it was perfectly appropriate for Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia to dedicate his first Major League home run to his mother and father.

Lilibeth and Oswaldo Arcia were home in Venezuela on Friday, but a text message from mom confirmed they had been watching when Orlando connected for a sixth-inning, 408-foot, three-run home run that represented the Brewers' only offense in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates at Miller Park.

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Santana 'grateful' despite sparse playing time

Brewers' Opening Day right fielder sitting in favor of Nieuwenhuis

Santana 'grateful' despite sparse playing time

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana assured Friday that he is healthy and ready for any opportunity that comes his way.

Those opportunities have been fleeting since Santana, the Brewers' Opening Day right fielder and leadoff hitter, returned from two-plus months on the disabled list for an elbow injury. He has been absent from the starting lineup for five of the Brewers' eight games since the team reinstated the 24-year-old from the DL, including four of the past five games.

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Uecker, Feherty chat for Golf Channel show

Longtime Brewers broadcaster shares memorable stories Tuesday at 9 p.m. CT

Uecker, Feherty chat for Golf Channel show

MILWAUKEE -- Here's a "useful shot," to borrow one of golf analyst David Feherty's signature phrases: Two of sports' best storytellers, sitting side-by-side for a laughter-filled chat about two of America's favorite pastimes.

Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker will join the "Feherty" show Tuesday at 9 p.m. CT on Golf Channel. Their discussion, which Uecker says spanned about four hours earlier this year, includes some of Uecker's greatest hits, from Johnny Carson bestowing him the nickname "Mr. Baseball," to Bud Selig green-lighting Uecker's participation in the career-changing Miller Lite commercials, to the roots of Uecker's radio career.

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Nieuwenhuis blasts homer, but Crew falls in 10

Nieuwenhuis blasts homer, but Crew falls in 10

MILWAUKEE -- It was Andrew McCutchen 3, Milwaukee Brewers 2 in 10 innings at Miller Park.

McCutchen delivered three run-scoring hits to account for every Pirates run in a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Thursday, bookending the night with a solo home run in the first inning and a tiebreaking two-out single in the 10th. McCutchen's 10th-inning hit off Brewers reliever Carlos Torres scored John Jaso, who sparked Pittsburgh's winning rally with a pinch-hit single.

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Brewers tap 3 execs for new leadership roles

The Brewers announced the appointment of three executives to new organizational positions on Friday.

Andrew Pauls was named vice president of business development, Tai Pauls the senior director of hospitality and special events and Mike Schwartz the senior director of strategy and analytics.

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Crew ponders September callup for Jungmann

Right-hander started season in Brewers rotation before struggles got him sent down

Crew ponders September callup for Jungmann

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials are mulling the merits of a September callup for Taylor Jungmann, the former first-round Draft pick who began this season as Milwaukee's No. 3 starter but struggled so badly he was demoted to the Minors.

Jungmann has been on a roll at Double-A Biloxi, posting a 1.13 ERA and a .507 opponents' OPS over his last six starts. In his most recent outing Tuesday, Jungmann pitched eight scoreless innings on three hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts.

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Brinson among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers' No. 2 prospect notches first multi-homer game for Sky Sox

Brinson among top prospect performers Thursday

Lewis Brinson seems to be enjoying life in the Brewers' organization.

The No. 18 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) has done nothing but rake since he was acquired from Texas before the non-waiver Trade Deadline and that theme continued Thursday night with a pair of homers in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City.

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Braun's blasts lead charge, power Crew to sweep

Braun's blasts lead charge, power Crew to sweep

MILWAUKEE -- If the Brewers could only convince Major League Baseball to schedule all of their games at Miller Park, this rebuild could be completed in record time.

Ryan Braun continued a productive August by belting a pair of home runs, and the Brewers finished a three-game sweep of the Rockies with a 7-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee improved to 36-29 at Miller Park vs. 20-41 elsewhere, representing baseball's widest disparity between home and road results.

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200 down: Braun takes 2 more pitchers deep

Brewers slugger's victim total reaches two-century mark

200 down: Braun takes 2 more pitchers deep

MILWAUKEE -- From Justin Germano to Chad Qualls, 200 different pitchers have scowled on the mound while Ryan Braun circled the bases.

The Rockies' Tyler Anderson and Qualls became the 199th and 200th pitchers to surrender a Braun home run, as the outfielder went deep twice and tallied three RBIs in the Brewers' sweep-clinching 7-1 win at Miller Park on Wednesday. It gave Braun 27 career multihomer games, including five this season, and a nice, round number of victims.

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Top prospect Arcia adjusts mechanics at plate

Brewers shortstop busts out of 2-for-34 slump with clutch double

Top prospect Arcia adjusts mechanics at plate

MILWAUKEE -- Before Orlando Arcia left the dugout to line the double that sparked the Brewers' winning rally over the Rockies on Tuesday, manager Craig Counsell reminded the rookie shortstop that this was one Major League pitcher -- Jake McGee -- he'd seen before. Arcia homered off McGee in Spring Training.

Arcia looked his skipper in the eye and winked.

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Brinson, Ray, Woodruff among top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Brinson, Ray, Woodruff among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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Perez's triple leads Crew to series W over Rox

Perez's triple leads Crew to series W over Rox

MILWAUKEE -- Advanced metrics rule the game these days, but Hernan Perez proved some of the old-school adages hold true, too. Good things happen when you put the ball in play.

Perez punched a two-strike, two-out, two-run triple just inside first base in the seventh inning to cap a three-run Brewers rally, sending them to a 6-4 win over the Rockies on Tuesday at Miller Park.

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