Brewers' Wagner, Taylor named to AFL Fall Stars roster

No. 1 overall prospect Buxton among participants of annual AFL contest

Brewers' Wagner, Taylor named to AFL Fall Stars roster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's contest will feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, headlined by No. 1 overall prospect Byron Buxton.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers grab third baseman Jimenez off waivers

Former Angels slugging prospect an option to replace Ramirez, should he opt for free agency

Brewers grab third baseman Jimenez off waivers

MILWAUKEE -- With Aramis Ramirez's future in limbo until after the World Series, the Brewers on Monday won a waiver claim for Angels third baseman Luis Jimenez, a 26-year-old coming off his first 20-homer season in the Minor Leagues.

Jimenez, a right-handed hitter, has enjoyed brief stints in the Major Leagues with the Angels in each of the past two seasons, but he spent most of 2014 at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he batted .286 with 21 home runs, 34 doubles and 12 stolen bases in 469 at-bats. Over parts of eight Minor League seasons, he has played almost exclusively at third base, with occasional appearances at first base, catcher and shortstop.

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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.

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Brewers Arizona Fall League overview

Outfielder Taylor headlines Milwaukee's group of talented prospects honing craft with Glendale

Brewers Arizona Fall League overview

After a solid season with advanced Class A Brevard County, the Brewers gave outfielder Tyrone Taylor a challenge at the end of the year. He was promoted to Double-A Huntsville for the final week of the regular season and the playoffs. In all, Taylor played in seven games for the Stars, collecting three hits before their season came to an end in the Southern League semifinals.

Now, Taylor has a new challenge. He is one of nine Brewers playing for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.

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

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Lucroy, Parra among Gold Glove Award finalists

Lucroy, Parra among Gold Glove Award finalists

Jonathan Lucroy will hope to become the first Brewers' catcher to win a Gold Glove Award when the winners are announced in a few weeks.

Lucroy is one the team's two finalists for the annual award given out by Rawlings for outstanding glovework, along with right fielder Gerardo Parra. Center fielder Carlos Gomez got the nod last year. Gold Glove Award nominations are based 75 percent on voting by AL coaches and managers and 25 percent on defensive metrics.

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

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Brewers bring back Coles to be hitting coach

Brewers bring back Coles to be hitting coach

MILWAUKEE -- Another year has brought another promotion for a rising star in baseball's coaching ranks. The Brewers on Thursday hired Darnell Coles to be their hitting coach, continuing the former utility man's swift rise up the instructional ladder.

Coles, 52, worked in Milwaukee's Minor League system from 2010-13, first as a roving hitting coordinator, then manager at Double-A Huntsville in 2012-13. He finished the 2013 season as an extra coach with the Brewers, and had just been promoted to manage Triple-A Nashville when the Tigers hired him away last October to be the assistant hitting coach on new manager Brad Ausmus' staff.

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Adam McCalvy and Jason Beck are reporters for MLB.com. Read McCalvy's 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.

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Several Royals have strong ties to Brewers

Cain, Escobar, Aoki and Yost called Miller Park home before heading to KC

Several Royals have strong ties to Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The Twitterverse is a perilous source for these matters, but it shows there exists a segment of local fans who regret that the World Series -- which begins Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, first pitch at 8:07) -- will be dotted with former Brewers. Some expressed annoyance when it was Travis Ishikawa, briefly a Brewer in 2012, who hit the National League pennant-winning home run for the Giants on Thursday night. Others lament that a full third of the Royals' starting lineup once called Miller Park home, not to mention former manager Ned Yost.

Those 140-character takes conveniently ignore that Ishikawa is on his fourth team since he left Milwaukee, and that the trades which sent players to Kansas City produced positive results. Or that Yost was never particularly popular in Milwaukee in the first place.

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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.

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Braun feels good in first activity since thumb surgery

Braun feels good in first activity since thumb surgery

Ryan Braun's comeback from right thumb surgery has officially begun.

Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash reported that Braun swung a bat Sunday, and Braun told club officials he felt "pretty good." It was Braun's first baseball activity since he underwent a cryotherapy procedure on Oct. 2, when specialists at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles inserted a needle at the base of Braun's right thumb to freeze a troublesome nerve that has caused him problems for the past two seasons.

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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.

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Roenicke returning, but Brewers staff undergoes changes

Hitting coach Narron, first-base coach Iorg dismissed

Roenicke returning, but Brewers staff undergoes changes

ST. LOUIS -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be back for the final year of his contract in 2015, but he will oversee an altered coaching staff.

The team on Friday dismissed hitting coach Johnny Narron after three seasons in the role, and first-base coach Garth Iorg after four seasons. The rest of the staff, including Roenicke, will return.

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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.

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Coulter leads Desert Dogs' homer spree in AFL

Coulter leads Desert Dogs' homer spree in AFL

GLENDALE -- The Glendale Desert Dogs improved to .500 with a 7-5 win against the Salt River Rafters on Wednesday night.

The victory, which halted the Rafters win streak at six, can be credited to the long ball as Glendale hit three balls out of the park en route to the win.

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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.

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Coulter working on transition to right field in AFL

Crew aiming to maximize former catcher's bat with change in position

Coulter working on transition to right field in AFL

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers Minor League Player of the Year Clint Coulter will continue his transition to a new position in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

Coulter this week joined the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs as a taxi squad player, but he is not expected to see much game action, according to Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash. Rather, Coulter will continue working on the transition from catcher to right field during the team's workouts, a project he began in the Brewers' instructional league program.

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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.

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Milwaukee BBWAA names Lucroy team MVP

Peralta gets Outstanding Pitcher nod; Duke honored as Top Newcomer, Unsung Hero

Milwaukee BBWAA names Lucroy team MVP

Jonathan Lucroy was named the Most Valuable Player and Wily Peralta was recognized as the Most Outstanding Pitcher when the Brewers announced the Milwaukee Baseball Writers' Association of America award winners on Monday afternoon. Along with being recognized as the team's top performer, Lucroy also received the Good Guy Award for the second straight season. Left-handed reliever Zach Duke was honored with two awards -- Top Newcomer and Unsung Hero.

Lucroy won the MVP Award in unanimous fashion, receiving each of the seven first-place votes cast by members of the Milwaukee chapter of the BBWAA. Carlos Gomez received each of the second-place votes.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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After late-season stumble, Brewers look for fixes for '15

After late-season stumble, Brewers look for fixes for '15

MILWAUKEE -- When the Brewers limped into the All-Star break with a 2-11 stretch, general manager Doug Melvin gathered his baseball men for a debate.

Were the Brewers a good team that stumbled to the break with a bad two weeks? Or were they not as good as their early-season record seemed to indicate?

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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.

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Brewers' finish doesn't match strong start

Brewers' finish doesn't match strong start

MILWAUKEE -- The cliché is uttered in every clubhouse, every season, usually with a healthy dose of hope: It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

There are many more original ways to describe the Milwaukee Brewers' 2014 season, but none would come close to matching the accuracy of that old adage. A team that charged to the top of the standings in April with a 20-7 start and held first place in the National League Central for 150 consecutive days all the way into September crashed down the stretch. The Brewers were eliminated from the division race on Sept. 21, though their slim postseason hopes extended into the final week of the season.

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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.

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Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Stars of tomorrow ready to shine as '14 AFL season begins

Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.

When the AFL opens play Tuesday, the concentration of talent will again be readily apparent. Two of the three Opening Day games feature premium pitching matchups, and the third game is highlighted by two of the best shortstops in the Minor Leagues.

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

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Braun has cryotherapy performed on right hand

Brewers optimistic procedure will relieve right fielder's nerve pain

Braun has cryotherapy performed on right hand

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers and right fielder Ryan Braun expressed optimism about the surgical procedure both sides hope will relieve Braun from the painful nerve issue that compromised his production for the past two seasons.

Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right hand Thursday morning at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. A specialist, Dr. Vernon Williams, inserted a needle at the base of Braun's right thumb to essentially freeze a troublesome nerve that forced Braun to alter his mechanics, rendering him to swing, as Braun put it, "one-handed."

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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.

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Melvin mulling Roenicke's status as manager

Brewers GM is taking his time to evaluate the entire coaching staff after disappointing finish

Melvin mulling Roenicke's status as manager

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin made the local sports radio rounds on Tuesday to explain why he will wait at least a week to make decisions about the status of manager Ron Roenicke and his coaching staff.

"We just want to take some time here and let the emotions -- as you can tell from everybody, the emotions of not a bad season, but a bad ending, takes charge here," Melvin said on 620-AM WTMJ, the Brewers' flagship. "You've got to wait until the emotions calm down on a lot of things. Then, you sit down and look at some of the issues with the club, and we'll determine [Roenicke's status] at that particular time. A lot of things will be determined over the next week or so. Like I say, I have to take a step back and look at a number of things."

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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.

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Blame for Brewers' collapse might fall on Roenicke

While it wasn't the fault of the manager, club struggled to close out season

Blame for Brewers' collapse might fall on Roenicke

MILWAUKEE -- It is not Ron Roenicke's fault that the Brewers went 9-22 in their last 31 games of this season. But when blamed is placed, the manager is often the first in line.

The 2014 Brewers are a particularly painful case since they were in first place for 149 consecutive days, but then, starting Aug. 26, they lost nine in a row and 13 of 14. For two weeks, the entire team slumped. After that, the pitching recovered, but the offense continued heading south. What happens next?

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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.

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Disappointing season ends with loss to Cubs

Fiers allows four runs, three earned; Lucroy lifts average above .300

Disappointing season ends with loss to Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- A 5-2 loss to the Cubs in Sunday's season finale gave the Brewers 22 losses in their final 31 games, and launched what could be Milwaukee's most compelling offseason in memory.

On one hand, a team that spent 150 days in first place has its starting rotation returning intact for 2015, a closer under contract and controllable talent at six of the eight defensive positions -- all six aged 31 or younger on Opening Day, including four former All-Stars. On the other hand, the Brewers are coming off a second-half collapse that bounced them from postseason contention and so disappointed principal owner Mark Attanasio that, for the first time in his tenure, he did not address the team Sunday before players scattered for the winter.

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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.

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Weeks wraps up time with Brewers on bench

Second baseman, who was drafted by Milwaukee, doesn't appear in finale

Weeks wraps up time with Brewers on bench

MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks' 10-year tenure with the Brewers ended quietly Sunday, with the former All-Star second baseman remaining on the bench for all nine innings of the Brewers' season-ending loss to the Cubs.

Weeks might not have lived up to the hype he generated when the Brewers drafted him second overall in 2003, but he was part of the wave of prospects, with Prince Fielder, J.J Hardy, Ryan Braun and others, who lifted the Brewers back to respectability beginning a decade ago. Weeks is 11th in Brewers history with 1,009 hits and sixth with 684 runs scored.

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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.

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Brewers pleased with season attendance

Brewers pleased with season attendance

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' sensational April did not propel them to the postseason as they had hoped, but it did help at the box office. A crowd of 33,837 for Sunday's season finale pushed the season attendance at Miller Park to 2,797,384 -- the seventh-best total in franchise history, and within 14,000 fans of the inaugural season at Miller Park in 2001.

"My wish was a good start, and that was delivered, so that adjusted all of our thinking," said COO Rick Schlesinger. "I knew that we wouldn't be able to get to three million, no matter how well the team played, but I thought 2.8 million was attainable, and we're basically there.

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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.

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Brewers top Cubs to secure winning season

Peralta strikes out career-high 13; Lucroy delivers go-ahead double

Brewers top Cubs to secure winning season

MILWAUKEE -- For all their stumbles down the stretch, at least the 2014 Brewers will finish with a winning record.

Victory No. 82 was a 2-1 triumph over the Cubs on a Saturday night at sold-out Miller Park that was packed with Milwaukee milestones. Carlos Gomez broke a three-way tie with his team-best 23rd home run and Wily Peralta set a career high with 13 strikeouts in a game decided by Jonathan Lucroy's record-setting RBI double, and sealed when Francisco Rodriguez took sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time saves list with save No. 348.

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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.

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Attanasio vows to fix what's wrong with Brewers

Attanasio vows to fix what's wrong with Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Vowing a top-down review of the entire organization, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio on Saturday expressed extreme displeasure about his team's collapse, and he vowed to find answers for it.

"I think we need to give the fans a reason to come back," Attanasio said. "That means we have to identify what went wrong, we have to have a good explanation for how we're fixing it, and if we're not making any changes, we'd better have a damn good reason for why. And I mean changes broadly speaking -- [if the team retains the] same roster, same manager and coaches, same everything, we'd better say, 'Well, it was this, and that's why we're not changing.' And that's an option.

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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.

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Brewers sticking with GM, to evaluate coaches

Owner Attanasio says Melvin's job is safe; Roenicke, staff to be interviewed

Brewers sticking with GM, to evaluate coaches

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said Saturday that general manager Doug Melvin's job was safe, but he could not offer the same assurance to Ron Roenicke or his coaches.

Roenicke is under contract through the end of 2015 with a club option for '16. When Attanasio was asked about Roenicke's performance this season, he deferred to Melvin, who said, "I think he's disappointed. We're all disappointed in a lot of our responsibilities to the club.

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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.

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Lucroy sets season mark for doubles as catcher

Brewers backstop also ties franchise record for two-baggers in a season

Lucroy sets season mark for doubles as catcher

MILWAUKEE -- After tying a club record and setting a Major League record with one swing Saturday, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy's only regret was that he didn't do more.

Lucroy's fifth-inning double sent the Brewers to a 2-1 win over the Cubs and gave Lucroy 53 doubles this season, matching Lyle Overbay's Brewers record, and 46 doubles while playing catcher, breaking the Major League mark Lucroy had shared with Ivan Rodriguez for the past 1 1/2 weeks. Lucroy suggested he'd trade them all for a chance to play into October.

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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.

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Brewers to honor Selig by retiring uniform No. 1

Brewers to honor Selig by retiring uniform No. 1

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are retiring uniform No. 1 next season to honor their founder, Allan H. "Bud" Selig, the man who brought big league baseball back to Milwaukee in 1970 and later rose to the top of the game as the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Selig's 22-year tenure as Commissioner will come to an end when he retires in January. Selig visited Miller Park on Friday as part of his farewell tour, and he will return next season for a ceremony to lift No. 1 to the rafters alongside Paul Molitor's No 4, Robin Yount's No. 19, Rollie Fingers' No. 34, Hank Aaron's No. 44 and Jackie Robinson's No. 42, which is retired throughout baseball.

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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.

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Brewers' bats unable to pick up Nelson

Rookie righty allows five runs; offense goes 2-for-18 with RISP

Brewers' bats unable to pick up Nelson

MILWAUKEE -- Before he was the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Allan H. "Bud" Selig ran the Brewers, so he was uniquely positioned to understand how current owner Mark Attanasio felt as his team's six-week slide stretched to Friday's 6-4 loss to the Cubs.

"My friend Bart Giamatti had it right when he wrote that brilliant ode on baseball: 'It breaks your heart. It is designed to,'" Selig told a gathering before the game, with Attanasio sitting at his side. "You have to understand when you get into this sport that you're going to have years like that. You learn to adjust to that."

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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.

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With Brewers eliminated, Garza shut down

Right-hander felt stiffness in shoulder while throwing during 'pen session

With Brewers eliminated, Garza shut down

MILWAUKEE -- After the Brewers were formally eliminated from postseason contention with Thursday's loss to the Reds, team officials decided it was wise for Matt Garza to call it a season.

Rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson started instead on Friday night against the Cubs. The Brewers said Garza had a stiff shoulder.

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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.

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Selig has been No. 1 for Milwaukee

Commissioner brought Major League Baseball back to city in 1970

Selig has been No. 1 for Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig said that he was made speechless by the honor. So you knew that this was truly an historic occasion.

The Milwaukee Brewers announced Friday that they would retire uniform No. 1 in Selig's honor at a ceremony next season. Selig, who previously owned the Brewers, will retire in January after more than 22 years as Commissioner.

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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.

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