Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers smacked four homers as they beat the D-backs, 7-2, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Miller Park.

Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins each homered, with Maldonado's being the biggest blow -- a three-run shot in the sixth that gave Milwaukee a 6-2 lead.

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Wilkins all smiles after notching first homer

Journeyman infielder hits one of four Brewers dingers in win over D-backs

Wilkins all smiles after notching first homer

MILWAUKEE -- While trotting around the bases, in the dugout and in the clubhouse postgame, Andy Wilkins just couldn't stop smiling.

Wilkins hit his first career home run as a part of a Brewers' long-ball barrage in a 7-2 win over the D-backs on Monday night at Miller Park. Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar and Martin Maldonado also all went deep for Milwaukee.

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Santana has 'big setback' in rehab stint

Outfielder will be shut down from baseball activities amid recovery for elbow soreness

Santana has 'big setback' in rehab stint

MILWAUKEE -- Right fielder Domingo Santana has had a "big setback" in his rehab from right elbow soreness, manager Craig Counsell said Monday.

Santana was a scratch from Monday's lineup at Class A Wisconsin, where he was in the third day of a rehab assignment. Following his most recent setback, the 23-year-old will be shut down from baseball activities.

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As trade rumors swirl, who may chase Lucroy?

As trade rumors swirl, who may chase Lucroy?

Following an injury-riddled 2015 campaign, Jonathan Lucroy has re-established himself as one of the premier catchers in all of baseball, making the Brewers catcher a top trade target for contenders as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

Through 90 games and 359 plate appearances entering Monday, Lucroy is second among all catchers in slugging percentage (.491) and OPS (.853), and ranks third in WAR (2.8 according to Fangraphs), weighted runs created (122) and batting average (.301). With a team-friendly $5.25 million club option for 2017 included in his contract, Lucroy could be one of the most valuable pieces on the move over the next week, likely bringing in return to the Brewers a notable package of prospects.

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Second 1st impression: Trio debuts vs. old teams

Anderson, Segura and Weeks Jr. all facing former clubs for first time

Second 1st impression: Trio debuts vs. old teams

MILWAUKEE -- A trio of players faced their former teams for the first time when the Brewers and Diamondbacks kicked off a four-game series on Monday at Miller Park.

Right-hander Chase Anderson got the start for Milwaukee against the D-backs, who sent out a lineup featuring former Brewers Jean Segura and Rickie Weeks Jr. Anderson went five innings and earned the victory in the Brewers' 7-2 win, though Segura tagged him for an RBI single in his 1-for-5 night. Weeks walked twice and scored, finishing 0-for-2.

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Crew's 'pen can't save Guerra's outing in finale

Crew's 'pen can't save Guerra's outing in finale

MILWAUKEE -- All the Cubs want to do is win series, and they did just that on Sunday, rallying from a four-run deficit to beat the Brewers, 6-5, in front of a sellout crowd of 43,310 at Miller Park. Anthony Rizzo sparked a five-run seventh with a go-ahead three-run double to give Chicago its third straight series win since the All-Star break, a first for the franchise since it won five series in a row after the break in 1936.

The Brewers got a solid outing from starter Junior Guerra and ran at will against Chicago's Jon Lester, who was knocked out after four-plus innings. Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, Tommy La Stella hit an RBI double off the Brewers' Will Smith, and the Cubs then loaded the bases to set up Rizzo, who lined a double to the right-center-field gap to open a 5-4 lead and raise his RBI total to 75. Ben Zobrist then drove in Rizzo with an RBI single.

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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.

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Diaz on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Diaz 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.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Brewers fall short with runners on vs. Cubs

Crew leaves 12 on base in finale defeat to first-place Chicago

Brewers fall short with runners on vs. Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- On Sunday at Miller Park, the Brewers had plenty of ducks on the pond. It's a good thing ducks can swim, because most of them were stranded.

Milwaukee left 12 on base, 10 of which were in scoring position, in a frustrating 6-5 loss to the Cubs that saw the Crew squandered a four-run lead. Add in the defensive miscues that came back to bite them in the sweltering heat, it was a forgettable afternoon for the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Nieuwenhuis powers Brewers' win vs. Cubs

Nieuwenhuis powers Brewers' win vs. Cubs

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Montgomery won't want to remember his Cubs debut. Kirk Nieuwenhuis greeted the left-hander with a three-run homer in the eighth inning, his second home run of the game and first off a southpaw this season, to lead the Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Cubs on Saturday night. Chicago acquired Montgomery from the Mariners on Wednesday.

"For Montgomery, that's just unfortunate," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I hope he just files that very quickly because it looked like his stuff was outstanding. They beat us, they just beat us. Give them credit."

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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.

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Nieuwenhuis a much different hitter at home

Brewers outfielder continues to mash at Miller Park with two-homer game

Nieuwenhuis a much different hitter at home

MILWAUKEE -- The Journey song "Any Way You Want It" wasn't playing in the Brewers' clubhouse following a 6-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday at Miller Park, but it may need to become the theme for Kirk Nieuwenhuis on the team's next road trip.

Nieuwenhuis entered the game with pronounced home/road splits on the season, and following his two homers Saturday, there was an even starker contrast between those figures. Now, to get Nieuwenhuis' performance on the road up to the same level that it is at Miller Park, he may get things any way he wants to make sure he feels at home.

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Versatile Perez an asset for Brewers

Counsell likes what he's seen from utility man this season

Versatile Perez an asset for Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Hernan Perez believes in second chances, and he's being rewarded for it.

The Brewers utility man is in the midst of a season that has caught the eye of his manager Craig Counsell, thanks in part to signing a Minor League deal with the Crew 10 days after the club removed him from the 40-man roster.

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Diaz among top prospect performers Saturday

Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits

Diaz among top prospect performers Saturday

The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.

The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.

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Torres goes about his business, deflects rumors

Brewers reliever enjoying solid campaign, makes highlight-reel play

Torres goes about his business, deflects rumors

MILWAUKEE -- For much of the season, Carlos Torres has quietly gone about his job of successfully occupying various roles in the Brewers' bullpen, but the right-hander made a statement with a highlight-reel play and two scoreless innings in relief in Friday's 5-2 loss against the Cubs.

Torres saved a run with a diving tag of Addison Russell on an attempted squeeze bunt in the sixth, a play that helped lower his ERA to 3.02 -- a mark that may draw notice from contenders as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

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Early deficit too much for Crew to overcome

Early deficit too much for Crew to overcome

MILWAUKEE -- How much did the Cubs miss Dexter Fowler? A lot. Playing his first game since June 18, Fowler smacked a leadoff home run and a two-run double, finishing a triple shy of the cycle to back Jason Hammel and lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory on Friday over the Brewers at Miller Park.

"It was a wonderful evening for him, and it's really apparent how important he is to us," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Fowler.

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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.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Rizzo, Lucroy join forces to fight cancer

All-Stars encourage fans in Illinois, Wisconsin to donate to non-profit organizations

Rizzo, Lucroy join forces to fight cancer

MILWAUKEE -- A pair of All-Stars and rivals on the field are teaming up off of it.

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are joining forces in support of the "Cancer Knows No Borders" campaign as they hope to encourage residents of Wisconsin and Illinois to donate to their choice of two cancer non-profit organizations, each of which is represented by one of the All-Stars.

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Phillips among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Phillips among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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Brewers can't pick up Garza, drop rubber game

Brewers can't pick up Garza, drop rubber game

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates' Opening Day starter finally returned to top-of-the-rotation form Thursday night. Left-hander Francisco Liriano struck out 13 without a walk and led the Pirates to a 5-3 win over the Brewers at PNC Park.

Liriano had been unreliable for the better part of the season, going 1-6 with a 6.02 ERA in his past nine starts, leaving the Pirates with yet another question mark in their struggling rotation. He made progress earlier this month, but he took a big step forward as he held the Brewers to one run -- a Jonathan Villar solo shot to center field -- over his first six innings in the rubber game. Milwaukee tacked on two more runs, one of them charged to Liriano, in a sloppy seventh, but Liriano earned the standing ovation he received as he walked into the dugout after 6 2/3 innings.

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Crew sticking by scuffling Garza, Anderson

Vet puts club in hole by allowing 3-run HR in 1st

Crew sticking by scuffling Garza, Anderson

PITTSBURGH -- Chase Anderson said he'll be fine once he finds his fastball command. Matt Garza said he'll be fine once he commits to offspeed stuff earlier in outings. And Brewers manager Craig Counsell, confronted with the ongoing struggles of those two starting pitchers, said the team will plow forward without altering its rotation.

"We're going to go with those guys right now," Counsell said after Garza's five-inning outing in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.

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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.

Prospect Houser undergoes Tommy John surgery

Prospect Houser undergoes Tommy John surgery

PITTSBURGH -- One of the prospects acquired in the Brewers' biggest Trade Deadline deal a year ago underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on Thursday.

Right-hander Adrian Houser, who pitched in two Major League games for Milwaukee last September, had the surgery in Milwaukee and is expected to be sidelined at least 12 months. Brewers head physician William Raasch performed the surgery.

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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.

Coles on Griffey: 'Best player I've ever seen'

Brewers hitting coach reflects on playing with Hall of Famer in Seattle

Coles on Griffey: 'Best player I've ever seen'

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers hitting coach Darnell Coles will be busy Sunday morning getting players ready for the finale of a three-game series against the Cubs. But if time allows, you can bet he will find a television tuned to MLB Network.

Ken Griffey Jr., a favorite teammate of Coles' with the Mariners in 1989 and '90, will be inducted along with Mike Piazza in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Coles witnessed the beginning of Griffey's greatness firsthand.

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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.

Cooperstown collection underway at Miller Park

Hall of Fame Tour a natural fit in Milwaukee, where Hank Aaron got his start

Cooperstown collection underway at Miller Park

Thousands of fans will converge upon Cooperstown to watch as Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza become immortalized in the Hall of Fame this weekend. But for many of those who can't attend Induction Weekend, the Hall of Fame has brought its relics to them.

Baseball's Hall of Fame tour rolled into Milwaukee -- a city more than 300 times the size of Cooperstown -- on July 15, bringing with it an exciting opportunity to catch a glimpse of the game's past. The Tour launched on July 3 at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, where fans got the first taste of the state-of-the-art baseball experience. Davenport is a mere 90 minutes south of the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville, where Commissioner Rob Manfred unveiled the plans for the traveling exhibit, becoming the first active Commissioner to make a pilgrimage to the storied location.

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Brewers get best of Bucs in see-saw battle

Brewers get best of Bucs in see-saw battle

PITTSBURGH -- After being dealt back-to-back walk-off losses, the Brewers walked off the field at PNC Park on Wednesday night with a 9-5 win over the Pirates following one of their best offensive performances of the season.

Milwaukee lost three of its first four games coming out of the All-Star break, the last two in especially frustrating fashion -- a passed ball on Sunday and a Little League homer on Tuesday. Neither team looked particularly crisp in the three-hour, 43-minute affair before a sold-out crowd of 36,717, but the Brewers put together a balanced offensive attack against Pirates starter Jeff Locke and four Pittsburgh relievers.

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Indians reportedly pursuing Lucroy

Indians reportedly pursuing Lucroy

PITTSBURGH -- The Indians are among the clubs in trade talks with the Brewers regarding catcher/first baseman Jonathan Lucroy, according to reports from MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi and ESPN's Buster Olney.

A source told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian that the Indians' current focus is on improving the bullpen, but the club is open-minded to other avenues to improve the roster. Brewers assistant GM Matt Arnold, who joined his team at PNC Park before Lucroy drove in three runs in a 9-5 win over the Pirates on Wednesday night, declined comment on reports about the Indians' interest.

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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.

Nelson sympathizes with Taillon after scare

Nelson sympathizes with Taillon after scare

PITTSBURGH -- Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, who knows precisely what it feels like to be hit in the head by a screaming line drive, said he was fine with the Pirates' decision Tuesday to stick with Jameson Taillon after a similar scare.

Taillon was hit in the back of the head by a 105 mph line drive in the second inning and remained in the game to pitch six strong frames. Last September, Nelson was struck on the right side of his head by a 108 mph line drive and was removed from the game immediately.

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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.

Perez in the middle of everything in Pittsburgh

Third basemen plates both Brewers runs, hits liner off Pirates' pitcher's head

Perez in the middle of everything in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- The brief look of terror on Hernan Perez's face told the story. This was one base hit the Brewers' utility man would have given back.

Perez's 105-mph line drive (according to Statcast™) produced a scary moment in the second inning of the Brewers' 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park. It hit Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon in the back of the head before caroming into left field for a single. The center field camera caught Perez grimacing the moment the baseball made impact.

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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.

Brewers rally late but fall in walk-off to Bucs

Brewers rally late but fall in walk-off to Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Just when it seemed like the Pirates might be in for another long day, Josh Harrison brought things to a quick, decisive and wild close Tuesday night at PNC Park. Harrison led off the bottom of the ninth by ripping a triple into center field and completed the walk-off, Little League homer as the Pirates beat the Brewers, 3-2.

Before Tuesday's game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talked to his team about Murphy's law, the adage that whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Pittsburgh saw it play out throughout an injury-plagued, up-and-down first half. They saw a condensed version in effect Sunday, when a two-out, two-strike solo homer off rock-steady closer Mark Melancon led to an 18-inning marathon. And it looked like recent history might repeat itself Tuesday. Down to their last strike in the top of the ninth, the Brewers tied the game on a Hernan Perez hit to center field off Melancon.

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