Mr. Popularity: Tony Gwynn, Jr. started in center field and received a warm ovation from Rockies fans. That's because Gwynn played a key role in sending the Rockies to the postseason last October, hitting a two-out, game-tying triple in the bottom of the ninth inning in an eventual Brewers win over the Padres on the next-to-last day of the regular season. The Brewers also won the finale, setting up a Padres-Rockies playoff for the National League Wild Card.The Rockies, of course, won that game, then advanced to the World Series. Their NL championship trophy is on display at Hi Corbett Field. "Can I get a replica?" Gwynn joked. "I had nothing to do with it, but they continue to put me involved with it. It's cool. It's nice to have had a season like I had and finish it on a note like that, and end up helping [the Rockies] get to where they had to go. I'm all for it." Yost said Saturday that he had some contact with members of the Colorado coaching staff during the final weekend of last season. They were essentially, "Go get 'em," talks, and Yost declined to go into detail. Last call: The Brewers will announce Sunday the outcome of talks with their five remaining unsigned players: Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Gabe Gross, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks. The Brewers have the right simply to renew contracts of players with fewer than three years of service if they cannot come to terms, and might do that in a number of cases. Fielder's contract was also renewed last season. ... Vinny Rottino homered in Saturday's 6-3 loss, but Yost was particularly pleased with Rottino's time behind the plate and the way Rottino received pitches. New left fielder Ryan Braun also flashed some glove, making a leaping catch at the wall in the fourth inning. ... The Brewers will have a moment of silence Sunday for John F. Long, the Phoenix real estate developer who donated the 56-acre site on which Maryvale Baseball Park was built. Long passed away Friday at 87. Up next: Right-hander Carlos Villanueva and left-hander Chris Capuano are each scheduled to work two innings when the Brewers host the Angels at Maryvale Baseball Park at 2:05 CT on Sunday afternoon. Jon Garland will make his debut for Los Angeles in the first of two meetings between the teams this spring. For Capuano, it will be his first opportunity to move on from a frustrating 2007 season in which he lost his final 12 decisions.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.