Last call

• A pair of former Brewers were on the move on Wednesday. Infielder Donnie Murphy, who lost his spot on Milwaukee's Opening Day roster when the team signed Yuniesky Betancourt late in camp, signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs and will report to Triple-A Iowa. Right-hander Josh Stinson, claimed off waivers by the A's over the weekend, was designated for assignment because Oakland needed a spot on its 40-man roster.

• Manager Ron Roenicke was displeased with the way his pitchers executed against the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki in the first two games of the season. Both players homered in each of those games, and when Roenicke was asked whether any of the home run offerings were good pitches, he responded simply, "No."

"They're great hitters, and we're not pitching them well," Roenicke said. "That combination doesn't work out very well."

• Brewers officials are banking on a surge in ticket sales for Friday's series opener against the D-backs. It will be right-hander Kyle Lohse's debut, but as of mid-week that game had the lightest pre-sale of any game on the opening homestand. Good seats remained in all sections.

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.