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NL Central: What's real and what's not? 

@matthewhleach
April 25, 2019

We all figured the NL Central would be one of baseball’s most entertaining divisions, and thus far it has delivered. That doesn’t mean that every development in this young season was easy to see coming. So MLB.com is taking a look at some of those early-season trends, and trying to

The youngest players to HR for each team

@SlangsOnSports
April 25, 2019

Getting to the Majors at a young age -- let alone any age -- is a feat in and of itself, but what about blasting a home run as a youngster, too? With 20-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. set to make his Major League debut Friday for the Blue Jays, here’s

Crew at .500 after grueling 13-game gauntlet

Brewers swept in St. Louis to finish off stretch vs. Cards, Dodgers
@AdamMcCalvy
April 24, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Last August when Major League Baseball released 2019 schedules en masse, a 13-game gauntlet entirely against the Dodgers and Cardinals stood out amid the Brewers’ challenging early-season slate. With the benefit of hindsight Wednesday, after a 5-2 loss at Busch Stadium finished St. Louis’ three-game sweep and

Thursday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
12:36 AM CDT

Here's a look at Thursday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

Gio agrees to 1-year deal with Crew (source)

12-year veteran went 3-0 for Milwaukee last fall
@AdamMcCalvy
April 24, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers have agreed to bring back veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez to help an underperforming pitching staff. A source told MLB.com on Wednesday that Gonzalez was in agreement on a one-year Major League contract that will pay $2 million for the remainder of this season and includes

Counsell weighs pros, cons of resting Yelich

Reigning NL MVP Award winner doesn't start for first time in '19
@AdamMcCalvy
April 24, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Sure, Christian Yelich would love to go all Prince Fielder and start 162 games. But Yelich also realizes the importance of rest, so the hard-worked outfielder made the most of his first day out of the lineup all season Sunday when the Brewers concluded their series against

Grandal, first baseman? It happened

Catcher subs for struggling Aguilar; Saladino recalled, Houser optioned
@AdamMcCalvy
April 24, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- With 2018 All-Star Jesús Aguilar stuck in a slump, the Brewers tried someone new at first base in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals: Yasmani Grandal, who was errorless in seven opportunities. Grandal, Milwaukee’s regular catcher, didn’t take a single rep at first base in Spring Training,

Brewers hit HRs but may need to branch out

71.1 percent of Crew's runs have come via long ball
@AdamMcCalvy
April 24, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell has fought this battle with sportswriters on many an afternoon over the years. He’s on the record saying that whether runs come via booming home runs or broken-bat base hits, he’ll take them anyway he can get them. But this year’s club is

Houser's shaky start signals bigger issue

@AdamMcCalvy
April 23, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers demoted prized young starter Corbin Burnes to the Minors because he was serving up too many home runs. On Monday they promoted another promising arm, Adrian Houser, to fill the spot. And Houser promptly served up too many home runs. Dexter Fowler and Paul Goldschmidt

Nelson close to long-awaited rehab assignment

Right-hander has been working in extended spring training; Guerra placed on bereavement list
@AdamMcCalvy
April 22, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- Next stop for Jimmy Nelson on his long road back from shoulder surgery: Triple-A San Antonio. Brewers manager Craig Counsell received an encouraging report from Nelson’s latest outing in extended spring training on Monday. Barring an unforeseen setback in the next few days, club officials will confer

Yelich, Gallo power way to POTW honors

@_dadler
April 22, 2019

After a week of crushing home runs, Christian Yelich and Joey Gallo were announced as MLB's Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday. Yelich, amazingly, homered eight times for the Brewers to take home National League Player of the Week honors. Gallo homered four times for the

9 players ‘on pace’ for insane seasons

@RichardJustice
April 22, 2019

We’re not predicting Christian Yelich is going to hit 92 home runs or that Shane Greene is going to save 81 games or that Tyler Glasnow is going to go 29-0. As for Byron Buxton racking up 102 doubles, why not? That one seems strangely possible. We’re simply saying that

Easter rally falls short for Crew, sunk by late HR

Yelich denied April HR history, club sustains 1st losing homestand since May '18
@AdamMcCalvy
April 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Eric Thames got his Rob Deer impersonation just right, down to the fist held high in the air as he rounded the bases. All that was missing for the Brewers was the victory. Thames’ game-tying three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning conjured memories of

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

@JimCallisMLB
April 22, 2019

MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible. The Indians made Will Benson the 14th overall pick in the 2016 Draft because they loved his

Moose tabbed day to day with finger fracture

After strong outing vs. L.A., Anderson to start Friday against Mets
@AdamMcCalvy
April 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Further diagnostics revealed a fracture at the tip of Brewers second baseman Mike Moustakas’ right ring finger, but his day-to-day prognosis remains the same. The club is hopeful that Moustakas will avoid a stint on the injured list, manager Craig Counsell said prior to Sunday's 6-5 loss to

Need for speed: 1 flamethrower for each team

@williamfleitch
April 22, 2019

Let’s not kid ourselves: the story of baseball in the year 2019 is velocity. Remember back when FOX telecasts used to show a flame going WHOOSH! every time a pitch went over 95 mph? They’d have to do that every pitch now. Pitchers throw harder now than at any time

Two teams gained 9 spots in Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
April 22, 2019

It’s still April, which means the overused trifecta of “it’s still early,” “it’s too early to panic” and “they’re off to a slow start” is not quite ready to be shoved to the back of the sock drawer just yet. It truly is much too early to glean a lot

WWE superstar feels at home with Brewers

Braun Strowman pays visit to club that inspired him
@AdamMcCalvy
April 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Before anyone could GET… THESE… HANDS… from the WWE superstar, Braun Strowman had to get a name. And his favorite Major League Baseball team provided the inspiration. Strowman, who was born Adam Scherr in Sherrills Ford, N.C., told the story while visiting Miller Park on Sunday. “When I

Unstoppable Yelich drills two more homers

Reigning MVP approaching MLB record for most HRs before May
@AdamMcCalvy
April 21, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Another day, another one for the record books for Christian Yelich. Or, rather, two for the record books. Yelich hit his Major League-leading 12th and 13th home runs in a 5-0 win over the Dodgers at Miller Park, pulling away from L.A.’s Cody Bellinger and Oakland's Khris Davis

Hader proves that nobody's perfect

Brewers reliever gives up rare home run, won't be available Saturday
@AdamMcCalvy
April 20, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Yes, it’s true. Josh Hader is human. After yielding one inconsequential run in seven mostly dominant performances to begin the season, the Brewers’ left-handed relief ace was on the business end of Enrique Hernandez’s tiebreaking three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning of the Brewers’

Yelich homers again, more history for the MVP

@AdamMcCalvy
April 20, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Christian Yelich tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in an opening month when he belted No. 11 in the first inning of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers, and he has plenty of time to set a new mark. The Brewers have 10 more games on the

Burnes to try to fix gopher ball issues in Minors

'I think it's a good move for the team,' young pitcher says
@AdamMcCalvy
April 19, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers decided Friday that Triple-A San Antonio was the best place for right-hander Corbin Burnes to solve his trouble with the long ball. The team optioned Burnes and reliever Jake Petricka to San Antonio while recalling left-handed reliever Donnie Hart and reinstating veteran reliever Alex Wilson from

Yelich makes Brewers history with homer in loss

April 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Prior to Thursday night's National League Championship Series rematch, the NL's home run leaders paused for a quick chat and a friendly handshake. Then they went to work. Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich and Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger began the day tied for the league lead with nine home