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-- Left-handed reliever Manny Parra declared himself ready for active duty Friday after missing time with an impingement in his shoulder. Parra tested his arm in a successful live batting practice session on Wednesday.

-- Outfielder Carlos Gomez & Co. had a laugh on Friday afternoon when Brewers media relations director Mike Vassallo crossed an item off his personal bucket list, cracking a home run in a big league ballpark. Vassallo had been taking occasional swings in early batting practice for the last seven years.

Vassallo, who grew up a Mets fan, noted with glee that he now shares something in common with boyhood hero Darryl Strawberry. They each (sort of) hit their first big-league homer off Lee Tunnell, the former Pirates pitcher and current Brewers bullpen coach.

-- Left-handed reliever Manny Parra declared himself ready for active duty Friday after missing time with an impingement in his shoulder. Parra tested his arm in a successful live batting practice session on Wednesday.

-- Outfielder Carlos Gomez & Co. had a laugh on Friday afternoon when Brewers media relations director Mike Vassallo crossed an item off his personal bucket list, cracking a home run in a big league ballpark. Vassallo had been taking occasional swings in early batting practice for the last seven years.

Vassallo, who grew up a Mets fan, noted with glee that he now shares something in common with boyhood hero Darryl Strawberry. They each (sort of) hit their first big-league homer off Lee Tunnell, the former Pirates pitcher and current Brewers bullpen coach.