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  1. Dodgers stay alive with NLCS Game 5 win over Cardinals

    Oct 16, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

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    The NLCS is headed back to Busch Stadium. Zack Greinke found trouble early but settled in late as the Dodgers rolled to a 6-4 defeat of the visiting Cardinals in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. Greinke loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the…

  2. Edward Mujica is getting a break from the closer role

    Sep 21, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

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    Here’s something you don’t want to hear if you are a Cardinals fan. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals closer Edward Mujica admitted yesterday that fatigue has caused him to alter his mechanics. “My body feels like a little bit tired, and my release point is getting a little bit up,”…

  3. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:56 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    The Cardinals have themselves a little breathing room in the National League Central. Though closer Edward Mujica struggled again and put the Brewers in position to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinals eventually won 7-6 in 10 innings. Carlos Beltran drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly…

  4. Michael Blazek is the PTBNL in the John Axford trade

    Sep 1, 2013, 5:24 PM EST

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    The Cardinals acquired right-handed reliever John Axford from the Brewers on Friday for a player to be named later. And that player has now been named. As first reported by beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cards have sent right-hander Michael Blazek to Milwaukee to complete the one-for-one swap. Blazek is…

  5. Pirates defeat Cardinals, will enter September in first place for first time since 1992

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:35 PM EST

    Russell Martin, Garrett Jones, Marlon Byrd

    Tied with the Cardinals at 78 wins and 56 losses, the Pirates defeated their NL Central rival tonight by a score of 7-1 to move into sole possession of first place. They will enter September in first place for the first time since 1992, the last year the Pirates made the post-season. (It was also…

  6. Cardinals acquire reliever John Axford from Brewers

    Aug 30, 2013, 11:11 AM EST

    John Axford

    With closer Edward Mujica pitching through shoulder problems the Cardinals decided to add some veteran bullpen depth, acquiring former closer John Axford from the Brewers for a player to be named later. Axford pitched his way out of ninth-inning duties in Milwaukee after saving a league-high 46 games in 2011 and 35 games last season,…

  7. You can still get a Braun jersey at the MLB.com shop

    Jul 24, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

    Ryan Braun shirt

    While the Brewers’ portal to the MLB.com shop area is now Ryan Braun free, the Braun jerseys themselves are easy enough to find and are still marked at full price. An authentic Braun home jersey costs $298.99 through MLB.com, the same price one would pay for a Brewers jersey featuring the name and number of…

  8. Diamondbacks talking to Brewers about Yovani Gallardo

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:28 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the big scoop: The Diamondbacks and Brewers have been talking about possible trades involving Milwaukee veteran righthanded starter Yovani Gallardo, and one of the Arizona names that’s surfaced in discussions is top pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs. But a person familiar with the talks told Heyman that “there’s no traction at this point” toward a trade.…

  9. Jim Henderson suffers right hamstring strain

    May 25, 2013, 9:34 AM EST

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    Jim Henderson has pitched really well since taking over the closer role from John Axford in Milwaukee, but he could be headed for an extended absence. Henderson strained his right hamstring in the ninth inning last night while attempting to finish off the Brewers’ victory against the Pirates. He appeared to suffer the injury as…

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2013, 6:26 AM EST

    Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura

    Pirates 4, Brewers 3: Andrew McCutchen with a walkoff bomb in the 12th. John Axford surrendered the lead in the eighth. He’s got a nifty 9.20 ERA now. Dodgers 2, Nationals 0: Clayton Kershaw stuck out 11 in eight and two-thirds shutout innings. He tossed 132 pitches: the most in his career and the most…

  11. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2013, 6:57 AM EST

    Mets Marlins Baseball

    Mets 7, Marlins 6:  Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch-hit three run homer in the sixth to put the Mets up to stay, breaking their six game losing streak. But Terry Collins is on the hot seat! No he isn’t! Yes he is! She’s my daughter! [slap] My sister! [slap!] My daughter … Nationals 2, Braves 0: The Nats finally…

  12. Brewers reach minor league deal with Francisco Rodriguez

    Apr 17, 2013, 6:31 PM EST

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    From Brewers director of media relations Mike Vassallo comes word that the Brewers have reached agreement on a minor league contract with free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod passed his pre-signing physical on Wednesday morning at the Brewers’ spring training complex in Maryvale, Arizona. The 31-year-old posted a rough 4.38 ERA across 72 innings last season…

  13. Chris Narveson lands on disabled list with sprained finger

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

    Chris Narveson AP

    After being bumped to the bullpen following the addition of Kyle Lohse, now Chris Narveson is headed to the disabled list. The Brewers just announced that Narveson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left middle finger. The injury caused him to be unavailable yesterday against the Diamondbacks, which led to John…

  14. It looks like John Axford is out as the Brewers’ closer

    Apr 8, 2013, 1:16 PM EST

    John Axford Getty

    Four days ago the Brewers said they were sticking with John Axford despite a rough start to the season, but now it looks like manager Ron Roenicke is making a change in the ninth inning. Axford took the loss in yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks, but only after throwing a scoreless 10th inning and then…

  15. The Brewers are one awful baseball team right now

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

    Kyle Lohse

    First of all, the Brewers are carrying 13 pitches, even though Ryan Braun can’t play because of a neck injury. That leaves them with a three-man bench that just doesn’t work in National League games. Second of all, the Brewers are carrying 13 pitchers. Why on earth is John Axford pitching a second inning in…

  16. Brewers sticking with closer John Axford after rough start

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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    Brewers closer John Axford is off to a rough start, allowing three homers and a total of six hits in 11 plate appearances while working with decreased velocity. Axford says he feels fine physically and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that the Brewers are unlikely to make any quick decisions about removing him as closer,…

  17. 2013 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

    Mar 19, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Milwaukee Brew Crew. The Big Question: Do the Brewers have enough pitching to contend for a playoff spot in…

  18. Canada and Mexico brawl figuratively and literally; Canada wins

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EST

    Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada kept its second round World Baseball Classic hopes alive with an emphatic 10-3 victory over Mexico today. Coming off an eight-inning 14-4 defeat at the hands of Italy, a game that was called early due to the mercy rule, Canada bounced back with impressive hitting performances by designated hitter Justin Morneau and right fielder…

  19. John Axford dominates … the Oscars

    Feb 25, 2013, 6:39 AM EST

    John Axford

    Hi Oscars… I’m John Axford… And I just dominated you! 14 out of 15! — John Axford (@JohnAxford) February 25, 2013 I know. Whatever. But how a relief pitcher did in his Oscar pool is what’s passing for baseball news at the moment. Indeed, my entire Twitter feed, baseball newsmakers included, is nothing but Oscars…

  20. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  21. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EST

    votto getty

    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  22. Ryan Braun and John Axford thank Brewers fans by giving away 5,000 tickets

    Sep 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    free stuff

    Milwaukee’s season more or less came to an end last night thanks to John Axford blowing a save against the Reds, dropping the Brewers to four games out of the second Wild Card spot. That might make it tough for fans to appreciate a nice gesture from Axford at this point–or at any point this…

  23. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 28, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts to the crowd after getting his 20th win of the season after the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 6, Pirates 5: R.A. Dickey wins his 20th, striking out 13 in the process. I don’t care if wins aren’t supposed to matter. It’s cool. He’s old and he struggled for years and he has no freaking ligament in his elbow and he seems like a pretty cool guy and all of that and…

  24. No, Jayson Stark, Craig Kimbrel is not the NL Cy Young

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:16 PM EST

    Craig Kimbrel

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark built his Cy Young case for Craig Kimbrel in Friday’s column. It’s chock full of some delicious statistics that demonstrate Kimbrel’s unprecedented accomplishments, and it’s well worth reading. It’s actually a really good column. I just totally disagree with the premise. Now, I’m not one to say relievers don’t deserve consideration for…

  25. The Brewers and Cardinals played into the wee small hours of the morning

    Sep 8, 2012, 9:23 AM EST

    Ryan Braun Getty

    If you missed the end of this one, don’t feel bad. This was one for the die-hards. After the start of last night’s game was delayed two hours and 20 minutes due to rain, the Brewers and Cardinals ended up playing a four-hour and 30-minute marathon which didn’t end until 3:05 AM ET. The Brewers…

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