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Wednesday: 25 wins and counting
We're talking about the latest Brewers victory and more in today's baseball news roundup.

Some things to read from higher ground.

On Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Brewers met the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time since the two teams brawled in a game on April 20, and the Brewers got revenge in the best way possible: by beating their rival and further dampening the Pirates' fading playoff hopes. The final score was 5-2, and Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball has the recap if you missed it.

Last night's game featured Ryan Braun's return from the disabled list after 15 days rehabbing an oblique strain, but he was not a major factor in the outcome. He went 0-for-2 with a walk before leaving the game in the top of the seventh inning. After the game, Ron Roenicke told reporters that taking Braun out early was the plan all along (h/t @Todd_Rosiak). Braun did not go on a minor league rehab assignment, so this was his first game action in over two weeks.

We're still waiting for Major League Baseball to announce the results of Carlos Gomez's suspension appeal, so he was back in the starting lineup last night. He checked out of the game in the sixth inning, though, with lower back tightness (h/t @Haudricourt). He is still the only Brewer who has appeared in every game this season, and extended that streak even after waking up with the back issue Tuesday morning (h/t @AndrewGruman).

Despite his back injury and looming suspension, Gomez is going to be on the cover of this week's edition of Sports Illustrated. It's the first time the Brewers have made the cover since August of 2011.

Mark your calendar today to meet Brewers pitchers Matt Garza and Wily Peralta at Legends of the Field's Mequon location on Thursday, May 29, from 6-7 p.m. Click here for more information on this and other upcoming events.
 
Other notes from the field:
  • The Brewers have now won seven games against the Pirates in 2014, matching their total from all of last year (h/t @JaymesL).
  • With a right-handed pitcher on the mound, the Brewers opted to start Scooter Gennett at second base Tuesday night and keep the red-hot Rickie Weeks on the bench. Gennett went 2-for-5 with a double in the game, and Weeks had an RBI-single as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
  • Khris Davis came into the game in a 1-for-19 slump and started the night on the bench but entered in place of Ryan Braun and had two hits in as many at bats.
  • Before his early departure Tuesday night, Carlos Gomez drew his 16th walk of the season. He's almost halfway to his career high of 37, and is on pace for 66 (h/t @joe_block).
  • Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 16th save last night and is on pace for 66 saves, which would beat his own MLB record of 62 (h/t @joe_block).
  • Pirates outfielder Starling Marte sat out Tuesday's game with back tightness.
  • The Brewers asked for a review of Lyle Overbay's near-infield single in the seventh inning, and umpires spent more than three and a half minutes looking at it, the team's longest review of the season to date (h/t @jstein1981). In the end, the call was upheld and Overbay was out.
  • The Italian won the Sausage Race.
The series continues in Milwaukee tonight, with Wily Peralta facing Francisco Liriano at 7:10 p.m. Adam McCalvy has the MLB.com preview.
 
The Brewers got through last night's game and will have to persevere at least two more weeks without the services of Aramis Ramirez, who was placed on the DL before Tuesday's game with a hamstring strain. Ben Tannenbaum of The Brewers Bar has a look at what the Brewers will be missing while their everyday third baseman is out.

Braun and Ramirez weren't the Brewers' only roster moves on Tuesday. They also returned outfielder Caleb Gindl to Triple-A and recalled infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera. Gindl went 3-for-19 with four walks over six appearances during his brief stint in the big leagues, while Tom Haudricourt notes that Herrera has been red-hot in Nashville since being returned to the minors a few weeks ago. Herrera got into Tuesday's game when Carlos Gomez left early and had a pair of hits.

With that said, the Brewers may not be done looking for help. Ramirez's injury will likely force Mark Reynolds to see more action at third base, and Noah Jarosh of Brew Crew Ball asks if they should be looking outside the organization for reinforcements at first.

The Brewers remain, however, flush with second basemen. Ken Rosenthal (via MLB Trade Rumors) suggests the Brewers could trade Rickie Weeks and lists the Cardinals and Orioles as two teams that could use his services.

Meanwhile in the bullpen, help may be on the way. Tom Gorzelanny is ready for a rehab assignment following offseason shoulder surgery, and will report to Brevard County today. It's unclear what the Brewers have planned for him or how much time he'll need to get ready to return to the majors.

In the minors:
Back in Milwaukee, Carlos Gomez may be suspended soon, but the Brewers aren't suspending their efforts to make him one of the faces of this team. The Brewers tumblr feed has a time-lapse image of his new billboard being installed near Milwaukee's Zoo interchange.

Meanwhile inside Miller Park, the Double Clutch stand on the Loge Level is serving Pittsburgh Devonshire Turkey Sandwiches during the Pirates series. I won't get a chance to try one, but if you do, let me know what you think.

If a turkey sandwich isn't your thing, maybe you'll be more interested in another Loge Level offering: The Beast. Rob Thomas of Madison.com has a review of the footlong hot dog stuffed inside a giant brat, wrapped in bacon and served on a pretzel bun, although he leads off the story with an admission that he threw half of it in the garbage.

Today in power rankings: Jonah Keri of Grantland has the Brewers third in all of baseball, up one spot.

If you'd like more Brewers coverage today but you're sick of reading, my weekly appearance on The Home Stretch with Justin Hull on 95.3 FM WSCO in Appleton has been archived and can be heard here. I was in-studio for the entirety of an abbreviated edition of the show on Tuesday to talk Rickie Weeks, the Pirates series and more.

Around baseball:

Cardinals: Placed pitcher Tyler Lyons on the DL with a shoulder strain.
Phillies: Infielder Jayson Nix rejected an outright assignment to the minors and is now a free agent.
Royals: Placed infielder Omar Infante on the DL with a back injury.
Yankees: Placed pitcher Shawn Kelley on the DL with a back injury.

Let's go around the NL Central:
  • The game of the night around the division (and maybe around baseball) was played in St. Louis, where the Cubs scored a run in the top of the ninth to send it to extra innings tied at 3-all, and the Cardinals won 4-3 in the bottom of the 12th on rookie Greg Garcia's walkoff, bases loaded HBP.
  • The Reds held the Padres to just three hits, but one of them was a ninth-inning home run for Chase Headley, and San Diego eked out a 2-1 victory. Brandon Phillips had three hits and drove in Cincinnati's only run.
  • The Brewers, as you've likely heard, beat the Pirates 5-2 at Miller Park.
Here are today's updated standings and probables:
Team  GB  Today  Matchup 
Brewers  25  14  --  vs Pirates, 7:10 pm  Wily Peralta vs Francisco Liriano
Cardinals  20  20  5.5  vs Cubs, 7:15 pm  Michael Wacha vs Jason Hammel 
Reds  17  20  vs Padres, 6:10 pm  Johnny Cueto vs Ian Kennedy 
Pirates  16  22  8.5  @ Brewers, 7:10 pm  Francisco Liriano vs Wily Peralta 
Cubs  13  25  11.5  @ Cardinals, 7:15 pm  Jason Hammel vs Michael Wacha 

Today in former Brewers: George Kottaras, who homered twice in his only MLB game for the Indians this season before being designated for assignment, has accepted an outright assignment to the minors and will remain in Cleveland's organization.

The most interesting statistical note from yesterday comes from Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus, who has a look at how having a base -tealing threat on the bases impacts the hitter at the plate. There is some anecdotal and statistical evidence that hitters get more fastballs in those situations, but also reason to believe the distraction of having someone moving around on the basepaths hurts their ability to focus.

Today's most unusual story is coming from Philadelphia, where Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is claiming he got sick after eating at the Shake Shack at Citi Field in New York. The story got a step stranger later in the day yesterday when Mets first baseman Lucas Duda said he also got sick from an undercooked burger from the same stand.

Finally, with help from the Baseball Reference Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday to Cardinal Stritch alum Anthony Shumaker. He played in the majors as a member of the 1999 Phillies and turns 44 today.

Today is also the 34th anniversary of Robin Yount scoring career run No. 403 to pass George Scott for second place on the Brewers' all time list in 1980, and the 31st anniversary of outfielder Ben Oglivie's third three-homer game as a Brewer in 1983. Follow the links for those events' respective entries in Today In Brewer History.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get more cookies.

Drink up.

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Spot Posted: 5/14/2014 10:28:16 AM
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Hopefully Davis will get back his swing. We need him with Ramirez out.
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