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Wednesday: The Marco Mash
We're talking about baseball's most homer-friendly pitcher and more in today's roundup of all things Brewers.

Some things to read while feeling old.
 
The Milwaukee Brewers played their first of 20 games in 20 days on Tuesday and didn't exactly get off on the right foot, losing 6-2 to the New York Mets at Citi Field. Jordan Mader of Brew Crew Ball has the recap, if you missed it.
 
Marco Estrada was the big story last night, as he continues to be plagued by home runs. The six runs he allowed last night all scored on a pair of long balls, including a grand slam for catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was making his first 2014 MLB appearance (h/t @Todd_Rosiak). Estrada continues to lead all of baseball with 20 home runs this season, and he's one of just nine pitchers in franchise history to allow at least one homer in 10 consecutive starts:
Pitcher  Season(s)  Games 
Jeff Suppan  2008-09  12 
Ruben Quevedo  2002-03  11 
Danny Darwin 1985  11 
Marco Estrada  2014  10 
Dave Bush  2009  10 
Nelson Figueroa  2002  10 
Ben Sheets  2001  10 
Mike Caldwell  1982  10 
Jim Slaton  1973  10 

After the game, Ron Roenicke told reporters the Brewers will "have to talk about" Estrada's ongoing role in the starting rotation (h/t @Todd_Rosiak). Certainly, Tuesday night's performance isn't going to stop the fans clamoring to see more of Jimmy Nelson: The Brewers' top pitching prospect already has one scoreless MLB start under his belt this season and has a 1.51 ERA over 11 appearances for Triple-A Nashville.

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Other notes from the field:
  • Mike Fiers made his 2014 Brewers debut by pitching a scoreless seventh inning, and took to Twitter after the game to thank the fans who have stuck with him in the year-plus since his last MLB appearance.
  • Scooter Gennett singled, walked and scored a run in his first 2014 appearance as a leadoff hitter, making him the sixth different player to bat first for the Brewers this season (h/t @MikeVassallo13). Gennett has started at least one game batting first, second, third, sixth, seventh and eighth this season.
The series continues tonight with Wily Peralta taking on Jacob deGrom at 6:10 p.m. Alex Halsted has the MLB.com preview.

Tyler Thornburg didn't pitch on Tuesday and remains on the disabled list with elbow soreness, but he did get some good news: The ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow is fine and he won't need Tommy John surgery. Doctors are still trying to identify the source of his soreness, and we'll probably know more after he visits a radiologist this week.

Meanwhile, Jean Segura had another rough day. The Brewers' shortstop was moved down to the eighth spot in the lineup and went 0-for-4 while also hitting into a double play. He has just two hits in his last 25 at bats, lowing his batting line to .252/.281/.324 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging) on the season.

In the minors:
Around baseball:

Cubs: Released reliever Jose Veras.

Let's go around the NL Central:
  • The Cardinals scored just one run on three hits Tuesday night but it was enough for a 1-0 victory over the Rays. Adam Wainwright and three relievers scattered eight hits over nine innings to complete the shutout.
  • Anthony Rizzo had three extra-base hits (two doubles and a home run) and scored three times in the Cubs' 7-3 win over the Pirates. 
  • The Reds also dropped a game on Tuesday, losing 6-1 to the Dodgers. Cincinnati had nine hits but left 10 men on base in the game.
Here are today's standings and probables:
Team  GB  Today  Matchup 
Brewers  38  27  --  @ Mets, 6:10 p.m.  Wily Peralta vs Jacob deGrom 
Cardinals  34  31  @ Rays, 6:10 p.m.  Michael Wacha vs Erik Bedard 
Pirates  34  30  7.5  vs Cubs, 6:05 p.m.  Brandon Cumpton vs Jason Hammel 
Reds  29  34  vs Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.  Johnny Cueto vs Hyun-jin Ryu 
Cubs  26  36  10.5  @ Pirates, 6:05 p.m.  Jason Hammel vs Brandon Cumpton 

Finally, with help from the Baseball Reference Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to 1961 and 1965 Milwaukee Brave Frank Thomas, who turns 85 (Today In Brewer History). Plunk Everyone notes that Thomas' 51 career HBP are the second-most ever for a position player born on June 11.

Today is also the 15th anniversary of the Brewers retiring Paul Molitor's No. 4 in 1999 and the 44th anniversary of the trade that sent original Brewers outfielder Steve Hovley to the A's in 1970. Follow the links for those events' respective entries in Today In Brewer History at Brew Crew Ball.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need more eye drops.

Drink up.

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