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Axford thrives in first post-closing appearance

MILWAUKEE Just days after John Axford had hit what seemed like rock bottom on Monday, the Brewers former closer got to experience a few things he never had as Milwaukee's ninth inning specialist. The first man out of the bullpen on Wednesday, Axford relieved starter Tyler Thornburg and threw 1.1 solid innings, giving up just one hit in that span. It was an enlightening experience...

Closing is a confidence game, and K-Rod has it

MILWAUKEE It was apparent the moment John Axford began his conversation with reporters Monday night that something had been different this time. For the Milwaukee Brewers closer who has struggled on so many occasions this season his ERA ballooning to over 5.00 and his WHIP following suit over 1.50 this night had presented a much more complex set of frustrations. He had inexcusably...

Brewers' Greinke to be skipped for one start

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke, the subject of many trade rumors in recent weeks, will have to wait awhile before getting to show scouts what he can do again. The Brewers announced Monday that Greinke is being scratched from his next scheduled start Wednesday against St. Louis to give him more rest. Manager Ron Roenicke said Greinke would miss an entire start and return...

Thornburg starts rubber game against Cards

The Milwaukee Brewers' original preferred script for Wednesday's series finale may have involved a dominant start by Zack Greinke and timely hitting by Ryan Braun, followed by John Axford shutting down St. Louis in the ninth to convert a save. In the Cardinals' version, Matt Holliday might have provided the big hits. None of those scenarios appear likely to occur. ...

K-Rod replaces Axford as Brewers' closer

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke made official Tuesday what most people expected, including John Axford. Axford is being moved out of the closer's role and being replaced for the time being by Francisco Rodriguez. The last straw came Monday night when Axford turned a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals into a 3-2 loss by allowing three ninth-inning runs on three hits and two...

Should Manny Parra Be The New Setup Man?

In a season that can most accurately be summed up by the number of times the Brewers have “hit rock bottom”, Monday’s game against the Cardinals served as a new low. After scratching out a pair of runs late in the game, the Brewers entered the ninth with a 2-0 lead in a game they desperately needed to win. Struggling then-closer John Axford then allowed three hits, two walks...

Brewers turn to K-Rod, but closer role undefined

MILWAUKEE -- In the two games after John Axford was removed as the Brewers' closer, replacement Francisco Rodriguez converted saves both times against St. Louis. That does not mean that "K-Rod" will be the closer the rest of the year, however. In fact, general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke made it clear that they hope to get Axford back closing games...

Brewers haven’t made a formal offer to Zack Greinke yet

The future of right handed pitcher Zack Greinke is still unknown. The Brewers apparently would like to keep him long-term, but according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports, “it doesn't appear there has been much dialogue between the Brewers and representatives for Greinke since spring training.” He says that the team haven't made a formal offer to Greinke yet. This means...

No resolution -- or contract -- close for Greinke, Brewers

Zack Greinke remains in limbo. Greinke could leave the Milwaukee Brewers as a free agent after this season. He could sign a long-term contract extension with the team. He could be traded before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. At this point, all of those outcomes remain possible. It doesn’t appear there has been much dialogue between the Brewers and representatives for Greinke...

Wolf seeks reignition against rival Cards

A seemingly favorable schedule combined with a key injury to an NL Central rival may be just what the St. Louis Cardinals need to gain ground in the standings. After sparking a ninth-inning rally, Matt Holliday looks to continue his hot stretch at the plate and help the Cardinals maintain their dominance of the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. St. Louis (47-43) is third in the...

Bauer roughed up in loss to Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) -- K-Rod earns save as Brewers beat Cardinals 3-2 By CHRIS JENKINS , AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save on his first night as Milwaukee's new closer, Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run and Randy Wolf won his first game since April 30 as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinals' Matt Holliday...

Cardinals can't keep up with Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers pounced on Adam Wainwright and a shaky St. Louis Cardinals infield early then held on through a nervous ninth inning for a 4-3 victory Wednesday. Francisco Rodriguez walked in a run before getting Lance Berkman to fly out with the bases loaded, nailing down his second save since taking over as the team's closer Tuesday night. With the...

K-Rod gets first save in win vs. Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save on his first night as Milwaukee's new closer, Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run and Randy Wolf won his first game since April 30 as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinals' Matt Holliday left the game after getting hit in the leg with a pitch in the first inning and Brewers slugger Ryan...

Holliday leaves game early in Cards' loss

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save on his first night as Milwaukee's new closer, Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run and Randy Wolf won his first game since April 30 as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday. The Cardinals' Matt Holliday left the game after getting hit in the leg with a pitch in the first inning and Brewers slugger Ryan...
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