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PHOENIX Talk about the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen and the conversation will undoubtedly focus on right-handers Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford.
Last season, after Rodriguez was acquired the night of the All-Star game to set up for Axford, the back end of Milwaukee's bullpen was perhaps the best eighth and ninth inning combination in all of baseball.
With a top-flight starting rotation that regularly worked deep into games, the K-RodAxford combination effectively shortened games into seven-inning affairs. But on the rare occasion when a starter couldn't work deep, manager Ron Roenicke had the luxury of turning the ball over to some fairly effective middle relievers.
Milwaukee's bullpen ranked among the league leaders in several categories including WHIP (2nd, 1.22), ERA (5th, 3.32) and saves (5th, 47). They were near the bottom in total innings pitched (449.2), earned runs (166), losses 23) and hits (410).
Those numbers become even more impressive when taking...
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PHOENIX A cursory glance of the Milwaukee Brewers' Cactus League stats shows some gaudy numbers for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who had the day off Saturday but leads the team with a .636 batting average (7-for-11) with a home run and two RBI in four games.
Lucroy is quick to dismiss those stats.
"It's spring training," Lucroy said. "We have a lot of guys raking...
PHOENIX In six seasons on the Milwaukee Brewers' coaching staff, Dale Sveum did it all.
Hired by Ned Yost in 2006 to serve as third base coach, he became the team's bench coach a year later. In 2008, Sveum became the unlikeliest of interim managers, taking the reins after Yost was fired with 12 games to play as the Brewers returned to the playoffs for the first time in...
PHOENIX After winning his appeal of a 50-game MLB suspension, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun isn't foolish enough to believe he'll never again hear about his positive test for a banned substance.
While talking to Milwaukee sports writers about his two-run home run his first Cactus League hit this season following Milwaukee's 8-6 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday...
PHOENIX Yovani Gallardo is one step closer to being ready for the regular season.
The Brewers right-hander threw 45 pitches in a 3.1-inning effort Sunday in Milwaukee's 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Gallardo allowed a walk and three hits in his second Cactus League start of the year and has yet to allow a run in 5.1 innings of work.
PHOENIX All good things must come to an end, even in spring training.
Left-hander Randy Wolf retired his first 14 batters in Cactus League play before issuing back-to-back walks in the third inning of the Brewers' 12-2 victory against Cleveland on Friday afternoon at Maryvale Baseball Park.
In his two starts (4 23 innings), Wolf has allowed just one hit, with one walk and...
Most of you were probably watching the Big Ten championship game, but the Brewers played today, too. The Crew snapped their losing streak by edging out a 5-4 victory against a split Rockies squad. Yovani Gallardo started, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out two over 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Marco Estrada added three innings of excellent relief, holding the Rockies scoreless...
After a 12-2 win yesterday, the Brewers fell back down to earth, dropping a pair of split-squad games. A team that included Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez, John Axford, and Chris Narveson dropped a 1-6 contest to the Cubs, and a squad including Nyjer Morgan, Carlos Gomez, and Mat Gamel lost to the Giants 3-13. Neither of these games were rife with highlights, but I'm going to run...
Yovani Gallardo stayed on track for a possible opening day assignment.
The former All-Star pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings Sunday and the Milwaukee Brewers beat a split squad of Colorado Rockies 5-4.
Gallardo used 45 pitches to scatter three hits and a walk with two strikeouts. He's fanned six in 5 1-3 innings this spring - he finished fifth in the NL last season with 207 strikeouts...
The 2011 Milwaukee Brewers gave their fans their first division title since 1982. Ryan Braun brought the MVP Award back to Milwaukee for the first time since Robin Yount won the award in 1989. Both feats were Milwaukee firsts since the club has been in the National League. Of course, already in 2012 we have
PHOENIX (AP) -- Randy Wolf and five Milwaukee relievers held the Cleveland Indians to three hits and the Brewers belted four home runs in a 12-2 win Friday.
Cristian Guzman lined a single to center with two outs in the seventh off Manny Parra for Cleveland's first hit. Felix Pie had a bloop double in the eighth and Andy LaRoche hit a two-run double in the ninth.
Mat Gamel hit...