Found August 15, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
DENVER Two hours before the Milwaukee Brewers are set to take on the Colorado Rockies in their last game at Coors Field this season, the reliever who was never supposed to be here smiles wide, holding a hand of playing cards close to his chest. Jim Henderson never could have imagined this card game three weeks ago, when he was still just a 10-year veteran of the minor leagues, desperately hoping that he'd get the chance so many others wouldn't at his age. But he's not the only one at this table who's been in that position. Just to his right, former closer John Axford lays down a card, only a few years removed from taking on a series of odd jobs to pay the bills. Across from Henderson sits Mike McClendon, another reliever whose road to the big leagues has been marred by setbacks and roster moves. In fact, it's a trend that extends across much of the Milwaukee clubhouse, as the Brewers bullpen is comprised of an eclectic group of one-time hyped prospects, out-of...

Rogers off paternity list, Bianchi back down

Two days removed from the birth of his first child, Mark Rogers wasactivated from the paternity listto start Wednesdays game against the Rockies. To make room for him on the active roster, the Brewers sent shortstop Jeff Bianchi to Triple-A Nashville. Occupying the fifth spot in the rotation while Shaun Marcum recovers from elbow tightness that has sidelined him for two months...

Braun out of lineup for a "mental day off"

DENVER Mired in one of the worst stretches at the plate of his career, Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun will get the day offWednesday, as his Brewers try to salvage at least one win out of their trip to Colorado. The day off has nothing to do with any lingering injuries, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. But with little options left to spark Braun at the plate, Roenicke...

Mark Rogers might win...some day

Mark Rogers of the Milwaukee Brewers is not a very lucky fellow. And that is unfortunate because he is from this great state of Maine and Maine is not exactly brimming with baseball success stories. And so it was pretty darned exciting when a kid who went to Mount Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine was the fifth overall selection in the first round of the 2004 draft. He had big...

New father Rogers aims for first career win

Milwaukee's Mark Rogers welcomed his first child to the world Monday. He's hoping he doesn't have to wait much longer for his first major league win. Rogers takes the ball Wednesday for the sputtering Brewers in a matchup with a Colorado Rockies team seeking its first home sweep in 2 12 months. After dropping Monday's opener 9-6, Milwaukee (52-63) fell to 1-13...

Losing Fielder hasn't hurt Brewers' offense

MILWAUKEE With just 40 games left in the 2012 season, we're about at the time where fingers are pointed, scapegoats are made, and blame is passed as fans question what could have been. What if the bullpen hadn't struggled so much? What if the Brewers had uncovered Mike Fiers earlier? What if injuries hadn't ravaged the clubhouse in May? Then there's an even bigger...

Braun searching for answers at the plate

By ANDREW GRUMAN MILWAUKEE At 3:30 in the afternoon when the Milwaukee Brewers have an evening game, Ryan Braun usually starts his pregame routine of stretching and working out before taking the a roundof batting practice later in the evening.But at that same time Thursday, Braun broke his routine and took early batting practice for only the second time...

Brewers 7, Phillies 4

Corey Hart's grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning prevented Philadelphia's Cliff Lee from getting a rare win as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Phillies 7-4 on Thursday night. Livan Hernandez (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory. Jim Henderson recorded the final two outs for his third save in four chances, getting Erik Kratz to ground out with the bases...

2012 Uniform Change: Brewers Turn Back to 82

The Brewers joined in with the Cards a few weeks ago to roll back their uniforms as well. I’m a big fan of the No Name On Back here: Tweet

Hart, Braun Crush Phillies in 7-4 Loss

Cliff Lee came so close to that third win tonight. So close.  Cliff Lee struck out the side in the bottom of the first inning. You know, a strikeout, another strikeout, two solo home runs, and another strikeout. The solo homers went to Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez, the Phillies killers from the previous Brewers-Phillies series at home. In the top of the third, Ryan Howard reached...

Is There Any Bullpen Help Out There? Anywhere?

Photo: Tony Farlow/   I’m going to be blunt here: The Brewers’ bullpen has had a really terrible season. So many things have gone wrong, both for each individual pitcher and the unit as a whole, that you feel like you’re witnessing something historic each time the staff surrenders a hard-earned lead – all 23 times, if you want to go by blown saves. The sheer combined...
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