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The Brewers had a quiet travel day yesterday, but we're still here with our daily news roundup.

Some things to read while being remembered. (h/t PocketDoppler.com)

The Brewers were off yesterday in Houston before opening their first-ever interleague series with the Astros tonight. Alfredo Figaro will take on Jordan Lyles at 7:10, and we'll have our series preview later today.

The Astros are getting one injured player back for tonight's game: center fielder Justin Maxwell was activated off the DL following last night's loss to the White Sox after missing most of two months with an injured hand. He only had a .679 OPS when he went on the DL this year, but posted a .764 mark in over 120 games for Houston a year ago.

Meanwhile, yesterday's off day gave many of us a chance to look ahead to next month's trade deadline:

It's probably safe to assume these guys aren't going anywhere at the deadline: Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs listed Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura among baseball's biggest overachievers to this point this season.

In amidst a boatload of uncertainty, two Brewer relievers may have found themselves long term roles with this team. Max Weinstein of Beyond the Box Score attempted to quantify "clutch" relievers and found that Brandon Kintzler is one of the game's best in high leverage situations in 2013, while Jim Henderson is one of the elite in low leverage innings.

Elsewhere in certainties, I'm loving Fred's new series on confirmation bias. This week we're looking at pitching to Giancarlo Stanton, giving up cheap home runs in Cincinnati and Bill Schroeder's reaction to small ball.

In the minors:

If you haven't yet, please take a moment today to vote in this week's BCB Tracking Poll. It will remain open through the day today and results will be posted tomorrow.

Around baseball:

Phillies: Placed reliever Jeremy Horst on the DL with an elbow strain.
Tigers: Placed pitcher Anibal Sanchez (shoulder strain) and catcher Alex Avila (forearm contusion) on the DL.

Let's go around the NL Central:

  • The Cardinals opened a series at home with a 5-2 win over the Cubs last night following a two-hour rain delay. Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a play at the plate.
  • The Reds kept pace with a 4-1 win over the Pirates. Mike Leake held Pittsburgh to a run on six hits over seven innings for his seventh win.
  • The Brewers, of course, were off Monday.

Here are today's standings and probables:

Team W L GB Today Time Matchup
Cardinals 45 25 -- v CHC 7:15p Adam Wainwright v Jeff Samardzija
Reds 43 28 2.5 v PIT 6:10p Mat Latos v Charlie Morton
Pirates 41 29 4 @ CIN 6:10p
Cubs 28 40 16 @ STL 7:15p
Brewers 28 40 16 @ HOU 7:10p Alfredo Figaro v Jordan Lyles

Today in former Brewers: Yesterday I mentioned that Travis Ishikawa had opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles, but they've elected to add him to the major league roster instead of releasing him.

Juan Pierre is not a member of an NL Central team or a former Brewer, so we'll just drop this here because it's too awesome to not link: Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball is making him the subject of a children's book.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 37th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 750th home run, the deciding run in a 3-2 Brewer win over the A's in 1976. Today also would have been Waterford, Wisconsin native Charlie Ganzel's 151st birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 18 career HBP are the fourth most ever for a player born on June 18.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find a mechanic.

Drink up.

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