Tuesday's Frosty Mug: An intrasquad opener

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We're talking about the first game action of the spring and more in today's roundup of all things Brewers.

Some things to read while buying another bottle.

Today is the eleventh day of spring training 2014 and the Brewers will take the field for their first game...against themselves. David Goforth, Brooks Hall, Kevin Shackelford and Wei-Chung Wang are expected to be among the pitchers used as the Brewers play a three inning intrasquad game in Maryvale this afternoon.

Once that contest is out of the way, all eyes will turn to the Cactus League opener against the A's on Thursday. @AndrewGruman reports that Marco Estrada and Wily Peralta are both expected to pitch in that game.

The Brewers still haven't unveiled their Opening Day rotation, but when they do their April schedule will be a factor in the decision. The team has an off day following their opening series against the Braves and another between the Red Sox and Phillies series, freeing the team up to play matchups a bit.

Other notes from camp:

Hank the dog continues to make the rounds, both in Maryvale and on the web. Yesterday Deadspin became the latest entity to run a story on him.

In the minors:

Today in previews, projections, power rankings and whatnot: Jacob R. Misener of Call To The Pen listed Ryan Braun as the Brewers' player to watch, X-factor and biggest question mark in his preview of the 2014 Brewers season.

Around baseball:

Orioles: Designated pitcher Chris Jones for assignment.
Pirates: Claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the Blue Jays and designated infielder Chase D'Arnaud for assignment.
Rangers: Signed manager Ron Washington to a one-year contract extension for 2015.

Today in former Brewers:

Today's quintessential spring training story comes from Port St. Lucie, where MetsBlog caught the very essence of a Grapefruit League pop up drill.

Finally, with help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to:

Plunk Everyone notes that Pafko's 76 career HBP are the most ever for a position player born on February 25, and Lemaster's 24 hit batsmen are the most ever for a pitcher born on this date.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I forgot something at home.

Drink up.

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