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Axford out as closer; Rodriguez to close for now

Per McCalvy and others. Eighth inning will be handled by Loe, Veras, and Parra, based on matchups.

• Angry fans in Kansas City, broiled by the 100-degree heat and embarrassed by the team’s continued...

• Angry fans in Kansas City, broiled by the 100-degree heat and embarrassed by the team’s continued lack of success, will burn Robinson Cano in effigy for slighting Billy Butler in the Home Run Derby, then go on to occupy the Royals’ headquarters and depose general manager Dayton Moore. Jonathan Sanchez, the return in the Melky Cabrera trade, will be sent to a monastery for his own protection, while Yuniesky Betancourt’s attempt to enter the Federal Witness Program will fail due to his unwillingness to walk 90 feet to an initial meeting point with FBI agents.

http://mlb.si.com/2012/07/11/second-half-bold-predictions/?sct=mlb_t11_a1

Dillard Outrighted to Triple-A Nashville, Thornburg Recalled

Via MLBTR. Interesting move, Thornburg from the bullpen or is he going to be in the rotation? Edit by JP: Thornburg will pitch from the bullpen, per Adam McCalvy. Also clarified the title a little.

Jay Gibbons Retires

per Tom H. via Twitter

Brewers have just confirmed: Zack Greinke will start today against the Houston Astros.

Brewers have just confirmed: Zack Greinke will start today against the Houston Astros.

Todd Rosiak via Twitter

Now Yahoo is just trying to piss us off (Matt Kemp)

Looking for controversy with link titles like "What might have been for Matt Kemp" and "Matt Kemp: I should have won MVP" Yahoo Sports is trying to be as asinine as possible and trying to lure Kemp into badmouthing Braun. If a website had nuts, Yahoo's should be Hyatted. To his credit, Kemp played it fairly cool.

Hear Me Today At 5:20 On Sports Radio 1400 (Eau Claire)

I'll be making my weekly appearance on The Watercooler with Jimmie Kaska on Sports Radio 1400 In Eau Claire around 5:20 today. Listen in live or look for the archived audio tomorrow!

Matt Kemp To Miss All Star Game, Ryan Braun To Start

Various outlets are reporting that Chipper Jones will replace Matt Kemp on the NL All Star roster. That means Braun, as the top remaining vote-getter on the player ballot, will take his place in the starting lineup.

Miller Park Carry-In Policy

The carry-in policy is buried in here, but here it is as well. "Fans may not bring into Miller Park any cans, glass containers or alcohol. Soda, water or juice must be contained in factory-sealed plastic bottles. Guests may bring food items into Miller Park using appropriate containers. All bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16" x 16" x 8" or smaller and are subject to inspection. Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark. Only food purchased within Miller Park will be allowed into Suite areas." The most important thing here: You can bring your own food and drinks into the game. If prices at Miller Park are too high for you, stop at a gas station before the game and pick up some cold bottles of water or a hydrating sports drink to bring with you. I just want to make sure everyone is aware of the Miller Park carry-in policy. With the hot days of summer here and the Brewers playing three-straight day games in 90+ degree weather that could feel like it's over 100, remember what you can and can't bring in.

Hear Me Today At 5:30 On SportsFan 100.5 (Wausau)

With the Brewer day game tomorrow we're moving my weekly appearance on The Sports Den with Downtown Ollie Burrows to tonight. Follow the link above to listen in live!

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