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Some things to read while protecting Erin Andrews.

So, Manny Parra is back, and while he didn't approve of Ken Macha calling him a whipped puppy, he did look much better yesterday. Manny's inbox was flooded before yesterday's game: Sheffield's House was there to take a look at it.

Yesterday's loss dealt a major blow to the Brewers' postseason chances, at least according to Baseball Prospectus. The Brewers fell to 19.5% to make the playoffs, down 6.3% from yesterday. (Thanks to TheJay for that note.) With that said, all of baseball's pennant races could be closer than usual: FanGraphs says there are only six teams projected to win more than 90 or fewer than 70 games.

Corey Hart is expected to play tonight after missing back to back games with a sore foot obtained via foul ball. X-Rays were negative, but the foot was still too tender to play the field yesterday.

Even Adam McCalvy is struggling to find anything to write about today. His "storyline" for the Dodgers series is Trevor Hoffman's matchup against another team that could have signed him.

Ryan Braun is having a pretty good season, but is it historically good? Rob Neyer selected Braun's 2009 season as the Brewer representative for his All Time NL All Star Team. Braun is the only Brewer, but the city of Milwaukee is well-represented, with Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews joining Braun on the roster. (h/t

In the minors:
  • Baseball America rated Alcides Escobar as the #14 prospect in their mid-season rankings. Escobar is the only Brewer to crack the top 50.
  • Ever wonder what players learn in the minor leagues? The Nashville Sounds are helping out the next generation of big leaguers by teaching them all about GRITS.
  • Now that Eric Arnett has been a Brewer for almost a month, it seems weird to think about top picks that haven't signed. Kentrail Davis, the 39th overall pick in the 2009 draft, reportedly turned down an offer that matched his demands. Brewer fans can thank Scott Boras for that.
The Yahoo Power Rankings dropped the Crew from 6th to 10th.

Around the league:

Mets: Placed Fernando Martinez on the DL with inflammation behind his knee.
Reds: Signed Kip Wells to a minor league deal.

It's not necessarily a replacement for playing good baseball, but this is a cool idea: The Padres are opning up Petco Park for fans to have breakfast on the field before Sunday home games. I'm not sure I'd want to play on the field afterwards, but it's a better idea than Bring Your Own Bees Night.

Want to add a fun twist to next week's All Star Game? Plunk Everyone has a fun idea: Name two captains and let them pick teams, schoolyard style. It'll never happen, but I'd watch it.

Oh, and it's a slow news day, but it's nowhere near this slow: On this day in 1983, the Brewers and White Sox played the longest nine inning game in AL history.

Drink up.