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Some things to read while filling out the roster.

If you went to bed early last night, you've got a lot of catching up to do this morning: The Brewers beat the Padres 8-3 behind Ryan Braun's 4-for-5 night with a triple and three home runs. Here are video highlights of the three blasts. It's Braun's first three homer game and the only game of its kind ever at Petco Park, which has been open since 2004. Here's much more in the performance:

By the way, we have a recap of the game if you missed it.

Braun's heroics and some solid defensive plays covered up what could have been a really rough night for Randy Wolf. He allowed three runs on twelve baserunners (nine hits and three walks) over just five innings last night, and has now allowed 50 baserunners in 26.1 innings this season. Wolf was one of five pitchers to receive a 0 out of 10 in Carson Cistulli's NERD stat for pitchers.

Other notes from the field:

The two teams continue the series tonight when Shaun Marcum and Edinson Volquez square off at 9:05. Josh Liebeskind of has the preview. Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs gave this game a 5 out of 10 on his NERD scale.

The timing on this story could not possibly have been worse: Before yesterday's game, Adam McCalvy reminded fans that the Brewers' two road ballparks this week (Petco in San Diego, AT&T Park in San Francisco) are tough places to hit.

In the minors:

In power rankings:

If you haven't yet, please take a moment today to vote in our BCB Tracking Poll. It will remain open through the day today and results will be posted tomorrow. Also, if you're reading this before 9 pm there's still time to make your Prognostikeggers predictions for tonight's game.

Around baseball:

Angels: Infielder Jorge Cantu has opted out of his minor league deal and is now a free agent.
Athletics: Designated utilityman Luke Hughes for assignment.
Mariners: Placed catcher Miguel Olivo on the DL with a strained groin.
Phillies: Placed pitcher David Herndon on the DL with elbow inflammation.
Rays: Signed outfielder/DH Hideki Matsui to a minor league deal.
Tigers: Outfielder Delmon Young has been suspended seven days without pay following his arrest and assault charges.

I'm not sure if this is a sad commentary on the state of the division or just a statistical quirk, but when the Brewers and Reds won last night they each extended their current winning streaks to two games. That's the longest active streak among the six Central teams. You know that and more if you've read this morning's edition of Around the NL Central.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 39th anniversary of the longest relief outing in Brewer franchise history, a nine inning performance by Jim Colborn in 1973. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the anniversary of these events:

  • Robin Yount's 100th career home run in 1983.
  • A 10-9, 19 inning Brewer win over the White Sox in 1991.

Finally, it's also Charlie O'Brien's 52nd birthday. Plunk Everyone notes that his 60 career HBP are the most ever for a player born on May 1.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've lost my list again.

Drink up.