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What We Learned: Back home for ten

The Brewers return home to Miller Park to start a ten-game homestand today. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Yesterday's Results

Pirates 5, Brewers 3

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Brewers Trade Rumors: Back to the Red Sox | eddiemathews, BCB

Recent injuries in the Red Sox bullpen may increase their need to acquire some additional help, and the Brewers may have the pieces they are looking for.

Links from Other Sites

Crew sticking by scuffling Garza, Anderson | Adam McCalvy,

Despite struggling in their last few starts, the Brewers are currently committed to both Matt Garza and Chase Anderson in the rotation.

Nelson sympathizes with Taillon after scare | Adam McCalvy,

Jameson Taillon had a scare in his start on Tuesday when he was hit by a ball while pitching. It’s similar to what happened to Jimmy Nelson at the end of last season.

Rebuilding by Elo Rating | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Rebuilds can take many different forms. Elo Ratings can help show the progress of a team as they went through the rebuild.

Brewers Trade Rumors: Five players who could be on the move | Travis Sarandos, Disciples of Uecker

Though he actually talks about eight players, there are several Brewers who could be moved by the August 1 trade deadline.

No-Fee Friday is Back | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

For today only, you can buy tickets from and not pay any of the additional fees that are usually tacked on to the tickets.

“Specials by Series” for July 2016 | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

With a ten game homestand on tap to start tonight, specials are planned for each of the series this time.

Minor League Update

Affiliate Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 44-51

  • Thursday: Colorado Springs 2, Reno 7
  • Friday: Round Rock @ Colorado Springs | 7:05 pm
  • Saturday: Round Rock @ Colorado Springs | 7:05 pm
  • Sunday: Round Rock @ Colorado Springs | 6:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 48-48

  • Thursday: Biloxi 0, Pensacola 3
  • Friday: Biloxi @ Pensacola | 6:30 pm
  • Saturday: Biloxi @ Pensacola | 6:30 pm
  • Sunday: Biloxi @ Pensacola | 6:00 pm

Brevard County Manatees (A+) | 33-62

  • Thursday: Brevard County 3, Charlotte 2
  • Friday: Brevard County @ Charlotte | 5:05 pm
  • Saturday: Brevard County @ Charlotte | 5:05 pm
  • Sunday: Brevard County @ Charlotte | 11:35 am

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 48-49

  • Thursday: Fort Wayne 3, Wisconsin 12
  • Friday: Lake County @ Wisconsin | 6:35 pm
  • Saturday: Lake County @ Wisconsin | 6:35 pm
  • Sunday: Lake County @ Wisconsin | 1:05 pm

DSL Brewers (R) | 16-24

  • Thursday: DSL Brewers 1, DSL Rockies 2
  • Friday: DSL Tigers @ DSL Brewers | 9:30 am
  • Saturday: DSL Tigers @ DSL Brewers | 9:30 am
  • Sunday: No Game

Helena Brewers (R) | 12-20

  • Thursday: Idaho Falls 3, Helena 4
  • Friday: Idaho Falls @ Helena | 8:05 pm
  • Saturday: Idaho Falls @ Helena | 8:05 pm
  • Sunday: Idaho Falls @ Helena | 2:05 pm

AZL Brewers (R) | 11-13

  • Thursday: AZL Dodgers @ AZL Brewers (PPD Wet Grounds)
  • Friday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Dodgers | 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Giants | 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: No Game

News and Notes

Prospect Houser undergoes Tommy John surgery | Adam McCalvy,

Adrian Houser is the most recent pitching prospect to undergo Tommy John surgery, which will now keep him out for the rest of 2016 and most (if not all) of 2017.

Recent Risers | Lane Grindle, Minor Details

Several prospects in the minors have seen some good weeks recently.

NL Central Updates

Yesterday's Games

  • Padres 5, Cardinals 6

This Weekend's Games

Phillies @ Pirates

  • Friday: Zach Elfin vs. Gerrit Cole | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Aaron Nola vs. TBA | 3:05 pm
  • Sunday: Vince Velasquez vs. Jameson Taillon | 12:35 pm

Diamondbacks @ Reds

  • Friday: Archie Bradley vs. Dan Straily | 6:10 pm
  • Saturday: Robbie Ray vs. Keyvius Sampsn | 6:10 pm
  • Sunday: Zack Godley vs. Brandon Finnegan | 12:10 pm

Dodgers @ Cardinals

  • Friday: Brandon McCarthy vs. Michael Wacha | 7:15 pm
  • Saturday: Kenta Maeda vs. Mike Leake | 6:15 pm
  • Sunday: Scott Kazmir vs. TBD | 7:08 pm

Around Baseball

MLB looking at possible limits on the use of relief pitchers |

Rob Manfred has been looking at ways to make games go faster, but his newest idea would be a bad one. MLB is currently analyzing the possibility of placing limits on how many relief pitchers can be used in a game.

Coles on Griffey: 'Best player I've ever seen' | Adam McCalvy,

It’s Hall of Fame weekend, and Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend. Darnell Coles was one of Griffey’s teammates for a few years, and he reflects back on his time spent on the same team.

This Weekend's Action

Cubs @ Marlins

  • Friday: Jason Hammel vs. Jimmy Nelson | 7:10 pm
  • Saturday: John Lackey vs. Zach Davies | 6:10 pm
  • Sunday: Jon Lester vs. Junior Guerra | 1:10 pm