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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins
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Brewers edge Marliins on bases-loaded walk

May 14, 2022, 2:04 AM

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Jace Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth inning - the only free pass of the game - as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Friday night.

Peterson drew the four-pitch walk from Anthony Bender, who inherited a bases-loaded, no-out jam from fellow reliever Tanner Scott (0-1). Christian Yelich, who started his career with the Marlins, scored the winning run.

Reliever Devin Williams (2-0) earned the win, pitching one scoreless inning.

Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save. He is the first pitcher in major-league history to go 13-for-13 on save chances to start a season.

The Marlins have lost 10 of their past 12 games. Eight of those 10 losses have come by just one run.

Both starting pitchers were dominant.

Miami's Pablo Lopez set a career high with 11 strikeouts, including nine on his changeup. He struck out Willy Adames three times.

Lopez allowed three hits, no walks and one run in seven innings, and his major-league-leading ERA rose slightly from 1.00 to 1.05.

The Marlins fell to 5-2 when Lopez starts.

Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes was just about as good, allowing five hits, no walks and one run in seven innings. He struck out seven.

Kolten Wong homered for the Brewers. It was the 11th time in Wong's career that he has hit a leadoff homer.

Jesus Aguilar bashed a solo homer for the Marlins.

-Field Level Media

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Brewers bring hot bats into series with scuffling Marlins

May 12, 2022, 4:35 PM

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When the Miami Marlins return home Friday night after a 2-5 road trip, they will see an old friend -- left fielder Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Yelich, Miami's first-round pick in 2010 and a Marlins star until he was traded to Milwaukee in January 2018, hit for the cycle in Wednesday's game, a 14-11 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

"I'd rather win the game," said Yelich. "But anytime you can hit for the cycle, it's pretty cool."

Yelich ought to know. He has done it three times, tying him with five others for the major league record.

Entering Thursday's action, the Brewers lead the National League and rank second in the majors in runs scored and home runs. They rank fourth in the majors in doubles.

Yelich is one of the leaders of that offense, along with first baseman Rowdy Tellez and shortstop Willy Adames.

Tellez has team highs in doubles (nine) and RBIs (27) and is second in OPS (.833) behind Yelich. Adames shares the team lead with eight homers and also has 23 RBIs and a .779 OPS.

Yelich's cycle could provide a spark. He is off to a slow start overall, batting .259 with five homers, 20 RBIs and an .838 OPS.

The other issue for Milwaukee is the absence of DH/outfielder Andrew McCutchen (COVID protocol). In addition, veteran center fielder Lorenzo Cain is slumping (.189 batting average, .472 OPS).

Milwaukee will start right-hander Corbin Burnes (1-2, 1.86 ERA) in Friday's opener. He has produced five straight quality starts, but the Brewers are just 2-4 with him on the mound this season.

Burnes is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA in three career appearances (one start) against the Marlins.

Miami, which ranks tied for 11th in the majors in homers and tied for 15th in runs entering Thursday, has lost nine of its past 11 games. Seven of those nine losses were by one run.

The frustrated Marlins finally broke out on Wednesday, scoring eight runs in the ninth inning to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-3.

"A sigh of relief," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after the win. "Hopefully that little breakout can get us rolling."

The Marlins will start right-hander Pablo Lopez (4-1, 1.00). He leads the National League in ERA but has struggled in three career starts against Milwaukee (1-1, 5.29).

Miami is 5-1 when Lopez starts.

Offensively, the Marlins are tied for second in the majors with seven triples. That's thanks in large part to speedy second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., who leads the team in triples (three) and steals (six in seven attempts). But Chisholm also has power, leading the team in homers (six) and RBIs (24).

However, the Marlins have two infielders/outfielders on the injured list: Brian Anderson and Jon Berti. In addition, third baseman Joey Wendle left Wednesday's game due to tightness in his right hamstring.

The Marlins also have five starters hitting under .220: catcher Jacob Stallings (.200), shortstop Miguel Rojas (.202), left fielder Jorge Soler (.178), center fielder Jesus Sanchez (.217) and right fielder Avisail Garcia (.204).

"We have a lot of guys who are not yet in midseason form," Chisholm said. "But we don't give up. What you saw (in Wednesday's ninth inning) shows the promise of what we have for the future."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Miami Marlins
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Marlins place LHP Richard Bleier on IL

May 8, 2022, 8:19 PM

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The Miami Marlins placed left-hander Richard Bleier on the injured list for undisclosed reasons and recalled infielder Erik Gonzalez from Triple-A Jacksonville on Sunday.

Bleier, 35, has a 4.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances this season. In seven major league seasons with the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Marlins, he is 12-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 264 appearances, all but one of which was in relief.

Gonzalez, 30, was called up to the Marlins for the first time after batting .392 with 13 RBIs for Jacksonville. Gonzalez has six seasons of major league experience, batting .245 with 11 home runs and 74 RBIs over 336 games for Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
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Phillies acquire OF Dustin Peterson from Brewers

April 19, 2022, 3:17 PM

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The Philadelphia Phillies acquired outfielder Dustin Peterson from the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Peterson, 27, was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He joined the Brewers in free agency in December 2020 and was batting .143 (1 for 7) through three games this season at Triple-A Nashville.

A second-round pick by the San Diego Padres in 2013, Peterson last played in the majors in 2019. He has appeared in 19 total games with the Atlanta Braves (2018) and Detroit Tigers (2019), batting .217 with six RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs
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Brewers-Cubs game ppd.; doubleheader set for May 30

April 8, 2022, 5:33 PM

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Friday's game in Chicago between the Cubs and visiting Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on May 30.

Left-hander Justin Steele (4-4, 4.26 ERA in 2021), who had been scheduled to start Friday's game for the Cubs, will take the mound on Saturday.

It was not immediately known if All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2.56) would get the nod for the Brewers on Saturday. He was slated to start Friday's game.

The Cubs posted a 5-4 victory on Wednesday in the opening game of the series.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres-Workouts
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Brewers obtain C Victor Caratini from Padres

April 6, 2022, 10:38 PM

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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Victor Caratini and cash from the San Diego Padres on Wednesday in exchange for two minor leaguers.

Caratini batted .227 with seven homers and 39 RBIs in 116 games for the Padres last season. He will back up Omar Narvaez, who was a National League All-Star last season.

The move comes one day after Brewers catcher Pedro Severino was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs. MLB said the 28-year-old Severino tested positive for Clomiphene, a medication primarily used to stimulate ovulation in women.

San Diego received outfielder Korry Howell and catcher Brett Sullivan in the deal. Howell, 23, batted .244 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs in 97 games between Class-A and Double-A last season, while the 28-year-old Sullivan played 593 minor-league games in the Tampa Bay Rays organization before signing with the Brewers on Nov. 30.

Caratini, 28, spent his first four big league seasons with the Chicago Cubs before being traded to the Padres prior to last season. He has a .242 career average with 22 homers and 112 RBIs in 362 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
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Marlins, 1B Jesus Aguilar avoid arbitration with 1-year contract

April 5, 2022, 10:38 PM

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The Miami Marlins and first baseman Jesus Aguilar agreed to a one-year contract for 2022 that includes a mutual option for 2023 Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.

While the Marlins did not disclose financial terms, MLB.com reported Aguilar will make $7.3 million in 2022, and the option has a $200,000 buyout that increases to $250,000 if he makes 550 plate appearances this season.

Aguilar, 31, is entering his third season with Miami after stops with the Cleveland Indians (2014-16), Milwaukee Brewers (2017-19) and Tampa Bay Rays (2019).

Aguilar led the team in 2021 with 93 RBIs and 22 home runs, adding 23 doubles while maintaining a .261 batting average across 131 games. His season was cut short by a knee injury in early September.

The 2018 All-Star selection owns a career slash line of .260/.334/.467 with 93 home runs and 342 RBIs in 630 career games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Cleveland Indians
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Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader agree to deals with Brewers

March 23, 2022, 12:08 AM

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Reigning Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes and relief ace Josh Hader avoided arbitration with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.

Burnes agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal and Hader received a one-year, $11 million deal on the day that serves as the shortened offseason's deadline to submit arbitration figures.

The right-handed Burnes went 11-5 with a 2.43 ERA and 234 strikeouts in 28 starts last season while winning National League Cy Young Award honors. The 27-year-old was a first-time All-Star and allowed just 123 hits in 167 innings. His ERA was the lowest in the NL.

Hader, 27, compiled 34 saves in 60 appearances and went 4-2 with a microscopic 1.23 ERA. The three-time All-Star struck out 102 in 58 2/3 innings and gave up just 25 hits.

The Brewers also agreed to a one-year, $6.8 million with right-hander Brandon Woodruff. The 29-year-old was selected to the All-Star team for the second time and went 9-10 with a 2.56 ERA in 30 starts.

Milwaukee agreed to one-year deals with four other players: catcher Omar Narvaez ($5 million), shortstop Willy Adames ($4.6 million), left-hander Brent Suter ($2.7 million) and infielder Luis Urias ($2.55 million).

--Field Level Media

MLB: World Series-Atlanta Braves Championship Parade
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Marlins officially announce signing of OF Jorge Soler

March 22, 2022, 3:04 PM

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The Miami Marlins officially announced the signing of outfielder Jorge Soler to a three-year contract on Tuesday.

Previous reports put the value of the deal at $36 million.

Soler, 30, hit .223 with 27 homers and 70 RBIs in 149 games between the Kansas City Royals and World Series champion Atlanta Braves in 2021.

He batted .300 with three home runs and six RBIs in six games during the 2021 World Series, earning Most Valuable Player honors in the Fall Classic. He joined former Marlins pitcher Livan Hernandez (1997) as the only two Cuban-born players to be named MVP of the World Series.

A two-time World Series champion (also 2016 with the Chicago Cubs), Soler is a .246 career hitter with 121 homers and 343 RBIs in 661 games across eight seasons with the Cubs (2014-16), Royals (2017-21) and Braves (2021).

He led the American League with 48 homers in 2019 while driving in 117 runs and playing in all 162 games.

Soler is the first reigning World Series MVP to change teams in the offseason since Edgar Renteria (2010 with San Francisco) signed with Cincinnati in 2011.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Philadelphia Phillies
News

Reports: Brewers add veteran OF Andrew McCutchen

March 15, 2022, 1:02 AM

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Veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen agreed to a free-agent deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

Terms of the deal were not reported.

The deal will put the 35-year-old on his fourth team in five seasons and officially ends a three-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies.

McCutcheon was named to the National League All-Star team five times during a nine-year stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates but has not earned the honor since the 2015 season.

In 13 career seasons, the 2013 NL MVP has batted .280 with an .849 OPS and has 270 home runs with 933 RBIs for the Pirates (2009-17), San Francisco Giants (2018), New York Yankees (2018) and Phillies (2019-21).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins
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Derek Jeter stepping down as CEO of Marlins

February 28, 2022, 4:23 PM

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Derek Jeter stepped down as chief executive officer of the Miami Marlins on Monday.

Both the team and the Hall of Fame shortstop released statements announcing the sudden breakup.

Jeter said he will also no longer serve as a shareholder in the club he has been part owner of since 2017.

"We had a vision five years ago to turn the Marlins franchise around, and as CEO, I have been proud to put my name and reputation on the line to make our plan a reality," Jeter's statement reads. "Through hard work, trust and accountability, we transformed every aspect of the franchise, reshaping the workforce, and developing a long-term strategic plan for success.

"That said, the vision for the future of the franchise is different than the one I signed up to lead. Now is the right time for me to step aside as a new season begins."

Jeter, 47, did not provide any specific examples of those differences in his statement, which he concluded by thanking Marlins fans, players, staff members and the greater Miami community.

"The organization is stronger today than it was five years ago, and I am thankful and grateful to have been a part of this team," Jeter said.

Miami finished 67-95 last season. During the shortened 2020 season, the Marlins made the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2003 World Series.

Perhaps the most notable achievement of Jeter's tenure as CEO was the November 2020 hiring of Kim Ng as baseball's first female general manager.

Bruce Sherman, chairman and principal owner of the Marlins, said the team will begin a search for a new CEO.

"The Miami Marlins and Derek Jeter announced today that they have agreed to officially end their relationship," Sherman said in a news release. "The Marlins thank Derek for his many contributions and wish him luck in his future endeavors.

"We have a deep bench of talent that will oversee both business and baseball decisions while we work to identify a new CEO to lead our franchise. The ownership group is committed to keep investing in the future of the franchise -- and we are determined to build a team that will return to the postseason and excite Marlins fans and the local community."

Jeter played his entire 20-year career with the New York Yankees from 1995-2014. The 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series winner was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020.

--Field Level Media