Brewers start hitting, Scherzer’s buns

A look at what’s happening around baseball today:



Milwaukee’s Willy Adames is fueling a Brewers surge in his last 10 games with seven homers, including two during a 10-5 win over Cincinnati on Thursday. Adames had just one homer in 16 games prior to that run, reflecting a trend for the entire team — after the Brewers tied 14 times in their first 19 games, the Brewers hit 20 homers in a six-game homestand against the Cubs and Reds .

They’ll try to keep it going in Atlanta. Left-hander Eric Lauer (2-0, 1.93 ERA) meets the World Series champion in the series opener – a repeat of a NL Division Series from last year.


Max Scherzer’s team has won each of their last 18 regular season starts, and he’s nearing a record 23 shared by Kris Medlen and Jake Arrieta. Medlen’s run with Atlanta lasted from 2010 to 2012, surviving Tommy John surgery and a stint in the bullpen, while Arrieta’s stretch began during his 2015 Cy Young Award season and ended in 2016.


Scherzer’s streak began on July 18 with Washington and spanned his entire time with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will oppose Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-1, 2.93).


The twins are dealing with a COVID-19 situation that has left manager Rocco Baldelli, second baseman Luis Arraez and right-hander Dylan Bundy sidelined.

Bench coach Jayce Tingler makes it Thursday against Baltimore for the Twins, who have won 11 of their last 13 games but suffer a 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday night. Minnesota will go home and host Oakland for three games. Right-hander Josh Winder is about to start his second career.


The Mariners have sent promising rookie right-hander Matt Brash to Triple-A Tacoma for practice from the bullpen in hopes he can soon make it as a reliever in the big leagues.

Seattle manager Scott Servais said the team believes Brash could be the best contributor to relief this year. He has not committed to working Brash in short stints long-term.


“I definitely think he’s a guy who can help us win games this year. I just think the chance of influencing our team is probably the greatest if he can adapt to the bullpen and come out and help us there multiple days a week instead of just one day a week,” he said Servais.

Brash, who turns 24 next week, was 1-3 with a 7.65 ERA in five starts. He gave up six runs in two innings against Miami last Friday, and on Wednesday he lasted just three innings, giving up six hits and four runs in a loss to Houston.


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