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BREWERS BASEBALL ROUND-UP: Gallardo, three from Brewers' bullpen in trade talks

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MILWAUKEE - Yovani Gallardo says he's more concerned about ending his recent slump than about the trade rumors swirling around him. Several media reports have Gallardo going to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs. The right-handed Gallardo says he has no control over the trade talk – and all he can do is play, and see what happens.

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Fox Sports says the D'Backs have also inquired about Milwaukee relievers John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez, and Jim Henderson. Reliever Michael Gonzalez and third baseman Aramis Ramirez are also rumored to be trade bait for contenders, with the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline getting closer. The 27-year-old Gallardo is signed through next year, with a club option for 2015. He has a no-trade clause with 10 teams, but Arizona is not one of them. Gallardo threw 21 straight scoreless innings in mid-May – but he struggled in his last two starts, giving up 11 earned runs in seven frames against the Chicago Cubs and Washington.

Gallardo's next start is tomorrow night at home against the New York Mets. He'll oppose former Brewer Shaun Marcum, who went to the Mets as a free agent last winter.

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Wilson Ramos drove in a career-high five runs in his first game in a month-and-a-half, as Washington beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 yesterday at Nationals Park. Ramos, the Nationals' catcher, missed 44 games with a strained left hamstring. He drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the sixth inning. Then in the seventh, Ramos broke a 5-5 tie with a three-run homer which gave the Nats a split of their four-game series with the Crew. Milwaukee was down by three runs in the top of the seventh when Yuniesky Betancourt hit a solo home run – his first since May seventh – and Carlos Gomez belted a two-run shot. Drew Storen gave up both homers, but he still won the game because he was the pitcher-of-record during the Nationals' final rally. Storen is 3-2. Rafael Soriano got his 22nd save, even though he brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth with two on. Jonathan Lucroy popped out to end the game. Tom Gorzelanny took the loss, by putting the winning run on base before Kintzler gave up Ramos's homer. Gorzelanny is now 1-1. Milwaukee dropped to 15-27 on the road, and 16 games below .500 overall. The Crew is back home tonight for a series against the New York Mets. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg will make his second big league start against Mets' right-hander Zack Wheeler. 

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Carlos Gomez might sit out tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers open a three-game weekend series against the New York Mets at Miller Park. Gomez had just gotten over a sprained left shoulder when he banged into the center-field wall again, while making a catch in yesterday’s 8-5 Milwaukee loss at Washington. Manager Ron Roenicke pulled Gomez late in the game, saying the shoulder tightened up after the collision. Gomez told reporters he feels just fine – and he was surprised to be taken out after hitting a homer and a double. Gomez leads Milwaukee with 13 homers in the absence of sluggers Ryan Braun and Corey Hart. Braun hasn’t played since June 9th due to a nerve injury in his right hand, and Hart won’t play at all this season due to injuries in both his knees. Even without those All-Stars, the Brewers are getting better at the plate lately. They scored 18 runs in a four-game series they split at Washington, while batting .281 with runners-in-scoring position. The Crew only scored 11 runs in their final five games in June, while hitting just .167 with runners on second and-or third. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg will make his second big league start tonight for Milwaukee, against young Mets’ right-hander Zack Wheeler.

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The Beloit Snappers are tied for the best record in the Class-“A” Midwest League. The Snappers and Cedar Rapids are both 12-2 for the second half, after both won their games last night. Beloit won at Peoria 3-2, while Cedar Rapids won at home over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3-1. Both those series continue tonight. Elsewhere, Kane County hosts Quad Cities. Burlington plays at Clinton. Eastern Division leader Great Lakes is at West Michigan. Fort Wayne entertains South Bend. Bowling Green plays at Dayton. And West Michigan hosts Great Lakes. 

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SCORES

In Major League Baseball…

Washington 8, Milwaukee 5

Oakland 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Chicago White Sox 3, Baltimore 2

New York Yankees 9, Minnesota 5

Detroit 11, Toronto 1

In the Midwest League…

Beloit 3, Peoria 2

Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 1

Kane County 7, Quad Cities 4

Clinton 7, Burlington 4

Great Lakes 7, West Michigan 5

Dayton 6, Bowling Green 5

Lake County 13, Lansing 0

South Bend 6, Fort Wayne 0

In the Northwoods League’s second-half openers…

La Crosse 12, Wisconsin Rapids 5

Lakeshore 9, Green Bay 4

Wisconsin 7, Battle Creek 6 in Game-One

Wisconsin 5, Battle Creek 4 in Game-Two

Eau Claire 12, Madison 5

Duluth 5, Saint Cloud 4 in 12 innings

Alexandria 10, Willmar 9

Mankato 6, Thunder Bay 5

Waterloo 5, Rochester 3 

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