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Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every
04-15-2019, 12:30 PM,
Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every
MILWAUKEE (AP) — day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season Russell Wilson Jersey , and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why.Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana hit back-to-back home runs to begin the ninth inning for Milwaukee, but the NL wild-card leaders couldn’t complete the rally and lost 3-2 on Sunday.“You’ve got to bring it every day,” Counsell said. “It’s a good message for us the rest of the season — every day’s a tough day. We’re treating it like that.”The Brewers remained 2½ games behind Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to Cincinnati. Milwaukee leads the NL wild-card chase by three games over Los Angeles and St. Louis.“We’re not trying to think about that,” Aguilar said. “All we can control right now is going out there and winning games. We can’t worry about what anybody else is doing.”Pirates starter Trevor Williams (13-9) pitched six scoreless innings. Milwaukee hadn’t scored in 16 straight innings before Aguilar’s shot into the left-field bleachers off closer Felipe Vazquez to lead off the ninth.Santana followed with a home run on the next pitch. But Vazquez settled down from there to convert his 24th consecutive save and 34th overall this season. Ryan Braun struck out, Mike Moustakas popped out weakly and Erik Kratz grounded out to end it.“That game gets away from a lot of closers,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “But it didn’t get away from ours.”NO HELPBrewers starter Jhoulys Chacin (14-8) was moved up in the rotation because of his past success against Pittsburgh. But, without any run support, it didn’t matter.“It’s frustrating,” Chacin said. “We have to find a way to beat the Pirates.”Milwaukee is 5-11 against Pittsburgh this season and has scored three runs or less in 10 of those games.Meanwhile Martin Perez Jersey , Williams sparkled again. After a so-so first-half, he is 6-2 with a 1.19 ERA in 10 second-half starts. He struck out seven while scattering two hits and two walks and has allowed just one run in 13 innings against Milwaukee.“To be able to get a series win against a good division rival this late in the year is good for us,” Williams said. “It is good for us to carry this momentum into our final home stand.”SPOILER ALERTPittsburgh will remain a major factor in who ultimately wins the NL Central with three more games at home against Milwaukee beginning Friday and a four-game trip to Chicago starting Sept. 24.“We’ve got a tough schedule to finish out the year,” said Williams, who has given up one run over 13 innings against Milwaukee this season. “I think for us collectively we just have to play the best ball that we are able to.”STREAK ENDSChristian Yelich’s NL-best streak of reaching base safely ended at 30 games with an 0-for-4 performance for Milwaukee.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: C Elias Diaz (right hamstring) could return to action as soon as Monday against Kansas City. . Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage is scheduled to undergo cervical neck surgery this week. Justin Meccage will serve as interim pitching coach.Brewers: Counsell says he’s not concerned with Chacin’s workload, which now stands at 178 innings. With two more projected starts this season, Chacin will finish just shy of his career high of 197 1/3 innings in 2013.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (6-9, 3.87 ERA) leads Pittsburgh into an interleague matchup with the Kansas City Royals.Brewers: Wade Miley (4-2, 2.23) gets the nod to begin a three-game series with Cincinnati. TAMPA , Fla. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki took a called third strike in his first simulated game of spring training and followed with a drive down the right-field line that would have been over Yankee Stadium’s right-field wall.“Honestly I feel good, ready to go,” he said. “Just excited to play.”Now 34, the five-time All-Star has not played in the major leagues since July 2017. He is projected to start at shortstop for the New York Yankees while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery.Tulowitzki missed last season because of bone spurs in his right and left heels.“Taking a full year off was tough for me,” he said. “But I think it’s built some character, it’s built some toughness, and it makes you appreciate it that much more being out there. It’s been a long road. It’s took it’s toll but I’m still here standing.”Gregorius is expected to return to the Yankees between June and August. Tulowitzki isn’t expressing worry about his role.“I care about just doing the best job I can to fill in for Didi,” he said. “Things work themselves out.”Tulowitzki topped .300 or better four times from 2010-14 and 90 RBIs from 2009-11, boosted by Colorado’s hitter-friendly Coors Field.He agreed last month to a one-year contract with the Yankees for the major league minimum $555 Delino DeShields Jersey ,000. That will be offset against the $20 million he is owed by Toronto, which released him. The Blue Jays also are responsible for $14 million in salary for 2020 plus a $4 million buyout of a 2021 team option.“The question now for him is going to be the ability to bounce back and can he endure the rigors of being a regular,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He looks really good moving around in the field and where he’s at with his swing.”Boone said a plan is in place for Tulowitzki until mid-March and that he will play consecutive days before the team breaks camp.“The idea would be at some point middle of spring that we start to see some bounce back and that will kind of determine if he’s able to really be a regular,” Boone said.Tulowitzki has a no-trade provision in his deal with the Yankees. He hopes to find success in New York.“I’ve done a lot of things in my career,” Tulowitzki said. “The one thing that’s missing, I’ve been close, I haven’t won a ring.”MORE SWINGSGreg Bird, slowed by injuries last year and trying to unseat Luke Voit at first base, also took part in the simulated game. The left-handed hitter had three at-bats Joey Gallo Jersey , including a walk and pop fly off a southpaw. “I think he’s added some weight in a good way,” Boone said. “I think, clearly, he feels like he’s through some of the physical things that we’re holding him back a little last year.”

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