“Braun to start All-Star game”

Congratulations to Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun on being named a starter for the All-Star game.

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Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is replacing Dodgers third baseman Matt Kemp on the NL All-Star roster, meaning Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun will now start in the outfield in Kemp’s place.

Braun will be named the starter for the fifth year in a row. Braun had finished fourth in the voting among outfielders, but was selected as a reserve.

Jones had been a candidate to be voted onto the team by fans in baseball’s Final Vote campaign. Instead, the 40-year-old Jones is replacing Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury but plans to participate in the All-Star home run derby.

via Braun to start All-Star game.

Magic Number 27

That would be the magic number for the Milwaukee Brewers to win the NL Central as they have an 8.5 game lead.  Here’s a primer for determining the magic number.

The Brewers’ magic number is 27. How do you get to 27?

Here’s the short answer: Take the number of games yet to be played, add one, then subtract the number of games ahead in the loss column of the standings of the closest opponent.

The Brewers’ record is 76-52. The Brewers have 34 games left. Using the formula, you add one. Now we have 35.

Now, subtract 35 from the number of games the Brewers are ahead in the loss column. As of Monday morning, that would be eight.

Which brings us to the magic number of 27.

And how will that number go down? A combination of Brewer wins and Cardinal losses.

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Uecker to return to the booth Friday

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This is great news!

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that Bob Uecker, the voice of the team for the last 40 years who had heart surgery in April, will return to the 620WTMJ Brewers broadcast booth at Miller Park to call games starting Friday.

Uecker will call the play-by-play with Cory Provus beginning with Friday’s Brewers game with the Washington Nationals at 6:35 p.m. on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.

Doctors at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin repaired Uecker’s aortic aneurysm on April 30th, and he has spent most of the last three months recovering.

Uecker will give more details about his return at a press conference at 3:00 p.m. Friday before his return to the booth.

Uecker, the longtime voice of the Brewers on Newsradio 620 WTMJ, has been behind the microphone calling Major League Baseball games for more consecutive years than almost any active broadcaster. (Source: 620WTMJ)

Maybe it can provide the team with a spark.

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Brewers sign Cameron

The Brewers officially signed Mike Cameron today.

Mike Cameron and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized a $7 million, one-year contract today.

The sides had reached an agreement on Friday that was subject to the 35-year-old outfielder passing a physical.

A three-time Gold Glove winner, Cameron hit .242 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs last season for the San Diego Padres. He is suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive a second time for a banned stimulant. He blamed the positive test on a tainted supplement.

“Mike has a rare combination of defense, power and baserunning along with the ability to work the count,” General Manager Doug Melvin said. “He is also a leader in the clubhouse.”

Milwaukee has had a void in the outfield since Geoff Jenkins left for a $13 million, two-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition, Kevin Mench became a free agent when Milwaukee failed to offer him a 2008 contract.

The signing also means that Ryan Braun will likely move to 3B after Cameron’s suspension.

With Cameron on the team, Bill Hall will move from center to third.

“I’m excited about it,” Braun said before boarding a flight from Los Angeles to Milwaukee, where he will make a personal appearance Sunday and later participate in the Brewers’ “Winter Warm-Up.”

“It’s in my best interests and in the best interests of the team. Whatever makes us better, I’m all for it. There’s no question it’s the right move.”