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Colorado at Milwaukee

Venue: Miller Park
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Prior to Sunday's finale with the Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun will be honored by the Brewers for winning last season's NL MVP award.

The timing is impeccable, as the four-time All-Star seems to have regained his MVP swing.

Busting out of his slump with his best game of the season, Braun looks to lead the Brewers to their second win in a row over the Rockies.

Last November, Braun edged out Los Angeles' Matt Kemp to became the first Brewer to win the MVP award in the NL. He led the league with a .597 slugging percentage and 77 extra-base hits, while batting .332 with 33 homers, 111 RBIs, 109 runs and 33 steals for a Milwaukee team that won a franchise-best 96 games and its first division title since 1982.

Braun hasn't been nearly as dangerous at the plate this season, but he's showing signs of turning things around.

He ended an 0-for-16 slide with this second homer of the season and a run-scoring triple in Saturday's 9-4 win over Colorado, the third victory in five games for Milwaukee (7-8).

"It's definitely good timing and it's something I will be able to enjoy a little more now," said Braun, who entered Saturday's game batting .154 at Miller Park after hitting .351 there last season. "We won and I finally got a hit.

"Inevitably, you're going to go through stretches where you don't play well. You just have to believe in the process, work hard every day and hopefully you come out of it sooner than later."

Alex Gonzalez added three hits Saturday, including a three-run homer, and drove in four for the Brewers, who scored their highest run total of the season.

Colorado (7-7) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Saturday, but still has a chance to win its third straight series.

Todd Helton has homered in each of the two games in this series, while Troy Tulowitzki is 4 for 8 with a homer, double and three RBIs. Tulowitzki is also batting .400 with four doubles in 15 career at-bats against scheduled starter Yovani Gallardo (1-1, 4.58 ERA), who seems to have found his groove after a miserable opener.

After being tagged for six runs, seven hits and five walks in 3 2-3 innings in a loss to St. Louis on opening day, Gallardo has yielded three runs, 12 hits and three walks over 14 innings in his last two outings. Against the Dodgers on Tuesday, the right-hander gave up two runs while striking out seven in seven innings of a 5-4 win, but didn't receive a decision.

Although he seems to have found his rhythm, Gallardo could have trouble stringing together another quality start considering he is 0-4 with a 7.67 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies. In his lone outing against them last season, he was knocked around for six runs and 11 hits in four innings of a 12-3 loss at Coors Field.

Whereas Gallardo seems to be getting his season on track, Colorado scheduled starter Jeremy Guthrie (1-1, 7.79) is coming off his second straight dud. Guthrie has been charged for six runs and nine hits in each of his last two outings after giving up three runs in his first.

Suffering a sore throat against San Diego on Monday, the right-hander gutted out seven innings, earning the admiration of manager Jim Tracy despite being saddled with a 7-1 loss.

This will be Guthrie's first career appearance against the Brewers, one of five teams he hasn't faced.

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Probable Starters

Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
2012 stats
17.1 Innings Pitched 17.2
1-1 Wins-Losses 1-1
7.79 Earned Run Average 4.58
7 Walks 8
3 Strikeouts 16
0.0 Pitches Per Start 0.0
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 36.1
--- Wins-Losses 0-4
- Earned Run Average 6.69

Yovani Gallardo, RHP
Weather
weather image  Morning clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
56°F36°F16mph/NE36%9%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Colorado4th NL West4055.421134-6 L 2
Milwaukee1st NL Central5343.552-2-8 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Yovani Gallardo
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Herrera32001.667
Gonzalez115002.455
Tulowitzki156011.400
Helton166043.375
Cuddyer103024.300
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jeremy Guthrie
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Gonzalez95000.556
Ramirez51000.200
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Braun000000
Dillard000000
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Colorado 135 Milwaukee -145
Injuries
Colorado
PlayerInjury
C. BergmanHand
E. ButlerShoulder
J. ChacinShoulder
T. ChatwoodElbow
M. CuddyerShoulder
J. LylesHand
N. MassetKnee
Milwaukee
PlayerInjury
J. BianchiElbow
J. HendersonShoulder
T. ThornburgElbow
W. WangShoulder
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Jun 23MILWAS 3-0Gonzalez Garza 
Jun 24MILWAS 4-2Clippard Fiers 
Jun 25MILMIL 9-2Estrada Strasburg 
Jul 18WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Jul 19WAS 7:05 PM EDT  
Jul 20WAS 1:35 PM EDT