Milwaukee Brewers defeat Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5

Expectations sat high when the Milwaukee Brewers broke camp and headed for the regular season.

New faces in the starting rotation and a budding ace seemed like the answer for a team coming off a disappointing 2009, but struggles at one time or another in every aspect have left the team nine games under .500 at the all-star break despite going into it with a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The problems started with ugly relief work, followed by bad starting pitching,...

Prior to the game before the Milwaukee Brewers vacated these premises for just shy of a fortnight, a relevancy demonstration was held.

The manager of the team with the 11th-best record in the 16-member National League held aloft and then presented all-star jerseys to Corey Hart, Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo.

Gallardo, of course, has been excused from the festivities Tuesday night in Anaheim. But Braun and Hart will occupy two-thirds of the subordinate league's star...

Corey Hart sat in the clubhouse before the first game of the season, putting on the happy, team-first face while seething inside.

A season removed from his first all-star selection, the Milwaukee Brewers rightfielder was not in the opening day lineup because of an unproductive spring training that also led to the team exploring trade possibilities involving Hart and doing a little more than window shopping for unsigned free-agent outfielders just before the season began...