Milwaukee Brewers defeat Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-7

Don't look for the Brewers' ranks to swell much Wednesday, when major-league teams are allowed to expand their 25-man rosters to as many as 40 players.

The Class AAA Nashville Sounds play until Sept. 6, and general manager Doug Melvin doesn't intend to strip that roster before their season is done. Melvin said he might call up a "couple" of players, probably relief pitchers.

Melvin noted that some players who would have been September call-ups, such as centerfielder ...

Somehow, some way, you can usually count on the Pittsburgh Pirates to find a way to lose to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Pirates came through again Saturday night, making errors that allowed the tying run to score in the seventh inning and set up the winning tally in the bottom of the 11th.

Rookie centerfielder Lorenzo Cain capped the Brewers' comeback from an early four-run deficit and late three-run hole with a run-scoring single with one out in the bottom of the 11t...

Mark Attanasio is not one of those "ostrich" owners. He doesn't bury his head in the sand and pretend all is well when it's not.

So when it comes to the Brewers' starting pitching - both in 2009 and 2010 - the team's principal owner has not been a happy man. Accordingly, he is determined to address that problem in a significant way before opening day 2011.

"We know we've got a problem, which is starting pitching," Attanasio said. "We, as an organization, need to face...