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PHI@MIA: Johnson strikes out six over six innings

A blistering heat wave has swept through the Midwest, making for unusually hot temperatures in Milwaukee. There's no sign of it cooling off, either, with heat advisories in the area the next two days.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has dealt with this kind of heat before, as he spent time as a Minor League manager in Texas during his career. He believes the weather could affect Wednesday afternoon's pitchers, lefty Randy Wolf for Milwaukee -- which has won its past four games -- and righty Josh Johnson for Miami.

"I think when you get up to that kind of heat and there's a little humidity, probably the pitcher and catcher -- certainly the pitcher -- it takes a toll on him," Roenicke said. "The rest of the guys, it's just kind of what you're used to."

That could be particularly difficult for Wolf, who is 4-12 with a 5.98 ERA in 21 career starts against the Marlins. Wolf is 2-6 with a 5.78 ERA this year and hasn't notched a win since April 30. Following his most recent start, the lefty said he has "never felt so physically great and had such awful results."

Johnson, meanwhile, has been at top form after a rocky start to the season. In his past 10 outings, since May 9, Johnson is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA, striking out 57 in 65 2/3 innings. Johnson will look to keep that up in his final start of the first half, as the Marlins aim to avoid a three-game losing streak.

"It started out not too good, and then I finally found a little rhythm, a little groove," Johnson said. "Then I was able to run with it. I feel good. That's the most important thing."

Marlins: Stanton, Ramirez sit

Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the team's lone All-Star this season, and third baseman Hanley Ramirez didn't start Tuesday's game with sore right knees.

Stanton has dealt with soreness in his knee since Spring Training, but he does not expect it to affect his status for next week's All-Star festivities. He was optimistic he would be in the lineup Wednesday.

"Hopefully," he said of returning for Wednesday's game. "That's what we're going for, yes."

Ramirez entered Tuesday's game in the bottom of the ninth inning, but is listed as day-to-day. Donovan Solano started at third base in place of Ramirez, who entered in the ninth inning as part of a double switch.

Brewers: Lucroy eyes July 20 return

Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who fractured his right hand in late May, could be cleared to begin hitting before the end of the week. Lucroy is targeting a tentative return on July 20 against the Reds, but he still has some obstacles to overcome before he returns to the lineup.

Lucroy must first be cleared to pick up a bat following an X-ray this week. After that, he will progress from hitting off a tee to batting against soft toss, and then to regular batting practice and a Minor League rehab assignment.

"My hand strength is feeling pretty good," Lucroy said. "Hopefully we can continue to get stronger. We're over the hump now; we just have to wait."

Worth noting

Ramirez did not get a plate appearance Tuesday after entering as a defensive substitute in the ninth inning. Since April 25, 2008, the Marlins third baseman has hit safely in 18 straight games in which he has a plate appearance against the Brewers. Comments