ATLANTA -- Brewers fans will have the opportunity to vote online for funds to build the first Miracle League facility in Milwaukee.
A $200,000 grant is at stake as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project, with 15 Major League cities competing in voting through Aug. 17. Votes can be cast at mlb.com or via text by typing "BREWERS" to 76462.
The Miracle League is for children 4 through 19 with special needs, and the Milwaukee league hopes to begin play in 2012. The facility would be built at the John C. Cudahy YMCA located at 9050 North Swan Road.
Fielder becomes team's all-time iron man
ATLANTA -- Since Ken Macha took over as Brewers manager before last season, first baseman Prince Fielder hasn't been out of the starting lineup once.
"He had a bruised hand in Pittsburgh this year and played right through it even though it was swollen pretty good," Macha said.
Fielder, who has the longest active streak in the Major Leagues, played in his 275th consecutive game on Thursday night against the Braves, moving past Hall of Famer Robin Yount as the Brewers' record holder.
"If I'm here, I might as well play," Fielder said. "That's the way I've always been. I don't like to sit out. I can't really remember the last game I didn't play in."
Fielder has been out of the lineup just 12 times in his five years as a regular with the Brewers. He sat out five games in 2006, four in 2007 and three in 2008.
"I don't think about injuries," Fielder said. "I believe in keeping it out of your mind. Then they have a better chance of not happening. You're going to be sore at times. That's baseball. You just have to play through it."
Fielder, who went into the All-Star break hitting .265 with 20 homers and 39 RBIs, has started at first base for all of the Brewers' 90 games this season except one. He was the designated hitter in an Interleague game.
Braun's ASG catch only looked painful
ATLANTA -- Corey Hart's first reaction when Ryan Braun, the Brewers' other starting outfielder in the All-Star Game, made his diving catch to rob the American League's Josh Hamilton of extra bases in the fourth inning Tuesday night in Anaheim was, "Oh, no!"
"Fortunately, it looked worse than it felt," said left-fielder Braun, who had his hand bent under him while making the grab. "When I got up, it didn't hurt. That made the catch a lot better. It was all reaction. I didn't think about the risk of getting hurt."
Noted more for his bat than his glove, web gems from Braun aren't a regular occurrence. But this was a catch that anyone would have been proud of.
"It was definitely one of my better catches, that's for sure," Braun said. "Especially considering the circumstances and the significance. I didn't get any hits, but I was still able to contribute to the National League's first victory in a long time."
The NL won, 3-1, despite getting nothing offensively out of Braun or Hart, who started in right field. They were both 0-for-2 and are a combined 0-for-12 in All-Star Game appearances.
Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers' other All-Star selection, is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and made the trip to Anaheim as a spectator. Eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, he threw in the bullpen on Thursday and is scheduled to have another side session Saturday.
"It felt good, and we'll have to see how things go," said Gallardo, who is 8-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 18 starts. "I really don't know what my timetable is."
Lawrie's goal is to be September callup
ATLANTA -- Brett Lawrie, the Brewers' first-round Draft choice in 2008, was a combined 0-for-4 while playing in both the Futures Game and the Southern League All-Star Game.
But there is no question about Lawrie's potential at the plate, as shown by his .295 batting average with Double-A Huntsville at the All-Star break.
It is in the field were the 20-year-old Canadian is still a work in progress as he strives to fast-track to the Major Leagues.
"He has made a huge improvement defensively," Huntsville manager Mike Guerrero said. "He's going to grow into a really good second baseman in my eyes."
Despite being one of the youngest players in the Southern League, Lawrie was tops in hits (104), triples (11), extra-base hits (40) and total bases (167) at the break and ranked fourth with 24 steals. He hit .360 in June.
"I'm working my butt off trying to get better every day," Lawrie said. "I want to get to Milwaukee as soon as I can. If I continue what I'm doing right now, I should be a September callup. That's my goal, and there's no doubt in my mind that it can happen."
Lawrie was the only Brewers representative in the Futures Game at Anaheim on Sunday and he didn't have a lot of company in the SL All-Star Game although Huntsville was hosting the event Monday night. Only two other Huntsville players were selected, and Amaury Rivas couldn't pitch because of a tender elbow.
Rivas, 8-5 with a 2.66 ERA, missed his last start before the All-Star break and was placed on the disabled list by the Stars because of elbow inflammation. The 24-year-old right-hander was 13-7 with a 2.98 ERA in the Florida State League a year ago and was named the Brewers' Minor League pitcher of the year.
McClendon pitches well in Triple-A ASG
ATLANTA -- Nashville's Mike McClendon was a late addition to the Triple-A All-Star Game, but the right-hander pitched an impressive inning while keeping the Pacific Coast League close in the 2-1 loss to the International League on Wednesday night in Allentown, Pa.
He needed just six pitches to retire the IL in order in the seventh inning, getting two flyouts and a groundout.
McClendon, 25, is 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 17 games for Nashville after starting the season with Double-A Huntsville, where he was 1-1 with a 0.61 ERA in seven games.
The 6-foot-5 right-hander was a 10th-round draft choice in 2006 and was 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA and three saves while appearing in 41 games with Huntsville in 2009.
Nashville's other representative in the Triple-A All-Star Game was Luis Cruz, who finished the game at shortstop and was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
Cruz, 26, is hitting .294 with six homers and 43 RBIs for the Sounds.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.