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  • 11 Apr
    pitcher Jeremy Hellickson

    may miss the rest of the season after reinjuring his right wrist while batting
    in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.Hellickson
    sprained his right on Aug. 15 when he landed awkwardly while covering home plate
    after throwing a wild pitch at St. Louis.He made his first appearance since and
    got hurt again. The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year is scheduled for an MRI on
    Sunday.Hellickson missed 22 games in June because of a right hamstring strain.
    He is 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 starts.“The injuries have been pretty
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    ,” Hellickson said. “All three were out of my control. To
    only make 19 starts stinks, so I’ve just got to think about other things and
    just try to get healthy.”Hellickson grimaced after fouling off the first pitch
    of his at-bat in the fourth inning, then swung and missed at a low and outside
    pitch. Hellickson walked to the dugout and was examined by director of athletic
    training Paul Lessard.Andrew Stevenson pinch hit, took two balls and swung and
    missed at strike three, a strikeout charged to Hellickson. Jefry Rodriguez
    relieved to start the bottom half.Hellickson allowed two hits and one unearned
    run in three innings.His injuries have been costly. Hellickson had a $2 million
    base salary and earned $1.1 million in performance bonuses based on starts. He
    would have earned $150,000 each for 21 and 23 starts, $300,000 apiece for 25 and
    27, and $500,000 each for every start from 29 to 32. MILWAUKEE (AP) — It turns
    out there is way more to the Milwaukee Brewers than just Christian Yelich.The
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    , too. Especially those guys in that loaded
    bullpen.Jhoulys Chacin pitched five sparkling innings on short rest, Mike
    Moustakas contributed two more big hits and the Brewers blanked the Colorado
    Rockies 4-0 Friday to take a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series.While the
    sweet-swinging Yelich had a quiet day by his lofty standards, the NL Central
    champions showed off their supporting cast on the way to their 10th straight win
    going back to an impressive finish to the regular season. Erik Kratz had two
    hits and two RBIs, and Milwaukee’s bullpen closed the door after Chacin
    delivered in his playoff debut.“It’s been the story of the last six weeks for us
    for sure, really since the trade deadline, is we’ve become a team with a lot of
    depth, and that’s how we’re going to have to win,” manager Craig Counsell said.
    “They’re making an effort to be very, very cautious with Yelich. It’s pretty
    clear. So guys behind him are going to have opportunities.”Game 3 is Sunday at
    Coors Field. Another win, and Milwaukee is into the NL Championship Series for
    the first time since its previous postseason appearance in 2011.“The only thing
    that changes is that we hit
    first ,”
    Moustakas said. “Other than that, it’s still baseball. It’ll be a little bit of
    a hostile environment.”The Rockies, who have played in four different cities
    since Sunday, are hoping a return to more familiar surroundings will help
    jump-start their dormant lineup.“We’re going home, where we feel really good
    hitting,” shortstop Trevor Story said. “Hopefully we can get it turned around
    there.”Nolan Arenado had two of Colorado’s six hits — just two more than the
    franchise playoff low set in Thursday’s 3-2, 10-inning loss in Game 1. The
    wild-card Rockies have scored six times in their last four games, and their
    potent lineup is showing signs of frustration.Chris Iannetta snapped his bat in
    half over his right leg after he struck out with a runner on third, no one out
    and Colorado down 1-0 in the seventh. Arenado threw down his bat and helmet
    after he struck out swinging in the fifth. Carlos Gonzalez leaned over with his
    hands on his knees after he lined out in the eighth.“They’ve got some quality
    arms. They’ve got good stuff,” manager Bud Black said. “But with that
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    , it is a little surprising that we’re not generating some
    runs.”The Rockies had just one hit through eight innings in the series opener
    before rallying for two runs in the ninth against Jeremy Jeffress. But the
    All-Star was back to his normal self in Game 2, working around a single in the
    eighth and ninth for his first save in his third career playoff game.The
    excitable right-hander punctuated the win with a big fist pump after retiring
    David Dahl for the final out.“It’s fun,” Jeffress said with 4-year-old daughter
    Jurnee sitting in his lap. “I’m enjoying every single moment, and that
    shows.”Jeffress shared some Gatorade with Jurnee while she waited patiently for
    him to finish up.“Every time I leave that bullpen, I say it’s for her,” the
    31-year-old Jeffress said. “I mean, to have her watch and understand — she
    understands. She does fist pumps just like I do. She understands, and to have
    her here enjoying this moment with me, it’s great.”Backed by a sellout crowd of
    44,547 waving yellow towels and standing for every big
    moment ,
    Chacin set up Milwaukee’s bullpen by escaping a pair of early jams. The veteran
    right-hander, who helped pitch the Brewers past the Chicago Cubs in the division
    tiebreaker Monday at Wrigley Field, allowed three hits and walked three.Tyler
    Anderson matched Chacin zero for zero before Moustakas and Hernan Perez hit
    consecutive one-out doubles in the fourth. The Brewers had a chance for more,
    but Perez was caught off third in a baserunning blunder and Kratz flied out to
    end the inning.Moustakas, who got the game-ending hit in the series opener, came
    up with the bases loaded in the eighth and singled in Yelich to give Milwaukee a
    2-0 lead. Kratz tacked on a two-run single with two out.“That’s just what we’ve
    done all year. We pick each other up, and it’s huge,” Kratz said.The 30-year-old
    Moustakas helped Kansas City win the World Series in 2015 and was acquired by
    Milwaukee in a trade in late July. Back in the playoffs for the first time since
    that run with the Royals, the veteran third baseman is working on another
    memorable October.“His experience, it’s
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    ,” Counsell said. “It really is.”YELICH’S DAYYelich went 0
    for 2 and walked twice. After almost winning the Triple Crown this year, he
    homered, singled, walked twice and scored two runs Thursday in his first
    postseason game.UP NEXTColorado right-hander German Marquez and Milwaukee
    left-hander Wade Miley make their playoff debut in Game 3. Marquez last pitched
    on Monday in the NL West tiebreaker game at Los Angeles, allowing four runs, two
    earned, in 4 2/3 innings in the Rockies’ 5-2 loss to the Dodgers. Miley signed
    with the Brewers in the offseason. The lefty went 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA in five
    September starts, but lasted just three innings in his most recent outing last
    Saturday against Detroit.