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Aug 10, 2015
Frank Gifford was well
known for being a buffer for fellow announcers Don Meredith and Howard Cosell
on "Monday Night Football". He was also known for his versatility as
a player. Gifford died Sunday at age 84.
In a statement his
family said Gifford died suddenly at his Connecticut home of natural causes.
His wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for NBC's "Today."
"We rejoice in the
extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed
to have been loved by such an amazing human being," his family said in
their statement. "We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult
time and we thank you for your prayers."
A running back, defensive
back, wide receiver and special teams player in his career, Gifford was the
NFL's MVP in 1956, when the Giants won the title. He went to the Pro Bowl at
three positions and was the centerpiece of a Giants offense that went to five
NFL title games in the 1950s and '60s.
Hall of Fame
Ron Wolf, the man who
brought Brett Favre to Green Bay, beat the quarterback to Canton.
Wolf spent 23 seasons
with the Raiders, helping the organization to a pair of Super Bowl titles. He
took over as general manager in Green Bay in 1991. He hired coach Mike Holmgren
to revive the struggling franchise and orchestrated a trade that brought Favre
to Green Bay from Atlanta.
The Packers went on to
win one Super Bowl and appear in another with Wolf at the helm. Wolf was
presented for induction by his son Eliot, who is the director of pro personnel
for Green Bay.
The Vikings defeated the
Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio yesterday. Teddy
Bridgewater completed 5 of 6 passes for the Vikings.
The defense opened with
a three-and-out and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater moved the ball crisply as the
Vikings’ first-team units began the long preseason schedule with a brief but
not-too-bad showing in Sunday’s 14-3 victory over the Steelers, sans Ben
Roethlisberger, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
Rookie Stefon Diggs also
turned more heads and made a pitch to unseat incumbent punt returner Marcus
Sherels when he took a 57-yard punt 62 yards to the Pittsburgh 1-yard line,
setting up a Joe Banyard touchdown run to finish the scoring late in the third
“I thought our team
looked fast and physical,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “We still got a long ways to
go. I don’t like having 10 guys on the field goal and some penalties on our
young corner [Trae Waynes]. But for the first day out, it’s probably a decent
Khris Davis hit two home
runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning off recent teammate
Jonathan Broxton, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat St. Louis 5-4 Sunday and ended
the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.
Broxton (1-3), relieved
Kevin Siegrist with a runner on second and one out with a 4-3 lead.
Davis hit the first
pitch into the Cardinals' bullpen for his 11th homer.
Will Smith (5-2) pitched
a scoreless eighth. Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 26th save in
26 chances this year.
Davis earlier hit a
two-run homer off Cardinals starter John Lackey.
Corey Kluber pitched a
three-hitter for his third complete game of the season, leading the Cleveland
Indians to an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Kluber (7-12) didn't
allow a hit until Joe Mauer's two-out single in the seventh. Kluber struck out
10 and walked one in his sixth career complete game -- all coming in the last
Aaron Hicks hit an RBI
double for Minnesota with two out in the ninth, but Mauer bounced to first on
Kluber's 100th pitch for the final out.
Aug 7, 2015
So far at least, Scott
Tolzien is living up to his promotion as the Packers' Number-Two
quarterback. He's showing a
much-improved throwing style at training camp this week. On Monday, Tolzien hit
Myles White for a 30-yard touchdown that looked like it could have been a
game-winner at crunch time. Quarterbacks' coach Alex Van Pelt says he's been
impressed with Tolzien's arm and footwork. Head coach Mike McCarthy has long
praised the off-field preparation by Tolzien, a Wisconsin product who joined
the Packers two years ago. Tolzien passed for 339 yards in a start when Aaron
Rodgers was hurt. Rookie Brett Hundley and former U-W Whitewater Q-B Matt
Blanchard have also practiced at Packer camp, which resumes today with another
The honors have begun
for Ron Wolf at the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame. The former Green Bay Packers'
G-M received his gold jacket last night, symbolizing membership among the
N-F-L's legendary elite. Brett Favre presented a tribute on video. Wolf will be
inducted into the Hall-of-Fame tomorrow night in a ceremony in Canton, Ohio. He
joins former Indianapolis G-M Bill Polian as the first members of the Hall's
contributors category. Wolf resurrected the Packers in the early 1990s from
almost a quarter-century of futility. The jacket ceremony kicked off a weekend
of activities at the Hall. Six players will be inducted tomorrow -- including
the late Junior Seau.
Lake Mille Lacs
Gov. Mark Dayton said
yesterday that for the first time the state is looking into stocking Lake Mille
Lacs with walleye, perhaps as early as this spring.
The lake, long a major
draw for walleye anglers, has been plagued by a dearth of its prize fish.
Quantities plunged so low earlier this month that the state took the rare step
of closing the lake to walleye fishing last Monday, cutting short the season by
months and sending surrounding resorts into economic turmoil as they dealt with
multiple trip cancellations.
Dayton has been urging
lawmakers to cooperate on holding another special session, this one to aid the
regional businesses dependent on walleye season. Legislators have resisted and
yesterday Dayton said he was alarmed by a legislative working group’s call to
reopen the fishing season even though the state has now exceeded its quota,
agreed to in a treaty with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and seven other bands.
Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) Commissioner Tom Landwehr said his agency is working on a plan
to stock the lake, possibly this spring. He said the DNR must first resolve
biological issues and find a hatchery.
“Assuming we can find
that, we’d be prepared to do the stocking this … spring,” Landwehr said, adding
that there are also a lot of “unknowns about stocking a lake this size.”
Dayton called on the
working group — which won’t meet again until next Thursday — to act quickly in
providing an economic aid package for businesses near the popular fishing
Jose Bautista hit a
grand slam, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson homered and the Toronto Blue
Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 9-7 Wednesday night for their fourth straight
Encarnacion hit a
three-run drive and Donaldson added a two-run shot. Toronto has homered in 17
of 18 games since the All-Star break, with 10 multihomer games in that span.
The Blue Jays will try
Thursday to sweep the four-game series between wild card contenders. The
slumping Twins have lost four in a row and nine of 11.
Miguel Sano homered and
had three RBIs for the Twins.
Khris Davis hit two
three-run homers, Matt Garza limited San Diego to two hits in seven innings,
and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Padres 10-1 on Thursday.
Davis homered for the
first time since July 18, connecting off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne
(5-8) in the third -- a shot into the San Diego bullpen that made it 4-0.
Davis also homered off
Kevin Quackenbush in the eighth.
Garza (6-12) walked two
and struck out five in his first victory in three starts. He avoided joining
teammate Kyle Lohse as the only 13-game losers in the majors.
Garza gave up a single
to Derek Norris in the second and then nothing more until Melvin Upton Jr. hit
a home run in the fifth. Garza retired the next seven batters and left with a
Aug 6, 2015
Micah Hyde appears to be
the leading candidate to return punts for the Green Bay Packers in their
regular season opener at Chicago on September 13th. Ty Montgomery may have
nailed down the kickoff return slot at training camp. Special teams coach Ron
Zook says both have earned the jobs in his mind, but head coach Mike McCarthy
will make the final call. They'll also keep others in the mix at practice --
including Randall Cobb and Jeff Janis. Hyde and Philadelphia's Darren Sproles
are the only N-F-L players to return two punts for touchdowns last season.
Montgomery, a rookie, had college football's second-highest kickoff return
average as a junior at Stanford, averaging just over 30 yards. The Packers hold
their sixth training camp practice today, after having yesterday off.
The Minnesota Vikings
will be back on the training camp practice field today after having yesterday
off. Minnesota will have a morning walk-through session followed by a full
afternoon practice today. Tomorrow's scheduled workouts have new start times
with the morning session now set for 9 o'clock and an afternoon walk-through
set for 3 o'clock on tomorrow. The Vikes are getting ready for Sunday's
preseason Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio against the Steelers. The team will
leave Saturday for the Sunday evening game.
New Bucs Arena
Governor Scott Walker plans to finalize a
state funding package next Wednesday for a new Milwaukee Bucks' arena. His
office has invited lawmakers and others to a bill-signing ceremony at the State
Fair in West Allis, where the Republican Walker will approve a quarter-billion
dollar funding arrangement. Walker has supported the deal for months. Both
houses of the Legislature okayed it after being told the Bucks would leave for
Seattle or Las Vegas if they didn't. The package includes a host of bonding and
tax measures -- and it still needs approval from the city and county of
Milwaukee. Past and present Bucks' owners plan to put up 250-million toward the
Aug 4, 2015
The Milwaukee Brewers
have been given their worst pounding in a month-and-a-half, falling to San
Diego 13-to-5 last night at home. The eight-run margin of defeat was the
largest for the Crew since June 17th, when they also lost by eight at Kansas
City. Wily Peralta lasted three-and-a-third innings in his second start since
being out for two months. He gave up six runs on eight hits, falling to
2-and-6. Yangervis Solarte homered twice with a solo shot and a three-run blast
for the Padres. They scored in each of the first five innings, and then added
six in the seventh for their eighth win in ten games. Tyson Ross struck out
five in six innings for the win. He's now 8-and-8. Scooter Gennett homered for
Milwaukee, with has now lost eleven of its last 13. They'll host the Padres
Minnesota Vikings head
coach Mike Zimmer will miss practice Tuesday to be with his ailing father.
Zimmer told reporters at practice Monday that he would miss Tuesday's session
because his dad is "not doing well." Offensive coordinator Norv Turner
will run practice instead. The Vikings have a scheduled off-day on Wednesday.
Zimmer's father, Bill, is in his mid-80's and was inducted into the Illinois
High School Coaching Association's Hall of Fame as both a football and wresting
coach. Zimmer was coached himself by his dad in high school and often credits
him for his 21-year career in the NFL.
Toronto's David Price
struck out 11 Twins batters over eight innings of one-run ball to win his
Toronto debut as the Blue Jays topped Minnesota 5-1 yesterday in Canada. Price allowed just three hits and two walks,
throwing 119 pitches for his 10th win of the season and first since last week's
trade from Detroit. Ryan Goins (GO-ins) hit a solo homer and Josh Donaldson
added a two-run blast, his 27th, as the Blue Jays won for the fifth time in six
games. Ervin Santana was touched for three runs in six frames to fall to
2-and-2. Torii Hunter hit a solo homer for Minnesota's only run in the second
inning. The Twins and Jays are now tied
for the final American League Wild Card position. The same two teams play tonight in Toronto at
It's an interesting
dynamic in the two dugouts at Miller Park this week, as Brewers' manager Craig
Counsell matches wits with his college coach for the first time. Pat Murphy
said he broke Counsell's nose while hitting grounders to him at Notre Dame --
and he was often so hard on his student, he sometimes thought the two would
never speak again. But Counsell always took his coaches' lessons to heart. The
two became such good friends over the years that Counsell wanted Murphy to be
on his staff with the Brewers. Murphy was a Triple-"A" manager at the
time, and the Padres wouldn't let the Brewers interview him. Six weeks later,
Murphy became the Padres' skipper after Bud Black was fired. Counsell said
Murphy taught him so much about baseball -- especially the required mental
struggles with the death of his baby daughter while facing a possible
suspension from the N-F-L. And through it all, the Green Bay tight end says
he's "very thankful" for the support he has received from his team.
In his words, "It's really a family in here." Several of Quarless'
actual relatives watched him practice yesterday before he shared with reporters
what he's been going through. Last week, he expected to see the birth of his
baby daughter -- but she died on delivery. On July 4th, Quarless feared the
Packers might cut him following his July 4th arrest in Miami Beach for
allegedly firing two shots in the air after an argument. He has pleaded no
contest, and is due back in court August 24th.
With Wily Peralta's
return, the Brewers are going with a six-man rotation right now. Kyle Lohse
could still be the odd man out as Friday's trade deadline nears. It may be hard
for Milwaukee to make a deal for the 36-year-old Lohse, who's 5-and-12 with an
E-R-A near six-and-a-quarter in the final year of his contract. He has only
made it to the seventh inning three times since May 15th, when he tossed a
two-hit shutout against the Mets in New York. The Crew has lost each of Lohse's
last four starts -- and for now, manager Craig Counsell says he'll make his
next one. But there's still talk that Lohse will go to the bullpen if he's not
traded -- or perhaps be cut, as Milwaukee veterans Randy Wolf and Jeff Suppan
were during their contract-year struggles.
The Minnesota Vikings
will roll forward through Training Camp on the campus of Minnesota State
University today with another pair of workouts. Yesterday afternoon the Vikes
enjoyed their first practice in full pads. Today, they’ll do it again at 2:45.
Prior to that they’ll have a walk thru starting at 10:30 this morning. Today
the defensive line will be signing autographs following the morning session.
The Minnesota Vikings
2015 Preseason Schedule:
Aug 9 vs Pittsburgh 7
p-m *Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH
Aug 15 vs Tampa Bay 7
Aug 22 vs Oakland 7 p-m
Aug 29 at Dallas 6 p-m
Sep 3 at Tennessee 7 p-m
Field a favorite
Baseball fans say
Pittsburgh's P-N-C Park is the best ballpark in America. That's according to
polling by "Ballpark Digest." As for the website's own ranking of all
30 M-L-B ballparks, San Francisco's AT&T Park, Boston's Fenway Park and
P-N-C Park are one through three, respectively. The Cubs' Wrigley Field and the
Twins' Target Field round out the top five. Yankee Stadium is number-15 on the
list and the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field ranked dead last. Fans also picked
Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as their favorite former ballpark.
Jung Ho-Kang hit a
tiebreaking home run off the facing off the second deck in left center-field in
the ninth inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Minnesota Twins 8-7
Tuesday night. Kang's sixth home run of the season, a drive off All-Star closer
Glen Perkins (0-3), sent Pittsburgh to its fourth win in five games. Perkins
has allowed runs in three of four post-All-Star break appearances, blowing a
pair of saves. Pittsburgh All-Star closer Mark Melancon (2-1) retired five
batters after the Twins tied the game with a four-run rally in the eighth.
Gregory Polanco hit a three-run double in the eighth and scored on Neil
Walker's single for a 7-3 lead, but Minnesota tied the score in the bottom
It’s a marquee matchup
coming up this afternoon at Target Field as the Twins look to salvage a split
in their two game series against Pittsburgh. Earvin Santana will take the mound
to face off against former Twins pitcher Francisco Lariano as the home team looks
to get things back in order. After dropping last nights decision to the Pirates
the Twins have now lost seven of nine since the All-Star break. First pitch
this afternoon is 12:10 p-m.
Wily Peralta gets his
first win since May 6th, as the Milwaukee Brewers win at San Francisco 5-to-2
to end a three-game losing streak. Peralta, back from a strained oblique
muscle, retires his first six batters and throws six-plus innings -- giving up
two runs on five hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Peralta is now
2-and-5. Francisco Rodriguez earns his 23rd save. Matt Cain takes the loss,
giving up four runs in six frames. He's 2-and-2. Gerardo Parra falls a homer
short of the cycle and scores three times as he extends his team-best hitting
streak to 12 games. Ryan Braun misses his second straight game with a sore
back. Adam Lind returns from the same condition and drives in a pair. Carlos
Gomez has an R-B-I double, to help give the Giants only their second loss in
eleven games since the All-Star break. The Crew will close out its San
Francisco series late this afternoon.
The Twins have won a
competitive balance lottery pick in next year's draft. Minnesota earned the
third pick in Round B and were one of six teams selected for a draft pick after
the second round. The Reds, Athletics, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Marlins and
Pirates will have competitive balance draft picks after the first round next
year. Those six clubs won a lottery involving 10 teams with the lowest revenue
and 10 others in the smallest markets. A team's odds of being picked were based
on its winning percentage from last season. The Twins were joined by the Padres,
Indians, Brewers, Orioles and Rays, who were all awarded competitive balance
picks after the second round. The competitive balance draft has been in place
since 2012 as part of the collective bargaining agreement.
In NASCAR, Johnny Sauter
of Necedah finished 22nd last night in the Mud-Summer Classic in Rossburg
Ohio. It was the third annual Truck
Series' race on the Eldora Speedway's dirt track. Travis Kvapil (kwah-pull) of Janesville got
into an accident on the 120th of the 154 laps.
He finished 30th. Christopher Bell won the race, and Matt Crafton
remains the Camping World Truck Series' leader. Sauter is still fourth in the point standings, while Kvapil dropped one
place to 19th.
Lose – And More
The Milwaukee Brewers
missed a chance to jump out of last place in the National League Central, after
losing to Cleveland 7-to-5 yesterday at Miller Park. The Brewers are now a game behind
fourth-place Cincinnati, as the Reds split a home double-header with the
Chicago Cubs. Had the Crew won and the
Reds got swept, Milwaukee would have leaped out of last for the first time
since April 13th. Now, the earliest the
Brewers could do that is tomorrow. The
Reds are off today, while Milwaukee opens a four-game series at Arizona
tonight. The Brewers have won 17 of their last 24 games, but they're still
18-and-a-half games behind first-place Saint Louis in the N-L Central. Cincinnati is 17-and-a-half back. Milwaukee ended a four-game winning streak,
as the Crew split their two-game series with the Indians.
Kyle Lohse could have
made his final start for the Brewers yesterday.
And it was not a good one, as he gave two homers in five innings of a
7-5 home loss to Cleveland. The Brewers
will have to drop somebody from their rotation once Wily Peralta returns soon
from a strained oblique muscle. The 36-year-old Lohse could be the odd man out,
as he continues to struggle in a 5-and-11 season with a six-point-two-nine
E-R-A. With the July 31st trade deadline
coming up, Lohse may not be trade bait -- but there's still talk of him going
to the bullpen, or being released with his three-year contract about to
expire. Neither Lohse nor Brewers'
manager Craig Counsell would discuss it. Yesterday, Lohse gave up a solo homer
to Francisco Lindor, and a three-run blast to ex-Milwaukee prospect Michael
Brantley. Brantley and the Crew's Adam
Lind both went 4-for-5 and fell a triple short of the cycle. Lind's homer was a two-run shot.
The Brewers put an end
to a rare feat for Cleveland rookie pitcher Cody Anderson. The young right-hander was the first in 101
years to give up one-or-no runs in each of his first four Major League
appearances, while going at least six-and-two-thirds innings. Milwaukee brought that streak to a crashing
halt yesterday, as Anderson gave up four runs on 10 hits in just
two-and-two-thirds innings. That allowed
Austin Adams to get his first Major League win, by throwing one-and-a-third
innings of relief.
Green Bay Packers'
president Mark Murphy says it's "very disappointing" that three
players were arrested or suspended by the league in the off-season. But
for now, he said none would be cut for that reason alone. Murphy said
character is a factor when signing players. Nose tackle Letroy Guion
struck a plea deal after his February arrest in Florida for being caught with
marijuana, a gun, and 190-thousand dollars in his vehicle. Tight end Andrew
Quarless has a court case pending in Florida, for allegedly firing two shots in
an argument outside a parking garage in Miami Beach on the July Fourth weekend.
Both face N-F-L discipline. Defensive end Datone Jones faces a
one-game suspension, after he was ticketed for having marijuana just hours
after the Packers' N-F-C Championship loss at Seattle. Also, ex-Packers'
safety Jarrett Bush -- who's now a free agent -- faces a four-game drug
For the second year in a row, the Packers' net income was lower than in the
past, due mainly to depreciation on the latest improvements at Lambeau Field.
Yesterday, the publicly-owned franchise reported a net income of just over
29-million dollars for the year ending March 31st. That's up from about
25-million the year before -- but lower than the Packers' record net incomes of
close to 43-million dollars in both 2012-and-'13. Green Bay did have
record revenues last year of just over 375-million dollars. That's
16-percent more than the previous year -- and it's the ninth-highest revenues
among the 32 N-F-L teams.
The Milwaukee Brewers
will open a short two-game home series tonight against Cleveland. The
Crew has not faced the Indians in Interleague play since 2009. Also, it's the
first time since '06 that Cleveland will have visited Miller Park -- where
Brewers' fans will get their first look at Indians' left fielder Michael
Brantley. He was in Milwaukee's minor league organization in 2008, when
the Brewers traded him to Cleveland to get C-C Sabathia for their playoff run
that year. Brantley was the "player-to-be-named later" in that
deal. This year, he's hitting .294 with Cleveland, with six homers and 51
R-B-I's. Brewers' starter Matt Garza will return tonight from a bout with
shoulder tendinitis. He'll face Indians' starter Danny Salazar.
The Milwaukee Brewers
swept their first home series of the year, after beating Pittsburgh 6-to-1
yesterday at Miller Park. Khris Davis
won it with a two-run double in the seventh inning. That was after the Pirates scored their only
run in the fourth on a single from starter Jeff Locke. Milwaukee scored four insurance runs in the
eighth with the help of two Pittsburgh errors. Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-3 with
a double, an R-B-I, and a run scored. Rookie Taylor Jungmann struck out five in seven innings for the
win. He's 5-and-1. Locke gave up three runs in seven-and-a-third
frames for the loss. He's 5-and-6.
Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was carted off the field after Carlos Gomez hit
Mercer's left knee while sliding into second base. The Brewers are 3-and-0
since the All-Star break, and they've won 13-of-their-last-17. They're off today, and will host Cleveland
Ex-Brewer Zack Greinke
pitched eight more scoreless innings as the L-A Dodgers blanked the Nationals
in Washington 5-nothing. Greinke extended his current scoreless innings streak
to 43 and two-thirds' innings -- 15-and-a-third away from the Major League
record of 59 scoreless frames thrown by ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser. Greinke struck out eleven Washington batters
yesterday, and gave up just three hits and a walk to improve to 9-and-2.
shortstop J-J Hardy hit a two-run double that put Baltimore in front for good,
as the Orioles crushed the Tigers in Detroit 9-to-3.
Over 22-thousand fans
watched Brett Favre play a flag football game with his old Green Bay teammates,
with N-F-L legends on the other side. The charity event was held yesterday in Madison, the day after an
emotional night at Lambeau Field where Favre was inducted into the Packers'
Hall-of-Fame and had his Number-Four retired. Packer greats from the 1990's-and-2000's -- including Antonio Freeman,
Gilbert Brown, Frank Winters, Al Harris, and Mark Tauscher -- played on a Favre
team that beat the former N-F-L stars 38-32. Donovan McNabb quarterbacked that team. He got help from players like Roger Craig and Ed "Too Tall"
Jones. Favre said he was exhausted after
his whirlwind Wisconsin weekend. He'll
be back in November, where Number-Four will join the list of other retired
numbers on the Lambeau facade at a Thanksgiving Night contest against the
Over 67-thousand people
will watch Brett Favre get inducted into the Green Bay Packers' Hall-of-Fame
and have his Number-Four retired tomorrow night. The annual Hall-of-Fame banquet will take
place in front of 16-hundred people in the Lambeau Field Atrium. And at Favre's request, thousands of Packer
fans will be in the stadium to watch the ceremony on T-V. Former Green Bay G-M Ron Wolf traded a
first-round draft choice for a then unknown-Favre in 1992 -- and the
quarterback went on to win three M-V-P titles and a Super Bowl in a 16-year
Green Bay career. Wolf calls Lambeau
"The House that Favre Built," just like old Yankee Stadium was
"The House that (Babe) Ruth Built."
Favre totally rejects that, saying he's honored to join decades of
Packer legends who've played in the nearly 60-year-old Lambeau. Before dinner,
Favre will take part in a question-and-answer session on the field. The ceremony will also be televised
The Minnesota Timberwolves
are playing in the consolation bracket of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas
this afternoon. Minnesota lost to Portland on Wednesday, which knocked them out
of the championship bracket. Minnesota takes on Cleveland today at 5:30 p.m.
The loser is finished for the tourney.
The Minnesota Twins are
back in action tonight as they begin a six-game road trip with a three-game
series in Oakland against the Athletics. Ervin Santana will get the start
versus the A's tonight, facing off against Sonny Gray. After the three contests
in Oakland, Minnesota moves on to a series against the Angels in Anaheim
starting on Tuesday. The Twins are 49-and-40 on the year, and are
four-and-a-half games behind the Royals for first in the AL Central.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx
play host to the Chicago Sky tonight at the Target Center. At 10-and-3, the
Lynx are in first place in the Western Conference. They are 5-and-1 at home.
The Sky are in first place in the Eastern Conference, holding a 9-and-5 mark.
This evening's game begins at 7 p.m.
Return To Action
After a four-day
All-Star break, the Milwaukee Brewers will open the second half of their season
tonight at Miller Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Crew has only won 69 of its last 169
games -- and that means the team has some crucial long-range decisions both on
the field and off. As always, the most
important decision is at the top.
General manager Doug Melvin is in the final year of his contract. The speculation is that Melvin will either be
let go or kicked upstairs to a new post, with a new G-M to come in. In the meantime, the veterans Melvin trades
before the July 31st deadline -- and the prospects who arrive in return -- will
likely be more important to the future than what the Brewers can do on the
field this year. Milwaukee is 14 games
below .500, but they've won 21-of-their-last-39. And they could get a major lift if they
escape last place in their division. Cincinnati is just three games ahead of the Crew.
The Milwaukee Bucks lost
to Phoenix yesterday, 106-to-80 in an N-B-A Summer League game in Las
Vegas. The Bucks had a two-point lead at
the break, but they only scored 28 points in the second half. First-round draft choice Rashad Vaughn led
Milwaukee with 17 points, and Sean Kilpatrick added 16. T-J Warren led Phoenix with 23, and Devin
Booker scored 16. Vaughn and Booker are
both just 18, and were the youngest players taken in last month's draft. The
Bucks are now 1-and-4 in the Summer League. Their last two losses came in a tournament
that began on Wednesday. The Bucks will
play one more consolation round contest tonight in Las Vegas.
A new home for the
Milwaukee Bucks took a big step forward late yesterday, when the Wisconsin
Senate approved a 250-million-dollar public funding package for a new downtown
arena. The vote was 21-to-10 to send the
proposal to the Assembly, after two days of closed talks produced a deal that
members of both parties accepted. The
deal is essentially the same as the one proposed a few weeks ago. But the state would not collect outstanding
debts to Milwaukee County, and a two-dollar surcharge on all tickets at the
arena was passed instead. Fifty-cents of
that would go to the state. The N-B-A
has ordered Milwaukee to open a new facility to replace the BMO Harris Bradley
Center by mid-2017. Without it, Bucks'
president Peter Feigin (fay'-gn) recently told lawmakers the team would have to
move to Seattle or Las Vegas. Feigin
said he was elated at the Senate's approval, but there's a lot more work to do.
The Bucks won their
first game in the N-B-A Summer League yesterday, 97-to-93 over the Houston
Rockets in Las Vegas. The Bucks lost
three scheduled contests before winning the first game of a single-elimination
tournament. Former Cincinnati standout Sean Kilpatrick led Milwaukee with 26
points, and first-round draft choice Rashad Vaughn added 23. Vaughn shot 3-of-6 from three-point
range. The Bucks were sloppy with the
ball, committing 25 turnovers in their 40-minute contest. Jorge Gutierrez had nine of those
miscues. Houston was led by Alan
Williams with 17 points and eight rebounds. Former Wisconsin star Sam Dekker,
whom the Rockets drafted in the first round last month, missed the game with a
sore back. Today, the Bucks will play
Phoenix in the tournament's second round.
Wisconsin's only golfer
in the British Open got off to a hot start overnight. Jordan Niebrugge
(nee-brew-ge) of Mequon was tied for second place after ten holes, at
four-under-par on the Old Course at Saint Andrews. Niebrugge is about to start his senior year
at Oklahoma State. He had an amazing
stretch two summers ago in which he won the U-S Amateur Public Links
Championship, the State Amateur, and the Western Amateur in a three-week
stretch. David Lingmerth was the early
morning leader at six-under-par.
The Minnesota Twins will
open up the second half of the season tomorrow night in Oakland against the
Athletics. Minnesota currently sits second in the AL Central at 49-and-40,
four-and-a-half games behind division-leading Kansas City. Ervin Santana will
start the first game out of the break. He will be followed in the rotation by
Phil Hughes, Tommy Milone, Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey.
First Half Of Season
Although they've played
better lately, the Milwaukee Brewers endured a brutal first half of their 2015
season. And things could get even
tougher for the Crew the rest of the way. Milwaukee has 72 games left.
Forty-two are against fellow teams in the National League Central, which
manager Craig Counsell calls the game's best division. The Brewers start their unofficial second
half tomorrow night at home against Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee has played better lately. They're 21-and-18 since June first, but they're still last in the
Central at 38-and-52, 18-and-a-half games behind division-leading Saint
Louis. The Brewers have had inconsistent
hitting, a long-term injury to catcher Jonathan Lucroy, pitching that has given
up a ton of home runs, a poor 16-and-28 home record, and the stress of a
managerial change. But All-Star Ryan Braun is bouncing back, and hitters have
shown more discipline at the plate.
Timberwolves couldn't get past Portland, suffering an 82-77 loss in summer
league action in Las Vegas. Karl-Anthony Towns continued to impress, notching a
double-double with 20 points and 10 boards for Minnesota. Lorenzo Brown added
16 points for the T-Wolves, who will play again on Friday in the consolation
outfielder Ryan Braun tripled and scored in his only at-bat in last night's
All-Star Game. But his National League
team still lost to the Americans, 6-to-3 in Cincinnati, as the A-L won its
third straight A-S-G. Brewers' closer Francisco Rodriguez pitched the seventh
and gave up two runs on one hit and a walk. One of the runs came on a sacrifice fly from ex-Brewer Prince Fielder,
who also had an R-B-I single in the fifth that was followed by a run-scoring
double from former Brewer Lorenzo Cain.
Ex-Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke pitched the first two innings for the
National League. He was the first since
the '99 All-Star Game to strike out four.
But Greinke also gave up a lead-off homer to Mike Trout of the Angels,
who was named the game's M-V-P for the second straight year. The All-Star break continues for two more
days. The Brewers return Friday night at home against Pittsburgh.
Each Major League team's
all-time "Franchise Four" players were announced as part of the
All-Star pre-game pageantry. The
Brewers' selections were Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, and Rollie
Fingers. Four top players from all 30
teams were chosen. All of Milwaukee's
selections played for the Crew the year they made the World Series in
1982. Also before last night's game, the
four "greatest living players" were introduced to the Cincinnati
crowd. Former Milwaukee
Braves'-and-Brewers' slugger Hank Aaron was one of them. The others were Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax,
and Johnny Bench.
Former Marquette guard
Jimmy Butler has signed his five-year, 90-million dollar contract with the
Chicago Bulls. He agreed to the deal
last week, but the league put its annual moratorium on actual signings and
trades until yesterday. Butler's deal includes four years of guaranteed money,
and a player option in the fifth year. Butler, a four-year pro, was the N-B-A's Most Improved Player last
season. He averaged 20 points, six rebounds,
and three-plus assists a year ago. Bulls' general manager Gar Forman calls Butler one of the league's
"rising stars." He became a
starter for Chicago two seasons ago.
Detroit's Ian Kinsler
homered and knocked in three runs to back a strong outing from David Price, as
the Tigers doubled up the Twins 4-2 at Target Field last night. Price struck
out eight while giving up just two unearned runs in eight innings as he moved
to 9-and-2. Joakim Soria (WAH-keem SORE-ee-uh) closed it out for his 20th save.
Yoenis Cespedes (yo-EN-iss SESS-peh-dess) added two hits and an RBI for the
Tigers, who have won five of their last seven. Trevor Plouffe and Torii Hunter
plated a run each in the fifth inning for the Twins, who had won their previous
three. Mike Pelfrey permitted all four runs in seven-and-two-thirds as he
slipped to 5-and-6.
The Milwaukee Bucks
traded veteran center Zaza Pachulia to Dallas yesterday for a future
second-round draft pick. The trade came
on the same day the Bucks signed free-agent center Greg Monroe to a maximum
contract of three years and 50-million dollars. The Bucks also re-upped with shooting guard Khris Middleton on a
five-year, 70-million dollar deal. The
31-year-old Pachulia spent two years in his second stint with Milwaukee, after
playing with the Bucks in the second of his 12 total N-B-A seasons. He averaged around eight points, seven
rebounds, and two-and-a-half assists in those last two years. Pachulia was the
third Milwaukee veteran to be traded this summer, along with Jared Dudley and
Ersan Ilyasova. Media reports said the
Bucks saved around 17-and-a-half million dollars in salaries in those three
moves, and they're close to their salary cap of 70-million dollars. One of the Bucks' 15 roster spots remains
Tied For 5th
Madison golfer Steve
Stricker is tied for fifth going into today's second round of the P-G-A's John
Deere Classic. He shot a six-under-par
65 yesterday, his 10th score of 65-or-lower in his last 25 rounds at the T-P-C
Deere Run course in Silvis Illinois. Even at age 48, Stricker says he feels a renewed confidence when he
plays in the John Deere. He notes that
he'll need to keep churning out those low scores to win, since the champion
usually shoots in the range of 20-under. The other two Wisconsin golfers are
much further down the leaderboard. Jerry
Kelly of Madison is tied for 88th after shooting a one-under-70. He ended a streak of 12 rounds in the 60's at
Deere Run. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson
shot a one-over-72, tied for 120th.
Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson are tied for the first-round lead at
Wisconsin NASCAR truck
driver Johnny Sauter finished 12th last night at the UNOH-225 in Sparta
Kentucky. The race ended with five laps
to go, after Ben Kennedy damaged a catch-fence beyond the track's ability to
fix it quickly. It was only the third time in ten races this season that Sauter
did not finish in the Top-10. He remains
fourth in the Camping World Truck Series season standings. Travis Kvapil of Janesville placed 14th last
night. He rose two spots in the point
totals to 18th. Pole-sitter Matt Crafton
won the race, and he remains the Truck Series' leader.
In baseball, former
Milwaukee starter Zack Greinke extended his scoreless innings streak to
35-and-two-thirds, after his L-A Dodgers blanked Philadelphia 6-to-nothing last
night. Greinke only gave up one hit in
eight innings, a single by Ryan Howard in the second. Greinke also struck out eight, as he improved
to 8-and-2. The Brewers open a
three-game series at Dodger Stadium late tonight, and they won't see either
Greinke or Clayton Kershaw this weekend. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger will start
for L-A against Milwaukee right-hander Jimmy Nelson. If the Brewers win
tonight, their road record would return to .500 at 22-and-22. The Crew took one-of-three games against
Atlanta at home this week.
Tyler Cravy took the
loss in his second Major League start, as the Milwaukee Brewers fell to Atlanta
4-to-3 last night at Miller Park. The right-hander gave up three runs on
eight hits in six-plus innings, as he fell to 0-and-2. The Braves took
the lead for good in the fourth on an R-B-I single from A-J Pierzynski.
The veteran Atlanta catcher went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Manny
Banuelos won his first decision in his second big league start. He gave
up a run on five hits with three walks over five-and-a-third innings.
Jason Grilli earned his 24th save. Jonathan Lucroy and Adam Lind
each hit solo homers for Milwaukee, which has now lost two straight.
Their home record dropped to a Major League-worst 15-and-28. The
Brewers will try to avoid being swept by the Braves when they close out their
three-game series this afternoon.
Parra On A
Brewers' manager Craig
Counsell says Gerardo Parra will continue to start most games in left field,
even though Khris Davis is back from a knee injury. Parra went on a tear
when Davis was gone -- and he's now the National League's seventh-best hitter
with a .309 batting average. Parra is also the first Brewer since Brady
Clark in 2005 to have six straight multi-hit games -- and he provided a spark
in the lead-off spot. Davis has more power, and Counsell says he's happy
to see him playing. But the skipper said he didn't like taking Parra out
of the lineup last night, and it won't happen a lot going forward. Davis
went 1-for-3 in his first Brewers' game in over a month. He walked and
scored a run. To make room on the roster, reliever David Goforth was sent back
to Triple-"A" Colorado Springs.
Minnesota rookie Miguel
Sano (suh-NO) smacked his first career home run and drove in three as the Twins
cruised to an 8-3 win over the Orioles at Target Field. Eddie Rosario plated
two, while Joe Mauer had two hits and scored three times for the Twins, who
will go for the three-game sweep on Wednesday. Kyle Gibson gave up two runs
while striking out seven in six innings as he moved to 7-and-6 with his third straight
win. Former Twin J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer and Adam Jones doubled in the
other run for the O's, who have dropped five of six. Kevin Gausman was rocked
for eight runs, seven earned, in less than four frames as he slipped to
Central Wisconsin native
Jordan Zimmermann struck out eight in seven innings yesterday, as his
Washington Nationals topped San Francisco 3-to-1 at home. The former U-W
Stevens Point right-hander from Auburndale gave up a solo homer on three hits
and a walk. Zimmermann is now 7-and-5.
Kansas City's Eric
Hosmer hit a walk off, RBI-double in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the
Royals a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday in Missouri. The two
teams split the four-game series. Kansas City fell behind 2-0, but was able to
pull off the comeback and tied the game on an Alex Gordon solo homer in the
fifth. Closer Greg Holland was credited with his second win of the season.
Miguel Sano had two hits and an RBI in the loss. In his first start of the
season Ervin Santana twirled eight innings of two-run ball with eight
strikeouts. Reliever Blaine Boyer was tagged with the loss and Aaron Thompson
gave up the game-winning hit. Kansas City is four-and-a-half games ahead of
Minnesota for first place in the AL Central. The Twins host the Orioles tonight.
Carlos Gomez sat out of yesterday's Milwaukee win at Cincinnati with a bruised
left wrist suffered when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday night. Gomez was among four batters hit by Reds'
starter Josh Smith. X-rays were negative, and Gomez is officially listed as
day-to-day. He said yesterday he's not
sure when he'll return -- but he made it clear he's tired of getting hit
between his wrists and his helmet. The
two-time All-Star said he's been taking it like a man, but in his words,
"One of those days, it's going to get ugly." Manager Craig Counsell does not believe Gomez
will miss much time. Meanwhile, left fielder Khris Davis is expected to re-join
the Brewers early this week. He had a
rehab assignment with the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, after
having surgery in early June to remove a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Two young players the
Brewers traded to Kansas City to get Zack Greinke in 2011 have become
All-Stars. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain and
shortstop Alcides Escobar were elected by the fans to start for the American
League a week from tomorrow night in Cincinnati. They're among four Royals chosen. Their manager, ex-Milwaukee skipper Ned Yost,
will head the A-L squad. Seattle's Nelson Cruz will start for a second straight
time as D-H. Cruz was traded from Milwaukee
a decade ago for closer Francisco Cordero.
On the National League side, no Brewer came close to getting
elected. That's a far cry from a year
ago, when Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez were picked by the fans, and Jonathan
Lucroy started as an injury replacement.
Pitchers and reserves for both squads will be named tonight. Each big league team gets at least one
player. Milwaukee's choice is expected to be closer Francisco Rodriguez.
A Raise In Pay
shooting guard Khris Middleton is one step closer to getting a huge raise. Media reports said the Bucks agreed to a
five-year, 70-million-dollar contract yesterday -- after Middleton was paid
915-thousand dollars last season in the third year of his rookie deal. The new contract cannot be made official
until next Thursday. Also, the Bucks
keep searcing for a veteran big man. Tyson Chandler from Dallas was a possibility, but he agreed to a
four-year deal with Phoenix. The Bucks
also met with free agent centers Greg Monroe from Detroit and Robin Lopez from
Portland. Former Marquette star Jimmy
Butler of the Chicago Bulls will reportedly re-up for the league max of
90-million dollars over five years.
Ex-Buck Mike Dunleavy stays with the Bulls, agreeing to a three-year,
14-million dollar deal. And former Buck Brandon Knight stays with Phoenix after
taking a five-year, 70-million dollar extension.
Brewers' left fielder
Khris Davis went 0-for-3 last night in his first minor league rehab game with
the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers near Appleton. Davis also drew an intentional walk in the
first of five rehab outings, after he had surgery to remove a torn meniscus in
his right knee. The Timber Rattlers lost
the game to Cedar Rapids, 3-to-2.
4 Wins In
The Milwaukee Brewers
are on a season-high four-game winning streak, after a 9-to-5 victory at
Philadelphia last night. Adam Lind hit
the game's only homer, a two-run blast in the first inning. By the middle of the fourth, it was 6-nothing
Milwaukee. The Crew out-hit the Phils
17-to-10. Scooter Gennett had two doubles
and a triple with three R-B-I's and two runs scored. Gerardo Parra and starting
pitcher Kyle Lohse both went 3-for-4, and each scored twice. Maikel Franco had three doubles and two
R-B-I's to lead Philadelphia. Lohse won
his second straight start, giving up four runs in six-and-a-third innings. He's now 5-and-9. Aaron Harang became the first in the Majors
to lose 11 games. He was shelled for
eight runs and 14 hits in five-plus innings, in dropping his eighth consecutive
start. The Brewers will go for a sweep
at Philly tonight.
After weeks of trade
rumors, that kind of talk is just starting to heat up for the Brewers now that
it's July. Veterans Aramis Ramirez and
Kyle Lohse know the drill. Ramirez plans
to retire at the end of the season, and Lohse is in the final year of his contract.
Both are just starting to heat up and show some trade value to potential
contenders with the July 31st deadline looming.
Because the Brewers were never in the race this season, they'll be
looking for higher-grade prospects to restock their upper minor league
system. Ramirez has seven R-B-I's in his
three games at Philadelphia this week, and Lohse is just starting to get into a
rhythm with two straight victories. Both
say they know the reality, but they can never talk about it in the clubhouse because
it can be a real distraction. Both say that whatever happens, happens.
(Cincinnati, OH) - Billy
Hamilton was the catalyst atop Cincinnati's lineup, and the Reds' bullpen held
off the Minnesota Twins in taking the opener of a three-game series 11-7 on
Monday. Hamilton went 2-for-4 with two walks, three runs scored and four steals
-- upping his total to 40 in the team's 75th game. The speedster's efforts
helped the Reds jump out to a 9-1 lead, but the Twins cut into the deficit when
they pushed across six runs -- three on a Brian Dozier homer -- against Mike
Leake in the fourth
inning. Mike Pelfrey
(5-5) did not make it out of the third inning in
surrendering eight runs
for the second time in four outings.
Badgers' guard John Moffitt is back in the N-F-L, after he signed a one-year
contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 28-year-old Moffitt came out of retirement June 17th, and he became
a free agent when the Denver Broncos released him. Moffitt was a third-round draft pick by
Seattle in 2011. He started nine games
in his rookie season, before a knee injury ended his campaign. In 2012, Moffitt started six-of-eight games
and was hurt again. In 2013, he was a back-up when a trade to Cleveland fell
through and he was later dealt to Denver. Moffitt retired in November of '13, just two months before he could have
played in a Super Bowl with the Broncos. At the time, acquaintances would only say that Moffitt was not
happy. Media reports said he was later
arrested for illegal drug possession and assault. Recently, Moffitt started working out with
trainer and Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer -- who said he was never prouder of
a player he has trained. At
Philadelphia, Moffitt will get a chance to compete for the starting right guard
post held by Todd Herremans before he was released last winter.
Brewers' left fielder
Khris Davis will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with the Class-"A"
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Manager Craig
Counsell says Davis has passed all his tests, while recovering from a torn
meniscus in his right knee suffered on May 31st. Counsell expects Davis to re-join the Brewers
sometime next week. Meanwhile, starter
Wily Peralta threw his first bullpen session yesterday. He's recovering from a strained left oblique
muscle suffered on May 22nd at Atlanta. Counsell said the Brewers' training staff was pleased with how the
workout went. Peralta is expected to
return to the Milwaukee rotation later in July, after he gets some minor league
Milwaukee Bucks' forward
Jared Dudley has until tonight to decide if he wants to stay with the team next
season. A player option is about to
expire that's worth four-and-a-quarter million dollars in a deal he signed with
Phoenix back in 2011. If he doesn't take the option, the 29-year-old Dudley
will become a free agent and could start negotiating tomorrow with any N-B-A
team. The Bucks valued Dudley as a
strong contributor off the bench, and a leadership force in the locker room --
especially with Milwaukee's younger players. He averaged seven points and three rebounds in 72 games with the Bucks
last season, including 22 starts.
Jonathan Lucroy snapped
a 3-for-23 slump with four hits last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers won at
Philadelphia 7-to-4. All of Lucroy's
hits were singles. He drove in two runs and scored twice in his fifth career
four-hit game. The Phillies jumped out
to a 4-to-1 lead after two innings. But
the Crew chipped away with single tallies in the third and fifth -- and they
scored three in the sixth to go in front for good. Pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez doubled to score
the tying and lead runs. Ryan Braun went
3-for-5 with a double and an R-B-I, as the Brewers matched a season-high with
16 hits to win their fifth game in their last seven. Cody Asche went 2-for-4 with a double for
Philadelphia, which has now lost four straight home games to Milwaukee. Jimmy Nelson won his second straight
decision, despite giving up four runs in five innings. He's now 5-and-8. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 16th
save. Phillies' starter Sean O'Sullivan
gave up six runs on 12 hits in five-plus innings. The loss dropped him to 1-and-6. The game was Philadelphia's first since the
team announced a shake-up at the top. Andy MacPhail will replace Pat Gillick as the team's president after this
season -- and for now, McPhail will serve as a special assistant. The Phillies will host the Brewers again
tonight. Rookie right-hander Taylor
Jungmann goes against Philly's veteran left-hander Cole Hamels.
The Minnesota Twins were
off yesterday and last night and now will open a ten-game road trip tonight in
Milwaukee against the Brewers. Minnesota will also make stops in Cincinnati and
Kansas City during the trek. Minnesota right-hander Trevor May will start this
evening's series opener in Milwaukee. He is 4-and-5 with a 4.03 ERA. The
Brewers will counter with former Twin Kyle Lohse, who is 3-and-9 with a 6.30
ERA. Milwaukee lost yesterday to the Mets. Tonight's first pitch is set for
7:10 p.m. The Minnesota Twins will call
up right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer from Class AAA Rochester prior to tonight's
game in Milwaukee. Meyer will fill the roster spot of Michael Tonkin, who was
sent down following Wednesday's win over the White Sox. Meyer was acquired by the
Twins from the Washington Nationals farm system in 2012 in exchange for Major
League outfielder Denard Span. Meyer struggled earlier this year as a starting
pitcher for the Red Wings, but has flourished in his recent role in the
bullpen. He has thrown 17 innings as a reliever in Rochester and owns a 0.53
earned run average with 20 strikeouts. He will serve in the bullpen for the
Twins and wear jersey No. 51.
(Minneapolis, MN) --
Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes hurled eight innings of one-run ball to
outduel Chicago lefty Chris Sale in a 6-1 win over the White Sox at Target
Field yesterday. Hughes fanned five while allowing six hits and no walks to
even his record at 6-and-6. Brian Dozier, Kurt Suzuki and Shane Robinson each
had two hits and an RBI to power the offense as Minnesota took two-of-three in
the series. Sale struck out 10, but surrendered eight hits and six runs in
six-and-two-thirds frames to fall to 6-and-4 with the loss. Adam LaRoche went
3-for-4 with his ninth home run of the season for Chicago, which had won three
of its previous four.
Ex-Brewer Marco Estrada
has become the first Major League pitcher in 27 years to take no-hitters into
the eighth inning of back-to-back starts.
Last Friday, Estrada came within six outs of no-hitter against
Baltimore. Yesterday, he had a perfect
game going for Toronto at Tampa Bay, when Logan Forsythe beat out an infield
single with one out in the bottom of the eighth. The Blue Jays challenged the call, but
replays showed that Forsythe touched the bag just barely before the ball got to
first. Umpire Joe West's call was
upheld. Estrada retired 22 Tampa hitters
before that bang-bang play. He pitched
into the ninth before getting a no-decision.
The Blue Jays won in 12 frames, 1-nothing. It ended Estrada's streak of four winning
starts. The Elias Sports Bureau said
Estrada was the first to take no-hitters into the eighth inning of consecutive
starts since Toronto's Dave Stieb did it in 1988. The 31-year-old Estrada pitched for five
seasons in Milwaukee before he was traded last winter for first baseman Adam
Lind. Estrada gave up 29 homers a year
ago, the most in the National League. This season, he has only thrown eight gopher balls in about half as many
innings. Estrada is 5-and-3 with a
Practice In Weeks
Brewers' left fielder
Khris Davis took batting practice yesterday for the first time since June
second, when he had surgery to remove meniscus from his right knee. Davis said it felt good just to swing a bat
again, and he believes he's 85-percent recovered. He was injured when he struck out swinging
against Arizona on May 30th. Davis is in
the fifth week of a recovery that was expected to take 4-to-6 weeks. If he continues to swing well at batting
practice, and pass base-running tests, Davis would get a minor league rehab
assignment before returning to the Milwaukee lineup. Meanwhile, Brewers' starter Wily Peralta is
throwing on flat ground as he recovers from a strained oblique muscle. Manager
Craig Counsell said Peralta could start throwing from a mound later this week,
and then slowly re-build his pitch counts.
The Milwaukee Bucks hope
to find an immediate contributor in tonight's N-B-A Draft. The Bucks have the 17th overall pick, which
may or may not land them a player who could at least give them a boost off the
bench. Three power forwards have been mentioned most often as a likely
first-round choice for the Bucks -- Milwaukee native Kevon Looney of U-C-L-A,
Trey Lyles of Kentucky, and Bobby Portis of Arkansas. General manager John Hammond says he'll be
looking for big men and solid shooters this evening. R-J Hunter of Georgia State could be a
candidate in the shooting department -- along with Rashad Vaughn of Nevada-Las
Vegas and Justin Anderson from Virginia. It's also possible that Milwaukee could take one of two former Wisconsin
Badgers if they're available. Center
Frank Kaminsky and forward Sam Dekker did not take part in pre-draft workouts
for the Bucks. But the scouts had plenty
of chances to see them, as the Badgers advanced to the N-C-A-A championship
game in April. Both are projected to go
in the first of tonight's two rounds.
J-J Hardy drove in both the tying and winning runs in the final three innings,
to help Baltimore win at Toronto 13-to-9.
The Orioles blew a 7-nothing lead and went down 9-to-7 before Hardy
pulled his team out. The 32-year-old is in his 11th Major League season. Hardy played five years in Milwaukee before
the Brewers traded him to Minnesota for Carlos Gomez before the 2009
season. Hardy played one year with the
Twins, and is in his fifth season with Baltimore. He's batting .241 in 40 games with two homers
and 14 R-B-I's.
outfielder Tony Gwynn Junior lost his Hall-of-Fame dad a year ago on Father's
Day. And the younger Gwynn honored his
dad by hitting a walk-off single in the 10th inning of yesterday's 1-nothing
victory by Triple-"A" Syracuse over Buffalo. Gwynn called it a "cool" moment
which meant a lot to him following the death of Tony Gwynn Senior of June 16th
of 2014. Gwynn Junior is now 32. He played 130 games with Milwaukee from
2006-through-'08. Gwynn also played with San Diego, the Los Angeles Dodgers,
and Philadelphia. He failed to make the Washington Nationals' roster in March
of this year, despite hitting .341 at Spring Training. Gwynn went just 2-for-27 in his last seven
minor league contests before his Father's Day heroics.
Lose - Again
The Milwaukee Brewers
are 21 games below .500 for the first time in almost eleven years, after
getting crushed at Colorado yesterday 10-to-4.
The Brewers were up 1-nothing before the Rockies took the lead for good
with three runs in the third inning. Colorado had a 6-to-3 lead when they scored four more in the sixth to
pull away. Matt Garza gave up 13 hits
for the second straight time. He
surrendered all ten Rockies' runs, seven earned, in five-and-a-third innings.
Garza struck out four and walked none, as his record dropped to 4-and-9.
Manager Craig Counsell said Garza threw a lot of pitches inside, causing more
broken-bat hits just over infielders' heads or in front of the
outfielders. Chris Rusin improved to
3-and-2. He gave up three runs on seven
hits over six innings, with a pair of strikeouts. The Brewers were out-hit 15-to-11, and they
were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Ryan Braun doubled and tripled. Gerardo Parra, Hernan Perez, and Shane
Peterson also added two hits apiece. Rockies' lead-off hitter Charlie Blackmon
drove in four runs, and had a pair of singles and a walk. Troy Tulowitski drove in three, and Nolan
Arenado hit a solo homer as Colorado won its second straight after losing five
in a row. Milwaukee has now lost eight
of their last nine. They're off today,
and will host the New York Mets tomorrow night. Carlos Gomez is expected to return to the Brewers' lineup tomorrow
night, after missing eight of Milwaukee's last eleven games with a bad
hip. Yesterday, Gomez looked strong as
he ran the bases at batting practice. Manager Craig Counsell said things went well yesterday, and he expects
Gomez to return in the Crew's next game against the Mets at home. The Brewers did not want to put their
All-Star center-fielder on the disabled list for the second time this season.
He's been working out more aggressively the past few days, and he says he's
"close to 100-percent."
radio broadcaster Bob Uecker will not return to the airwaves until next Tuesday
night. The 81-year-old Uecker suffered a
mild concussion on Monday night, when he was hit by a ball during batting
practice. He was standing behind the batting cage when a line drive hit a
protective screen in front of the pitcher. It bounced back over the cage and struck Uecker on his forehead. He started calling the game on Monday but
left in the sixth inning after he felt dizzy. Uecker did not broadcast last night's Milwaukee home loss to Kansas City
-- and he was not scheduled to travel with the team to K-C and Colorado. Jeff Levering has filled in for Uecker during
some road trips this season -- and he'll do the same until Uecker returns next
Tuesday night when the Brewers host the New York Mets.
The Milwaukee Bucks' top
draft choice from 2005 will get an N-B-A championship ring -- even though he
didn't play in the last two games of the Finals. Andrew Bogut sat out again last night, as
Golden State coach Steve Kerr used a smaller lineup to defeat the Cleveland
Cavaliers 105-to-97 and lead the Warriors to their first N-B-A crown in four
decades. The 7-foot Bogut sat out Games
Five-and-Six, and had three fouls in three minutes of Game-Four, as Kerr went
to a quicker lineup to neutralize the Cavs and try to slow down LeBron James.
Andre Iguodala took Bogut's place in the lineup, and he was named the Finals'
M-V-P after he scored 25 points in the deciding contest. Former Buck Shaun Livingston played in all
six games as a back-up for the Warriors. He had 10 points in 32 minutes as the sixth man last night -- along with
three rebounds and a blocked shot.
Georgia State shooter
R-J Hunter was among six wing players who had pre-draft workouts with the
Milwaukee Bucks yesterday. Hunter made
one of the most memorable shots of the N-C-A-A Tournament in March, a
game-winning three-pointer which lifted Georgia State past third-seeded
Baylor. Justin Anderson of Virginia and
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also auditioned for the Bucks. All three are projected to go in the
mid-to-late first round, and they could be available when the Bucks' draft in
the 17th slot a week from tomorrow night.
The Green Bay Packers'
defensive backs are getting a new perspective, after head coach Mike McCarthy
decided to spend more time with the defense. The Packers held their first
mini-camp practice yesterday, and McCarthy told reporters afterward it's been his
busiest off-season since his first year with the Packers in 2006. McCarthy, who has given up his play-calling
duties on offense, is trying to teach his defenders to anticipate offensive
moves -- in addition to their normal "read and react" stance. He has spent more time with defensive player
groups in their meetings, describing all the subtle moves and signs of the
Packer offense headed by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers says he
appreciates McCarthy's involvement, calling it an addition of somebody who sees
the game from the eyes of a quarterback. The mini-camp practices continue today.
The Green Bay Packers
will begin their three-day mini-camp today.
It's the only spring session which players are required to attend -- but
they've all been at the O-T-A's at one point or another. After Thursday's practice, the Packer
facilities will shut down for a month before going into Training Camp and
regular season mode in late July. Yesterday, the Packers cut guard Marcus
Reed. He signed with the team on May 8th
after playing for two years at Fayetteville State in North Carolina.
Former Brewers' starter
Yovani Gallardo is now 6-and-6 with the Texas Rangers. He three seven scoreless innings last night
in a 4-to-1 Rangers' home victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gallardo gave up four hits with three walks
and four strikeouts. He has not given up
more than two earned runs in any of his last five starts. Gallardo was traded from Milwaukee last
The Brewers' Number-two
minor league prospect was named the player-of-the-week in the
Double-"A" Southern League.
Outfielder Tyrone Taylor batted .423 for Biloxi last week with eight
R-B-I's, two homers, four doubles, and eight runs scored. His two stolen bases were his first since May
18th. Also, Biloxi right-hander Brooks
Hall was named the Southern League's pitcher-of-the-week. He gave up just two hits in eight scoreless
innings on Sunday, in a 9-nothing win that clinched Biloxi's first-half title
in the South Division. Hall has won all
three of his previous starts, with a stingy E-R-A of one-point-two-nine during
that stretch. He struck out 18 in his
last 21 innings.
Ned Yost said one of the
biggest lessons he learned when he managed the Brewers was that he couldn't
control everything in handling players -- even though he tried. In his first visit back to Miller Park last
night, Yost said it used to "kill" him when his players weren't
performing -- but he said it's all up to them, and he learned that he had to
give them time to work through their problems. Yost also said he learned to be more patient with younger players, no
matter how much heat he gets from the outside.
Yost said he always managed with a future championship in mind, and it
prepared him for last season at Kansas City -- when the Royals got to within a
victory of winning the World Series. Yost managed the Brewers from 2003 until the 2008, when he was let go
with just 12 games left as the team's pennant hopes were fading away. Dale Sveum then led the Crew to the playoffs,
where they lost in the first round to Philadelphia.
Brewers lose - again
Ex-Brewers Lorenzo Cain
and Alcides Escobar each drove in two runs, as the Kansas City Royals beat
Milwaukee 8-to-5 last night at Miller Park.
Cain belted a two-run homer. It helped
Royals' manager Ned Yost win his first game in Milwaukee since he was fired
with 12 games left in the Brewers' 2008 pennant race. The Royals went up 5-nothing early, and then
led 8-to-2 in the ninth before Milwaukee scored three runs in its final
at-bat. Edinson Volquez got the win,
giving up two runs on six hits in five innings.
He's now 6-and-4 overall, and 6-and-1 in ten career starts at Miller
Park. Wade Davis recorded his eighth
save, after Greg Holland gave up the Brewers' three ninth-inning runs. Kyle Lohse extended his winless streak to six
starts, giving up five runs in five innings. He's now 3-and-8 overall, and 0-and-4 in his last six outings. Lohse hit
Escobar in the first inning -- and he scored all the way from first on a single
by Mike Moustakas. Escobar was called
out at the plate, but his right foot got in before he was tagged -- and Yost
won a replay challenge. Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 for Milwaukee and drove in
three runs. Martin Maldonado hit a
two-run single during the Crew's rally in the final frame. Carlos Gomez sat out the game with tightness in
his right leg. The Brewers will host the
Royals again tonight. Matt Garza faces
Kansas City's Chris Young.
Loses Center Spot
Former Milwaukee Bucks'
center Andrew Bogut lost his starting job at center, and had three fouls in
less than three minutes off the bench last night. But his Golden State team still tied the
N-B-A Finals with a 103-to-82 win at Cleveland in Game-Four. Bogut was struggling for much of the series,
and Warriors' coach Steve Kerr started the game with a small lineup that had
6-7 Draymond Green at center. Bogut
committed a hard foul on LeBron James, pushing him into a photographer's camera
on the baseline. James suffered a cut on
the right side of his head. He had 20
points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists for Cleveland. Former Buck Shaun
Livingston had seven points, eight rebounds, and four assists in 24 minutes for
Golden State, which returns home for Game-Five on Sunday night.
Milwaukee Buck is now a Detroit Piston. Seven-year veteran Ersan Ilyasova was traded to the Motor City yesterday
for forwards Caron Butler and Shawne Williams. It created salary cap room for the Bucks to pursue free agents this
summer -- and perhaps re-sign sharp-shooting forward Khris Middleton, who's a
restricted free agent. The Journal
Sentinel said the deal gives Milwaukee 22-million dollars in available cap
money. Ilyasova was due to make seven-point-nine million dollars in his
fourth-and-final guaranteed year. Butler
and Williams combined will cost less. Butler, a 35-year-old Racine native, has a team option for four-and-a-half
million dollars. Williams' deal is for a non-guaranteed one-point-two million.
Ilyasova, who's 28, played his rookie year in Milwaukee and then spent two
seasons with Barcelona of the Spanish League. He returned to the Bucks in 2009, and spent six more years with the
team. For his Milwaukee career, Ilyasova
averaged eleven points and six rebounds a game. He had 11-and-a-half points and five rebounds in 58 games last season. The Bucks expect second-year pro Jabari
Parker to fill the power forward spot. The 20-year-old Parker returns after being out for most of his rookie
year with a torn A-C-L ligament in his left knee. Butler played with Milwaukee in the 2013-'14
season, before he was released so he could sign with contender Oklahoma City.
The Milwaukee Brewers
came back from four runs down last night to beat the Washington Nationals,
6-to-5 at Miller Park. Scooter Gennett
singled home the winning run in the eighth inning, when the Brewers got an
extra out because Aaron Barrett threw a wild pitch on strike three and Aramis
Ramirez made it to first base. It was
Gennett's first game for the Crew since spending almost a month in the minors
to straighten out his previous hitting problems. The Nationals were up 5-to-1 in the fourth
inning, but the Brewers chipped away and tied the game in the seventh on
Gerardo Parra's solo homer. Ramirez,
Ryan Braun, Adam Lind, and Shane Peterson drove in Milwaukee's other runs. Will Smith, fresh off his six-game suspension
for wearing a foreign substance, tossed a scoreless eighth to get the win. He's now 2-and-0. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 13th
save. Barrett took the loss. He's 3-and-2. Clint Robinson hit his first career homer for Washington. Denard Span
went 3-for-5 and scored twice, as the Nationals lost their fourth game in their
last five. Carlos Gomez missed his
second straight game for Milwaukee with a sore groin. The Brewers have now won three of their last
four. They'll host the Nationals again
tonight. Mike Fiers starts for the Crew against former U-W Stevens Point star
Jordan Zimmermann from Auburndale.
The Milwaukee Brewers
won a soggy 2-to-nothing game at Pittsburgh.
It rained throughout last night's contest. Play was held up twice for a total of
two-hours and 13-minutes. Jimmy Nelson
had seven strikeouts in six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three
walks. He got out of jams in the third,
fourth, and fifth frames as he improved to 3-and-6. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 11th
save. Pirates' starter A-J Burnett
allowed only one base-runner in the first four innings, but he still took the
loss while giving up one run on five hits in seven innings. Burnett struck out six, as he fell to 6-and-2
this season and 0-and-4 lifetime against Milwaukee. The Crew broke a scoreless tie in the fifth
inning, when it looked as if the game would soon be called. Jean Segura drove Aramis Ramirez home on a
ground-out. In the eighth, Milwaukee had
runners on second-and-third when Ryan Braun hit a soft single to right to score
Carlos Gomez. Braun also doubled in four
at-bats, as the Crew out-hit Pittsburgh 8-5. Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a
double for Pittsburgh. The Brewers have
now won three of their last four, and will play the Pirates again tonight at
P-N-C Park. Right-hander Taylor Jungmann
(young-man) makes his Major League debut for Milwaukee against Pirates'
left-hander Francisco Liriano.
The Brewers selected
Texas high school outfielder Trent Clark in the first round of the Major League
draft last night. Many pundits expected
Milwaukee to take a college pitcher with the 15th overall pick -- but amateur
scouting vice president Ray Montgomery said he tried taking the best player
available. The Brewers also drafted two
other players last night -- left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby of the University
of Virginia with the 40th pick, and right-handed pitcher Cory Ponce of Cal
Poly-Pomona with the 55th pick in the second round. Clark, who's 18, hit .552 as a senior at
Richland High School with three homers, 24 R-B-I's, and eleven stolen bases. Clark played for the U-S Under-18 team last summer,
where he drove in 24 runs in just 12 games.
He bats left-handed, and Brewers' G-M Doug Melvin says the organization
does not have a lot of left-handed hitters. The Brewers expect to put him in center-field, his high school
position. Clark has a scholarship at
Texas Tech, but Melvin says the Brewers are in a good position to sign him and
get his pro career started. The draft
resumes today. Round-Three begins at
noon, and they'll keep going through Round-Ten. The draft winds up tomorrow.
The Golden State
Warriors needed overtime to take Game-One of the N-B-A Finals, 108-to-100 in
Oakland last night. Former Milwaukee
Bucks' center Andrew Bogut played 28-and-a-half minutes with seven rebounds,
four points, three assists, two blocked shots, and a steal. Stephen Curry scored 26 points to give the
Warriors the lead in their first championship series in four decades. LeBron
James had a career-high Finals point total with 44 -- but his Cavaliers went
cold in the extra period, making just 1-of-9 from the floor. Game-Two of the best-of-seven N-B-A Finals is
on Sunday night in Oakland.
Former Brewers' skipper
Ned Yost of Kansas City will manage the American League team in the Major
League All-Star Game on July 14th in Cincinnati. The World Series' managers from the previous
season normally lead the Mid-Summer Classic -- and Yost led the Royals to a
Game-Seven in last year's Series before falling to San Francisco. Giants' manager Bruce Bochy will lead the
National League All-Stars. Yost was
Milwaukee's skipper for most of six seasons from 2003-through-'08. He also played for the Brewers as a catcher.
Two ex-Milwaukee players are on his coaching staff in K-C, and they'll join him
at the All-Star Game. They are bullpen
coach Doug Henry, and hitting coach and ex-Brewers' manager Dale Sveum
(swame). Also, Clintonville native Mike
Jirschele (jirsh-eh-lee), the Royals' third base coach, will have those same
duties with the A-L All-Stars.
Brewers' Hall-of-Fame infielder Paul Molitor will go up against his old team
for the first time tonight as the manager of the Minnesota Twins. The two teams
will play a three-game Interleague series at Target Field in Minneapolis. Molitor has brought new life into his
struggling ball club, with a record of 32-and-21. Torii Hunter is back in Minnesota, and he hit
his 200th career homer as a Twin yesterday in an 8-to-4 victory over Boston. The Brewers were off yesterday, after
dropping two of three at Saint Louis this week. Ex-Twin Kyle Lohse will start for Milwaukee tonight against Minnesota
right-hander Kyle Gibson. Lohse has been
struggling with a 3-and-6 mark, while Gibson went 3-and-1 last month with an
E-R-A of just one-point-three-six. Gibson has given up three runs or fewer in
his last nine starts.
Green Bay Packers'
running back Eddie Lacy says he wants to start his third season stronger than
he did his first two. Yesterday was his
25th birthday, and he spent part of it on the field as the Packers began their
second week of O-T-A practices. Lacy said
peaked near the end of his first two N-F-L seasons -- and this year, he wants
to be solid from Game-One. He said he'd
rather put pressure on a defender to tackle him, instead of having to make a
move to get a defensive back to miss. Lacy said he got some much-needed rest in the off-season. He had 286 carries last season. The former Alabama college star says he's not
worried about his weight -- although fans seem to bring it up from
time-to-time. The Packers officially
list Lacy at 230 pounds. Meanwhile,
first-round draft pick Damarious Russell worked at corner in his first full
practice as a Packer. He struggled with
an injured ankle in the first week of the O-T-A's, and at the team's rookie
The Brewers acquired
infielder Hernan Perez yesterday off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. To make room on the 25-man roster, the
Brewers designated utility player Elian Herrera for assignment. Perez had only two hits in 33 at-bats for
Detroit this season, and has hit .160 in 66 big league games for his career.
Perez' strong suit is his versatility.
The 24-year-old plays all four infield positions, but Brewers' manager
Craig Counsell says he's best at second-and-third base. With an 18-and-35
record, Counsell says it's natural for the Brewers to get a look at younger
players. By giving them an opportunity,
the skipper says it gives them a chance to grow. Perez filled the final opening on Milwaukee's
40-man roster. Herrera leaves after
hitting .212 in 38 games with the Brewers.
He did homer in three straight games last month.
Khris Davis is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks, after he had torn cartilage
removed from his left knee yesterday.
Davis tore a meniscus on Saturday while swinging at strike-three against
Arizona. Manager Craig Counsell said
Davis is fortunate to be missing so little time -- because a meniscus injury
can sideline a player for a whole season.
Busch Stadium produced a
second straight 1-nothing game last night -- but this time, it was the Saint
Louis Cardinals who defeated the Milwaukee Brewers. The game's only run was
scored in the second inning, when ex-Brewer Mark Reynolds drove Randal Grichuk
home with a single. Reynolds was then
thrown out at second. Brewers' starter
Tyler Cravy lost his Major League debut, despite striking out six in seven
innings. He gave up a run on four
hits. Manager Craig Counsell called it
the Brewers' best start in a while.
Lance Lynn improved to 4-and-4, scattering five hits in
seven-and-two-thirds innings with five "K's." Lynn only allowed two Milwaukee hitters to
reach second base through seven frames. The Brewers put the lead run on base in
the ninth -- but with runners at first-and-third, Aramis Ramirez grounded into
a double play to end the game. That gave
Trevor Rosenthal his 16th save of the year. The Brewers out-hit Saint Louis 7-to-4.
Jonathan Lucroy singled twice in four at-bats. The Cardinals' Matt Holliday ended a streak
of 45 games in which he reached base this season. That was the fifth-longest in
Major League history. Holliday was
ejected in the seventh for arguing a called strike-three, and Redbirds' manager
Mike Matheny was then ejected for defending his player. The Cardinals avoided losing two straight at
home for the first time this season, while the Brewers ended a two-game winning
streak. The Crew will close out its
three-game set at Busch Stadium this afternoon. Jimmy Nelson faces Cardinals' veteran John Lackey.
The Green Bay Packers
return to the practice field today for Week-Two of their O-T-A practices. It will be open to fans starting at 11:30 at
Clarke Hinkle Field. Among other things, the Packers expect an improved performance
from its defensive line. A month ago at
the draft, coach Mike McCarthy said his new D-line could be the best he's had,
as he enters his 10th season with the Packers. Its biggest highlights include a
solid Mike Daniels, steady improvement from Datone Jones, and the return of
nose tackles B-J Raji and Letroy Guion.
Raji expects a big season after missing all of 2014 with a torn biceps
muscle suffered during a home exhibition game against Oakland last August. Second-year defensive end Kyrie Thornton is
also expected to contribute, after going on injured reserve with an injured
hamstring following his first training camp a year ago.
Brewers' reliever Will
Smith told three Major League executives he made an "honest mistake"
by not wiping off a foreign substance from his glove arm before entering the
game in Atlanta May 21st. He had an
appeal hearing yesterday on the eight-game suspension he was originally
given. Smith told reporters he expects to
be suspended, but he hopes it will be reduced.
He said an eight-game penalty would be "terrifying" for him,
after pitching in 102 games since the start of 2014 -- the third-most in the
Majors. Baltimore reliever Brian Matusz
has a similar appeal hearing set for tomorrow, and Smith says he expects to
hear a decision on his final suspension by
Orlando Arcia has been named the position player-of-the-week in the
Double-"A" Southern League.
The 20-year-old Arcia is a shortstop for Milwaukee's farm club at
Biloxi. He had a pair of three-hit games
last week, and two other contests with two hits apiece. Arcia joined the Brewers' organization as a
non-drafted free agent in 2010. He's
batting .335 for the Shuckers with 17 doubles and 25 R-B-I's in 49 games this
Milwaukee scored in the
first inning last night -- and it held up, as the Brewers beat Saint Louis
1-to-nothing at Busch Stadium. After
using nine pitchers Sunday, the Brewers needed a long start from Mike Fiers --
and they got it, as he struck out six in six innings. He gave up four hits and two walks, improving
to 6-and-4. Francisco Rodriguez earned
his ninth save despite giving up a hit and a walk. K-Rod now has 357 career saves. His next will tie Troy Percival for ninth on
the Majors' all-time list. The Brewers
used small-ball to score the game's only run.
Jean Segura hit a lead-off single. He moved to second when Ryan Braun hit a tapper to Cardinals' starter Jaime
Garcia. Carlos Gomez drove Segura home
with a single to left. Garcia only gave
up one other hit after the first inning, struck out four, and retired Milwaukee
in order from the second inning through the sixth. Still, he took the hard-luck loss and is now
1-and-2. The Cardinals out-hit the Brewers 8-6. Jonathan Lucroy went 0-for-4 in his first game for the Crew since April
20th when he broke a toe. Back-up
catcher Juan Centeno was sent down to Triple-"A" to make room for
Lucroy. It was the 70th time in Brewers'
history that they won a 1-nothing game.
The win was Milwaukee's second straight, and its pitchers have now
thrown 18 scoreless innings in a row. The Cardinals lost only their second game
in their last eight. Right-hander Tyler Cravy, fresh up from
Triple-"A," will start for Milwaukee tonight in his Major League
debut. He'll face the Cardinals' Lance
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