Major League Baseball...
In the National League Central race...
Tampa Bay 2, Milwaukee 1
Pittsburgh 5, San Francisco 0
Arizona 2, Cincinnati 1 in 15 innings
In regional action...
Chicago Cubs 4, Colorado 1
In the Midwest League...
Lake County 9, Beloit 8 in Game-One
Beloit 6, Lake County 3 in Game-Two
Fort Wayne 6, Wisconsin 4
In the Northwoods League...
Lakeshore 18, Mankato 5
Kenosha 8, La Crosse 4
Wisconsin 6, Madison 2
Battle Creek 3, Green Bay 2
Eau Claire 7, Duluth 3
Kalamazoo 14, Wisconsin Rapids 5
Here are the details:
Former Brewers' pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi threw a gem against
his old team last night, as Tampa Bay topped Milwaukee 2-to-1 in
Saint Petersburg. The Crew's first-round draft choice from
2008 gave up one run on just three hits in seven innings -- and the
Crew was held hitless after that. Odorizzi won his third
straight start. He's 5-and-1 in his last six decisions while
his overall mark for the year improved to 7-and-8. Jake McGee
pitched the ninth for his 12th save. Milwaukee's only run came
on a Mark Reynolds homer in the third inning. The Rays won the
game with a two-run single from James Loney in the sixth off Kyle
Lohse -- who took the loss after getting back-to-back victories.
Lohse fanned six in six innings, but got no help from his
offense as he fell to 11-and-5 on the year, and 5-and-4 lifetime
against Tampa. Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett
returned to the starting lineup after missing five games with
tightness in his right quadriceps. The Brewers cut their
National League Central Division lead to one-and-a-half games over
idle Saint Louis and two over Pittsburgh, which won a shutout at San
Francisco late last night. The Rays are now 10-and-1 since
July 12th, and they'll host the Crew again tonight. Former
Tampa right-hander Matt Garza faces Rays' righty Alex Cobb.
The buzz about David Price grew yesterday, after Fox Sports reported
yesterday that the Brewers have at least a chance to get Tampa's
left-handed ace for the stretch run. Tampa Bay is reportedly
asking for a series of prospects, including young Brewers' starter
Jimmy Nelson. But we don't know if that's enough -- since
Saint Louis, Seattle, and the L-A Dodgers are reportedly ready to
offer established big league talent to get Price. Brewers' G-M
Doug Melvin says Tampa might hang onto Price, since the Rays have
gotten hot lately and they're now just four-and-a-half games away
from an American League Wild Card spot. Price leads the Majors
with 183 strikeouts, and was the A-L Cy Young winner in 2012. He's
eligible for salary arbitration after the season, which means the
team that gets him would have to sign him to a long-term deal to
keep him into next year. Price is scheduled to pitch tomorrow
against Milwaukee, but there's been speculation that he'll be held
Brewers' minor league third baseman Nicky Delmonico has been
suspended for 50 games. He tested positive for an amphetamine
in violation of the minors' drug program. The 22-year-old
Delmonico was playing for Class-"A" Brevard County of the
Florida State League, batting .262 in 37 games with four homers and
15 R-B-I's. He had not played since July seventh. The
Brewers acquired Delmonico from Baltimore last July, in a trade that
sent closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles. K-Rod
re-signed with the Crew as a free agent last winter.
Former U-W Stevens Point star Jordan Zimmermann escaped with a
no-decision last night, after his Washington Nationals lost at Miami
7-to-6. The right-hander from Auburndale struck out six in
seven innings, while giving up two runs on four hits with a walk.
Zimmermann was in line to get the victory until Miami scored
four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Rafael Soriano had his
four blown save opportunity, and he also took the loss. It was
Zimmermann's second start since the All-Star break, after coming off
a strained biceps.
Bryan Bulaga was among the standouts at yesterday's Green Bay
Packers' Training Camp practice. Bulaga practiced in full pads
for the first time since he missed the entire 2013 season with a
torn A-C-L knee ligament suffered at last year's Family Night.
In yesterday's one-on-one pass blocking drills, Bulaga beat
out strong rushes from Julius Peppers twice and Clay Matthews once.
The right tackle from Iowa looked solid in the wake of his
A-C-L. Sam Shields and Sean Richardson made impressive
interceptions during the padded scrimmages. The players are
off today. Training camp practices resume tomorrow morning
after eight o'clock.
Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy are about to start competing for the
Wisconsin starting quarterback spot. Coach Gary Andersen said
freshman D-J Gillins would be the Number-three signal-caller when
the Badgers' pre-season camp opens next Monday in Madison. Andersen
talked about his team yesterday at the Big Ten's Media Day in
Chicago. The coach lives next to a golf course in Madison --
and he was somewhat surprised to see Stave on the course recently.
The coach joked that Stave's right shoulder must be okay if
he's playing golf with it. Actually, Andersen said Stave's
been in good shape throughout the summer. Stave injured the
A-C joint in the shoulder during last January's Capital One Bowl.
The coach says it appears to be okay now.
John Steinmiller will stay on as a vice president with the Milwaukee
Bucks, but not in a direct basketball role. New owners Wes
Edens and Marc Lasry said yesterday that they named Steinmiller to a
newly-created executive vice president's post for community affairs
and social responsibility. He sits on a number of boards and
organizations, and he'll serve as a link between community leaders
and the Bucks' owners. Steinmiller is starting his 45th year
with the Bucks. Edens and Lasry said Steinmiller has been part
of the team's fabric for its entire history - and there's no better
to solidify its bond with the community in which it exists. Also,
Patrick McDonough was named the Bucks' new chief financial officer.
He spent the last six years as an accounting vice president
for Madison Square Garden in New York. Bob Cook was named the
team's vice president for business affairs. He's a former vice
president of the H-T-N-B engineering company.
Former Milwaukee Bucks' guard Mo Williams will join the Minnesota
Timberwolves. His Chicago-based agents said yesterday that
Williams has committed to the T-Wolves after playing last season
with Portland. E-S-P-N says the 31-year-old Williams will sign
a one-year deal worth three-and-three-quarter million dollars.
He played four seasons in Milwaukee from 2004-through-'08,
averaging 14 points and six assists a game. Williams is an
11-year N-B-A veteran who has also played for Cleveland, the L-A
Clippers, and twice with Utah. He has career averages of
around 13 points, five assists, and three rebounds per night.