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In Major League Baseball...

Milwaukee 9, Philadelphia 5


In the Midwest League...

Beloit 9, Quad Cities 4

Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 2


In the opening night of the Northwoods League's second half...

Wisconsin 3, Lakeshore 0

Kenosha 1, Wisconsin Rapids 0

Kalamazoo 12, Madison 8

Willmar 3, Eau Claire 1

La Crosse 4, Green Bay 3


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.


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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.

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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.


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Milwaukee Bucks' 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. 


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Wisconsin will have two club pros in next month's P-G-A Championship near Sheboygan.  Ryan Helminen of Menasha and Brent Snyder of Hudson both qualified for the year's final major yesterday, when they finished in the Top-20 at the Professional National Championship near Philadelphia.  Helminen tied for 10th place at two-over-par 284 for 72 holes.  The teaching pro at Ridgeway in Neenah will play in his second P-G-A Championship, after he qualified the same way a year ago.  Snyder, who's with the Troy Burne Golf Course, tied for 16th at three-over-285.  He earned his first P-G-A bid.  Joe Leonard of Wisconsin Rapids, who was in the Top-10 for most of the club-pro tournament, struggled to a five-over-par 77 in his final round yesterday.  He ended up in a tie for 25th.


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C-E-O Mark Miles of Indy-Car's parent firm gave signs of hope yesterday that racing would continue at the Milwaukee Mile -- and that Road America near Elkhart Lake could get a race as well.  Andretti Sports Marketing filled a void at the Milwaukee Mile in 2012 with a weekend festival that included an Indy-Car event.  But not even half the 37-thousand seats have been filled for the race.  In a conference call, Miles said he has talked with the event's promoter, and both remain committed to keeping Milwaukee on the schedule. This year's Indy-Fest is set for July 11th-and-12th, and Miles did not say it would be a make-or-break event.  As for Elkhart Lake, Miles said there are "detailed discussions" about a 2016 event at Road America.  The track's president has said there's an agreement on a date that needs final approval from Indy-Car officials.