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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Brewers Lose 2-3 in 9th Inning

The Brewers tied the score 2-2 just after Wood departed when Lyle Overbay homered on the second pitch from Glendon Rusch, a drive that just reached the bleachers in left-center.

Jeromy Burnitz walked against Julio Santana (1-2) leading off the ninth, took second on Todd Walker's single -- that was nearly caught by center fielder Brady Clark -- and scored on Hollandsworth's second RBI single of the game.

"In that situation there's no room for error," Santana said. "It wasn't way inside, but it was a quality pitch."

Roberto Novoa (2-1), the Cubs fifth pitcher, threw a scoreless ninth.

Sheets gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one.

The Brewers will try to avoid a sweep Thursday as Chris Capuano (7-6) goes up against Greg Maddux (7-4).

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Brewers Shut Out

The Brewers put two runners on only once -- when Geoff Jenkins led off the eighth with a walk and Miller followed with a single to right.

Jenkins was thrown out at third by Derrek Lee on Trent Durrington's bunt. Cubs center fielder Corey Patterson got Zambrano out of the jam by making a diving catch of Brady Clark's liner and doubling up Miller at second to end the inning.

"If that ball gets by him, both those runners score," Baker said. "But it ended up being a double play. It worked out like you like it. 'Z' got eight innings and (Ryan) Dempster got the save."

"That was exciting," Zambrano added. "He came out of nowhere to make that play."

Dempster worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

The shutout was the second straight for the Cubs, who have not allowed a run in 25 innings. They blanked the White Sox on one hit Sunday, when Prior returned from the disabled list and pitched six innings.
Ben Sheets (3-6) faces Wednesday against Kerry Wood (1-1)

Magic Obtain Gortat From Phoenix

Gortat (6’11”, 240, 2/17/84) was selected to the Polish National Under-22 team after having played basketball for only six months. During the summer of 2004, he was invited to play for the Polish National Team. Gortat spent the 2004-05 campaign with RheinEnergie Koln in Germany’s Bundesliga I league, averaging 5.2 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. in 29 games. He also played in 12 games during ULEP Cup action, averaging 8.4 ppg., 4.5 rpg. and 1.25 blkpg.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

With Pick #44 The Magic Select Martynas Andriuskevicius

I like this pick also.

From ESPN:

Andriuskevicius may have the most upside of anyone on the board, but he's also the furthest away. He'll have to spend a minimum of two years overseas or in the NBDL bulking up. But once he does, he has everything else. Big risk, high reward means that his draft stock will be all over the place. The Suns almost promised him at No. 7 last year; getting him at No. 21 this year seems like a steal.
It now looks like the Magic have traded Martynas:

Magic Select Diener With #38


From ESPN:

He's a tough, competitive kid who can shoot the lights out from downtown. If he was a little bigger or quicker, he'd be going much higher. The fact that he's an average athlete without much size hurts him.

Magic Select Vazquez At #11

I personally thought there were some better picks on the board, but I was not surprised by this selection. Even though I thought the Magic could've done better, I am not totally disappointed with Vazquez.

From the Magic's Official Website:

The Orlando Magic have selected forward Fran Vazquez in the first round (11th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft.

Vazquez (6’10”, 238, 5/1/83) has competed in the Spanish ACB league. During the 2001-02 season, he played with Unicaja Malaga’s youth team. In 2002-03, Vazquez spent the entire season on the senior team, one of the most talented clubs in Europe. After signing with Granada Canaria in 2003-04, he returned to Unicaja last season (2004-05).

Vazquez has been a member of the Spanish National Team at the Cadet, Junior and Senior levels. Vazquez helped Spain capture the silver medal at the 2002 European Under-20 Championships.

Last season, Vazquez averaged 11.1 ppg., 6.0 rpg. and 1.38 blkpg. in 24.2 minpg. during 32 games with Unicaja. He netted 26 points (11-of-12 FG) and tallied 11 rebounds vs. Joventud Badalona. Vazquez recorded four double-doubles, ranked third in blocked shots during Euroleague competition and sixth in blocks in the ACB.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Brewers Can't Pull Off Sweep

Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (2-8) allowed five runs on 10 hits, only the second time in 15 starts that he's allowed more than three earned runs. He has one win in his last 12 starts.

"I don't know what it is when he's out there," Brewers outfielder Geoff Jenkins said of Santos. "We don't seem to get it done."

Jenkins hit a two-run home run off reliever Joe Nathan in the ninth for Milwaukee, which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Nathan gave up four hits in the inning, but was able to close out the game without further damage.

"He hadn't pitched in a while," Gardenhire said. "Right there at the end you can see him light it up with his fastball. Then they chased it a couple times, which was huge."

The Twins left runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and fifth innings but added to their lead in the sixth with a run-scoring single up the middle by Mike Redmond that scored Jacque Jones.

Santos was chased a batter later when Juan Castro hit a slow roller to third, and Glenn Williams was able to beat the throw home. Shannon Stewart drove in Redmond with a two-out double to left-center off reliever Tommy Phelps to put the Twins up 5-0.

Magic Hire 2 Assistant GMs

Orlando Magic President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Vander Weide announced today that Dave Twardzik and Otis Smith have both been promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager.

“As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Dave and Otis complement each other very well and have a unique bond,” said Vander Weide. “They bring a wide range of experience, great energy, dedication, leadership and vision to our basketball operations. I’m confident this is the right structure for us today.”

Twardzik and Smith will be responsible for overseeing basketball operations, including player acquisitions via the draft, free agency and trades, player development, scouting and salary cap management.

Twardzik was named the Magic’s director of player personnel on September 15, 2003. He has more than 29 years of professional basketball experience as a player, coach and front office executive.

Twardzik has worked in a variety of areas with several NBA team’s basketball operations departments. He served as general manager of Golden State from 1995-97. Prior to joining the Warriors, he spent five seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, beginning as director of scouting in 1990.

Smith was named Orlando’s director of player development on September 15, 2003. He has assisted in all aspects of the basketball operations department, including player development and scouting, while also assisting the team’s community relations department.

Smith spent the 2002-03 season as executive director of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors. In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department and worked in conjunction with the players and basketball staff. During the previous two-plus seasons, Smith was director of community relations/Warriors Foundation.

Smith is no stranger to “The City Beautiful.” He was a member of the inaugural 1989-90 Magic squad and spent three seasons playing in Orlando (1989-92). Smith averaged 11.4 ppg., 4.1 rpg., 1.9 apg. and 1.01 stlpg. in 195 games with the Magic. He played in 375 career NBA regular season games with Denver, Golden State and Orlando, averaging 10.5 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.01 stlpg. in 20.6 minpg.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Brewers Win Again 7-6

The Milwaukee Brewers hope they got a good glimpse of their future from Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks.

The two rookies both hit their first career home runs Saturday night, leading the Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

"It was big night for both of those kids," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "As much as those kids have been through together, for both of them to hit their first home run on the same night is kind of unbelievable."

AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana (7-4) led 5-2 before Carlos Lee's two-run double in the fifth.

Wes Helms walked leading off the seventh, Chris Magruder singled and Jesse Crain relieved. After J.J. Hardy sacrificed, Fielder batted for pitcher Matt Wise (1-2).

The 21-year-old son of former major-league star Cecil Fielder hit Crain's next pitch 426 feet to left-center field to give the Brewers a 7-5 lead. Fielder said he was looking for a fastball from Twins reliever Jesse Crain.

"I was just trying to hit a line drive up the middle and it kept going," said Fielder, who hit 15 home runs at Triple-A Nashville before being called up June 13. "It was a great feeling, especially in that situation, with as loud as the crowd was."

The Brewers will go for the sweep tonight as Victor Santos (2-7) faces Kyle Lohse (5-6).

Friday, June 24, 2005

Brewers Beat Twins 3-1

Despite getting himself into several jams, Chris Capuano stayed in control Friday night against the reeling Minnesota Twins.

Capuano pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and Damian Miller snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a solo home run as the Milwaukee Brewers won their third consecutive game, 3-1.

One of the jams Capuano (7-6) worked out of came when Minnesota loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth.

"That's the thing about Capuano: He's a real competitor," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "The tougher the situation, the tougher he gets.

"Bases loaded, nobody out," Yost said. "It doesn't get any tougher than that."

Milwaukee's victory was tempered when third baseman Jeff Cirillo broke a bone in his left hand when hit by a pitch in the eighth inning. Yost said Cirillo would miss four to six weeks.

Tomorrow Tomo Ohka (5-4) will face Johan Santana (7-3)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Brewers Hold On 8-7

Bill Hall fouled off the first changeup he saw from Mike Remlinger with two outs in the eighth inning.

He saw another changeup and hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a pair of Derrek Lee home runs and beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Thursday.

"I get criticized when I say my team battles," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "People get upset because I say my team battles all the time. So I don't know how to really put it."

With two outs in the eighth and the score 6-all, Jeff Cirillo singled on a ball just under the glove of second baseman Todd Walker. Hall followed with his 11th homer, a drive to center field off Remlinger (0-2).

"I was just expecting to drive the ball in the gap and get Cirillo some running room so he could maybe score from first," said Hall, who also had two doubles. "I was sitting on a changeup on the first pitch and I fouled it off. I was pretty upset."

After another strike, Hall took two fastballs to even the count at 2-2 and expected another changeup.

"I looked for it, got it and got the good part of the bat on it," said Hall, 8-for-16 with three homers and four RBI in the series.

Chris Capuano (6-6) faces Brad Radke (5-6) on Friday night.

Brewers Beat Cubs 9-4

Carlos Lee started and capped Milwaukee's biggest inning of the season.

Lee hit two home runs, including a three-run shot during an eight-run second inning, and the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Wednesday night.

"That's nice to bounce back from our last two losses," Lee said. "Eight runs in one inning. That was awesome."

Lee added a solo shot in the seventh for his 19th homer. The NL leader with 64 RBI has two multihomer games this season.

Milwaukee sent 12 men to the plate in the second and knocked out Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano (4-4).

Ben Sheets (3-6) will face Glendon Rusch (5-3) in the series finale today.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Ned Yost to Coach in All-Star Game

Brewers manager Ned Yost boldly predicted Wednesday that his slumping Brewers would have at least two All-Stars. Turns out he was trading on insider information.

Yost received a call Tuesday from Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa and accepted an invitation to coach the National League squad in the July 12 Midsummer Classic. LaRussa, who will serve as the NL manager, also tabbed Giants manager Felipe Alou as a coach.

Because every team gets at least one player representative, the Brewers will have at least two All-Stars for the fourth straight year.

Seahawks Sign Two

The Seattle Seahawks have signed their second of two seventh-round draft choices (254th overall) T Doug Nienhuis and free agent G Andy King, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Nienhuis, from Oregon State, is the second of nine Seahawks draft choices to sign. The team signed Jeb Huckeba yesterday afternoon.

King, who last played for the NFL Europe Amsterdam Admirals this past spring, spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons with the St. Louis Rams playing in six career games.

Brewers Lose Again to Cubs 2-4

Ryan Dempster recorded the final three outs for his 10th save in 11 chances, retiring pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo with two on to end it.

Hall was the only Brewers batter to get to Williams. Hall hit a solo homer in the second. In the fourth, he hit the first pitch, another solo drive to left, for his first career multihomer game and a career-high 10 homers this season.

"Two swings of the bat, and they get the win," Hall said, referring to the two-run homers hit by Lee and Ramirez. "I had two swings of the bat with the same result, just not enough men on base."

Milwaukee starter Victor Santos (2-7) certainly deserved better.

He retired nine consecutive batters after Todd Hollandsworth's one-out single in the first before Lee reached on shortstop J.J. Hardy's error in the fourth.

Center fielder Brady Clark, whose error in the seventh allowed the Cubs to score the deciding run Monday night, caught Jeromy Burnitz's long fly and threw out Lee, who was trying to advance to second.

Santos stayed in command as he retired the next six Cubs, but the Brewers' defense doomed him in the seventh.

Hollandsworth tripled over the head of right fielder Geoff Jenkins, who was turned around on the play. The ball deflected off Jenkins' glove and rolled to the wall. Then Lee hit the first pitch from Santos for his 20th homer, tying it at 2-all.

Rookie second baseman Rickie Weeks booted Burnitz's grounder for an error, and Ramirez sent the next pitch 434 feet to left-center, putting the Cubs ahead 4-2 and sending their visiting fans into a frenzy.

"We got to get better defensively, no matter what," Hall said.

Doug Davis (8-6) will try to rebound off a bad outing vs. the Blue Jays as he goes up against Carlos Zambrano (4-3).

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Cubs Edge Brewers 4-5

Maddux (6-4) gave up Lyle Overbay's two-run homer in the third and Rickie Weeks' RBI double in the sixth. He walked three and struck out two before leaving for a pinch hitter in the seventh, and improved to 11-2 in 18 career starts against Milwaukee.

"I left it up and he hit it out," Maddux said of Overbay's shot to deep center.

Overbay said he hit a cut fastball from Maddux.

"He doesn't make many mistakes," Overbay said. "When he does, you have to take advantage of them."

Maddux thought his location wasn't as good as it could have been.

"I thought I got away with a little bit more than I did the last time (against Florida)," he said. "We needed a win, and we got it."

The next Hall of Fame pitcher for Maddux to catch on the career victories list is Gaylord Perry with 314.

Tonight Victor Santos (2-6) goes up against Jerome Williams (0-2).

Monday, June 20, 2005

Hawks Sign 5th Round Pick Huckeba

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have signed fifth-round draft choice (159th overall) DE Jeb Huckeba to a multi-year contract, the team announced Monday afternoon. Huckeba, from the University of Arkansas, is the first of nine Seahawks draft choices to sign.

Brewers Beat Blue Jays 5-2 Again

The Milwaukee Brewers are having a lot more fun since calling a players-only meeting.

Carlos Lee drove in his NL-leading 60th run, and Chris Capuano and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter to lead the Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

The Brewers went 3-6 on their road trip, but ended it with two wins after calling the meeting on Friday night. The main message was to relax and have fun.

"It helped," closer Derrick Turnbow said. "Any time you come together as a team and have a meeting and get everything on the table it definitely helps. And when you win you have more fun, there's no question about that."

Capuano (6-6) struggled with his control, but he gave up just one run on four hits in five innings. He walked three and hit a batter in the third, but he got Reed Johnson to ground into a double play and Shea Hillenbrand to pop out to prevent any further damage.

Capuano finished with a season-high five walks and six strikeouts.

"I'm definitely going to buy the bullpen a steak dinner one of these days for picking me up there," Capuano said. "I hate to do the five and dive."
Tonight, the Brewers head home to face the Chicago Cubs. Tomo Ohka (5-3) will be making his 2nd start against Greg Maddux (5-4)

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Brewers Beat Jays 5-2

Milwaukee's players-only meeting worked. The Brewers had fun against one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Ben Sheets outpitched Roy Halladay in a matchup of two-time All-Stars, leading Milwaukee to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

The Brewers held a meeting after Friday night's loss. The main message was to relax and have fun. Milwaukee has won just two of its last nine games.

Carlos Lee got things going for the Brewers with a two-run homer in the first.

"We get paid to do this, but you've got to enjoy what you do. You can't just go to work and be pressing," Lee said. "That's pretty much what we said, have fun and play hard and whatever happens, happens. We did every little thing it takes to win games, and if that's the way we're going to go about it, we're going to have a lot of fun."

Geoff Jenkins ended a career-worst 0-for-29 slump with a homer off Miguel Batista in the ninth.

Staked to a 3-0 lead in the first, Sheets (3-6) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out three and walked two. Tommy Phelps threw one pitch and earned his first major league save, retiring pinch-hitter Alex Rios on a grounder with the bases loaded.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Brewers Lose to Blue Jays

The Blue Jays scored just 14 runs in their previous seven games. But they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first against Doug Davis (8-6), who lasted just 1 2/3 innings.

Bill Hall homered and had three hits for the Brewers, who have lost seven of eight.

Toronto sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scored on Shea Hillenbrand's RBI single, Gregg Zaun's run-scoring single and home runs by Hinske and Menechino. Hinske's homer landed in the Windows restaurant in center field.

"He needed that and we needed that," Gibbons said.

Hinske didn't realize he hit the ball that far.

"I've never gone up there. It's definitely cool," he said.

Hillenbrand added an RBI single off Davis in the second, giving the Blue Jays a 7-1 lead.

Davis gave Toronto's hitters credit, but also said he lacked command.

"I got behind and that's what got me in trouble," Davis said. "When I had to throw a strike they knew it was coming."

Wes Helms hit a sacrifice fly in the second, and the Brewers scored three runs in the third on Rickie Weeks' RBI double, Lyle Overbay's sacrifice fly and Carlos Lee's run-scoring single.

John McDonald gave Toronto an 8-4 lead with an RBI grounder in the third.

Hall homered off Walker in the sixth, ending his string of 18 1/3 scoreless innings.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Nomo Beats Brewers 3-5

Prince Fielder got his first two hits in the majors with a pair of doubles, earning his first major league RBI in the ninth with the second one. The son of former major league slugger Cecil Fielder was the Brewers' first-round pick in the 2002 draft.

"It was fun getting that first hit," Fielder said. "I wish we could have won. Now I'm not so wide-eyed. I still felt the butterflies, but I felt good."

Milwaukee purchased Fielder's contract from Triple-A Nashville on Monday, and he went 0-for-4 that night in his big league debut. He didn't play in Tuesday's game.

Franklin Nunez pitched the eighth and Danys Baez worked the ninth for his ninth save in 15 opportunities.

Brady Clark homered for Milwaukee, which has lost six of seven. Victor Santos (2-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

"I'm not discouraged," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I believe we can turn it around real quick. We're good enough to do it."

Clark hit a leadoff homer in the first and Chris Magruder had an RBI grounder one inning later to put the Brewers up 2-0. Tampa Bay got a run back in the bottom of the second when Kevin Cash homered on the first pitch of his first at-bat this season.

Hideo Nomo got a well-deserved beer dousing from his teammates.

Nomo allowed two runs in seven innings for his 200th combined major league and Japanese win, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Wednesday night.

The win qualified Nomo (4-6) for the Meikyukai, one of two special honors for Japanese players. Membership is automatic after a player reaches 2,000 hits or 200 wins. He is the 16th pitcher and 45th member overall. The other top honor is the Japanese Hall of Fame, where members are elected.

"Everybody poured beer on me, and it was really good fun," Nomo said through an interpreter. "I think it will be a real good memory one day because I got to celebrate with my teammates, and it's really good for the fans."
The Brewers have today off, and start their homestand on Friday as they take on the Blue Jays. Doug Davis (8-5) will face off against Gustavo Chacin (6-4).

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Ohka! Ohka! Ohka!

What a debut! Tomo Ohka had a complete game shut-out in his first game with the Brewers, striking out 6 and walking none. Lyle Overbay knocked in 2 runs, as did Wes Helms to give the Brewers a 4-0 win and snapping their 5-game losing streak. It will be Victor Santos (2-5) against Hideo Nomo (3-6) tonight in the last game of the series.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Sin City 2 & 3!!

I know this is kind of old news, but Sin City 2 should be coming out around Summer 2006 and Sin City 3 will be coming out in 2008.


Rodriguez, who wore his trademark cowboy hat, said he was pleased to be in Cannes, the "home" of film noir.

He added work had already started on a sequel to Sin City, and would feature many of the same characters.

He added that the next film would be based on Miller's book, A Dame to Kill For.

Brewers Lose to Devil Rays 3-5

Jonny Gomes and Travis Lee homered to back right-hander Doug Waechter, and the Devil Rays also received some timely hitting from Julio Lugo, Jorge Cantu and Eduardo Perez to spoil the big-league debut of Milwaukee's Prince Fielder.

Fielder, son of former major-league star Cecil Fielder, was promoted from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day. The Brewers' first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter.

"I was thinking too much. Maybe I just tried too hard," Fielder said.

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said the 21-year-old prospect appeared a little anxious, swinging at first pitches. Fielder felt he calmed down after he grounded out in his first trip to the plate in the second inning.

"I was trying to hit the ball hard, maybe too hard," Fielder said. "Each at-bat I was feeling better and better."

Added Yost: "Prince is getting some valuable experience. It will pay off for him in the long run."

Chris Capuano (5-6) allowed four runs and 12 hits in seven innings. Chad Moeller and Lyle Overbay homered for the Brewers, who have lost five in a row and dropped a season-low seven games under .500 at 28-35.

The Brewers look to end their 5 game skid tonight as Tomo Ohka (4-3) takes on Casey Fossum (2-4) and the D-Rays.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Fielder Called Up

By TOM HAUDRICOURT From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed this afternoon that Fielder, 21, would come up strictly to serve as the DH in three-game series at Tampa Bay and Toronto. Melvin said Fielder then would be returned to Class AAA Nashville.

"We figured the way we’re hitting, we’ll see if he can jump-start the offense a little bit," said Melvin. "We talked about this a couple of weeks ago.

"We’ve got some guys banged up right now, so we’re a little thin. And with the offense struggling, we’re looking for an offensive boost."

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Brewers Swept by Phillies in 2-6 Loss

Carlos Lee accounted for Milwaukee's lone run with his 16th homer. The Brewers have lost four straight.

Burrell broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a long homer to left-center field off Ben Sheets (2-6). Burrell, who won Saturday's game with a three-run home run, has 14 on the season - including five on the homestand.

The Phillies added four runs in the eighth on Jim Thome's RBI single and Utley's 10th homer -- a three-run shot.

"They're hot right now," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "They're swinging the bats well. The whole lineup is hot."

Bill Hall hit a solo homer in the ninth off Wagner to close the scoring.

The Brewers hope to end their losing streak tomorrow as they face the Devil Rays. The starters are going to be Chris Capuano (5-5) for Milwaukee, and Doug Waechter (2-3) for Tampa Bay.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Amsterdam Wins World Bowl 27-21

Amsterdam has 4 Seahawks while Berlin has 3. Both Gibran Hamdan (Amsterdam QB) and Tony Donald (Amsterdam TE) were on the Disabled List. Here's how the other Seahawks fared in the World Bowl:

Ryan Dutton (Amsterdam P): 5 punts, 177 yds, 35.4 avg, 1 TB, 2 Inside 20, 41 long
B.J. Tucker (Amsterdam CB): 4 solo tackles, 1 PD
Kevin Miller (Berlin K): 0-1 FG, 3-3 PAT
Michael Harden (Berlin CB): 5 tackles (1 solo, 2 assist, 2 special teams), 1 PD
Christian Mohr (Berlin DE): 1 solo tackle

From NFL Europe.com:

The Amsterdam Admirals have won the first NFL Europe League title in team history, defeating the Berlin Thunder 27-21 in a thrilling finish to Yello Strom World Bowl XIII. After opening up a 24-7 lead in the third quarter Amsterdam watched the Thunder roar back into the game to set up a potential game winning drive in the final minute, which Amsterdam’s defense foiled.

The Admirals got a huge game from quarterback Kurt Kittner, who came out firing to throw for the team’s first two scores. Kittner was the well deserved MVP of the Yello Strom World Bowl XIII, completing 15 of 28 passes for 239 yards and two scores. His favorite target on the day was receiver John Booth, who had four catches for 103 yards. Ruvell Martin had one touchdown to add to his league-leading total of 12 during the regular season.

Milwaukee Loses Again To Philly 5-7

Brewers starter Doug Davis gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, extending his unbeaten streak to nine starts.

After Mike Lieberthal's RBI double in the sixth gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead, the Brewers went ahead on RBI singles by Rickie Weeks and Bill Hall. Geary only once before entered a game with the Phillies leading this season.

"I thought it was an ideal spot for him. He had been pitching good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Jim Thome's two-out RBI single in the third scored Burrell, who had doubled, to put the Phillies ahead 3-2. Hardy's first career homer, a two-out drive deep into the left-field seats, tied it at 3 in the fourth.

Abreu made it 2-0 in the first with his 16th homer, a long shot that hit high off the brick wall that stands behind the shrubs in center field.

Helms tied it at 2 with an opposite-field shot in the second, hitting the 11th pitch of his at-bat into the right-center field seats for his second homer.

"They're hot," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Burrell didn't hit it good, but good enough to get out."

Friday, June 10, 2005

Brewers Lose in Philly 2-5

Brewers starter Victor Santos gave up two runs and three hits in six innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in six consecutive outings and 10 of his 12 starts. But the hard-luck right-hander is just 2-5 despite a 2.74 ERA.

"Santos did a great job. Just one pitch to Thome got away from him," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Pat Burrell started Philadelphia's fourth with a single off the left-field wall, and Thome followed with a shot into the right-center field seats to tie it at 2. Thome, who has struggled all season, connected for the second straight game and has five homers this season.

"His swing is starting to get there," Manuel said. "He made some adjustments."

Cirillo hit his third homer into the left-field seats to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first.

Lyle Overbay singled to start the fourth and Carlos Lee poked a hit-and-run single into an open hole at shortstop to put runners at first and third. Overbay scored on Bill Hall's fielder's choice grounder back to the mound to make it 2-0.

Brewers Trade Spivey for Ohka

The Brewers have finally traded Junior Spivey. Most Brewer fans have been expecting this for a while now, as it finally clears the logjam in the infield 2B, which Rickie Weeks waiting to get his shot, while Bill Hall has been on a tear lately. Tomo Ohka comes to Milwaukee (from Washington) with a 4-3 record and a 3.33 ERA. Ohka will fit nicely in the #5 spot in Milwaukee's pitching rotation. Right after the trade, Milwaukee called up Rickie Weeks from AAA-Nashville. Weeks will most likely start right away at 2B.

Bannister Breaks Clavicle

From José Miguel Romero at The Seattle Times:

The tattoo down Alex Bannister's left arm reads "Unbreakable."

It might be true of his spirit, but not of his bones, unfortunately.

The Seahawks wide receiver and special-teams standout is out for at least eight weeks, and perhaps up to 12, with a broken right collarbone.

It's the same injury Bannister suffered midway through last season that forced him onto injured reserve, thus ending his 2004 campaign.

Bannister broke the bone again during special-teams drills in Wednesday's practice. He did a routine up-and-under move and ran into a player playing tackle. Instantly, he felt a crack.
"It's unfortunate that it happened," Bannister said yesterday, his arm in a sling, "but the good thing is that it could have been worse."

Bannister said he won't be able to do anything for two weeks, than he'll start physical activity again. He hopes to be back for the Seahawks' first regular-season game Sept. 11 at Jacksonville.

The injury comes at a critical time, since Bannister is among those veteran receivers who are trying to keep their jobs in the face of stiff competition. Ten receivers, including Bannister, are starting the battle for no more than six spots on the final roster, and now Bannister is certain to miss all of training camp.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Tucker & Mohr Make All-NFL Europe Team

From Seahawks.com:

The NFL Europe League announced its annual awards at World Bowl Media Day Thursday at the LTU Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, with Amsterdam cornerback B.J. Tucker and Berlin defensive end Christian Mohr named to the All-NFL Europe Team representing Seattle.

Tucker, who led the league with five interceptions and returned two for touchdowns, started all 10 games and posted 19 tackles and 11 passes defensed. He was also named NFL Europe Defensive Player of the Week 1.

Mohr, who spent last season on the Seahawks practice squad, played in all 10 games with four starts, also had 19 tackles with 4.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. He was named NFL Europe National Player of the Week 7 and 9.

Seahawks Keep Taking From the Bucs

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers scouts, Mike Phair and Mike Yowarsky, the team announced today.

“Mike Phair has been with the Buccaneeers for three years, played at Arizona State and will cover the West for us,” said President Tim Ruskell. “He is a young, up-and-coming scout who is an excellent addition to have on our staff.”

Phair was also responsible for the West Coast region in Tampa during his time. In 2001 he coached linebackers and special teams for Tiffin University, as well as recruited and coordinated academic responsibilities for the team.

Yowarsky joins Seattle after spending the previous 14 years with Tampa Bay as its Southeastern region scout. He joined the Bucs in 1991 after spending the previous year as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida under head coach Steve Spurrier.

“Mike will be our Eastern regional director who was scouting the Southeast for the Buccaneeers the past 14 years,” added Ruskell. “He brings a wealth of experience, contacts and know-how to the staff and myself.”

Brewers Get Stomped by Yankees

The game started out good with a score of 2-2 going into the second. All indications were pointing to a slugfest. The Yankees held up on their end by driving in 10 more runs, while the Brew Crew only knocked in 1 more, making the final score 12-3. Alex Rodriguez hit 2 homers, including his 400th career HR. Carlos Lee was one of the only bright spots for Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a monster jack in the 6th. The Brewers have today off beofre heading to Philadelphia on Friday.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Brewers Hang on To Beat Yanks 2-1

Ben Sheets is back! Sheets shut out the Yankees for 7 innings before turning things over to the bullpen, who gave everyone a scare in the 9th by allowing a run. However, the Brewers held on for the win. Bill Hall drove in both of the Brewers' runs with a Homer Run Blast in the 2nd. Here's what Hall had to say:

"On paper, it looks like they're going to beat us three games in a row, 20-0. But let's play it on the field, and I'll match our heart with any team's."

Tonight, the Brewers look to sweep the Yankess (instead of being swept!) with Chris Capuano (5-4) faces Mike Mussina (5-4).

Holmgren Having Chest Pains

By José Miguel Romero at The Seattle Times:

Holmgren felt discomfort in his chest after Monday's minicamp practice and was taken to a medical facility for a heart examination, the team said yesterday. Doctors performed a procedure to make sure Holmgren's arteries were clear and found nothing wrong.

Holmgren, who turns 57 next week, was ordered to rest for a couple of days. He's expected back to lead practice at team headquarters tomorrow morning.

Seahawks doctors administered the tests, then allowed the coach to leave. In Holmgren's absence, offensive coordinator Gil Haskell oversaw yesterday's practice.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Brewers Take Ryan Braun at #5

Brewers Picks (by Round):

1st - 3B Ryan Braun, 6'2", 200, Miami (FL)
3rd - RHP William Inman, 6'1", 210, Tunstall HS
4th - 3B Matthew Gamel, 6'0", 205, Chipola JC
5th - RHP Kevin Roberts, 6'0", 190, Houston U.
6th - LHP Steven Hammond, 6'2", 205, Cal St. Long Beach
7th - CF Michael Brantley, 6'2", 180, Fort Pierce Central HS
8th - SS Jemile Weeks, 5'9", 160, Lake Brantley HS
9th - 3B Carlos Hereaud, 6'0", 195, Lawrence E. Elkins HS
10th - LHP Stevenson Garrison, 6'1", 185, Hun School
11th - RHP Brent Allar, 6'2", 210, Weatherford College
12th - 1B John Alonso, 6'0", 220, Polk CC
13th - C Ryan Babenau, 6'2", 190, Etiwanda HS
14th - RHP Mark James, 6'1", 185, Sinclair Secondary School
15th - 2B Michael Bell, 6'0", N/A, Grayson County College
16th - RHP Andrew Bailey, 6'3", 220, Wagner College
17th - RF Timothy Smith, 6'2", 200, Midland College
18th - LHP William Braddock, 6'3", 220, Gloucester Catholic HS

Seahawks Sign John Howell

By José Miguel Romero from The Seattle Times:

The Seahawks signed safety John Howell to a one-year, $565,000 contract last Friday, and Howell, who spent his first four pro seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, made his practice debut yesterday.

The Seahawks also opened up June Voluntary Camp. The only 2 Seahawks miss the camp without an excuse: Shaun Alexander (contract) and Darrell Jackson. It was the first time the team has had camp since the Koren Robinson was released. The camp runs from Monday-Thursday the next two weeks.

Dave Boling from The News Tribune took some notes:

Minicamps and training camps in the NFL provide some of the same opportunities for false assessments and premature judgments patented by spring training in baseball.

But the highlights of the post-Koren era offense were a pair of deep catches by Jerheme Urban; one a one-handed, over-the-shoulder gem while tip-toeing up the right sideline, the other another big gainer in traffic up the other sideline.

Last year’s top draft pick, defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs, made little impact last season. He’s come back looking quicker and stronger, and reportedly has been a dedicated offseason trainer.

Several times he went head-to-head against this year’s first-round pick, center Chris Spencer. The rookie mostly got beat, as is the norm in a drill that favors defenders, but he gets off the ball quickly and stays on balance.

Lofa Tatupu, the second-round pick, has already impressed the staff with his preparedness and savvy. The middle linebacker from USC was considered undersized by some draft analysts, but he has scored points by understanding not only where he needs to be, but also where everybody else should be, too.

Tight end Jerramy Stevens, whose fitness level has been questioned in some past seasons, looks lean and strong.

Brewers Top Yankees 4-3

Jeff Cirillo and Junior Spivey both hit homers in the Brewers' win. In the 9th, with Tony Womack at 2nd (Pinch Running for Bernie Williams), Derek Jeter hit a liner in the Right Field corner. Geoff Jenkins made a great streching catch to save the win for the Brewers. Had Jenkins missed the ball, Jeter would've knocked Womack in and had a double in the process.

Doug Davis picked up the win while getting 8 strikeouts. Tonight, Ben Sheets (1-5) tries to bounce back against Carl Pavano (4-4) and the Yanks.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Brewers Lose Again to Dodgers

The Brewers lost 6-10 in the final of 4 games against the Dodgers (in which Milwaukee lost 3). Carlos Lee went 5-5, but it wasn't enough to offset horrible pitching. The Brew Crew heads back to Milwaukee tonight to face the slumping Yankees. The starters are as follows: Doug Davis (7-5) vs. Randy Johnson (5-4).

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Brewers Lose 1-2

This was an ugly game. The Brewers were 1-10 wth runners in scoring position, so it's not like they didn't have chances to score. In the 9th Inning, Carlos Lee was on 3rd with one out. The Brewers had a chance to make Gagne blow only his 3rd save since 2003, but Lyle Overbay struck out and Bill Hall grounded out to end the game. Wes Obermueller (1-0) squares off against Brad Penny (2-2) tonight in the final game of the series.

From CBS Sportsline:

Dodgers third baseman Antonio Perez and manager Jim Tracy were ejected by plate umpire Marty Foster in the bottom of the seventh. The trouble started when Foster ruled that a pitch from Santos hit the knob of Perez's bat and not his hand -- initiating a long argument from Tracy.

"He felt like the ball hit the knob of the bat and the player didn't feel like it completely got all of it," Tracy said. "He called it a foul ball and I disagreed with it, that's all."

Perez asked for time just before Santos threw his next pitch, but Foster wouldn't allow it and Perez took a ball as the crowd booed the umpire. The inning ended with a strikeout-double play, and Perez was ejected after saying something to Foster as he walked away from the batter's box.

"I know Jeff Cirillo asked for time the next inning, and Marty said, 'Hey, you've got to speak up because I can barely hear you.' So he almost didn't give it to him because the crowd was really into it," Dodgers catcher Jason Phillips said.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Boulware Visits Seahawks

From Jose Miguel Romero at The Seattle Times:

"Free agent Peter Boulware visited the Seahawks yesterday and left without signing. He is believed to have more visits before making his decision.
Yesterday, Peter Boulware met with team officials and coaches, including defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, and took a physical with the Seahawks' medical staff. He is scheduled to leave this afternoon after taking time to visit his brother."
It looks like the Hawks are taking a "wait-and-see" approach to the Boulware situation.

Brewers Beat Dodgers 7-5

The Brewers tied the series lead against the Dodgers Friday night with a 7-5 win. Carlos Lee started things off with a Grand Slam in the 1st inning. Bill Hall continued with a 3-run shot in the 8th. Chris Capuano struck out 8 on his way to earning win number five.
Tonight, Victor Santos (2-4) goes up against D.J. Houlton (0-0).

Police Say K-Rob Blew a .191

From Mike Sando at The News Tribune:

Koren Robinson’s blood-alcohol level measured .191 percent in a pair of breath tests administered by Medina Police in the early morning hours of May 6, records show.

The state’s legal limit for driving is .08 percent.

Robinson, released Thursday by the Seattle Seahawks after incurring DUI and reckless-driving charges, has pleaded not guilty in Kirkland Municipal Court. He claimed in court papers to have consumed alcohol after driving and before taking the breath tests.

Whatever the case, blood-alcohol readings on file with the Washington State Patrol suggest Robinson was drinking heavily on the date in question.

Robinson, who weighs approximately 205 pounds, might have to consume 10 drinks in an hour to reach .191 percent, according to estimates provided by the state’s liquor control board.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Brewers Can't Keep Up With Dodgers

The Brewers started off good, jumping out 3-0. Ben Sheets couldn't hold the lead though, giving way to 5 Dodger runs. The Brewers started to make their run on the great Eric Gagne in the 9th by scoring a run (cutting the lead to 2) and having runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs. Expectations were high as Geoff Jenkins stepped up to the plate. However, Jenkins managed to strike out on three pitches, one of them in the dirt.

Tonight (June 3), the Brewers look to tie the series as Chris Capuano (4-4) goes up again Jeff Weaver (5-4).

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Seahawks cut Robinson & Taylor

Well, I think most people saw this coming. Just about everybody though Taylor would be cut ever since the draft. Nobody really knew for sure on Robinson until yesterday, when it came out that he was charged with DUI. Peter Boulware should be visiting Seattle today. The money saved from cutting Taylor & Robinson could be used to sign Boulware, John Howell, and Seattle's draft picks.

From Seahawks.com:

"The Seattle Seahawks have released wide receiver Koren Robinson and cornerback Bobby Taylor, the team announced Thursday afternoon."

The Last Straw for K-Rob?

Here is an excerpt from a story written by Mike Sando and Sean Robinson in The News Tribune:

Koren Robinson has been charged with DUI and reckless driving following a May 6 incident in Medina, perhaps foreshadowing the troubled receiver’s release from the Seattle Seahawks.

Robinson, 25, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor criminal charges filed in Kirkland Municipal Court, and he is due back before Judge Albert Raines on July 18, documents show.

The Seahawks were not available to comment Tuesday night, but team sources previously indicated that Robinson had run out of second chances following a troubled four-year run with the team. Robinson has acknowledged as much.

“I know what I’ve got to do and they’re expecting me to do that,” Robinson said following an April 30 minicamp practice. “If not, I know the consequences. … Either you want to be in the NFL or you don’t. And I do. So, I have to do everything I gotta do to stay here.”

Official Statement from the Seahawks: http://www.seahawks.com/ardisplay.aspx?SecID=45&ID=5509

More from Mike Sando:
"According to sources, the team has cleaned out Koren Robinson’s locker and removed its nameplate."

Brewers Avoid Sweep

Doug Davis threw a great game against the Padres, going 8 innings and striking out 7 batters. Carlos Lee knocked out his 13th HR of the year while Geoff Jenkins hit his 5th HR. Derrick Turnbow gave Milwaukee a scare in the 9th inning by giving up a run and loading the bases before getting the hook. Julio Santana took care of the next two batters, but it was nerve wrecking. With the bases loaded and 2 out, Geoff Blum, who is currently on fire, hit the ball about 5 feet short of the right field wall. Had he hit the grand slam, it would've been a 6-5 win for the Padres. Even though the Brewers' bullpen made it interesting in the 9th, they still came out triumphant with a 5-2 score.
The Brewers continue their California tour as Ben Sheets faces off against Derek Thompson tonight (June 2) at Dodger Stadium. This will be Sheets' 2nd start since coming off the IL.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Brewers Lose 8-4 in San Diego

The Padres scored five runs off reliever Gary Glover (3-4) in the sixth inning to get ace Jake Peavy off the hook for a rare rough start.

"We are playing a hot team," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "When you are playing a hot team you have to combine everything. You have to play flawless."

Milwaukee's Doug Davis will square off against Brian Lawrence June 1 to finish the series. The Padres won 22 games in May. Hopefully the Brewers can avoid the sweep tonight.