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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Warrick to Visit Seattle

From Mike Sando at The News Tribune:

Peter Warrick is coming to Seattle for a checkup.

The No. 4 overall draft choice in 2000, released Tuesday by the Cincinnati Bengals, was expected to visit with Seahawks officials today.

Results of a physical examination could determine whether Seattle makes a strong run at procuring his services.

Warrick, 28, suffered a knee injury in 2003 and a broken fibula last season. When healthy, he was an effective punt returner and possession receiver; his numbers in 2003 included 79 catches and a 10.9-yard average on punt returns.
For his career, Warrick has 264 catches for 2,811 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has rushed 52 times for 355 yards and two scores. He also has 54 punt returns for 526 yards and two touchdowns, with four returns of 20-plus yards in 2003.

He had missed only two games in four seasons before missing 12 last season.

The Seahawks are expected to keep six receivers once final cuts are made next week.

Darrell Jackson, Bobby Engram, Joe Jurevicius, Alex Bannister and D.J. Hackett appear safe. Warrick, if signed, would likely round out the group.

Brewers Shut Out by Pirates

Milwaukee's Doug Davis (9-10) has failed to win in 13 starts dating to June 22. The left-hander walked four and gave up two hits in the five-run first.

The Brewers have lost three consecutive games since ace Ben Sheets tore a back muscle, a season-ending injury.

Davis, who leads the NL with 82 walks, had trouble with his control in the first. He retired the first two batters, but walked Jason Bay and Craig Wilson.

Ryan Doumit singled for a 1-0 lead, and Davis then walked Brad Eldred and Ty Wigginton, scoring Wilson.

Jack Wilson then doubled, clearing the bases for a 5-0 lead.

"He didn't have any trouble getting the first two hitters out," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We're talking about a third of an inning that killed us."

Davis said pitching coach Mike Maddux told him to stop overthrowing and throwing across his body in the middle of the first inning.

"I just got out of whack a little bit, mechanics weren't there," he said. "Stupid mistake. It doesn't seem like I ever learn from it. Thirty-three pitches to get one out."

Over the next six innings, the Pirates managed only three singles without a walk against Davis. He pitched seven innings, giving up five runs and five hits, walking four and striking out eight.

Tomo Ohka (9-7) will face Mark Redman (5-14) on Wednesday.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Seahawks Make Cuts To Reach Roster Limit

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks announced the release of 14 players Monday afternoon to reach the NFL’s mandatory roster limit of 65. Seattle has 10 NFL Europe roster exemptions allowing the Seahawks to retain 75 players until the mandatory reduction to 53 players by Sunday, September 4.

The following players were waived:

S Jamaal Brimmer, WR Marque Davis, DE Ronald Flemons, LS Tim Galloway, G Steven Gibbs, SS Terry Holley, G Matt Miller, TE Calen Powell, FS Junior Rosegreen, WR Jason Willis

The following veteran contracts were terminated:

DE Antonio Cochran, DE Otis Leverette

The following players were waived/injury:

RB Dante Brown (Shoulder), DT Ron Smith (Knee)

Seahawks Cut Jason Willis

From Seahawks.NET:

Mike Sando of the Tacona News Tribune reports that the Seahawks have released WR Jason Willis. The Oregon graduate is in his third NFL season.

Seahawks Release Cochran; Pork Chop Out 6 Weeks

From Mike Sando at The News Tribune:

The letter Seattle Seahawks president Tim Ruskell sent to players in March left little room for interpretation.

Participation in the team’s offseason workout program was one of his expectations. Some players showed up. Veteran defensive end Antonio Cochran chose to stay away, and on Sunday the Seahawks released him.

Cochran’s termination after six seasons with the team stemmed from factors that went beyond workouts, of course. The 29-year-old veteran stood to earn $1.5 million this season, and the team had decided to build its defense around smaller, quicker ends.

Whatever the reasoning, Cochran apparently did not fit. He leaves the Seahawks with 151/2 sacks in 82 games, including 61/2 sacks last season.

The Seahawks appeared to lack quality depth at the position even with Cochran on the roster. Perhaps to that end, Ruskell sent a conditional draft choice to Chicago on Sunday for defensive end Alain Kashama.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Jones Beats Brewers 2-5

Andruw Jones gave Tim Hudson all the support he needed Sunday.

Jones hit his major league-leading 41st and 42nd home runs, Hudson pitched his second straight complete game, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2.

"Something special, Hudson getting back-to-back complete games," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Andruw gave us what we needed today."

Jones also took over the NL lead with 102 RBI with his eighth multihomer game of the season. His three-run shot to left field in the third inning against Chris Capuano gave Atlanta all the runs it needed.

"I wanted to go out there and start something," Jones said. "I felt good in batting practice."
Hudson (11-7) scattered seven hits, including homers to Brady Clark and Chad Moeller. He pitched his first complete game of the season Monday against Chicago.
The Brewers' next game is Tuesday as Doug Davis will try again for win number 10 against the Pirates.

Seahawks Trade for Bears' DE

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have acquired Chicago Bears' defensive end Alain Kashama for an undisclosed conditional draft choice, the team announced Sunday.
Kashama was the only undrafted free agent to make the Bears opening day roster in 2004. He played in three games on special teams and as a reserve defensive end. He also spent eight weeks on the team's practice squad. Made his NFL debut in season opener against Detroit (9/12) and registered first career tackle at Tampa Bay (10/24).
A four-year letterman at Michigan, Kashama played in 40 career games, finishing with 37 tackles and six sacks.
Originally from Quebec, Canada, Kashama is the cousin of former Michigan and NFL running back Tim Biakabutuka. Born Alain Kaleta Olony T. Kashama, his nickname is 'Sackmaster.'

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Seahawks Beat Chiefs 23-17

From Seahawks.com:

Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren wanted to put his first team through the rigors of a full first half Saturday night in Arrowhead Stadium.

Let’s see how quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the offense move the football against the Kansas City Chiefs.

And about that defense...it’s time to know who the linebackers will be along with the solidified defensive line and secondary.

So what did Holmgren find out in the Seahawks’ 23-17 win?“I think we learned a little bit about our football team tonight,” Holmgren said. “I know this: Kansas City has an outstanding offensive football team. They displayed it on their first drive, then we settled in a little bit on our defense, which was good. We played against a good offensive football team.”

The Chiefs came at Hasselbeck from every direction. They blitzed from every angle, every linebacker and defensive back. There were even times when it appeared a few of the Chiefs fans came out of the stands after him.

But when all was said and done, he had completed 22-of-33 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, with seven completions to Darrell Jackson for 99 yards – which was six more catches than he had managed in the first two games.

Brewers Lose 4-8

The Braves spoiled the Brewers' chance to get to .500 for the first time since Aug. 7, when they were 56-56. They also ruined Rick Helling's first major-league start since Aug. 13, 2003, against Tampa Bay while with Baltimore.

Helling had made eight relief appearances since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Nashville on July 27. He replaced ineffective Victor Santos, who was demoted to the bullpen Aug. 23.

Helling left with a 4-2 lead after walking Furcal to start the fifth. He allowed three runs and four hits and struck out three in four-plus innings, his longest outing this season in the majors.
"The walks drive me crazy," Helling said. "There's no excuse for that."

Santos (4-13) took the loss after he failed to hold the lead as the Braves scored three times to go ahead 5-4. Marcus Giles doubled, Jones followed with a two-run single and Francoeur hit a two-out single.

It was Santos' second relief appearance and first since April 30.

"The bullpen just struggled," Yost said. "They hit the ball hard and they found the holes."

Jenkins hit a line-drive home run just over the wall in right to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead in the second. Smoltz singled and scored on Giles' two-out double off the wall in center as the Braves made it 2-1 the third.

Lyle Overbay walked and scored on Hall's 16th home run, a shot that glanced off the right-field foul pole, as Milwaukee retook the lead 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

"The home runs just shocked me," said Smoltz, who retired 10 of the next 12 batters after Hall's drive. "We needed to win, and the guys came through. I knew if I could keep it close, that we would have a chance."

Sheets Hits DL

From Joe DiGiovanni at MilwaukeeBrewers.com:

The news is not good for Ben Sheets and the Milwaukee Brewers.
After Saturday night's game, Sheets dejectedly said his chances of pitching again this year were "pretty slim."

The Brewers' ace right-hander has a moderate tear of his right latissimus dorsi muscle and was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the team's 8-4 loss to Atlanta.

"Pretty slim, bottom line," he said. "Fifteen days of nothing. It doesn't matter if you're better after that or not. It might be better, might not. There are five weeks left in the season.

"You can come back for one meaningless start," he said. "I wish the game would be meaningful, and that's still very slim [that he would be ready to pitch]."

Sheets said he felt bad for fans and for teammates, since the team was playing well when he was injured.

"We're making a run," he said. "Not that they still can't. They can still make a run. I felt like I was helping a lot right now."

Since June 18, Milwaukee had won 10 of the last 14 games in which Sheets pitched. The team is 24-25 in games started by other pitchers during that span.

"I was throwing better than I have, maybe ever," he said.

Brewers Beat Braves 3-1; Sheets Hurt

Ben Sheets was working on a shutout when he felt pain in his upper back in the eighth inning.

Sheets came out of the Milwaukee Brewers' 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night and is day to day with the injury. He is to be re-examined Saturday and didn't know whether he would miss his next scheduled start.

"It was almost like a cramp," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "I think he is going to be just fine."

Chipper Jones was batting with two outs in the eighth and behind in the count 0-2 when Sheets bounced a pitch behind the batter. Sheets came off the mound in obvious pain, holding his right shoulder as Yost and trainer Roger Caplinger rushed to his aid.

Sheets said he actually felt the pain on the previous pitch, a curveball to Jones.

"It was a disappointment because I was in a real good groove and I felt like I was in control of the game," he said. "We'll have to see how I feel tomorrow."

Sheets (10-9), who was replaced by Kane Davis, struck out eight, allowed five hits and left with a 3-0 lead. Sheets had pitched nine innings in four of his previous five starts.

Rick Helling (1-0) will start against John Smoltz (12-6) on Saturday.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Brewers Lose in Extra Innings

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said there was nothing the Brewers could have done about either of Pierre's run-scoring hits, especially the double that sailed over Lee in the third inning.

"It nicked off his glove," Yost said. "With two strikes, we play in on Pierre on the opposite way anyway. About the last thing he will do is hit a ball the opposite way over an outfielder's head."
But he will smoke a knee-high fastball over the plate like he did in the 10th.

"It hit the end of my glove. It just sneaked out of there," Overbay said. "I know he was trying to throw up and away. You obviously don't want to throw it there. You don't want him to get the barrel on the ball. But that's not where we lost the game. We lost the game by not scoring a run with Wes Helms leading off the seventh with a double."

Brewers hard-luck left-hander Doug Davis was denied of his 10th win for the 12th straight time despite allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven stellar innings. He escaped a jam in the seventh by inducing Mike Lowell to bounce out with runners at second and third after convincing Yost that he'd rather not walk Lowell to bring up Pierre.

"Pierre's too dangerous," Davis said. "He'll slap down a bunt with the bases loaded. I wanted Lowell."

In the bottom half, Helms batted for Davis and doubled off the wall in right-center but he was stranded there when Guillermo Mota struck out the side, including Rickie Weeks and Lee looking.

"We were really pressing for a run right there," Yost said.

Both for the sweep and for the sake of Davis, whose last win came June 22 against the Chicago Cubs. Since then, he's lost three and had nine no-decisions.

"It's frustrating," Davis said. "But I'm not going to worry about myself."
Ben Sheets (9-9) will face off against Horacio Ramirez (10-7) as the Brewres open a series against the Braves.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Brewers Have a Fish Fry, Beat Marlins 6-4

Rookies Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Corey Hart are providing a positive glimpse of the future for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Weeks drove in the game-winning run in the sixth inning, Hardy had three hits and Hart manufactured a key run as the Brewers took advantage of four Florida errors in a 6-4 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night.

"They've been playing great since they got here," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "A huge part of what makes this so exciting is watching those kids get an opportunity and do well with it."

Weeks broke a 4-4 tie with a single off Marlins starter A.J. Burnett that scored Damian Miller from second. Hardy came around to score when the ball scooted past right fielder Jeff Conine.
Weeks said the rookies want to carry their weight.

"It takes a lot off the veterans' backs like Carlos Lee and Geoff Jenkins," he said. "We're trying to add and trying to keep up with them."

Hardy isn't analyzing his game after struggling early in the season.

"I don't know what I'm doing right now," he said after tying his career-high with three singles. "I'm just out there trying to see the ball and put good swings on it."

Marlins manager Jack McKeon is impressed with the Brewers' youngsters.

"I like their kids," he said. "They've got a lot of fire in them."

Doug Davis (9-9) will look for win number 10 and a Brewer sweep on Thursday as he faces Ismael Valdez (1-1).

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Brewers Stomp Marlins 11-2

Milwaukee manager Ned Yost barely had time to second-guess himself when the Brewers' lumbering lineup chased Florida ace Josh Beckett with a big rally.

After Corey Hart grounded into a double play in the first inning, Yost wondered whether he had erred in not flashing the bunt sign to try to scratch across a run for what he anticipated would be a pitchers' duel.

His doubts were erased when the Brewers scored six runs off Beckett in the fourth inning on their way to an 11-2 rout of the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

"Against a staff like that, it's probably about the farthest thing from your mind," Yost said of the blowout. "You really hope that your pitcher can hold you close and you can win a tight game."
Chris Capuano (14-8) held up his end, allowing two earned runs and eight hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out eight, including slugger Carlos Delgado four times.

Capuano, the first Brewers pitcher to win 14 games since Cal Eldred in 1997, changed speeds and mixed his pitches to perfection -- in stark contrast to Beckett, whose curveball and changeup betrayed him, rendering his fastball equally ineffective.

Beckett (12-7) didn't make it out of the fourth, allowing seven runs, six of them earned, and eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings. He also allowed Carlos Lee's 28th homer leading off the second, Lee's first shot since Aug. 3.
Tomo Ohka (8-7) will face A.J. Burnett (12-6) on Wednesday.

Seahawks Cut Two, Sign One

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks released running back Jesse Lumsden, defensive tackle Cedric Woodard and claimed running back Josh Scobey off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced this afternoon.
Woodard started all 16 games last season. In his five years with Seattle, he played in 61 games with 21 starts, collecting 110 tackles (71 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Lumsden signed as an undrafted free agent from McMaster University in Canada April 24, 2005.
Scobey, a fourth-year back from Kansas State, spent the first three seasons with the Cardinals primarily as a kick returner. Originally selected in the sixth-round (185th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, he has played in 28 career games with 105 kickoff returns for 2,407 yards with a long of 100t.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Seahawks Lose to Cowboys 10-18

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

The land of what was, what should have been, and what will be on the heels of last week’s impressive win at New Orleans.
Or, as Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren summarized Monday night’s 18-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys- “I would start off saying that as clean as we were against New Orleans, we were that that sloppy against Dallas tonight. While we did some good things with our first group in the first quarter, we were careless. The things that bothered me the most were that we had way too many penalties.”

Twelve penalties are not indicative of the Seahawks in general. And if you consider how quarterback Matt Hasselbeck led them right down the field to take a 7-3 lead and didn’t play beyond the first three minutes of the second quarter, this was hardly a game to draw huge concern. After all, he was 12-of-15 for 135 yards and a touchdown, plus the new starting defensive tackle duo of Marcus Tubbs and Chuck Darby had four tackles apiece and collaborated for a sack. They now have allowed just one first down in two games when they are in the game.

“We’re just getting better,” Darby said. “Tubbs clears everybody out with his strength and quickness and I just clean everything up after him. He makes it easy for me.”

Tight end Jerramy Stevens led the receivers with four catches, while D.J. Hackett caught a touchdown pass to lead four other receivers with three catches apiece. But it was a much tougher time for second-team quarterback Seneca Wallace, who was 8-of-20 for 69 yards under heavy pressure behind the second team offensive line and suffering a handful of drops from his receivers.

Magic Sign Boumtje-Boumtje

From The Orlando Journal Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, President/CEO Bob Vander Weide announced today.

The 7-foot, 257-pound Boumtje-Boumtje (pronounced BOOM-jay, BOOM-jay) appeared in five games with the Magic during the 2005 Reebok Vegas Summer League. He averaged 4.8 points 3.6 rebounds. in 16.8 minutes per game., while shooting .563 (9-of-16) from the floor.

Originally selected by Portland in the second round (50th overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft, Boumtje-Boumtje has played in 44 regular season games during his NBA career with the Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 1.0 points, 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game. He played four seasons at Georgetown University, where he averaged 9.6 points, 7.0 rebounds. and 2.52 blocks per game in 101 games. Boumtje-Boumtje finished his career ranked fourth on the Hoyas' all-time blocked shot list (255) behind Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.

Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Orlando opens training camp on Oct. 4 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Brewers Lose, Split Series With Astros

Victor Santos (4-12) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"When you give Andy Pettitte five runs you're probably going to be in trouble," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "More often than not, you're not going to get a big inning off him so you've got to stay close."

Adam Everett's two-run homer in the second and Burke's homer in the third gave Houston a 5-0 lead. Everett has 10 homers, a career high.

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run double to the top of the hill in straightaway center field in the fourth.
Rick Helling hit Jason Lane with a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth, and Jose Vizcaino blooped a single to right field for a 7-2 lead. Lane added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Sheets Gets CG as Brewers Win 3-2

Ben Sheets lobbied for a complete game and manager Ned Yost gave in.

Sheets scattered eight hits in his fourth complete game -- all in the last five starts -- and Geoff Jenkins hit a tiebreaking home run as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Houston Astros 3-2 on Saturday.

Yost almost pulled Sheets for closer Derrick Turnbow.

"My instincts were to go to Turnbow in the ninth," Yost said. "Benny came in and said he felt good and could finish. I told him I was thinking of Turnbow and he said, 'I feel great. Let me finish it."'

It was the 11th career complete game for Sheets (9-9), who struck out eight and walked none. He has allowed only eight walks in his last 11 games.

"Benny's a workhorse," Yost said. "He's a strong kid and he stays in tiptop shape.

"And he's real competitive. He's kind of like Roger Clemens. He has a lot of bulldog in him. He's a guy who wants to be there in crunch time."

Friday, August 19, 2005

Brewers Beat 3-5

The Houston Astros couldn't deny their three-run rally in the seventh inning was unusual.

Pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino tied the game with a single and the Astros added two more runs in the big inning on a wild pitch and an error and beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Friday night.

"We managed to get three runs with strategically placed balls," manager Phil Garner said with a smile. "We got a couple of things to go our way then and it makes you think somebody's looking out for us right now."

With two outs in the seventh, Chris Burke singled and Brad Ausmus walked to chase Doug Davis and bring on Kane Davis. Vizcaino singled to make it 1-1 with Ausmus going to third. Kane Davis then threw the wild pitch, and Ausmus scored to make it 2-1.

Mora/Manfredo REMATCH!!

It’s the news you’ve been waiting for, The Contender champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora will be defending his Contender belt against rival Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr., whom he last defeated in May. This highly anticipated rematch will take place in Mora’s hometown in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Saturday, October 15th.

The undercard will feature the following exciting match-ups:
Alfonso "Superman" Gomez vs. Jeff "The Hell Raza" Fraza
Anthony Bonsante vs. Jesse Brinkley
and more to be announced.

ESPN will air the event live at 11pm EST / 8pm PST.

Brewers Beat Astros 5-2

The Brewers still thought Clemens, who lost for the first time since July 17, was the story.

"We just tried to wait him out until he made some mistakes," said Bill Hall, who had an RBI single to start the scoring in the seventh. "In the seventh inning, he made a few and we took advantage of them. The guy's 43 years old. It's hard to believe he's still painting the corners with 94 mph fastballs."

Lyle Overbay's double started the big inning that gave Milwaukee its third straight win and fourth in five games.

"It's hard to believe he's 43," Overbay said. "You would think at the end of your career, your velocity would go down. But not with him. He made a mistake to Bill Hall and Hall took advantage."

Manager Ned Yost thought Damien Miller's seventh inning at-bat was crucial. Miller worked the count to 3-2 before hitting a two-run double with the bases loaded.

"That was an awesome at-bat," Yost said. "You know Roger Clemens is not going to give in, but the thing is, Miller didn't give in either. With a pitcher like that out there, most guys are going to swing at his pitches. But Miller didn't."

Miller surprised himself.

"That's probably the best at-bat I've had in a while against the best pitcher in baseball," Miller said. "I don't know how I laid off some of those pitches.

"The 2-2 slider was probably the toughest. Probably it was so good, it froze me. I was fortunate it was a ball. I was just trying to hit a fly ball."

Clemens retired the first seven hitters, before Miller had a bloop single to right in the third. He then retired 10 straight until Weeks homered, ending Clemens' season-high scoreless innings streak at 26.
Doug Davis (9-8) will face Ezequiel Astacio (2-6) on Friday.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Brewers Shut Out Rockies 2-0

The difference between the Chris Capuano who had been hit hard in his two previous starts and the one who threw seven shutout innings at hitter friendly Coors Field was simple.

"It was command of the baseball," Capuano said. "Just throwing strikes."

Capuano allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter over seven innings and drove in both runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
"I had been too aggressive the past couple of starts," Capuano said. "I don't mean with pitches, but the mentality where you have your adrenaline going and you are almost rushing things. I just had to slow it down today."

Capuano (13-8), Dana Eveland, Jose Capellan and Derrick Turnbow combined for the 29th shutout in the 11 years Coors Field has been open.

Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 26th save.

Capuano had given up nine runs in losing his two previous starts. He matched a season high with eight strikeouts in winning for the first time since July 31.
The Brewers will open up a series versus the Astros as Tomo Ohka (7-7) faces Roger Clemens (11-4).

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Brewers Beat Rockies 6-4

Victor Santos has pitched enough at Coors Field to know that success usually stems from changing speeds, not throwing curves.

Ditching his curveball and changing speeds with all his pitches, Santos earned his second win in 14 starts to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 Tuesday night.

"I know exactly how to be successful in this park," said Santos, who is 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA in 15 appearances at hitter-friendly Coors. "I had a bump in the road here, but I learned from it and know how to throw here."

Santos (4-11), who pitched in 24 games for the Rockies in 2002, threw one curveball and Matt Holliday lined it for an RBI single in the first inning. Santos didn't go back to the pitch again, instead relying on changing speeds and location to beat the Rockies.

It worked pretty well.

Santos allowed the run in the first inning and another in the fourth on a single by Dustan Mohr that cut Milwaukee's lead to 4-2. Omar Quintanilla chased the right-hander in the sixth, blooping an RBI single just out of the reach of shortstop Bill Hall to make it 5-3.

Santos allowed six hits in 5 2/3 innings, good enough for his first win since July 23 against Cincinnati. All four of his wins have come at night and three have been on the road.
Chris Capuano (12-8) will close out the series on Wednesday against Jamey Wright (6-13).

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Magic Sign Diener

From the Orlando Journal Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic have signed guard Travis Diener, their second-round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Diener (6-1, 175) was the 38th pick in the draft and played in 120 games during a four-year career at Marquette. He averaged 14.1 points per game, 5.1 assists per game and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Known as a marksman at Marquette, Diener shot 41.3 percent on 3-pointers and made 83.7 percent of his free throws. He finished as Marquette's career leader in 3-pointers made (284), 2nd in assists (617), 3rd in scoring (1,691 points) and 8th in steals (158).
He was named to the All-Conference USA First Team twice (2004 and 2005), the All-Conference USA Second Team once (2003) and to the league's All-Freshman Team (2002). Diener also helped Marquette reach the NCAA Final Four in 2003 on a team that featured Miami Heat all-star guard Dwyane Wade.
During the 2005 Reebok Vegas Summer League, Diener appeared in five games with the Magic, averaging 8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg and a team-best 4.0 apg in 23 minutes per game. He also shot .538 (7-of-13) from 3-point range and .846 (11-of-13) from the free throw line.

Sheets Gets Rocked as Brewers Lose 2-11

Colorado had one more than that in the fifth inning alone and ended up with 17 hits. Most of the damage came against starter Ben Sheets (8-9), who gave up a career-high 13 hits and matched another career high with 10 runs allowed in six innings.

"It's never fun, especially when you have Benny on the mound -- you're trying to keep the game close and you feel like he's going to keep the game close," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It's just a Coors field game like that, things happen quick. A lot of runs can get on the board in a hurry."

Atkins had an RBI single in Colorado's five-run sixth inning against Sheets, then hit his first homer in 152 at-bats in the seventh, a three-run shot off Justin Lehr to put the Rockies up 11-2.
Todd Helton hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and finished 3-for-5, extending his hitting streak to eight games and raising his average above .300 (.304) for the first time since May 22. The All-Star first baseman is 11-for-25 since coming off his first trip to the disabled list last Wednesday and has raised his average 40 points since July 1.

"I may sleep a little bit better tonight," Helton said. "It's different. I'm a .300 hitter, not a .280 hitter. But I expect not to just hit .300. I expect to hit higher than that."

Sheets pitched nine innings in each of his three previous starts and appeared well on his way to another complete game in the early going.

Hitting the mid-90s with his fastball, Sheets rolled through the first three innings, striking out five of the first 10 batters he faced.
Victor Santos (3-11) will face Jeff Francis (11-8) on Tuesday.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Brewers Win 8-3!!

Corey Hart's busy day was worth it.

The rookie picked up his first career hit, a three-run homer that capped a five-run eighth inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers snapped the Cincinnati Reds' 10-game road winning streak with an 8-3 victory Sunday.

Milwaukee recalled Hart from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday night and he didn't arrive in town until Sunday morning.

"Corey came in, got off the plane, got dressed, took batting practice and smoked the ball two or three times," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He finally got a hold of one."

Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead single in the eighth for Milwaukee, which had lost its last five games. The Brewers also halted Cincinnati's season-high five-game winning streak.

"Yes, it was (a good run)," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "In the eighth, I thought we were going to win."

Rickie Weeks led off the eighth with a single off reliever Matt Belisle (2-6). The right-hander then botched a sacrifice bunt attempt by Bill Hall that put runners at first and second.
Ben Sheets (8-8) will go up against Aaron Cook (0-1) as the Brewers face the Rockies on Monday.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Brewers Continue Losing Streak

Ramon Ortiz (7-8) and three relievers combined on a two-hitter for the Reds. Geoff Jenkins singled and Bill Hall doubled off Ortiz to start the fifth for Milwaukee's only hits. Jenkins scored on Chris Magruder's groundout.

Matt Belisle, Jason Standridge and David Weathers each worked a perfect inning in relief. Weathers earned his ninth save in 11 chances.

"We just have to have better games than this," Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay said. "This is horrible. No disrespect to them, but you need more than two hits."
Milwaukee is batting .157 during its five-game losing streak. The Brewers were at .500 and in wild-card contention less than a week ago.

"I don't know if we're pressing," manager Ned Yost said. "We're just not producing. We just have run into a little offensive funk."

Brewers Call Up 3 Prospects

From JR Radcliffe at MilwaukeeBrewers.com:

An early flight on Sunday from Memphis to Milwaukee should provide plenty of time to hem and haw over a pending appearance in a big league uniform -- a reality facing Corey Hart after being recalled last night by the parent club from Triple-A Nashville.

So the Brewers made sure Hart had some traveling companions.

Not only was Hart penciled into the starting lineup for the first time in his career Sunday, but Milwaukee also made some changes to its bullpen, adding Jose Capellan and Kane Davis, also from Nashville. Relievers Matt Wise and Julio Santana, two essential cogs in the setup machine, were both placed on the 15-day disabled list with injuries.

"We're adding two power arms," manager Ned Yost said. "Kane Davis is throwing 94-96 [mph] and so is Capellan. Both are doing very well down [in Triple-A]. These were the two top guys that were recommended."

Capellan, ranked the No. 4 prospect in the organization by Baseball America before the season, was acquired in the offseason when All-Star closer Dan Kolb was shipped to Atlanta. Capellan had a 5-3 record with six saves at Nashville this season and a 3.87 ERA in 90 2/3 innings, most of which came as a starter. Since the team moved Capellan to the bullpen in early June, he's 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA.

"I feel good in the bullpen, I think my pitches are working better," Capellan said. "It was a surprise. Last night I went to the hotel and the trainer told me, 'pick up your stuff and pack your bags, because you're leaving tomorrow.'"

The 24-year-old Dominican Republic native made his big league debut with Atlanta in 2004, when he allowed 10 earned runs in eight innings over three appearances.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Seahawks Beat Saints 34-15

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

Itula Mili started at tight end, which surprised some people expecting Jerramy Stevens. Mili caught one pass for eight yards and Stevens didn’t catch any...Rookie linebacker LeRoy Hill started at right linebacker, had a sack that forced a fumble, finishing with two tackles and an assist...Nimble-footed outside linebacker Tracy White led both teams with six tackles and two assists...Middle linebacker Niko Koutouvides had four unassisted tackles and forced a fumble, and rookie defensive end Jeb Huckeba had three tackles and an assist...Defensive tackle Marcus Tubbs dominated the middle with two tackles and two assists. Marquand Manuel started at free safety recovering Ken Hamlin (shoulder surgery)...Andre Dyson started at left cornerback, but left the game in the first quarter with a stinger in his shoulder after a nasty hit with 5-11, 258-pound tight fullback Mike Karney and didn’t return...The only serious injury was Michael Harden, a second-year free agent cornerback from Missouri, who suffered a concussion and was helped from the field...The Seahawks flew back to Spokane Friday night and return to practice on Sunday at 8:45am. They play host to the Dallas Cowboys at Qwest Field on Monday night, Aug. 22.

Brewers Lose to Reds 3-5

Luke Hudson has a perfect record against Milwaukee -- and can't explain why.

Hudson improved to 3-0 in four career starts against the Brewers by giving up three runs and five hits -- including two homers by Rickie Weeks -- leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory Friday night.

Hudson (4-5) walked five and struck out three in six innings to win his third straight start, but he didn't have an answer for his success against the Brewers.

"I couldn't tell you," Hudson said. "They have good hitters over there. I have no idea."
Hudson also drove in a run in the fifth, helping Cincinnati to its fourth straight win and ninth in a row on the road.

"Everybody is confident," said Hudson, who has just eight career victories. "Everybody is going out there expecting to win. Everyone is on a roll."

Weeks had three hits for Milwaukee, which has lost four straight after returning to the .500 mark with a win Sunday at Philadelphia.
Tomo Ohka (7-6) will face Ramon Ortiz (6-8) on Saturday.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Brewers Swept by Cardinals

Ben Sheets was pitching too well for his own good.

With Sheets having thrown just 65 pitches against St. Louis on Wednesday, Milwaukee manager Ned Yost chose not to pinch hit for his ace when the Brewers -- trailing by a run -- had runners at the corners with one out in the seventh inning.

The strategy backfired as the Brewers failed to score.

That paved the way for St. Louis' 3-0 win behind Jeff Suppan's stellar performance that gave the Cardinals their second straight three-game sweep at Miller Park.

"The way I was throwing the ball, I felt that it made a lot of sense," said Sheets, whose sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third before Chris Magruder flied out to end the inning. "If we get a base hit after, it's the greatest move ever."

Sheets (8-8) gave up two earned runs and five hits in his second complete game of the season. He struck out nine and didn't walk a batter.

Yost wouldn't second-guess himself for not pinch-hitting Wes Helms or Russell Branyan for Sheets even though the Cardinals couldn't have countered the move because they had nobody up in their bullpen.
The Brewers will face the Reds on Friday as Chris Capuano (12-7) squares off against Luke Hudson (3-5).

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Wunsch on IR; Brown Signed

From Mike Sando at the News Tribune:

The Seahawks placed OL Jerry Wunsch on injured reserve and signed RB Dante Brown, who played college ball at Memphis. Brown is wearing No. 29, which no longer belongs to CB Kevin House (House was injured in NFL Europe and put on the NFLEL version of IR).

Brewers Lose to Cards 2-5

After allowing a two-run homer to Bill Hall in the second, Reyes retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced before giving way to Randy Flores with one out and nobody on in the seventh and Geoff Jenkins due up.

The only blemishes on Reyes' night came in the second when he allowed a single to Carlos Lee before serving up Hall's 15th homer that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.

"He got a fastball up and a good fastball pitcher hit it out of the park and he never backed off," La Russa said. "He came after guys and that was probably the key to the game. He did not lose any confidence in his stuff. He kept challenging them. ... That was an important moment that he survived."

The Brewers were thoroughly impressed.

"It's always tough your first go-around against a guy you've never faced before," Hall said. "He's got good stuff and he proved why he's the No. 1 pitching prospect in their organization.

"It's amazing," Hall added. "They just keep plugging guys in ... they just keep finding ways to win on a daily basis."
Ben Sheets (8-7) will face off against Jeff Suppan (10-8) on Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Seahawks Sign DT Cleveland Pinkney

From Mike Sando at the News Tribune:

The team signed Cleveland Pinkney, DT, this morning. He arrived last night and passed his physical this morning. He is practicing now. Had an offer from the Indianapolis Colts as well. Carolina released him in late July. with Pinkney's agent is the source on these latter details.

Magic Announce Schedule

From Tim Povtak at the Orlando Journal Sentinel:

At least the fans should like this schedule.

Orlando Magic Coach Brian Hill cringed when he saw the 21 sets of back-to-back games and the brutal month of January, but the opportunity to see NBA games at the TD Waterhouse Centre never has been better.

Of the 41 regular season home games on the Magic schedule that was released Monday, a franchise-high 22 will be played on the weekends. And none of the Sunday games starts later than 6 p.m.

"You learn to take the bad with the good," Hill said. "I don't know too many coaches who can't find something they don't like about their schedule. But we'll be fine."

In an effort to win back a fan base that has eroded considerably since their glory days, the Magic asked for and received fewer of the mid-week home games that drew so poorly last season when they finished among the league's lower third in attendance.

Seahawks Release Solomon Bates

From José Miguel Romero and Chris Cluff at the Seattle Times:

The Seahawks waived linebacker Solomon Bates yesterday morning, bringing his two-year stint in Seattle to a close.

That leaves the Seahawks with 10 linebackers on the roster, but only six practiced yesterday. D.D. Lewis, Cornelius Wortham and Lofa Tatupu are still recovering from injuries, and Jamie Sharper was given the day off for rest.

The move to release Bates, who started three games last season, was a sign that the team believes it has enough depth and talent at linebacker. Bates, 23, was a Seahawks fourth-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2003.

Bates also was a contributor on special teams, but apparently fell out of favor with coaches this offseason. He got most of his snaps with the third-team defense in minicamps and training camp.
The Seahawks have the option of signing a new player to fill the vacated roster spot.

Brewers Lose 4-8

Victor Santos can't figure out how to get Mark Grudzielanek out.

Grudzielanek homered and drove in a career-high five runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 on Monday night.

He accounted for all four runs that Santos surrendered in four shaky innings by hitting a solo homer and a two-run double, then scoring on So Taguchi's single.

With those two big hits, Grudzielanek improved his career batting average against Santos to .565.

"I don't know what it is," said Grudzielanek, who is 13-for-23 against his favorite pitcher. "I'm sure he's trying to figure it out."

Santos hasn't been able to put his finger on it.

"That's the guy I hate to face when the game is on the line," Santos said. "I don't pitch him the same way every time, but he always seems to get hits off me."
Tuesday's starters will be Doug Davis (9-7) and Anthony Reyes (0-0).

Yost Reconfigures Rotation

Brewers manager Ned Yost hinted at it Monday night. He made it official Tuesday.

Yost consulted with pitching coach Mike Maddux and re-wrote the list of probable pitchers for the remainder of the season. Instead of giving his full five-man rotation an extra day of rest following team off-days, the Brewers will keep their top three starters -- Chris Capuano, Doug Davis and Ben Sheets -- on an every-five-day schedule as much as possible.

That means the Nos. 4 and 5 starters -- Tomo Ohka and Victor Santos -- will fill in where needed, often on a few extra days' rest. Ohka will start as scheduled on Saturday against Cincinnati, while Santos was bumped from Sunday to Tuesday, when he will pitch on eight days' rest at Colorado.

"We're in the last two months of the season," said Yost, whose Brewers carried a 56-57 record into Game 2 of their series against St. Louis. "Now you go for it."

Yost opted to focus on the positive, saying that the move had mostly to do with the success of his "Big Three." Sheets, Davis and Capuano have combined for 29 of the 39 wins by Brewers starters.

But the move also may have something to do with Santos, who has one win in his last 13 starts and a 7.13 ERA since the All-Star break. Last year, Santos was 8-3 with a 4.08 ERA before the break and 3-9 with a 5.97 ERA afterward, but Yost argued that this year's slide is different.

"It's mostly location," Yost said. "His stuff's good, when he keeps the ball down."

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Brewers Win 2-0

Tomo Ohka said he had "nothing special" during warm-ups. That certainly changed once the game started.

Ohka pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, Rickie Weeks drove in both runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers returned to .500 by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Sunday.

Weeks' two-out, two-run double in the third inning helped the Brewers (56-56) win for the sixth time in their last eight games.

Ohka couldn't have predicted his strong start.

"I felt good in warm-ups, but nothing special," said Ohka, who improved to 3-3 since being obtained by Milwaukee on June 10. "The result was good though."

Ohka (7-6) outpitched Vicente Padilla, striking out a season-high nine without a walk. Derrick Turnbow, a former Phillies farmhand, got the final three outs for his 24th save in 27 opportunities.

"That was something special," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "(Ohka) was dead-on from the first pitch and was lights-out all game. They may have hit one ball, maybe two, hard the whole game."

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Brewers Lose 2-8

Jon Lieber pitched the way the Philadelphia Phillies desperately need him to if they expect to make a serious playoff push.

The veteran right-hander allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven innings, and Jimmy Rollins homered among his three hits and scored three runs in the Phillies' 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Chase Utley drove in three runs and Todd Pratt homered for the Phillies, who have won three of four and moved within 1½ games of Houston in the NL wild-card race.

Russell Branyan homered for Milwaukee, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Lieber (10-10) walked only one and allowed seven hits.

"Lieber threw good, 109 pitches is the farthest he's gone in a while and it's something we needed from him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Brewers Win in Extra Innings

Ben Sheets dominated early and was gutsy getting out of jams late. Then Milwaukee turned his near no-decision into another win thanks to a couple of bungled balls.

Sheets pitched nine innings for the second consecutive start and Milwaukee took advantage of two Philadelphia errors on the same base hit in the 10th inning to beat the Phillies 3-1 on Friday night.

"This is kind of what we've been doing the last two weeks," manager Ned Yost said.
After rallying for two dramatic wins against the Mets, the Brewers late-inning excitement carried over to Philadelphia.

Billy Hall singled leading off the 10th against Geoff Geary (1-1). Damian Miller followed by slicing a double to right that started the defensive trouble for the Phillies.

Magic Will Waive Doug Christie

From Tim Povtak at the Orlando Journal Sentinel:

With no trading partners in sight, the Orlando Magic will waive disgruntled guard Doug Christie in the next couple of days under the NBA's amnesty clause to free up a roster spot and avoid paying $8.2 million to the league in luxury taxes.
Although the Magic declined to comment on the waiver, NBA sources in New York confirmed the upcoming transaction.
Christie still must be paid the $8.2 million he is owed in the final year of his contract, but he will be allowed to re-sign with another team. Franchises exceeding the tax threshold ($61.7 million this season) must pay a dollar-for-dollar tax to the league.
The amnesty waiver can be used only once by each team during the league's newly approved six-year collective bargaining agreement with the players.
Without Christie on the roster, the Magic still will exceed the tax threshold by a few million dollars this season if, as expected, they sign another front-court player in the coming weeks.
The waiving of Christie will put an end to his brief, bizarre stay with the Magic. Christie, 35, grudgingly came in a trade with the Sacramento Kings last season for Cuttino Mobley, but he never was happy and quickly alienated his teammates.
With nagging bone spurs in his left ankle, he left the team without telling anyone shortly after he was taken out of the starting lineup.
He played only 21 games for the Magic, averaging 5.7 points and 2.2 assists in 25.2 minutes per game.
He then demanded another trade, saying he wanted to return to the West Coast.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Brewers Come Back in 9th to Win 12-9

Bunt with your No. 3 hitter? Baseball logic says no. Lyle Overbay said yes.

Trailing 9-8 in the ninth inning Thursday, Milwaukee manager Ned Yost considered his options. The Brewers were rallying with runners at first and second and none out against the New York Mets. Overbay, who singled home the go-ahead runs the night before and had singled home two runs earlier in this one, was coming up.

"As much as I wanted to bunt, I didn't want to give up an out," Yost said after a five-run ninth carried the Brewers to a 12-9 victory.

Overbay understood the circumstances and bunted on his own anyway, putting the tying run on third and the lead run on second.

It made sense to him, even knowing the Mets would walk cleanup hitter Carlos Lee, who had eight hits in the series. That's because Geoff Jenkins was coming up behind Lee and he already had four hits in the game.

"I had the bunt in my mind from the beginning," Overbay said. "I know my limitations. If they walk Carlos, it's even better because it puts another runner on base."

Jenkins capitalized with his fifth hit, delivering the tying run with an RBI single. Pinch-hitter Damian Miller then beat out an infield single to drive in the go-ahead run.

Seahawks Trade Kris Richard

From Danny O'Neil at the Seattle-PI:

Seahawks cornerback Kris Richard has been traded to the Miami Dolphins for defensive lineman Ronald Flemons, the team announced today.

The trade is contingent upon both players passing their physicals.

Richard was not at practice this morning.
From Tim Ruskell:
"It was a roster-maintenance move," Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell said. "Kris was on the bubble for us. They had inquired about him several times. We're always looking for defensive linemen. ... Obviously, it's not a world-beater trade."

Chris Warren Sentenced to 5 Years Probation

From Peter Lewis at the Seattle Times:

A federal judge today sentenced former NFL running back Chris Warren, the Seahawks' career rushing leader, to five years' probation for failure to pay child support on behalf of two children he fathered with a Washington woman.

Warren was also ordered to get current by Feb. 1, 2006, or face the possibility of further sanctions.

Warren, 38, hadn't made court-ordered, $5,000-a-month payments for almost two years and owed more than $128,000 when the government filed charges in October. Warren played for the Seahawks from 1990 to 1997 and retired from the NFL in 2002 after a 12-year career during which he earned more than $9.7 million.

In court today, the mother of his two daughters, Monique Mulloy, told U.S. Magistrate Judge John Weinberg that Warren's failure to keep up with his payments had been financially devastating. "I want him to be held accountable and to do the right thing," she said.

Brewers Come Back to Win 6-4

One night after blowing a lead, the Milwaukee Brewers handled the late innings perfectly.
Lyle Overbay singled home two runs in the ninth, and the Brewers rallied after Pedro Martinez left to beat the New York Mets 6-4 Wednesday.

Bill Hall homered in the seventh to end Martinez's most dominant stretch of the game and Carlos Lee added a tying shot in the eighth for the Brewers, who couldn't hold a four-run lead in Tuesday's 11-inning loss but rallied against the Mets' bullpen Wednesday.

With two outs in the ninth, Wes Helms reached on an infield single against Mets closer Braden Looper (4-5) and Brady Clark singled. Looper walked Rickie Weeks, loading the bases, before Overbay singled up the middle for a 6-4 lead.

"Those at-bats in the ninth inning when we had two outs were great," Overbay said. "Perfect hopper in the little hole right there and he was safe at first with Wes, and Brady's been doing that all year, and Rickie had that great at-bat. You don't see three pretty good at-bats in a row."
Rick Helling (1-0) worked the eighth for his first major league win since Sept. 20, 2003, for Florida against Atlanta. Derrick Turnbow, who gave up Mike Cameron's tying homer in the ninth Tuesday, bounced back to retire Carlos Beltran with runners at second and third for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

"I was glad I got the opportunity," Turnbow said. "Any time you don't pitch well you want to get back out there and compete and hopefully get the job done."
The Brewers will finish out the series on Thursday as Doug Davis (9-7) goes for elusive win #10 against Kris Benson (7-4).

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Chris Spencer Signs!

From Seahawks.com:

First round draft choice Chris Spencer has signed a multi-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to be on the field on the Eastern Washington University campus Wednesday morning.

Spencer, the 26th overall pick of the first round, is a 6-3, 310-pound center from the University of Mississippi. When he steps on the field, the Seahawks will have every player under contract and a full compliment of players other than a handful of minor injuries and players on the verge of returning to practice.

Spencer, 23, holds the Mississippi state record in weightlifting and started every game his senior year for Ole Miss and started four games his junior year, snapping to Eli Manning.

What Else is New?? Bullpen/Defense Blow Lead

A game that featured 35 hits and seven home runs was decided by four consecutive pitches out of the strike zone.

Pinch-hitter Mike Piazza drew a bases-loaded walk from Julio Santana in the 11th inning, and the New York Mets rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 9-8 Tuesday night.

"At 3-0, I looked down to third to see if there was a sign," Piazza said.

There was none.

"I've hit into double plays in those situations. I could see a 3-0, broken-bat comebacker to the pitcher," Piazza said, "so I was pretty much taking."

Geoff Jenkins homered twice, including a tiebreaking shot off Roberto Hernandez that gave the Brewers an 8-7 lead in the ninth.

Carlos Lee and Jenkins hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, and Russell Branyan and Damian Miller did the same against starter Victor Zambrano in the second as Milwaukee opened a 6-2 lead.

Lee drove in four runs, increasing his NL-leading total to 89. He also had four hits.
"We labored the whole night," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "It was a great offensive night for us."

Wright opened the 11th with a single and was running as Cameron hit a liner right at shortstop Bill Hall, who was moving over to cover second base. The ball appeared to catch Hall by surprise and glanced off his glove into center field, putting runners at the corners.

Victor Santos (3-11) will be starting against Pedro Martinez (12-3) on Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Wild Signs Andrei Nazarov

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent LW Andrei Nazarov pronounced (nah-ZAH-rohv) to a contract.

"Andrei could really add to the team's physical character and make us that much tougher to play against," said Risebrough. "He has the opportunity to make a real impact here."