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Friday, September 30, 2005

Brewers Beat Pirates 6-5, Clinch .500

The Milwaukee Brewers exchanged handshakes and congratulations as fireworks burst overhead, a rare late-season celebration for a team that hasn't been in the postseason since 1982.

OK, so the fireworks were only a coincidence, a pre-planned promotion by the Pirates. But the Brewers finally have something to cheer about, even if it's not a winning season quite yet.

Damian Miller and Geoff Jenkins hit two-run homers in the seventh inning and the Brewers, down by five runs while being held hitless for five innings by Oliver Perez, assured themselves of at least a .500 season by rallying to beat the Pirates 6-5 on Friday night.

The victory, the Brewers' eighth in 11 games, gave them an 81-79 record and ended their streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons dating to a 92-70 finish while still in the AL in 1992.

"It's an awesome, awesome feeling," said Jenkins, who has been with Milwaukee since 1998, longer than any other player. "It's not the playoffs or anything like that, but for us this is kind of our playoffs. It's a great feeling and something to build on for next year."

One victory in the final two games of the series assures that winning season, and it could come Saturday night against the Pirates' Kip Wells (7-18), who leads the majors in losses.
He is one loss away from becoming the first Pittsburgh starter with 19 losses since Jose DeLeon in 1985.

Manager Ned Yost said before the series began it was important for the Brewers to go into the offseason as winners.

Magic Sign Outlaw

From the Orlando Sentinel:

One of the most popular players in Orlando Magic history has returned to the team. The Magic announced today they had agreed to terms with free agent forward Bo Outlaw.

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

Outlaw (6-foot-8, 220) appeared in 39 regular season games last season with Phoenix and was added to help the team's depth, but was rarely used as Suns advanced to the Western Conference Finals. He averaged 0.7 points last year.

A 12-year NBA veteran, Outlaw was undrafted by an NBA franchise. He has played in 839 career NBA regular season games with the L.A. Clippers, Orlando, Memphis and Phoenix, averaging 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.

Outlaw, 34, played for the Magic for four-plus seasons, starting in 1997-98. A fan favorite known for his hustle, Outlaw, along with a first-round pick and cash, was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Jud Buechler in November 2001. The Suns used the pick in the 2002 draft to select Amare Stoudemire of Cypress Creek High.

Outlaw spent two seasons with the Suns, was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies before the 2003-04 season, waived by Memphis last season and re-signed by Phoenix.

Outlaw ranks on the Magic's all-time career list in blocked shots (2nd, 518), rebounds (5th, 1,977), steals (7th, 374), assists (9th, 747) and minutes played (10th, 8,824).

Glover Strikes Out 10 as Brewers Win 2-0

The Milwaukee Brewers gave their fans their money's worth even though they got into the ballpark for free.

Gary Glover allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out a career-high 10 in leading the Brewers to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on a "free admission" Thursday at Miller Park.

By outpitching Eric Milton and combining with three relievers on a three-hitter, Glover put the Brewers (80-79) one win from their first non-losing season since 1992. Milwaukee finishes with a three-game series at Pittsburgh, where the Pirates are wrapping up their 13th straight losing season, the longest current drought in the major leagues.

"I know for each man in here, they feel the same way I do. I don't want to be called a loser again," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "It's important to us and it's important to our organization."

The Brewers finished their final homestand 7-3 to assure their final weekend would be meaningful, at least in their eyes.

"I think it would have been great if we could have won one more game somewhere along the way so that we had that 81st one here," Glover said. "I think that would have been big for the fans to see, to get it at home."

The Brewers aren't thinking about taking just one game at PNC Park "because .500 is even. It's not necessarily a winning season," Glover said. "Everybody wants a winning season."
Doug Davis (11-11) will face Oliver Perez (7-5) on Friday.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Brewers Back to .500, Lose 4-11

It isn't often a pitcher gives up a career high in hits and still cruises to an easy victory.
That is what happened to Cincinnati's Aaron Harang on Wednesday night as he allowed 14 hits in the Reds' 11-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Harang (11-13) gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings. His previous high for hits allowed was 11 in his last start, against Philadelphia on Sept. 23. He was helped by three double plays and the Brewers stranded eight baserunners, five in scoring position.

"They were not afraid to swing at my pitches," Harang said. "But I was able to get out of some jams by making some good pitches."

Reds manager Jerry Narron said Harang has been the Reds most consistent pitcher all season.
"He got some big outs with guys in scoring position," Narron said. "I am really glad he could get a win in his last start of the season."

Adam Dunn hit his 39th home run and Felipe Lopez drove in three runs to lead the Reds.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Brewers Beat Reds 6-2, Break .500

The last time the Milwaukee Brewers finished with a winning record they were still in the American League.

Rick Helling allowed three hits over six innings and the Brewers climbed above .500 for the first time in four months with a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Helling struck out a season-high eight and Milwaukee moved over the break-even mark for the first time since being 24-23 on May 27. It is the most victories for the Brewers (79-78) since 1996 when they went 80-82. The Brewers, who have five games left, have not had a winning season since 1992, when they were 92-70. They moved to the National League in 1998.

The Brewers reached .500 six times since Aug. 5, but could never get the next win.

"We're over the hump for tonight," manager Ned Yost said, adding the team has to stay focused on winning. "You never want to get there (.500) and keep falling back like we did. Again, we're over .500 tonight. We got to make sure we stay over .500 again tomorrow night."
Helling (3-1) said he knew the game was important.

"I was hoping to go out there and give us a chance to win," he said. "We did really pretty much all facets of the game well tonight. We pitched well, we scored enough runs and played good defense."

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Brewers Beat Reds 12-9

The Milwaukee Brewers have a shot at their first winning season in 13 years. Carlos Lee and Bill Hall are two big reasons why.

Lee drove in two runs to match his career high with 113 RBI, and Milwaukee defeated the Cincinnati Reds 12-9 Monday night. A total of 12 runs were scored in the seventh and eighth innings.

"It was wild, all right," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

After Cincinnati scored twice in the eighth for a 9-7 lead, Milwaukee rallied for five runs in the bottom half to reach 78 victories for the first time since 1997. The Brewers (78-78) are seeking their first winning season since 1992.

"It definitely adds to the excitement," said Hall, who is 13-for-23 in the past six games. "We're all excited about this opportunity. We haven't had it here in so long. I feel great for Geoff Jenkins and Ben Sheets after all the hard times, and to finally have a chance for a winning season and go home happy for a change."

Hall led off the eighth with a home run, his 17th, to cut the deficit to one. Hall finished 4-for-4 with two RBI. He also went 4-for-4 with two RBI against St. Louis last Friday.

"He's really had a great season for himself," Yost said. "From where he's come from last year to this year, it would be hard pressed if you think about it to find a more improved player in this league."

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Seahawks Beat Cardinals 37-12

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

So much for the minor details that were lingering for the Seattle Seahawks.
Needed to score in the second half - count 27 points.

How about forcing a key turnover? That would be a fumble to blow the game open and an interception to end the game.

Consistently pressuring a quarterback? That would best be described as the defensive line virtually chasing Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner right off the field and out of the game before halftime.
Essentially, any of the little things that may have created some concern during the 1-1 start evaporated Sunday afternoon at Qwest Field. Paced by running back Shaun Alexander’s record-tying four touchdowns, the Seahawks rolled to a 37-12 win over the Cardinals and remained in a first-place tie with St. Louis atop the NFC West at 2-1.

“Well, I told you last week that some time this season we’d eventually score in the second half of a game,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said tongue-in-cheek. “I was right on that. It was a nice second half. The team played very, very well, particularly in the second half. We needed something to happen 'bang, bang' in the second half. We hadn’t gotten those types of plays in the first two ballgames and it’s just too hard to go that far all the time. So that was encouraging to me.”
The Seahawks offense was superb, with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completing 20-of-31 passes for 242 yards – eight to Darrell Jackson for 125 yards. And then there was Alexander, who rushed for 140 yards on 22 attempts, including a trio of 1-yard scoring dives and a 25-yard touchdown run on a sweep left in the first quarter. He now has 67 career touchdowns and moves into 25th place in NFL history. He’s averaging 119 yards a game so far this season, and his 24th 100-yard game tied him with Chris Warren for the club record.

Brew Crew Can't Sweep Cards

Milwaukee was trying to sweep the series after beating 16-game winner Mark Mulder on Saturday, one day after roughing up 21-game winner Chris Carpenter in a 9-6 win.

"The way Milwaukee has been swinging, a performance like that by Suppan is off the charts," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He did a great job of moving the ball around, changing speeds."

Milwaukee (77-78) is trying to finish with a winning record for the first time since 1992, when the Brewers were in the American League.

Doug Davis (11-11) faced the Cardinals for the fifth time this season and remained winless against them. He is 0-4 with a 5.48 ERA against St. Louis after allowing four hits and striking out seven in eight innings.

"I got outpitched today," Davis said. "You can't win when the other pitcher throws a shutout."
Davis retired eight of the first nine Cardinals before Edmonds tripled to lead off the fourth. After Albert Pujols walked, Reggie Sanders hit a sacrifice fly for the first run of the game.

"He was dead on," Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Davis' effort. "It just seems like when he pitches we match up with a pitcher who has a great day."

Outlaw May Re-Sign With Magic

From Brian Schmitz at the Orlando Sentinel:

Reaching into their recent past, the Orlando Magic expect to sign forward Bo Outlaw to a free-agent deal.
"It looks like we're going to get that done," Magic Assistant General Manager Otis Smith said Saturday.
Outlaw, 34, played for the Magic for four-plus seasons, starting in 1997-98. A fan favorite known for his hustle, Outlaw, along with a first-round pick and cash, was traded to the Phoenix Suns for Jud Buechler in November 2001. The Suns used the pick in the 2002 draft to select Amare Stoudemire of Cypress Creek High.
Outlaw spent two seasons with the Suns, was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies before the 2003-04 season, waived by Memphis last season and re-signed by Phoenix, for whom he played sparingly and averaged 0.7 points in 39 games.
Orlando still might sign a free agent after camp opens Oct. 4. But Smith said the 6-foot-8 Outlaw offers experience to back up Dwight Howard. "We needed somebody who knows how to play the game, and that's Bo," Smith said. "He's an undersized power forward, but he can do the little things."

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Badgers Beat Wolverines 23-20

Everybody was expecting a run, but a quarterback draw? Nobody anticipated that. Not even the quarterback.

"I was a little surprised by the call, but it was unbelievable," John Stocco said after his 4-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds left gave Wisconsin a 23-20 win over No. 14 Michigan on Saturday night, snapping the Wolverines' 23-game winning streak in Big Ten openers.

With Brian Calhoun, the nation's leading scorer, having already accounted for 214 yards, and 266-pound Matt Bernstein at the ready, the call from the sideline raised eyebrows even in the Badgers' huddle.

"I was expecting to run the ball, personally," Calhoun said. "Me or Bernie. It was a good call. It surprised the defense."

Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0) hadn't beaten the Wolverines (2-2, 0-1), who were ranked third just two weeks ago, since 1994. And it was just the second loss in Michigan's last 38 conference openers -- both were to Wisconsin, which also beat the Wolverines in their 1981 Big Ten kickoff.

Wisconsin also tied its modern-day mark with its ninth straight home win, its longest such streak since the early 1960s.

Calhoun provided the key block on the winning play, pushing a linebacker out of Stocco's way.
The Wolverines said they expected a run because the Badgers had one timeout left. But they were surprised not to see Calhoun carrying.

"We were looking for a run but we just didn't get to the ball fast enough," defensive tackle Pat Massey said.

Calhoun rushed 35 times for 155 yards and a touchdown, his ninth of the season, and gained another 59 yards on seven receptions, the most by a running back during coach Barry Alvarez's 16 seasons as coach.

"I said coming into this year that he's the total package," Alvarez said. "He has it all -- sprinter's speed, soft hands, and he makes you miss. He's carried as much as Ronny (Dayne). I don't know that you can find someone who can do it any better than he can."

Brewers Win 8-7

One night after defeating 21-game winner Chris Carpenter, the Milwaukee Brewers beat up on 16-game winner Mark Mulder.

Chad Moeller hit a three-run homer and Brady Clark added a two-run drive in a seven-run second inning that led Milwaukee over the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Saturday night.

Mulder (16-8) lasted 1 2/3 innings, the shortest of his 181 major-league starts, and allowed seven runs, seven hits and one walk. He pitched at least seven innings in each of his previous six starts, allowing no more than two earned runs.

"I don't think he had his good stuff," Moeller said. "That doesn't happen to him. His numbers prove that."

Gary Glover (4-4) made his first appearance since June 5 and his first start since May 25.
Glover, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 20, struck out a career-high eight in six innings, matching his longest outing this year. He gave up three runs and five hits.

"That seven-run inning helped a little bit," Glover said. "It helped me relax."

Milwaukee built an 8-3 lead, then hung on.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Brewers Beat Cards 9-6

Struggling to get his 18th win, Chris Capuano found a way to get his most important out.
Facing Mark Grudzielanek with two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning, he induced an inning-ending groundout that preserved a tie.

Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking double in the bottom half, and the Milwaukee Brewers sent Chris Carpenter to his first loss in more than three months, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 Friday night.

"I didn't pitch very well tonight, but my teammates really picked me up", Capuano said. "I can't feel bad because we won. But I know I have to pitch better next time out."

Capuano (18-10) won despite a career-high eight walks. He allowed six runs and six hits in six innings, becoming the first Brewers pitcher with 18 victories since Teddy Higuera in 1987.

Before Capuano pitched to Grudzielanek, Brewers manager Ned Yost went to the mound to give Capuano a pep talk.

"I told him I didn't want to take him out of the game," Yost said. "I wanted to give him an opportunity to get through the inning so we could score some runs for him and get him his 18th win. I told him to get after him and be aggressive."

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Brewers Can't Sweep Cubs

Greg Maddux wants to keep his streak alive -- the right way.

Maddux mixed efficient work on the mound with a quick glove to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Thursday.

Maddux (13-13) has won at least 15 games in a record 17 seasons. The Cubs have nine games left this year, and Chicago manager Dusty Baker has tinkered with his rotation to give Maddux the ball two more times.

"I'd love to win my last two starts," he said. "I'd like to finish over .500 personally, but you've got to go about it the right way."

Maddux did Thursday in earning his 318th career win, tying him with Phil Niekro for 15th on the career list. He plans to pursue Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton, next on the list at 324, by pitching again next season, which would be his 20th.

"I think I'm going to come back, I want to come back next year," said Maddux, who returned to the Cubs last year after 11 seasons in Atlanta. "I was under the impression that I signed a three-year deal."

But Maddux doesn't think about the streak's importance to the game, or its relevance in sports history, he said.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Cirillo Hits Game Winning RBI

Pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo was expecting a slider from Ryan Dempster. He got a changeup instead, and took advantage.

Cirillo, who had three hits in his previous 19 pinch-hit at bats, singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

"I thought he was just going to ride it out with sliders, that's basically what he's done to me all year when I've gotten behind on him," said Cirillo, who was behind 0-2 to Dempster. "He threw a changeup, and I didn't even really know he threw a changeup."

Cirillo's opportunity came when Nelson Cruz walked off Jermain Van Buren, the fifth Cubs reliever, leading off the bottom of the ninth. Bill Hall reached on a fielder's choice and Rickie Weeks was intentionally walked. Ryan Dempster relieved Van Buren (0-2) and struck Damian Miller.

Van Buren said he simply didn't do his job.

"Our relievers didn't do that bad," Van Buren said. "I just kind of stunk, though. I've got to go after hitters a lot better."

Cirillo batted for Derrick Turnbow (7-1), who blew his fourth save in the ninth as the Cubs tied the game with two runs. Hall and Weeks advanced on a double steal before Cirillo lined a 2-2 pitch to left to drive in Hall.

Brewers Beat Cubs 5-3

Derrek Lee is one of the most feared hitters in the National League. Milwaukee's Doug Davis had no problem with the Chicago Cubs' star on Tuesday night.

Davis worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh inning, striking out Lee for the fourth time to end the threat and help the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-3 victory.

"He had struck him out the first three times up," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "I was going to give him an opportunity to face him, and he struck him out again. That was the turning point of the game."

Davis (11-10) won for the second time in three starts after going 14 consecutive starts without a victory. The left-hander pitched seven innings, giving up two runs and seven hits, walking two and striking out 10, including Lee four times.

"Mainly what I did was scout on him, and throw the ball where he couldn't hurt me," Davis said of his mastery of Lee, who leads the NL in hitting (.339) and is second in homers (44).

Leading 4-2 in the seventh, Davis gave up a leadoff double to Corey Patterson and then walked the next two hitters to load the bases.

"I'm sure Ned was pulling his hair out," Davis said.
Tomo Ohka (11-8) will face Mark Prior (11-6) on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Seahawks Sign Jimmy Williams, Put Banny On IR

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks announced today that wide receiver Alex Bannister has been placed on injured reserve and have signed cornerback/returner Jimmy Williams to the 53-man roster. Seattle also released practice squad receiver Kendrick Starling and replaced him with receiver Richard Smith.
Bannister re-injured his right clavicle vs. Atlanta this past Sunday, the same clavicle that landed him on injured reserve last season after playing in seven games. He has appeared in 57 games with four starts and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl for his special teams play after the 2003 season.
Williams spent his first four seasons with San Francisco before signing a one-year unrestricted free agent deal with New Orleans this past offseason. He was released during the second round of cuts this past training camp.
He has played in 50 career games with six starts, totaling 50 tackles (39 solo), one sack, one interception and seven passes defensed. He has also returned 49 kickoffs for 1,030 yards (21.0 avg.) with a long of 50 and 55 punt returns for 576 yards (10.5 avg.) with a long of 89t.
Smith originally signed with Kansas City as an undrafted rookie free agent April 27, 2004. He played in four games last season and spent 12 weeks on the Chiefs practice squad.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Seahawks Hold On To Beat Falcons 21-18

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

Shaun Alexander recognized something different about his teammates on Sunday.

It isn’t as if the Seattle Seahawks weren’t together during training camp, so that wasn’t it. Maybe it was the knowledge that defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes is recovering from a stroke, but still brought himself to the game and was watching from the upstairs press box.

Or maybe, just maybe, it has to do with this young team growing up.

“I told some of the guys before the game started, playing aggressive and playing with passion is a choice,” Alexander said. “Everybody just made the choice today.”

The choice was palpable, as they played physical and fast, and despite a difficult second half, the result was a 21-18 win for the Seahawks over the Atlanta Falcons at Qwest Field. Now 1-1, the Seahawks play host to the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.

Alexander rushed for 144 yards on 28 carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 20-of-31 for 281 yards and touchdown passes of six yards to Joe Jurevicius and 35 to Jerramy Stevens.
The Seahawks raced to a 21-0 lead in the first half, then held off the Falcons – bottling up explosive quarterback Michael Vick for virtually the entire game – with the exception of one 32-yard scramble midway through the fourth quarter. Nonetheless, the Falcons did regain their poise in the second half when it appeared the Seahawks were going to blow them out of the stadium, and made things just a little bit too interesting.

Nonetheless, it was a win, and the game ball was going to land in the hands of Rhodes.
“I asked the team and we’re going to give him the ball,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. “He was upstairs. He minded the doctor’s orders pretty much. Now I have to send him home and he can’t go out tonight.

“In the second half, a lot of things just happened in clumps. But in the end, our defense just played really good defense.”

Take your pick of guys who made plays. It was impact by committee on the defensive line. Grant Wistrom was on the ball all day, Marcus Tubbs kept clogging up the middle, with Rocky Bernard and Bryce Fisher making huge plays down the stretch.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Brewers Swept 1-6

Chris Capuano (17-10) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in five innings.

"Capuano had too many walks," Yost said. "We have been struggling to get runs, and we just can't afford to put runners on base. He just struggled all day long."

Capuano had won his previous three starts and five of six.

"Today I just didn't have a great feel," he said. "My command was off. This was a terrible series for us all around, both pitching and hitting. The walks kind of hurt me. I was trying to establish the inside part of the plate. I just wasn't getting the calls."

Rodriguez (10-8) allowed one run and four hits, earning a standing ovation from the crowd as he left with one out in the eighth. Three relievers completed the five-hitter.

Bruntlett tied career highs with the three-hit game and his fourth home run of the season.

Milwaukee dropped to 73-76. The Brewers, held scoreless for 19 consecutive innings before Jeff Cirillo's RBI grounder in the eighth, are trying to avoid finishing with a losing record for the 13th consecutive season.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Badgers Outlast Tar Heels 14-5

Brian Calhoun did it again for Wisconsin, rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a gritty 14-5 victory over penalty-prone North Carolina on Saturday night.

The Badgers hardly put up the gaudy numbers they have become accustomed to this season, but it was enough to make them 3-0 for the third time in four seasons. Calhoun carried the ball 38 times and continued his impressive start, giving him 471 yards so far in his first season after transferring from Colorado.

Few of his runs were pretty, yet they were effective enough to hand the Tar Heels (0-2) another close loss. Calhoun's best efforts came on consecutive plays midway through the fourth quarter, a 26-yard run to move the Badgers down to the North Carolina 32, and a 14-yarder to get it even closer.

Three plays later, he scampered in from the 4 for his final TD to make it 14-3 and put the game out of reach. The Tar Heels tried to rally, driving to 4-yard line in the final 2 minutes before Matt Bakers' pass on fourth down fell incomplete.

Wisconsin punter Ken DeBauche then stepped out of the end zone on the final play to account for the final score

Brewers Beat by Astros 0-7

Obermueller lasted only four innings. He allowed five runs, eight hits and two walks.
Obermueller fell to 1-3 on the road this season and hasn't won an away game since May 17 at Washington.

"He never got settled in," manager Ned Yost said. "He never found a groove, never got anything going. He was fighting all night long."

Obermueller agreed with Yost's assessment.

"I was a little bit jumpy at first," he said. "I fought through all four innings. I was forcing the ball to the plate.

"I think I was too amped up because we were going against a good team and I wanted to do well. I went out and tried to force the issue, rather than waiting for my pitches to work."

Astros Beat Brewers 1-2

Rick Helling, trying to beat Houston for the second time in six days, gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, also striking out five and walking one.

Helling retired his first 11 batters before Lamb singled to right-center. Jason Lane led off the fifth with his 23rd homer, ending an 18-inning scoreless streak for Helling that included seven innings against Houston last Sunday.

"Those kind of games come down to one big hit," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Helling and Oswalt both pitched outstanding, and then Lidge came in and did an awesome job. Dana battled to get two outs and then got a pitch up to Bagwell and that was it. It was a great game."
Lyle Overbay homered leading off the sixth for Milwaukee. He wasn't surprised by Bagwell's heroics.

"That was typical Bagwell," Overbay said. "You're never safe, even if he hasn't seen live pitching for two years or two months. He's going to give you a battle. The crowd got into it, and I think that pumped him up."
Wes Obermueller (1-3) will face Brandon Backe (8-8) on Saturday.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Brewers Whoop D'Backs 14-2

The Milwaukee Brewers are loose, relaxed and ready for the stretch drive.
Tomo Ohka pitched seven strong innings, Bill Hall had a career-high five hits and Chad Moeller drove in four runs to lead the Brewers to a 14-2 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. "Most of our wins have been close games," Moeller said. "For us to jump out there and continue to score runs was the biggest thing. If we do put up a big number, we normally kind of stop after that and become complacement, and nobody did that today."

Hall was already thinking about Friday's series opener in Houston, one of four teams ahead of the Brewers in the wild-card race.

"Tomorrow I'm going to face Roy Oswalt, and I can't think about the five hits I got today, because he's a really good pitcher," Hall said.

Jeff Cirillo went 3-for-4 with two walks and three RBI, including a two-run homer against reliever Jason Bulger in the sixth inning to make it 14-0.

Carlos Lee also had a two-run shot and Ohka drove in two runs to help the Brewers win for the seventh time in 10 games. Milwaukee had 19 hits and tied a season high with its 14 runs. The first time was a 14-5 victory at Cincinnati on Sept. 7, and both big games followed 2-1 losses.
Rick Helling (2-0) will face Roy Oswalt (17-12) as the Brewers open a series against the Astros.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Brewers Lose in 12 Innings

After an untimely balk spoiled one of Brandon Webb's best outings of the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks came back to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in 12 innings on Wednesday night.
Alex Cintron's bases-loaded single finally ended the 3-hour, 51-minute contest. His two-out line shot off a 1-2 pitch from Justin Lehr (0-1) bounced into the visitor's bullpen to send home the scattered few fans still around.

Royce Clayton singled with one out in the 12th, then Tony Clark and Shawn Green walked to load the bases with two outs and bring up Cintron. Brandon Medders (2-0) pitched a scoreless 12th for the victory.

Craig Counsell put Arizona up 1-0 with a leadoff home run in the fifth. The Brewers tied it at 1-1 in the eighth on a balk with a runner at third by Webb, who had blanked Milwaukee on three hits through seven innings.

Webb said that his pitching hand hit his thigh as he went back to throw from the stretch, and he never got rid of the ball.

"It kind of shifted the ball in my hand and I felt like I was going to lose it," Webb said. "I just couldn't make myself throw it in the ground or try to get it to the plate. I just kind of stopped my delivery."
Tomo Ohka (10-8) will face Shawn Estes (7-7) on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Brewers Beat D'Backs 3-1

Carlos Lee had a feeling Chris Capuano needed more than one run to work with. The Milwaukee cleanup hitter took it upon himself to provide it.

Lee and Geoff Jenkins hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth inning, helping Capuano beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 Tuesday night to become the Brewers' first 17-game winner in 13 years.

"It was big at that point of the game," Lee said. "It was everything he needed. He was getting in some trouble early and pitching his way out of it. He's been big for us, you know?"
J.J. Hardy also drove in a run for the Brewers (72-72), who have won six of eight to reach .500 for the first time since Aug. 7.

"We're swinging the bats good now," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "You know, we're getting good pitching, playing good defense and that's what's keeping us going."

Capuano (17-9) battled through seven innings despite taking a comebacker off his pitching arm and falling awkwardly going after another, and won for the fifth time in six starts to tie Houston's Roy Oswalt for third in the National League in wins. Jaime Navarro was the last Milwaukee pitcher to win 17 games in 1992.

"It seems like we've been scoring a lot of runs in my starts, and even when I haven't pitched well we've been able to find ways to win," Capuano said. "The win column is kind of arbitrary at times, so when you get lucky, you've just got to ride it out."

Seahawks Sign Bailey, Cut Urban

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks waived wide receiver Jerheme Urban and signed defensive end Rodney Bailey, the team announced today.
Urban played in six games with one start while with Seattle, catching six passes for 117 yards and one touchdown.
Bailey, in his fifth year out of Ohio State, has played in 48 career games with one start, collecting 39 tackles (32 solo), 9.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.
He spent last season on injured reserve with New England after his first three years in Pittsburgh.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Seahawks Lose to Jags 14-26

From Seahawks.com:

The Seahawks turned the ball over five times, by virtue of three interceptions and two fumbles, and the consequential bad field position was the key to producing a 26-14 victory for the Jaguars. Byron Leftwich completed 17-of-31 passes for 252 yards, with touchdown passes of 30 and 7 yards to veteran receiver Jimmy Smith, while Josh Scobee converted field goals of 23, 41, 29 and 41 yards to the put Jaguars over the top.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 21-of-37, including touchdown passes of 33 yards to Joe Jurevicius and nine yards to Darrell Jackson. Bobby Engram led the Seahawks with eight catches for 79 yards in his first start at split end, and Jackson had six catches for 65 yards.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 21-of-37, including touchdown passes of 33 yards to Joe Jurevicius and nine yards to Darrell Jackson. Bobby Engram led the Seahawks with eight catches for 79 yards in his first start at split end, and Jackson had six catches for 65 yards.

Much was made of the rugged Jacksonville defense coming into the game and the young and inexperienced Seattle defense with seven new starters. Bad field position gave the Seahawks offense as much difficulty as the Jags defense, however. And the Seahawks young defense showed plenty of promise.

“What happened is, we were moving the ball fine,” said tight end Jerramy Stevens, who had three catches for 41 yards. “It’s just that we were starting from our own 10, or starting from our own 20. We were moving the ball 50-60 yards, and only getting out to their 40. If we had a short field, some of those long drives would have been scoring drives. We just played on the wrong side of the field today.”

Brewers Beat Astros 4-2, Win Series

Rickie Weeks doesn't always play like a rookie, but his teammates reminded him Sunday that he is one.

Weeks hit a two-run homer and Rick Helling pitched seven strong innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Houston Astros 4-2.

After the game, Weeks and every other Milwaukee rookie was forced to wear white Hooters tank-tops and tiny black shorts before the Brewers left for their road trip.

"I'm feeling good," Weeks said before putting on his new outfit. "I've been hitting the ball but I couldn't find a hole. Now I guess the holes are finding me."

Houston remained a half-game ahead of Florida in the wild-card race. The Astros, who failed to move a season-high 12 games over .500, begin a four-game series with the Marlins on Monday in Houston.

"It's a wasted opportunity, no question," said Houston manager Phil Garner, knowing that Florida already had lost. "We didn't take (the Brewers) for granted, we just didn't show up offensively."

Helling (2-0) was making his fourth start of the season and picked up his first win as a starter.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Brewers Lose 5-7

Pettitte allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday night for his fifth straight victory as the Houston Astros held off the Milwaukee Brewers 7-5. Houston remained a half-game ahead of the Florida Marlins in the NL wild-card race.

Pettitte (15-9) improved to 4-0 against the Brewers this season and is 9-2 in 12 starts since the All-Star break. He also helped himself at the plate, scoring a run in the second and driving in a run with a suicide squeeze in the third.

The left-hander was limited to a career-low six wins -- his only year in single digits -- in an injury-shortened 2004 season.

"Andy pitched very well," Astros manager Phil Garner said. "He's actually pitched with more velocity than he had tonight, and a little bit better control, but he's pitched well the whole year."
Rickie Weeks and pinch-hitter Prince Fielder had run-scoring hits in the ninth before Brad Lidge got two outs for his 20th straight save and 36th in 39 chances.

Badgers Pound Temple 65-0

Senior tight end Owen Daniels caught a career-high three touchdown passes and Wisconsin opened up its passing game and emptied its bench in a 65-0 rout of Temple on Saturday.

It was the Badgers' biggest margin of victory since an 85-0 shutout of Marquette in 1915 and their highest-scoring day since piling up 69 points against New Mexico State in 1962.

Daniels and many of his fellow starters were already done for the day by the time the Badgers had taken a 51-0 halftime lead over the outclassed Owls (0-2), who gained just 7 yards and two first downs in the game's first 56 minutes.

After running on 63 of their 73 offensive plays in their season-opening shootout with Bowling Green, the Badgers (2-0) finally got to show off their new passing game under co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst.

John Stocco completed 12 of 19 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in 1½ quarters of work. He hit Daniels on TD slants of 6 and 11 yards, then found him open down the middle for a 15-yard touchdown that made it 37-0 with 6:32 left in the first half.

Daniels' eight catches for 88 yards were also career highs, and he and Stocco gave way to the subs after his third score.

The Badgers scored on all seven of their first-half possessions and also on Brandon Williams' 66-yard punt return.

Taylor Mehlhaff's 39-yard field goal got the scoring started and the Badgers scored TDs on each of their next six possessions, plus the opening drive of the third quarter before finally punting on their ninth possession.

Brian Calhoun ran it in from the 1, fourth-string running back Dywon Rowan scored on a 2-yarder and, with 14 seconds left in the half, backup quarterback Tyler Donovan threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Marcus Randle El.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Brewers Beat Astros 7-4

J.J. Hardy and Damian Miller homered off Clemens (11-7) as the Brewers (70-71) moved within one game of .500. The 70 victories are the most since 2000, when Milwaukee went 73-89.

Doug Davis gave up three runs and six hits in five innings to earn his 10th win. He struck out six.
Davis (10-10) last won on June 22, and had 10 no-decisions since.

Brewers manager Ned Yost thought that getting Davis his long-awaited 10th victory against the Astros and Clemens "looked like an impossible task."

"You really can't count on scoring five runs off of Roger Clemens, but tonight, luckily, we did," Yost said. "Any time you can beat him, you've done something."

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 33 chances, including his ninth straight.

The outing was Clemens' shortest since Aug. 18, 2004, when he pitched three innings at Philadelphia, giving up four runs and five hits on 47 pitches in a no-decision.

Clemens, who entered the game with a 0.52 ERA on the road, struggled from the start.

Hardy hit a first-inning homer to left, and after Jason Lane's homer tied it, Miller hit a two-run drive in the second for the Brewers.

Clemens had given up just eight home runs all season.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Brewers Hit 5 HRs on Way to 14-5 Win

After J.J. Hardy missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, the Milwaukee Brewers thought he would need at least a half-season to regain his stroke. The rookie shortstop is right on schedule.

Hardy hit his first grand slam as he set career highs with six RBI and four hits, and the Milwaukee Brewers had their best day at the plate in four years as they routed the Cincinnati Reds 14-5 Wednesday.

"It's just one of those things," said Hardy, who raised his overall average to .235. "I'm seeing the ball good and finding holes. The first half was the hardest struggle I've ever had. I'm a lot more comfortable now."

Hardy is hitting .308 since the All-Star break and has five of his six homers and 23 of his 42 RBI since then.

"We said all along that he would probably struggle in the first half and take off in the second half," manager Ned Yost said. "That's what's happened."

Brady Clark, Lyle Overbay, Chad Moeller and Geoff Jenkins also homered for Milwaukee, which scored its most runs since a 15-5 win over Arizona on Oct. 7, 2001. The Brewers tied their season high for home runs after being limited to one run in 10 innings of a 2-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday.
The Brewers will open a series against the Astros on Friday as Doug Davis (9-10) faces Rogers Clemens (11-6).

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Brewers Lose 1-2 in 10 Innings

Milwaukee went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, with just one of the hits driving in a run, to fall to 3-7 in extra-inning games. The Brewers missed an opportunity for their 32nd road win of the season, which would be one more than they won last season, and their 69th win overall, which would be the most of Ned Yost's three seasons as manager.

"We just didn't execute offensively," Yost said. "We had a lot of opportunities. We just didn't get the big hit to tack on extra runs. If we're going to get over the hump, we have to get better at that. It's an attitude that we will get the run in."

Rick Helling's start was his third since joining Milwaukee's rotation on Aug. 27, but he still hasn't earned a decision as a starter since going 7-8 in 24 starts for Baltimore in 2003. He left the game for a pinch hitter in the sixth with a 1-0 lead after allowing four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings.

Reds starter Aaron Harang gave up one run and eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Geoff Jenkins, who tied his career high with five hits on Monday, gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Tuesday. After Lyle Overbay's leadoff walk and Carlos Lee's single, Jenkins hit a line drive that one-hopped the right field wall for a run-scoring double.

Chris Capuano (15-9) will close out the series against Eric Milton (7-13).

Rhodes Will Miss Opening Game

From Chris Cluff at The Seattle Times:

A Seahawks defense that has undergone a lot of change already this year has been forced to make another adjustment just days before its first game.

Ray Rhodes, the team's fiery defensive coordinator, will not be with the Seahawks when they play the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday.

Rhodes, 54, has been experiencing recurring episodes of dizziness and spent Sunday night and Monday in a Kirkland hospital undergoing tests. He was released from the hospital yesterday, but doctors have told him to rest, and he is expected to undergo more tests.

The Seahawks yesterday had no timetable for his return. But linebackers coach John Marshall, who assumed command of the defense this week, said Rhodes would be back.

Marshall also said the two had been in constant communication about the game plan for Sunday.
"We've already talked; we've done some pre-work on Jacksonville," said Marshall, a 25-year NFL veteran who has coordinated defenses for three teams. "I'm on the phone with him all the time. It's Ray's game plan, and we're just executing it."

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Brew Crew Beats Reds 6-1

Geoff Jenkins' sore back doesn't hurt when he swings, just when he runs. Five swings were all he needed to carry the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Jenkins tied his career high with five hits and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to back the efficient pitching of Tomo Ohka as the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1.

"It won't get any worse," said Jenkins, who had two doubles and an RBI while personally outhitting the Reds 5-4. "It doesn't hurt when I hit or throw. It only hurts when I run or occasionally get out in front. It's as bad as it's been for the past few weeks, but I'll make it through the season."

With the score tied at 1 and one out in the eighth, the Brewers loaded the bases against reliever Matt Belisle (3-7) on singles by Jenkins and Wes Helms and a walk to Damian Miller. With the Cincinnati infield at double-play depth, J.J. Hardy bounced a single through the hole into left field to drive in Jenkins with the go-ahead run.

Kent Mercker replaced Belisle and gave up an almost identical run-scoring single to pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo. Brady Clark hit into a double play to end the inning.

Jenkins had five hits for the third time in his career, second this season.

"Jenkins had a great night," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's been swinging the bat really well. They have a good ballclub. They have a great lineup. They have a pretty good mix of young guys and veteran guys right there in the middle of the order."

Rick Helling (1-0) will face Aaron Harang (9-12) on Tuesday.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Seahawks Name 8 to Practice Squad

From Seahawks.NET:

First released on the team's official site, the list is as follows:

RB Marquis Weeks
WR Kendrick Starling
TE Calen Powell
G Doug Nienhuis
C Thatcher Szalay
DE Quinn Dorsey
LB Cornelius Wortham
CB B.J. Tucker

Wortham was one of Seattle's two seventh-round picks in 2005 - Nienhuis was the other. Tucker excelled in NFL Europe and showed playmaking ability at times during the Seahawks' preseason. Weeks was an undrafted free agent who was pushed out of final cuts by the special teams ability of waiver-wire pickup Josh Scobey. Powell was another undrafted acquisition by Seattle.

The NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that any player under contract as a practice squad player is free to negotiate and sign a contract with any other team at any time during the season. Teams are free to negotiate and sign practice squad players without draft choice compensation or rights of first refusal of any kind, except that a player shall not be permitted to sign a contract with another team to serve as a practice squad player while under contract as a practice squad player. The minimum salary for a practice squad player for the 2005 season is $4,700 per week, including postseason weeks as applicable.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Brewers Win in 9th, 3-2

Everyone in the Milwaukee Brewers' dugout knew Brady Clark was planning to bunt home the winning run. The only question was on which pitch.

Clark's suicide squeeze on the second pitch from Akinori Otsuka (1-6) scored Corey Hart from third with one out in the ninth inning, giving Milwaukee a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Yost said he told Clark before he left the dugout that the squeeze would be called. Once Clark reached the plate, the debate started in the dugout.

"I told our guys it would be the second pitch," Yost said. "Lyle (Overbay) said, 'Do it the third pitch.' I said, 'No. Do it on the second pitch.'"

The first pitch from Otsuka was high and inside for a ball. The second pitch was on the plate, and Clark put down a perfect bunt.

"It was a good pitch to bunt," Clark said. "You're just trying to find the ball and get the bat on it."

Wes Helms singled to lead off the inning. Hart ran for Helms and stole second, and then moved to third on Chad Moeller's sacrifice. After pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks walked, Clark bunted and Otsuka attempted a late flip to catcher Miguel Olivo but Hart scored standing.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Seahawks Make Final Cuts

From Seahawks.com:

The Following Players were waived:

S Terreal Bierria
RB Kerry Carter
TE Brock Edwards
DE Kevin Emanuel
QB Gibran Hamdan
CB Michael Harden
C William Henry
FB Tony Jackson
G Andy King
P Chris Kluwe
S Omare Lowe
DE Christian Mohr
G Doug Nienhuis
DT Cleveland Pinkney
LB Terrence Robinson
CB B.J. Tucker
WR Taco Wallace
RB Marquis Weeks
LB Tracy White
LB Cornelius Wortham
The following veteran contracts were terminated:

WR Jerome Pathon WR Bobby Shaw

The following player was waived/injury:

DT Rashad Moore (shoulder)

Brewers Lose 1-6

Woody Williams was in a jam, just as he'd been many times the past two months.

Only this time he pitched well enough to get out of trouble and beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

Williams threw six solid innings to win for the second time in 10 starts, and the San Diego Padres beat Milwaukee 6-1 Saturday night.

Williams (7-11) allowed the Brewers to load the bases with none out in the first, but retired Carlos Lee, Geoff Jenkins and Bill Hall in order to hold Milwaukee to only one run.

"They have their big boppers coming up and my back is against the wall," Williams said. "Fortunately, I was able to get out of there with only one run and settle down, make some good pitches."

The Brewers went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the first four innings.

"My batting average against is way high this year with runners in scoring position," Williams said. "That's not normal for my career. Tonight was nice for me. I needed that."

Badgers Beat Bowling Green in Shootout 56-42

The Wisconsin Badgers didn't have the defense to keep up with Omar Jacobs. They still found a way to stop Bowling Green's prolific passer: by putting the ball in Brian Calhoun's hands.

The transfer from Colorado rushed for a career-best 258 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns on 43 carries in Wisconsin's 56-42 win over the Falcons on Saturday.

"They kept the ball to keep our offense off the field," Jacobs said. "That's normally the way we play."

Calhoun, a Milwaukee-area native, played two seasons for the Buffaloes before returning home and sitting out last year while awaiting his chance to join the long list of premier running backs at Wisconsin.

The wait was well worth it.

Nobody in the proud program's history rushed for more yards in his debut, and his five scores tied the school mark set by Billy Marek in 1974 and tied by Anthony Davis in 2002, both against Minnesota.

"I haven't played in a year and a half now," Calhoun said. "So, I'm as fresh as any other back in the country."

Calhoun, who bested Alan Thompson's 220-yard debut against Oklahoma in 1969, scored on runs of 20, 5, 5, 1 and 9 yards.

Calhoun was careful not to take all the credit for his spectacular opener, saying his teammates made it easy by opening big holes for him all day: "They were huge. Me, Coach Alvarez, anybody in this room could have run through them."

His first three scores came during a 35-point second quarter eruption, the biggest in Barry Alvarez's 16 seasons as coach. But his shortest score might have been his biggest.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Seahawks Lose in Final Seconds 21-23

From Seahawks.com:

Games like this were made for a guy like Leonard Weaver.

Six months ago, there’s very little chance you ever heard of him unless you happened to be an alumnus of Carson-Newman University, where he was a Division II All-American tight end.

Friday night, in the final preseason game for the Seattle Seahawks in their 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, his transition to fullback looked good enough that he was one of those bubble guys who put himself in the unlikely position of quite possibly making an NFL team as an undrafted rookie.

“He’s a great story,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. “He’s a young guy who came in here, and I always tell them - don’t count the numbers and don’t try and figure out what the odds are of you making the football team. Just come in and give it the best shot you’ve got. And he has done that right from the very first mini-camp. Again, that’s an area we have to look at, but he certainly has done everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s a fullback who could play halfback a little bit.

“He certainly is good enough, in my opinion, to play back for us.”

Brewers Win 12-2

With Ben Sheets injured, Milwaukee's ace is Chris Capuano.

The left-hander became the Brewers' first 15-game winner in 12 years, pitching Milwaukee to a 12-2 victory Friday night over the San Diego Padres. Geoff Jenkins hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run second inning and Carlos Lee added his 30th homer.

"Our ace is down, but that doesn't mean we don't have to play the rest of the season," Capuano said. "We all have got to try to pick up the slack collectively as a pitching staff."

But even Sheets, who tore a back muscle last week and is on the disabled list, hasn't been able to put up the kind of numbers Capuano (15-9) is compiling. He is Milwaukee's first 15-game winner since Cal Eldred went 16-16 in 1993.

And this is Capuano's first full big-league season -- he was injured for part of 2004 and made only 17 starts. He's quietly compiled a 3.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 185 innings, and probably five starts left.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Brewers Lose 5-6

J.J. Hardy hit a two-out, two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the bottom of the inning after Wes Helms reached on an error by shortstop Greene. The closer still earned his 35th save in 37 opportunities by striking out Brady Clark to end the game.

"The underlying theme of all year is how well guys have responded with brief stints in the lineup," Hoffman said. "It's been a group of role players that have stepped up."

It was the third straight win for the Padres (67-66), who are above .500 for the first time since Aug. 12. They remain in first place in the NL West -- six games in front of Los Angeles -- and have gained two games in the standings since last being above .500.

Rudy Seanez (6-1) earned the win with one inning of relief. Padres starter Adam Eaton hasn't won in his last three starts after winning eight in a row. He gave up three runs and three hits in six innings.

Rick Helling was trying to get his first win since joining Milwaukee's starting rotation last week. He allowed two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"It wasn't like we had a huge lead," Helling said. "A one-run lead against a good ball club is going to be tough to hold."

Davis was more direct.

"I'm supposed to hold it there," he said. "I didn't do my job."

In the fourth, Eaton walked Rickie Weeks and Overbay singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly scored Weeks, and Geoff Jenkins followed with his 18th homer, a two-run shot that gave the Brewers a 3-2 lead.

Seahawks Sign Warrick to 1-Year Deal

From Danny O'Neil at the Seattle P-I:

When the Seahawks got a chance to make an upgrade at wide receiver on Wednesday, they grabbed hold of it.

In fact, they didn't let Peter Warrick leave the team's headquarters until reaching an agreement on a one-year contract.

The deal won't be signed until today, and Warrick will be introduced by the team after the walk-through preparation for Friday's preseason finale. Seattle will have to make a roster move to clear a spot for Warrick.

Warrick was acquired to play slot receiver and also return punts. He was waived on Tuesday by Cincinnati, the team that chose him with the No. 4 choice in the 2000 draft.

He caught a career-high 79 passes two years ago, but was injured most of last season and was recovering from offseason knee surgery during training camp.

Coach Mike Holmgren answered questions after Seattle's practice on Wednesday, and while the team had not yet reached an agreement with Warrick at the time, Holmgren explained why the Seahawks had taken an interest.

"If a guy becomes available the caliber of Peter Warrick, I think we're going to bring him in, look at him, talk to him," Holmgren said.

The Seahawks gave him a physical examination, kicking the tires, so to speak, on a player who missed 12 games last season with leg and knee injuries. He underwent offseason surgery on his knee and had played in only one of the Bengals' three preseason games.

And then Seattle signed Warrick to a one-year deal. ESPN.com reported that Warrick's contract is for $1.4 million, which includes a $500,000 signing bonus. There also are incentives that could take the package past $2 million depending on the number of passes he catches.

Fielder Hits Walk-Off Homer as Brewers Win 6-5

Prince Fielder will take this kind of pummeling anytime.

The rarely used rookie hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth inning Wednesday to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"We just couldn't wait for him to get to home plate so we could beat him up," said fellow rookie J.J. Hardy, who helped the Brewers celebrate their first game-ending hit of the season with a pounding of Fielder.

Hardy hit a two-run homer earlier in the game, as did Rickie Weeks, another of the "Baby Brewers" who are being counted upon to reverse the club's losing legacy.

"That shows you why we feel good about where we're going," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

This is just the start, Fielder suggested.

"Hopefully we'll be able to do that for at least 10 more years,'"' Fielder said after the trio of rookies provided all the pop at the plate.

Rick Helling (1-0) will start against Adam Eaton (9-3) as the Brewers face the Padres.