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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Brewers Lose Again 1-6

From Sportsline.com:

Jose Castillo's powerful bat is picking up where Jason Bay left off.

Led by Castillo's sixth home run in five games, the Pittsburgh Pirates stretched their winning streak to a season-high three by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 Wednesday night.

With temperatures unseasonably high in the 80s, the Pirates improved to 5-1 on their homestand.

"They are just hitting everything," Brewers manager Ned Yost said after his team lost its fourth consecutive game. "They hit good pitches, they hit pitches we get up a little bit. ... They are just red hot right now."

The Pirates have scored 56 runs in their last six games -- 9.33 per contest -- and have outscored the Brewers 32-5 in taking the first three games of a four-game series that concludes Thursday.

Players throughout the Pirates lineup are swinging the bats well. Freddy Sanchez had three hits and scored three runs, Sean Casey homered and improved to 6-for-12 with five RBI since coming off the disabled list Monday, Jack Wilson extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and Bay hit his team-record-tying 12th home run of the month.

"Hitting is contagious," Casey said. "A lot of guys are hitting right now. It all started with Jason Bay the last few weeks, and I think everyone's just feeding off of that."

Seahawks Release Kashama

From Seahawks.NET:

The Seahawks have waived DE Alain Kashama

Kashama was acquired by trade from the Bears in August 2005 and split time between the practice squad and the 53 man roster for the Seahawks. He played in only one game, the season finale at Green Bay.

Allocated to NFL Europe in spring 2006, he played four games before ending that season on injured reserve.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Brewers Beat Up Again 1-12

From Sportsline.com:

Jose Castillo has gained some inspiration from teammate Jason Bay.

Castillo homered twice and finished with a career-high six RBI to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-1 Tuesday night.

Castillo, who has homered in four consecutive games and has seven on the season, hit a solo drive to left-center in the second and a three-run shot to left in the third that traveled an estimated 441 feet. It was the first multihomer game of Castillo's career.

Bay had a six-game home run streak snapped Monday, and Castillo said he wants to put together a longer streak.

"I watch Jason Bay every night," Castillo said. "He's such a great player."

Castillo narrowly missed a third home run in the seventh when his high flyball to center hit off the top of the wall. He was forced to settle for an RBI double. He singled in Ryan Doumit in the eighth for his sixth RBI of the game, the most by a Pirates player this season.

"He had a huge day," teammate Freddy Sanchez said. "These last couple weeks, he's just come out and is hitting the ball hard with authority and he's driving the ball real well."

Monday, May 29, 2006

Brewers Stink in Loss to Pirates 3-14

From Sportsline.com:

Sean Casey may not have time to save the Pittsburgh Pirates' season. In his first game back from a long layoff, he showed how much better their offense might have been if he hadn't gotten hurt.

Casey had three hits and drove in three runs in his first game since mid-April, and the Pirates bounced back from a difficult loss to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 14-3 on Monday night behind Zach Duke.

"He's the kind of hitter who could roll out of bed on Christmas morning and hit three line drives to left field," teammate Jason Bay said. "It's good to have him back."

Casey admittedly felt nervous, especially after playing in only five games in PNC Park for his hometown team before injuring his back on a fielding play April 14. He was expected to be out as long as two months, but returned only a couple of days past the six-week mark.

"It felt great, because you feel helpless sitting," Casey said. "It was good to contribute, and good to contribute to a win."

Bay's streak of consecutive games with a homer ended at six as he was the only Pirates starter to not drive in a run, going 1-for-5. He was two games shy of the major league record first set 50 years ago this week by the Pirates' Dale Long and later tied by Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr.

"The only at-bat I didn't try to hit a home run was when I singled," Bay said. "It was the first time during this (streak) I tried to do too much. Maybe now I can get back to normal."

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Brewers Lose to Phillies 2-6

From Sportsline.com:

Philadelphia won 12 of its first 13 games in May, but Sunday's win was its third in its last 12 games. The Phillies finished the season series 1-5 against Milwaukee.

Brady Clark had three hits and Corey Koskie homered for the Brewers, who saw their season-best three-game road winning streak snapped.

The Phillies caught a huge break to start the fifth when Chase Utley beat out a grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks. Weeks handled the two-hopper easily but was slow on his throw to first.

"That's why you hustle," Manuel said.

Television replays showed that Weeks' throw beat Utley.

"The umpire missed the call, the replay clearly showed that," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

After Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell struck out, Howard connected off starter Dana Eveland (0-2), tucking a line drive just inside the left-field foul pole for a 4-2 lead.

Milwaukee's shoddy defense enabled the Phillies to tack on two more runs in the sixth off reliever Joe Winkelsas.

Third baseman Koskie committed an error and first baseman Prince Fielder also mishandled a ball that was ruled a hit by Jimmy Rollins and loaded the bases. Chase Utley had a RBI single and Bobby Abreu drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-2.

"It wasn't our best performance," Yost said. "We didn't capitalize on offense or defense."

Madson, who returned to the starting rotation when rookie Cole Hamels went on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, set up hitters with an effective curveball and mixed in changeups and fastballs to keep the Brewers off balance.

"I was able to get my curveball over for strike one and work from there," Madson said.

Manuel wouldn't say if Madson was going to return to the bullpen when Hamels is ready or if he is auditioning for his own spot. Hamels is eligible to return from the DL on June 3.

"When the time comes to make a decision, that's when we'll make it," Manuel said.

Koskie's two-run homer accounted for Milwaukee's runs off Madson. It was his sixth homer of the season.

Geoff Geary, Rheal Cormier, Arthur Rhodes and Tom Gordon each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Phillies.

Madson hit a two-out, two-run double to tie the game in the fourth. It was Madson's first major league extra-base hit and his first two RBIs. His fifth hit of the season lifted his season average to .357 (5-for-14).

Eveland surrendered four runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Brewers Beat Phillies Again 9-6

From Sportsline.com:

Rickie Weeks and Bill Hall have brought plenty of power to the top of the Milwaukee lineup.

Weeks and Hall homered in the eighth inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers win their third straight road game with a 9-6 victory Saturday night over the Philadelphia Phillies.

With Weeks in the leadoff spot, the Brewers are 15-11. With Hall at No. 2, the team is 7-4.

"Both have been doing a fine job up there," Milwaukee coach Ned Yost said. "They give us a lot of different abilities up there with power and speed. They gave us some big two-out run production tonight."

Carlos Lee also homered and Hall drove in four runs for the Brewers, who have won all five games over the Phillies this season.

Jimmy Rollins had three hits with a homer and three runs scored for Philadelphia, which has lost nine of 11 since going 13-1 at the start of the month.

Weeks, who is hitting .500 (12 for 24) in his last seven games, launched a two-run homer into the left-field seats off reliever Ryan Franklin (1-4) for his fifth homer of the season. Hall's shot went even farther, reaching the second deck in left field for his 12th homer.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Brewers Win in Extra Innings 6-5

From Sportsline.com:

Before closer Derrick Turnbow even had time to worry about his blown save, the Milwaukee Brewers were back in front.

Prince Fielder's RBI single off Tom Gordon in the 10th inning sent Milwaukee to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

Ryan Howard had a tying, two-run double in the ninth against Turnbow, who had converted 14 of his first 15 save chances. But the Brewers answered quickly against Gordon (2-2).

Carlos Lee started the inning with a double to left and scored on Fielder's liner off the right-field fence.

"We've been battling," manager Ned Yost said. "Our guys did a nice job."

Geoff Jenkins had three hits and three RBI, and Bill Hall hit a two-run shot for Milwaukee, which had lost seven of its last nine on the road.

Turnbow (2-1) got the victory despite allowing two runs in his only inning. Jose Capellan got two outs in the 10th before giving way to Brian Shouse. With the bases loaded, Shouse retired Chris Roberson on a routine fly for his second career save and first since 2003 with Texas.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Brewers Beat Reds 6-2

From Sportsline.com:

Carlos Lee homered for the first time in 14 games, a two-run shot that helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 Wednesday night and salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Lee snapped a 3-for-30 slump by going 2-for-3 with two RBI. His homer was his 16th of the season and first since May 9.

Damian Miller had two doubles and Brady Clark had three hits for Milwaukee to help Doug Davis (3-3) earn his first win in four starts. The left-hander, who had two no-decisions and a loss in that stretch, gave up five hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts in seven innings.

Matt Wise pitched the eighth and Derrick Turnbow closed out the game in the ninth.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead before making an out in the first inning. Left-hander Brandon Claussen (3-5) walked Rickie Weeks to lead off the game, and Weeks came around to score on Jeff Cirillo's double. After Geoff Jenkins lined out to second, Cirillo moved to third on Carlos Lee's single to right and scored on Prince Fielder's sacrifice fly

Milwaukee, which had lost four of its last five games, extended the lead to 3-0 in the second when Davis put down a squeeze bunt to score Miller.

The Reds cut the lead to 3-1 in the third when Claussen scored on Ken Griffey Jr.'s bases-loaded chopper to first, but Lee gave the Brewers a four-run lead with a 424-foot homer to left in the fifth after Jenkins was hit by a pitch with two outs.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Brewers Lose Again 3-7

From Sportsline.com:

Ken Griffey Jr. is letting his performance do the talking for him for a while.

Griffey hit his second three-run homer in as many games and made his third spectacular catch in the same span to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The center fielder has hit four home runs and driven in 18 runs since being activated from the disabled list on May 11, after missing almost a month with a strained tendon in his right knee.

Griffey, apparently upset about recent criticism of his defense, refused to speak with the media after Tuesday's game, but manager Jerry Narron, teammates and opponents had plenty to say.

"Any questions about Ken Griffey Jr. can be put to rest," Narron said. "Junior's definitely one of the best hitters in baseball. I told the coaches the other day that I still think he'll lead the team in RBI, even though he missed a month. I thought it would take him three weeks to a month to get into shape, but the way he's playing, it looks like he'll make a liar out of me."

"I'm still a fan," said Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, who went 2-for-5 and scored on Griffey's homers Monday and Tuesday. "When he does something, I get excited like I'm sitting in the stands or watching on TV."

The Reds were losing 3-1 when Felipe Lopez and Phillips led off the fifth inning with singles to right off left-hander Dana Eveland. Griffey then hit a 1-0 pitch 411 feet into the stands in right for his sixth homer of the season and third in the last four games. He hit a grand slam at Detroit on Saturday and a three-run homer in the first inning on Monday.

Magic Receive Pick 11 in Lottery

From Brian Schmitz at The Orlando Sentinel:

As the man who will represent the Orlando Magic in the NBA draft lottery, Pat Williams said, tongue firmly in cheek, that he felt "on top of my game in mid-February."

The club was foundering and needed some of Williams' time-proven luck in the lottery. Then the Magic won 16 of their last 22 games and made a playoff push.

"There was a real danger of not making the trip to Secaucus, which is lovely this time of year," said Williams, the club's senior vice president.

The Magic find themselves back in the lottery drawing tonight in Secaucus, N.J., with 13 other non-playoff teams for the third consecutive May.

"I think they're putting me in the Elgin Baylor Suite," cracked Williams, referring to the Los Angeles Clippers' vice president of basketball operations who was a lottery fixture until the Clippers made the playoffs this season.

Finishing 36-46 for the second consecutive season -- the 11th- worst record among the 14 lottery-eligible teams -- the Magic have just an 8-in-a-1,000 chance (0.8 percent) of winning the No. 1 pick.

They are virtually in the same position as last season.

Orlando stayed at No. 11 and chose Spanish forward Fran Vazquez, who elected to stay in Spain.

This time, the Magic hope to emerge from the June 28 draft with a player who'll actually report in October. Although they say they'll take the best player, the Magic especially will look at shooting guards and a power player.

Shooting guards Rodney Carney (Memphis), Ronnie Brewer (Arkansas), Randy Foye (Villanova), J.J. Redick (Duke) and center/power forwards Shelden Williams (Duke) and Cedric Simmons (North Carolina State) could be available at No. 11.

When represented by Williams, they Magic have won the lottery three times dating to 1992. They could use the kind of lotto luck the Milwaukee Bucks enjoyed last May.

Brewers Sign Winkelsas

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

Joe Winkelsas took a job as a garbage man, and it led him back to the Major Leagues. That's just another unlikely wrinkle in the amazing story of the newest Milwaukee Brewer.

Winkelsas, 32, learned late Monday night that he was headed back to the big leagues for the first time since 1999, when he pitched one-third of an inning for the Braves in the midst of personal turmoil that went well beyond the baseball diamond. A roster spot opened when the Brewers designated slumping reliever Justin Lehr for assignment.

"Sometimes a rocky road can lead to a beautiful place," said Winkelsas, who was initially mistaken by some teammates for a member of the Reds' clubhouse staff. "I've been given an opportunity, and I'm so grateful. I'm just going to go out and have fun."

Monday, May 22, 2006

Brewers Smoked 5-15 Against Reds

From Sportsline.com:

Milwaukee scored in the second on doubles by Prince Fielder and Corey Koskie, but the Reds loaded the bases with two outs in the third and Ross drove in two runs with a soft line drive down the left-field line.

Dunn hit his 16th homer, a three-run drive to center, and Ross added his second two-run double as the Reds sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth.

"My offense was just a little bleep on the map with all these guys," Ross said.

Bush, who threw a shutout against the Reds in an 11-0 win on April 22 at Milwaukee, gave up seven hits and seven runs with six strikeouts in four innings, his shortest outing in 10 starts this season. He matched his season high with three walks while falling to 1-4 in his last six starts.

"I felt good warming up," Bush said. "I didn't throw good pitches. I wish I had some answers for you. I've struggled the last three or four starts. We all have things we need to work on. I'll do something different next time."

Bill Hall homered for Milwaukee leading off the ninth, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Brewers Send Henrickson Down, Claim Mabeus

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

Brewers manager Ned Yost still believes that Ben Hendrickson has a future in the big leagues. For now, that future is on hold.

Hendrickson was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, a day after he surrendered six runs without recording an out against the Twins at Miller Park. Hendrickson will be replaced Monday by right-handed reliever Chris Mabeus.

"[Hendrickson] just needs to be able to go out and command his pitches, stay on the attack and throw strikes and get ahead of the hitters," Yost said. "His stuff is good enough to pitch here."

In four appearances with the Brewers including three starts, the 25-year-old was 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA. Hendrickson was especially dreadful in his last two starts, allowing 13 earned runs on 12 hits in just 2 1/3 innings.

Was he surprised to be sent down?

"No," Hendrickson said. "I can't get people out in the first inning."

The first six Twins batters reached base against him on Saturday, when Hendrickson became the first Brewers starter in 11 years to get the hook before he recorded an out. In his previous start at San Diego, the Padres scored five first-inning runs on five hits.

But Hendrickson was encouraged by some constructive criticism from Brewers coaches on Sunday. Bullpen coach Billy Castro believes that hitters may be seeing a raised knuckle during Hendrickson's delivery that tips them to his big, breaking curveball.

"I guess they're not swinging at my curveball because they see it," Hendrickson said after meeting with Yost on Sunday evening. "At least it gives me something to work on. ... I have to try it. I haven't done it that way since high school."

Brewers Avoid Sweep With 5-3 Win

From Sportsline.com:

It's becoming routine for the Milwaukee Brewers to provide late-inning excitement at Miller Park.

Carlos Lee's two-run double keyed a four-run seventh inning to help the Brewers beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday, hours after the Twins won funding for a new stadium.

The Brewers are 17-9 at Miller Park, and have come from behind in 15 of those victories.

"They don't panic when they fall behind," manager Ned Yost said. "They know that somewhere over the course of the game they are going to put something together.

"We weren't doing much, but guys were still up, and we knew that at any time we could break loose," he said.

Chris Capuano (5-3) won for the first time in four starts. The left-hander pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out four.

He has pitched quality starts in all 10 of his outings this season, and has a 2.78 ERA.

"We feel really good about the way Cappy's been throwing," Yost said. "He can give us seven or eight strong innings, and that's exactly what he did."

Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Brewers Lose Again to Twins 10-16

WOW! Normally if you score 10 runs, you think that you would win. Hopefully the Brewers can sort out this pitching problem of theirs.

From Sportsline.com:

Michael Cuddyer drove in a career-high five runs and Joe Mauer had four RBI to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 16-10 Saturday night.

Mauer went 4-for-5 with a home run and Cuddyer had two hits for Minnesota, which finished with 15 hits.

The Twins scored six runs in the first inning as Brewers starter Ben Hendrickson (0-2) failed to retire any of the six batters he faced. Mauer, Torii Hunter and Cuddyer had run-scoring singles, Justin Morneau added a two-run double, and Juan Castro drove in Morneau with a sacrifice fly.

Milwaukee scored in the bottom of the first inning when Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer. Jenkins' seventh drive of the season barely cleared the right-field wall.

Cuddyer also had a three-run triple in the Twins' five-run fourth inning. Morneau had an RBI single and Castro's run-scoring triple drove in Morneau to make it 11-2.

While Hendrickson didn't get an out, Twins starter Scott Baker (2-4) struck out a career-high eight in five innings. He allowed four runs and six hits with one walk to get his first win since April 14, a span of six starts.

The six runs surrendered by Hendrickson marked the second game in a row he has allowed at least five runs in the first inning. The San Diego Padres scored five times in the first inning on May 11 against Hendrickson.

Minnesota set a season high for runs and it was also the most runs Milwaukee has allowed this year.

Rickie Weeks hit a solo homer in the ninth and Bill Hall had a two-run drive in the fourth for the Brewers. It was Hall's ninth homer and Weeks' fourth.

Mauer hit his third homer in the fifth to make it 12-4.

Hendrickson, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., was taken out of the game before retiring a batter, marking the 14th time in Brewers history a starter failed to get an out. The last time it happened was Aug. 28, 1995, when Jamie McAndrew started at Chicago against the White Sox.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Brewers Stomped by Twins 1-7

From Sportsline.com:

On the same day that the Twins learned their dream ballpark is on the cusp of becoming a reality, Francisco Liriano gave Minnesota fans another glimpse of the future on the field.

Liriano threw five solid innings in his first start of the season and Tony Batista hit a grand slam to help the Twins snap a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

"Every time he takes the mound, it's just electric," said Twins first baseman Michael Cuddyer, who also helped Liriano's cause with a solo homer in the sixth. "That poise he shows, he's in control of himself all the time."

Batista hit his ninth career grand slam in the eighth as part of a five-run inning. Brewers starter Doug Davis (2-3) had entered the inning trailing 2-1, but he walked Luis Castillo and allowed a single to Joe Mauer to put runners on the corners with no out, ending his night.

Mauer stole second, and after an out, reliever Jose Capellan intentionally walked Cuddyer.

"We were trying to get out of the inning with one pitch, turn a double play," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

But Capellan plunked Lew Ford, scoring Castillo, and Batista hit the next pitch over the Brewers' bullpen to make it 7-1.

Seahawks Add Webster as VP of Player Personnel

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have hired Ruston Webster to serve as Vice President of Player Personnel, the club announced Friday afternoon.

In this role, Webster will work directly with President of Football Operations Tim Ruskell and oversee the day-to-day management of the pro personnel and college scouting departments.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to add Ruston to our scouting operation,” said Ruskell. “I’ve known Ruston for close to 20 years and he is as hard-working and talented a personnel man as there is in the business. He will make our organization better.”

Webster joins the Seahawks after serving all 19 of his years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he worked with Ruskell from 1988-2003. Prior to his promotion to director of player personnel last season, he served the previous four seasons (2001-04) as the Buccaneers’ director of college scouting where he proved to be instrumental in helping piece together a team that won the franchise’s first Super Bowl title, a 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Webster joined the Buccaneers in 1988 as the team’s scout for the northeastern United States. From 1989-91, he served as the clubs director of pro personnel. In 1992, he returned to the field as Tampa Bay’s scout for the Southern states and shifted to the Midwest region in 1993 and the Southwest region from 1995-2000.

Before joining the Buccaneers, Webster was the tight ends/safeties coach at Tulsa University in 1987. In 1986, he was a graduate assistant at Alabama under former Buccaneer head coach Ray Perkins. Webster also served as a graduate assistant at Southwestern Louisiana in 1985.

Webster earned his bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Mississippi. A native of Madison, Mississippi, he and his wife, Gayle, have a daughter Hannah and sons Jacob and Drew.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Brewers Sweep Philadelphia With Another Dramatic Win

From Sportsline.com:

At this point, the Milwaukee Brewers simply expect to erase big deficits in the late innings.

And this time, they weren't bailing out their bullpen.

Geoff Jenkins provided late-inning fireworks for the second night in a row, slapping a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh inning as the Brewers rallied past Philadelphia 5-4 and completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies.

Jenkins, whose two-out RBI single in the ninth inning gave Milwaukee its third straight victory in its final at-bat on Wednesday, said the string of comebacks after blown leads are a sign of improvement for the young Brewers.

"I think in the past, we didn't have that," Jenkins said. "We just have a little more talent."

The Brewers' latest comeback began with reserve catcher Chad Moeller's two-run homer in the seventh, off Phillies rookie Cole Hamels. Until that point, Hamels and the Phillies appeared to have Milwaukee covered.

But right now, the Brewers don't believe any opponent's lead is safe.

"That's what happens after you do it a couple of times: You expect it," Moeller said.

With the sweep, the Brewers brought baseball's hottest team to a screeching halt.

"Guys right now, they don't panic," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't matter they know that we can put a streak together."

Philadelphia had won 13 of its previous 14 coming into the series.

"They're hot right now," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "They stay with you, and things are going their way."

Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow -- who took a loss on Saturday, blew his first save of the season on Sunday and was pulled out of Wednesday's game after giving up three runs -- pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 13th save.

"It's always huge to get right back out there as soon as possible, and hopefully be successful," Turnbow said.

Turnbow realizes Yost might have him on a shorter leash these days, but understands it won't be an issue if he keeps the late-inning drama to a minimum.

"If I'm out there not getting the job done and making things interesting, he's got to do what's best for the team," Turnbow said.

Yost said he didn't hesitate to call on Turnbow, despite his recent shaky outings and heavy workload.

"I don't think his confidence was gone, to be honest with you," Yost said. "It's just one of those situations."

The Brewers Walk Off in 3rd Straight Game With 8-7 Win

From Sportsline.com:

The Phillies decided to make someone other than Bill Hall beat them, and Geoff Jenkins was ready to give Milwaukee another win in dramatic fashion.

Jenkins' RBI single with two outs in the ninth gave the Brewers an 8-7 victory Wednesday night and their third straight win in their final at-bat. It also washed away a questionable decision by Milwaukee manager Ned Yost in the top of the inning.

"It's exciting. It builds character, camaraderie in the clubhouse," Jenkins said. "It's obviously exciting to win like that, but you'd like to have some 8-2s, some 9-1s."

The Brewers became the first team since the 2004 Detroit Tigers to win three straight games in their last at-bat. It's the third time in franchise history the Brewers pulled the feat.

Arthur Rhodes (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Jeff Cirillo to start the ninth, and Brady Clark's sacrifice bunt moved him to second. Rickie Weeks struck out, bringing up Hall, who had hit a home run on Sunday to beat the New York Mets in 10 innings and scored the winning run Tuesday night against Philadelphia.

Rhodes intentionally walked Hall and Jenkins hit the 0-1 pitch over center fielder Shane Victorino's head off the base of the wall.

"If Rickie didn't get it done, with two outs, I pretty much knew that was going to happen," Jenkins said of Hall's walk. "It was a smart move, Billy's having a great season."

Jenkins also had a homer and drove in three runs after coming into the game with just six hits in his last 37 at-bats.

The Brewers had been in control with a 7-4 lead heading into the ninth and closer Derrick Turnbow pitching. But Turnbow struggled, giving up an RBI single to Bobby Abreu after two outs.

Yost decided to pull him for left-handed specialist Brian Shouse, who came in with one career save and was acquired Saturday from Texas. Shouse came in to face Ryan Howard, hitting .295 with three homers against lefties.

Howard made Yost's decision look bad.

Shouse, acquired Saturday from Texas, proceeded to give up RBI singles to Howard and Victorino to tie it at 7.

"I had faced Howard a couple of times and gotten him out every time, I think," a frustrated Turnbow said. "You've got to respect the manager's decision."

But was Yost wrong to pull him?

"He just said maybe it wasn't the right choice," Turnbow said.

Turnbow has had a rough five days. He gave up a home run in the ninth and took the loss on Saturday against the Mets, then blew his first save of the season Sunday before rebounding and earning the win on Tuesday night.

"It's very hard to do, but we're trying to win ball games," Yost said of his decision. "We're talking about 25 guys here, we're not talking about one guy."

Shouse was pulled and Jose Capellan (1-0) earned the win by getting the final out of the ninth.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Brewers Put Hardy On DL

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

J.J. Hardy was sprawled out on a clubhouse couch on Wednesday afternoon with crutches at his side and his swollen right ankle elevated. It could have been much worse.

The Brewers placed Hardy on the disabled list Wednesday with a severely sprained ankle and expect to be without their young shortstop for 2-6 weeks.

"My first instinct was that it was going to be broken," said Hardy, who suffered the injury trying to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of an eventual Brewers win on Tuesday night. "I heard a pop and ... it was pretty painful. I thought that was going to be it."

With the Brewers and Phillies tied at 2, Hardy snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a double. He then tried to score on a single to shallow center field, but Phillies catcher Sal Fasano had the plate blocked, and didn't budge when Hardy tried to slide home.

"It was like running into a wall," Hardy said. "Right before I started my slide, I saw an opening underneath him. Right when I started my slide, he dropped down and I couldn't get there. He didn't budge one bit."

X-rays Tuesday night revealed no broken bones, and an MRI scan Wednesday afternoon confirmed the sprain to the inside part of his ankle, but did not reveal any more serious ligament or cartilage damage.

For Hardy, that was the best news he could have gotten.

"I was a little nervous because of the pain I was in [Tuesday] night and even [Wednesday] morning," Hardy said. "I thought for sure it was going to be something bad."

With Hardy out, Bill Hall will serve as the everyday shortstop, and the team recalled outfielder Corey Hart from Triple-A Nashville to fill out the 25-man roster.

Hall Comes Through Again as Brewers Win 3-2

From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall made a defensive play to save a run in the ninth, and scored the winning run moments later. In between, he even promised he'd end the game.

The versatile Hall made good on his word after a throwing error by Ryan Franklin in the ninth gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Waiting for his turn to bat, Hall whispered his thoughts to pitcher Dave Bush.

"I actually promised Bush in the dugout that I was going to do something in the ninth inning, that we were going to have a walk-off win," Hall said.

Damian Miller bunted to the third-base side of the mound and Franklin (1-3) fired wildly to David Bell at third, allowing Hall, who led off the inning with a double, to coast home on the error.

How close was Franklin to getting Hall?

"If he makes a good throw right there, I'm out," Hall said. "But that's what happens when you rush things."

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Holmgren Signs Extension!

From Seahawks.NET:

Multiple sources have confirmed that Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has signed an extension today through the year 2008. Holmgren was going into the last year of the eight-year contract he originally signed in 1999.

Holmgren was the team's general manager as well through the 2002 season, and there has been speculation that any extension Holmgren would sign might have a provision to void the contract should he be offered a GM position elsewhere. It is not known at this time whether such a provision is part of this extension.

Seahawks Release Wayne Hunter & Kyle Ralph

From Jose Miguel Romero at The Seattle Times:

The Seahawks announced the release of two offensive linemen today, three-year veteran Wayne Hunter and rookie Kyle Ralph, whom the team signed as an undrafted free agent after last month's draft.

Hunter's release came just three days after he was cited for fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief in connection with an incident at a Renton sports bar. According to a witness's account in a police report, Hunter and his brother were arguing, and broke a table and glasses as they took the argument outside the bar.

Hunter got his brother into a car, the report said, and then re-entered the bar. He asked a bystander what he was looking at, and after the man said "Nothing," the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Hunter slammed him into a shuffleboard table and threatened to punch him. Then Hunter, his brother and friends drove away from the bar. Hunter's vehicle was stopped by police, and he was cited and released without being booked.

Hunter, 24, has a troubled history with the Seahawks. He was ordered to undergo domestic violence counseling in 2003 after being arrested for minor assault against his girlfriend that summer, and was suspended by the NFL for one game in 2004 and one in 2005 because of that incident and the proceedings that followed the case. Hunter, a tackle and guard, appeared in only two games for the Seahawks in his career. He was limited by injuries.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Hall's Home Run Clinches Extra Inning Win Against Mets

From Sportsline.com:

With his mother sitting in the stands and a pink bat in his hands, Bill Hall figured he was going to do something special to help the Milwaukee Brewers win on Sunday.

Hall figured his sacrifice bunt to set up the go-ahead run in the eighth inning might have been that moment. And if not, his long throw from deep in the hole at shortstop to preserve a one-run lead in the ninth certainly could have been.

But first baseman Prince Fielder dropped the throw, Xavier Nady was called safe and Carlos Delgado scored from third to tie the game. The Brewers would have to call on Hall again.

He delivered a two-out home run in the 10th inning to give Milwaukee a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets.

Hall was one of one of several players around the league who used pink bats on Sunday as part of a Mother's Day breast cancer fundraiser. Though he might have been tempted to ditch the bat after striking out in three of his first four appearances, he didn't.

"It had her name on it," Hall said of his mother, Vergie. "I mean, she's up there watching. Like I said, she's never let me give up, and I wasn't going to give up on the bat because I was having a tough time."

Hall gave a spare pink bat to his mother as a souvenir before she left Miller Park to make the 10-hour drive back to Nettleton, Miss., on Sunday night.

"She's the love of my life, so anything I can do special for her, I'm always up for it," Hall said.

Hall also is up for just about anything in the field. His ability to play almost any defensive position makes him especially valuable to the Brewers, although manager Ned Yost said before Sunday's game that he knows Hall deserves the honor of having his own set position.

"I'm just in the lineup, and that's all that matters to me," Hall said.

The Brewers blew leads in the seventh and ninth innings of Sunday's game, including closer Derrick Turnbow's first blown save of the season.

After giving up a game-winning home run to Paul Lo Duca in a non-save situation on Saturday, Turnbow blew his first save when Fielder couldn't hang on to Hall's throw.

But neither Yost nor Turnbow expressed concern after the game.

"I feel strong, I feel good," Turnbow said. "To me, that's the most important thing."

Jorge De La Rosa struck out two in one inning to earn the victory (2-0). Chad Bradford (2-2) took the loss by giving up Hall's homer.

Brewers Acquire Shouse

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

For the first time in his three-plus seasons as Brewers manager, Ned Yost has a left-handed answer for the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Edmonds and Jacque Jones.

The team on Saturday acquired 37-year-old left-handed pitcher Brian Shouse from the Texas Rangers for Minor League infielder Enrique Cruz and a player to be named or cash. Shouse had been designated for assignment by the Rangers on Monday.

"I want to get picked up by another club," Shouse told the Dallas Morning News in Tuesday's editions. "I can still pitch in the big leagues and get guys out."

A "situational lefty" who has made 215 Major League relief appearances and has limited left-handed hitters to a .218 batting average, Shouse is expected to join the Brewers' 13-man pitching staff on Sunday. The team will option right-hander Jared Fernandez to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the 25-man roster.

Shouse throws from a three-quarters arm angle and his fastball tops out in the low 80s, but he throws "a real nasty slider," Yost said.

"That's what situational lefties do," the manager added. "They've got good breaking stuff and they spot their fastballs."

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Brewers Out-Slugged by Mets 8-9

From Sportsline.com:

The slumping New York Mets had blown a four-run lead in the eighth inning and were on the brink of their fifth loss in six games as people began to lose their cool.

However, veteran catcher Paul Lo Duca steadied the Mets, and didn't flinch against one of the league's best relievers.

His tiebreaking solo home run in the top of ninth off Derrick Turnbow gave the Mets a 9-8 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Lo Duca sent the 1-0 pitch from Turnbow (0-1) over the wall in left-center, giving the right-hander his first loss since April 10, 2005.

"It's one of those games you don't want to lose," Lo Duca said. "Now we have a chance to win the series."

Turnbow said he meant to throw his 96 mph fastball down and away, but it stayed up in the strike zone.

"You can't be perfect all the time," said Turnbow, who started the season with 12 straight saves. "We battled back so hard. I wish I could've gotten the job done and we would've won."

Friday, May 12, 2006

Brewers Hold Off Mets 9-6

From Sportsline.com:

Mets manager Willie Randolph gave Prince Fielder candy as a kid. But it was Fielder's sweet swing that sank New York on Friday night.

Fielder homered twice, Geoff Jenkins hit a three-run double and the Milwaukee Brewers finally figured out Jose Lima in a 9-6 victory over the Mets.

"I remember when he was a little baby and now he's coming back to haunt me," Randolph said. "I was always nice to him, you know. I gave him candy."

Fielder hit a two-run homer off left-handed reliever Darren Oliver to cap a six-run fifth inning when the Brewers scored all their runs with two outs.

Fielder, now 5-for-9 with two homers when teams bring in a lefty to face him, credited his father, former home run champ Cecil Fielder, with preparing him.

"All through high school and minor leagues, my dad always told me that lefties were going to be the guys that would come in and try to get me out," Fielder said. "I just really try to focus and go right back up the middle."

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Comeback Is Too Little Too Late as the Brewers Lose 5-8

From Sportsline.com:

The Brewers, who struck out 16 times, have lost seven of nine. They went 1-5 on a six-game road trip through Los Angeles and San Diego.

Peavy allowed a single by Bill Hall and a double by Chad Moeller to start the third, putting runners on second and third. The right-hander then escaped the jam by striking out pitcher Ben Hendrickson, retiring Gabe Gross on a fly to short left and striking out J.J. Hardy.

Peavy, San Diego's only All-Star last year, walked two. He set his career high of 13 strikeouts last June 20 in a 1-0 home win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He also had two hits and two RBI, contributing to big rallies in the first and third innings. Just 1-for-14 coming in, Peavy drove in runs by beating out an infield single in the first and hitting a ground-rule double in the third. Roberts had three hits and two stolen bases.

The first five Padres batters of the game reached base and scored. Mike Cameron, Rob Bowen, Geoff Blum and Peavy each singled in a run, and Adrian Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly.

The Padres added three more in the third, when Peavy's hit was the third of three consecutive one-out doubles. Blum chased Hendrickson with an RBI double, and Peavy bounced a ball over the center-field fence off Jared Fernandez to bring in Blum. Cameron added a two-out RBI single.

"That's why starting pitching is so important," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Your game generally goes on how your starting pitcher fares. You get in a hole early, it's hard to claw back, especially against an All-Star pitcher like Jake Peavy."

Hendrickson (0-1) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out one.

"You leave the ball up and they're going to hit you," he said.

Milwaukee scored four runs in the eighth. Dewon Brazelton replaced Peavy to start the inning and allowed three consecutive hits and a walk. Hall had a leadoff triple and Moeller singled him in. With Brian Sweeney pitching, Geoff Jenkins drove in a run on a groundout and Carlos Lee hit a two-run single.

Corey Koskie homered leading off the ninth against Scott Linebrink.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Brewers Win in Extra Innings 5-4

From Sportsline.com:

The Milwaukee Brewers didn't care that they ended the San Diego Padres' nine-game winning streak. Coming off a tough sweep at Los Angeles, winning a road game was a big enough feat.

Corey Koskie doubled in the go-ahead run off Trevor Hoffman with two outs in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Diego 5-4 on Tuesday night to end the fifth-longest winning streak in Padres history.

San Diego had tied the game at 4 in the sixth on Khalil Greene's three-run homer.

"We were getting on a little bit of a downward slide," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It was important to pull this one out, get the trend reversed a little bit and get back on the winning side of the column.

"Again, right now it doesn't really matter if they're hot, cold, indifferent, just to win right now."

Carlos Lee, who homered in the fifth inning, started Milwaukee's winning rally with a two-out double into the left-field corner. Koskie followed with the double into the right-field corner off Hoffman (0-1).

Hoffman, known for his changeup, fell behind 3-1 against Koskie, then left a fastball over the plate.

"You have got to make a better pitch," Hoffman said. "I wanted to throw the heater because I felt I could control that pitch better than the changeup. But you can't leave a ball out over the middle of the plate in a game that is on the line right there."

The Brewers were coming off a sweep in L.A. in which they dropped a pair of one-run games, then lost the series finale by eight runs.

"It was a tough game," Lee said. "We had control, then they came back and tied it. We've kind of lost some tough ones on the road. We bounced back and held them and got the big run."

Dan Kolb (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and Derrick Turnbow pitched the 10th for his 11th save in as many chances. The four Milwaukee pitchers allowed a total of five hits.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Brewers Place Sheets on DL

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

The Brewers decided to place ace right-hander Ben Sheets on the disabled list on Wednesday, another blow to a starting rotation that has suffered two major losses in one week.

Sheets is suffering from right shoulder tendinitis and will join right-hander Tomo Ohka (shoulder) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 3. The team may wait to make a formal move until later in the week, but barring an unforeseen setback, Triple-A Nashville left-hander Dana Eveland will get the call to start on Saturday against the Mets at Miller Park.

"We just can't keep patching things up and going around Ben at this point," general manager Doug Melvin said. "We need to try to get the pitching in order, get a rotation back in order."

Sheets, who was tagged for seven runs by the Astros in his last start May 2, was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday at Dodger Stadium and was originally penciled in to start on Thursday against the Padres. He was then was bumped to Saturday, but a decision to place Sheets on the DL was made after a throwing session on Tuesday was cut short.

"It's getting better. It's progressing, but it's just not where we want it to be," Brewers head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger said. "We want to let him go out there and be effective throwing."

Sheets played catch for several minutes, then conferred with Caplinger and a decision was made to stop.

"It didn't feel too good," said Sheets, who has now suffered two significant setbacks returning from the torn upper back muscle he suffered last August. "I didn't think it would be totally smooth sailing, but I didn't expect this. If I threw right now, I think it would be unfair to everyone else when we can have another guy up here who's completely healthy."

Sheets will be eligible to return as early as May 18, though the Brewers will not know anything about a timetable until Sheets sees the doctors at Miller Park later this week.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Brewers Swept in 2-10 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Sele (1-0) spent the first five weeks of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas and got called up when left-hander Odalis Perez was placed on the bereavement list to visit his ailing mother in the Dominican Republic. The two-time All-Star made a good first impression, allowing a run and five hits and retiring 13 consecutive batters at one point.

Jeff Cirillo, who entered the game in the fourth inning as a defensive replacement after first baseman Prince Fielder left with tightness in his groin, ended Sele's string of consecutive outs with a leadoff double in the seventh.

"I was trying to keep the ball on the ground, keep the defense involved and keep a good rhythm and pace out there for the guys to be on their toes behind me," Sele said. "Furcal made a couple of nice plays at shortstop that were a lot more difficult than he makes them seem. This team has a lot of good quality players, and all the components are here to compete and do well."

The Dodgers are Sele's fifth different club in a big league career that began in 1993 with Boston. The right-hander won a career-high 19 games for the Texas Rangers in 1998 and a World Series ring with the Angels in 2002. He is the 81st player and 36th pitcher to play for both the Dodgers and Angels.

"He's very composed, very patient, very experienced," Kent said. "It's a blessing for a pitching staff because you can feed off a guy like that who's calm, collected and very businesslike. I thought he pitched a perfect game to the Brewers, keeping them off-balance, in and out and mixing speeds up."

Dave Bush (2-4) gave up six runs and eight hits over six innings and struck out seven in an emergency start after Ben Sheets was scratched because of tightness in the front of his right shoulder. Two of the runs were unearned, the result of fielding errors by Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks.

"I was ready to pitch," Bush said. "I was semi-prepared for it because I was actually going to be skipped this time around in the rotation and was going to be available out of the bullpen this weekend for long relief. So from that standpoint, It didn't make that much of a difference. My stuff was good, not great. I did my best to battle and complete. They hit a couple of mistakes I made for home runs, but otherwise they hits the balls in the right spots."

Brewers Lose in 9th Again 4-5

From Sportsline.com:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won consecutive home games for the first time this season, and they have Nomar Garciaparra to thank for that.

Garciaparra hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning for the second day in a row and also had a pair of run-scoring doubles, leading the Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Kenny Lofton doubled with one out in the ninth against Chris Demaria (0-1) and Garciaparra followed with an opposite-field single past first baseman Prince Fielder as Lofton scored without a throw.

"What I really enjoy about wins like that is that everybody's doing their job," Garciaparra said. "Kenny getting that double gave us a huge boost, because that was going to give us a chance to knock him in -- whether it was me or the guy behind me. We produced runs all night long -- getting doubles, moving runners over and doing the things to get the runs across."

Danys Baez (2-1) pitched one inning for the victory despite allowing the tying run in the top of the ninth for his fourth blown save in 12 chances as Eric Gagne's fill-in.

Milwaukee's Dan Kolb relieved in the eighth, giving up a leadoff walk to Jeff Kent and a double to left-center by Olmedo Saenz. Jose Cruz Jr. delivered Kent with a fly ball to left. However, the Brewers tied it in the ninth when Carlos Lee doubled and Bill Hall drove him in with his second RBI single of the game.

Dodgers starter Brad Penny labored through 5 1/3 innings, throwing 116 pitches and allowing three runs and seven hits. The right-hander gave up a walk in each of the first six innings, after allowing just seven over his previous 37 innings this season. Penny has not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven starts, but is just 0-1 in his last five outings after winning his first two.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Brewers Lose Series Opener to Dodgers 3-4

From Sportsline.com:

Martin was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill in for Dioner Navarro, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a deep bone bruise on his right wrist. The 23-year-old catcher's bats hadn't arrived yet from Las Vegas, so he used Furcal's bat to get his first two hits.

Milwaukee's Jeff Cirillo was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Layne in the ninth inning, one batter after he took a disputed third strike as a pinch-hitter. Manager Ned Yost also was ejected.

"I thought it was a ball and he thought it was a strike, so we had a difference of opinion," Cirillo said. "Honestly, I never get myself thrown out of a game unless the at-bat has been dictated by the pitch in a big situation. I didn't say anything about it when I walked away, and I didn't say anything when I was in the dugout. I just kind of pointed my fingers to show him that I went up to the clubhouse to look at the video, and he threw me out."

Carlos Lee chased Lowe in the eighth with his 13th home run. Tim Hamulack then faced two batters, giving up singles to Fielder and Corey Koskie. Baez relieved Hamulack and hit Miller with a pitch. Fielder scored on Baez's wild pitch to Brady Clark - who had just six hits in his previous 39 at-bats.

Clark followed with a fly to short center, and Repko threw home to retire Koskie for the inning-ending double play as Martin held onto the ball after the ensuing collision with Clark.

"I definitely knew I had a chance," Repko said. "I was actually surprised that they sent him because it was a shallow enough ball. But they wanted to challenge me, and you still have to make a good throw."

The Dodgers got at least one hit in each of the first six innings and 10 total against left-hander Chris Capuano, who allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings.

"It was one of those games that looked like it was going to go our way," Cirillo said. "We strung a couple of hits together, Carlos hit the homer, then we got the wild pitch to tie it. It was a tough game to lose, especially when a team is reeling like the Dodgers were and you have your best pitcher going."

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Brewers Beat Giants 7-4

From Sportsline.com:

Barry Bonds spent much of the morning snoozing on a big leather couch in the clubhouse.

If he's going to catch the Babe in Philadelphia, he'd better wake up soon.

Bonds had only a headache to show for his two-day trip to Milwaukee. After going 0-for-4 in the first game, his lone appearance Thursday was in the on-deck circle. The most excitement he produced during his stay was the ball he took off his forehead during batting practice Wednesday.

The rest of the San Francisco Giants didn't fare much better. Carlos Lee and Geoff Jenkins homered, Prince Fielder knocked catcher Todd Greene out of the game in a jarring home-plate collision, and the Milwaukee Brewers held on to beat the Giants 7-4 on Thursday.

The game ended with Bonds on deck, hoping for a chance to pinch-hit as the potential tying run. But as the sparse crowd booed Bonds, Pedro Feliz hit a routine fly for the final out.

"No way. No way. No way," he said after the game, waving his hands to shoo reporters away from his locker. "Get out of here. Go."

The Giants now head to Philadelphia, where Bonds hit Nos. 200 and 250. At 712, he is two homers from tying Babe Ruth for second place on the career list, and manager Felipe Alou said the slugger will play all three games against the Phillies.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Brewers Lose to Giants 0-2

From Sportsline.com:

Barry Bonds connected solidly with his forehead. He didn't have as much luck with his bat.

Bonds didn't come any closer to catching Babe Ruth after getting bonked in the head during batting practice Wednesday, going 0-for-4. Instead, it was Pedro Feliz who went deep, and Jason Schmidt pitched a gem to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bonds remains at 712 homers, two shy of matching Ruth for second place, and that's not likely to change Thursday. Though he said through a Giants spokesman that his status for Thursday's afternoon game is uncertain, manager Felipe Alou said Bonds wouldn't play.

"He's not going to be in," Alou said.

The Giants didn't need him, not with the way Schmidt (2-2) was pitching.

Schmidt threw his ninth career shutout, scattering five hits and striking out seven. He retired 16 of 17 hitters at one point, but got in trouble in the ninth with singles to Brady Clark and Geoff Jenkins.

Clark advanced to third on a fielder's choice, but Schmidt struck out Prince Fielder to end the game.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Brewers Lose to Astros 5-8

From Sportsline.com:

Sheets' fastball didn't have the zip it did in his previous three appearances since coming off the disabled list April 16. He reached 96 mph in the last inning of his last appearance, but never got above 92 mph on the radar gun Tuesday as his ERA ballooned to 6.64.

"I definitely didn't feel like I had the zip like I've been having to throw the ball through the wall," Sheets said.

Sheets said there were no physical problems with his shoulder or back, which have caused him separate stints on the disabled list the past two seasons. He also downplayed that he might be suffering from a tired arm as a result of limited spring training work.

"If I'm here in June like this, people ought to knock me upside the head," he said.

Nieve (1-0) allowed three home runs in his third career start. Bill Hall had a two-run drive and J.J. Hardy and Damian Miller added solo shots.

Prince Fielder, named NL Rookie of the Month for April, doubled in Hardy in the eighth to cut the Astros' lead to 8-5 and Hall came up as the tying run, but struck out to end the threat.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Brewers Beat Astros 4-2

From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall doesn't mind his role as a utility player and it's showing at the plate.

Hall had three hits for the third consecutive game, including a home run, and Damian Miller hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

"I am embracing being in the lineup, no matter how I get in there," said Hall, who made his ninth start at third base Monday. He has also started five games at shortstop and two at second base after heading in to the offseason expecting to be the everyday third baseman for Milwaukee. Then the Brewers acquired Corey Koskie, forcing Hall to play any number of positions, including center field, to stay in the lineup.

The plan is working. He is now hitting .348 in 20 games.

"I feel pretty good up there," Hall said. "It's fun right now. Everybody on the team is swinging the bat well. We always knew we could get on a roll like this, and, hopefully, here we go."

The victory, Milwaukee's sixth in its last seven games, was tempered by the loss of starter Tomo Ohka, who left the game after the fifth inning with a right shoulder cuff strain. Ohka retired 13 batters in a row at one point, and gave up two hits and one run before leaving. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Ohka said his shoulder started to bother him in the fourth inning. Brewers manager Ned Yost said he approached Ohka after the fifth, and he said his shoulder was getting tight. Yost immediately decided to go to the bullpen.

Seahawks Sign 9 Undrafted Free Agents

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with nine undrafted college free agents, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Position Name School
LB Evan Benjamin Washington
TE Matt Henshaw Florida State
CB Kevin Hobbs Auburn
LB Lance Laury South Carolina
QB Travis Lulay Montana State
DT Garrett McIntyre Fresno State
G Kyle Ralph North Carolina
C Pat Ross Boston College
DE John Syptak Rice