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Monday, July 31, 2006

Brewers Lose To Rockies 2-4

From Sportsline.com:

The bullpen doors opened only once all night, the vendors in the stands had to really hustle and the players hardly had a chance to get any rest between innings.

Aaron Cook won for the first time in a month and the Colorado Rockies beat Chris Capuano and the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Monday night in the fastest nine-inning game in the 12-year history of Coors Field.

"It was so quick that I couldn't catch my breath between innings," Brewers shortstop Bill Hall said after the game that lasted 2 hours, 6 minutes. "I'd barely sit down in the dugout and I'd have to go back out."

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he never imagined he'd witness such a fast game at Coors Field.

"In my first few years here, we'd be in about the fifth or the sixth. We'd be coming up with new game plans and figuring out how many relievers we had left and how we were going to go after it," Hurdle said. "But the game has changed here.

"Plus, both those guys don't mess around. They don't spend any time on the grass or on the dirt. They're making pitches, throwing strikes. That was the best-pitched game I've ever seen here."

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Jennings Signs And Gets To Practice

From Jose Miguel Romero at The Seattle Times:

The Seahawks have agreed to terms of a contract with first-round draft pick Kelly Jennings, according to several sources and reports.

Jennings has arrived in Cheney for training camp this morning, where he is to sign his contract and likely be on the field for this afternoon's practice session.

The deal is believed to be worth a total of $9.5 million over five years, with $5 million in guaranteed money, according to FOXsports.com.

Jennings, a cornerback from Miami, missed the rookie workout Friday and both practices Saturday, as well as this morning's practice.

"I'm glad he's in and we're counting on him this year, so he's got to get going," coach Mike Holmgren said of Jennings.

Brewers Hold On To Win 4-3

From Sportsline.com:

Ben Sheets wanted to finish his first win since coming off the disabled list. Francisco Cordero made everything all right in the end.

Sheets allowed two runs in eight-plus innings, Kevin Mench drove in four runs and Cordero got one out for his first save with his new club, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Sunday.

"Ben Sheets was outstanding," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "It was one of the best games we've seen all year."

Sheets carried a five-hit shutout into the ninth but Adam Dunn singled and Ken Griffey Jr. followed with his 21st homer of the season to chase the right-hander from the game.

"To battle back like that after the day Ben Sheets had against us was outstanding," Narron said.

Brewers manager Ned Yost pulled Sheets against his wishes.

"Benny didn't want to come out of the game," Yost said. "It made no sense to push him."

The Brewers then inserted Derrick Turnbow, who saved Milwaukee's 6-3 victory Saturday night after blowing four straight save opportunities. Rich Aurilia greeted him with a home run to cut it to 4-3.

Yost pulled Turnbow after the Reds put runners on first and third with two outs. Pinch-runner Brandon Watson stole second but Cordero got pinch-hitter David Ross to ground out for his first save with Milwaukee.

The Brewers acquired Cordero and Mench on Friday in the deal that sent All-Star outfielder Carlos Lee to the Texas Rangers. Cordero, who was a closer and then a setup man for Texas, said whatever the Brewers want him to do is fine.

"If I'm going to contribute to the team in any way, that's what I'm going to do," he said.

Sheets (2-3) struck out 10 and issued one intentional walk in his second start since being reinstated off the disabled list last week. He was on the DL for 2 1/2 months with tendinitis in his right shoulder.

"I don't care about the decision," said Sheets, who beat Atlanta on April 26 in his only other victory this season. "We needed a win bad."

The Brewers took two of three from the Reds and won for just the sixth time in 18 games.

"Two out of three, we needed to do that and we did it," Sheets said. "Hopin' that's a step in the right direction for what we want to do."

Sheets improved to 6-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 13 career starts against the Reds, his best ERA against any NL team. He gave up two runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati on April 21.

Mench singled in a run in the first. He hit a three-run drive in the seventh for his first homer with Milwaukee.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Brewers Beat Reds 6-3

From Sportsline.com:

A couple of Milwaukee's newest players combined with some of its veterans to get the Brewers a much-needed win Saturday night.

Mike Rivera hit a tiebreaking RBI single, Prince Fielder added a solo homer and Milwaukee rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3.

It was just the fifth victory in 17 games for Milwaukee, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

"The new additions all had big nights to get us off that little streak we were on," manager Ned Yost said. "Hopefully we'll start a new streak."

Derrick Turnbow worked the ninth for his 24th save in 32 chances and first since June 29th at Chicago. Turnbow had blown his previous four save opportunities for Milwaukee

"I'm glad I was able to get out of there and get the job done," Turnbow said. "It's been a while and it feels good."

Cincinnati led 3-0 after two innings but Bill Hall hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie it. It was Hall's 24th homer of the season.

"When you have someone on the ropes early like that you need to take advantage of it and we didn't," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "The big thing tonight was we had a chance early to blow the game open and we didn't do it. We had a lot of chances."

David Bell, who was acquired from Philadelphia on Friday, doubled to snap a 0-for-15 streak and scored on Rivera's two-out single in the sixth to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Rivera, recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 6, went 2-for-4.

Geremi Gonzalez (3-2) pitched a perfect sixth inning to get the win and Fielder hit his 19th homer in the seventh.

Hall led off the eighth with a double and scored on a one-out single by pinch-hitter Gabe Gross to make it 6-3. Rich Aurilia, Scott Hatteberg and Royce Clayton each drove in a run for the Reds.

Milwaukee starter Doug Davis threw three scoreless innings after the Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked three.

"We did a good job early on Doug Davis," Narron said. "We got his pitch count up and we did everything we had to do except tack on some runs. We had a chance to knock him out and we just didn't do it."

Kevin Mench, acquired from the Rangers on Friday, drove in Milwaukee's first run with a single that scored Tony Graffanino, another new teammate, in the third.

"These guys are established big leaguers," Hall said. "They're not just coming in out of the minor leagues. They've been around for a while and know how to play the game. We expect them to come in here and do exactly what they've done."

Brewers Blow Another One In What Is Becoming A Common Theme

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:
The Brewers made a flurry of acquisitions on Friday, but they suffered the same old result.

Ryan Freel hit an eighth-inning RBI double for the Reds, who rallied from a three-run deficit to a 4-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park. Milwaukee lost for the 12th time in its last 16 games and dropped seven games behind the Reds in the National League Wild Card standings.

Jeff Cirillo hit a two-run double and Prince Fielder added an RBI single as the Brewers built a three-run, first-inning lead on the Reds and Eric Milton (7-6). But Cincinnati pushed ahead against reliever Matt Wise (5-5), who recorded the first two outs of the seventh before pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia singled and Freel knocked the game-winner down the left-field line.

The Reds got a run in the second inning and another in the fifth against Brewers starter Tomo Ohka. They tied the game at 3 in the sixth, when Ken Griffey, Jr. hit an RBI double off reliever Rick Helling that would have been a go-ahead hit had Brewers catcher Damian Miller not absorbed a crushing blow from burly Reds outfielder Adam Dunn, who tried, but failed, to score from first base.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Seahawks Release Huckeba

From Seahawks.NET:

In a statement released by the team and first reported by Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Seahawks have released DE Jeb Huckeba on the eve of full participation in training camp. Huckeba, a second-year player who suffered stress fractures in both feet last August and was placed on injured reserve September 1st, failed a recent physical.

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2005 draft out of Arkansas, Huckeba was an all-SEC selection in 2004, and signed a three-year contract worth $1,045,500, including a $120,500 signing bonus.

Brewers Trade For Bell

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

The Brewers may be slumping since the All-Star break, but they're apparently not willing to cash in 2006 just yet.

Hours after announcing a blockbuster deal with the Rangers, the Brewers acquired veteran Phillies third baseman David Bell in a move that on one hand signified the team still has hopes of making a run at the National League Wild Card, and on the other meant potentially bad news for banged-up second baseman Rickie Weeks.

"Until someone tells us that we're not in a pennant race, we feel we are," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said.

Headed to Philadelphia is 22-year-old right-hander Wilfrido Laureano, who has been in Milwaukee's Minor League system since 2001, but has not pitched above the Class A level. Bell is a free agent after the season, and the Brewers will have to pay him about $1.6 million over the next two months.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said he expects Bell to serve as the everyday third baseman. Jeff Cirillo will move back to the bench.

"He's a gamer. He plays hard," Phillies GM Pat Gillick said of the 33-year-old Bell. "That's the only way he knows how to play. I think he was somewhat surprised, but reacted in a professional manner. He's going to make every effort to be in Milwaukee [on Saturday] for their game with Cincinnati."

For that to happen, the Brewers will have to make two roster moves to get him onto the 25- and 40-man rosters. The team will likely place Weeks on the 15-day disabled list with a right wrist injury that is more serious than previously thought, and will shift shortstop J.J. Hardy to the 60-day DL. Hardy had season-ending surgery on his right ankle last week.

Brewers Trade Lee To Rangers In 6-Player Deal

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

It became clear to the Brewers on Thursday that free-agent-to-be Carlos Lee was going to walk. So in the wee hours Friday morning, they sent their best player packing.

The Brewers traded Lee and promising outfield prospect Nelson Cruz to the Texas Rangers for reliever Francisco Cordero, outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix and Minor League left-hander Julian Cordero. Lee was on the way to another career year -- he led the Brewers this season with 28 home runs and 81 RBIs -- but faced with the likelihood of losing him after the season and getting only compensatory draft picks in return, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin went shopping.

Mench presumably will replace Lee in left field and Francisco Cordero should help a bullpen that surely needs it. Nix and Julian Cordero were assigned to Minor League affiliates.

Melvin bunkered down with his top lieutenants at Miller Park on Thursday after Lee and his agent, Adam Katz, rejected an offer of four years and $48 million. The Brewers would have gone higher on the dollars but not the years, but Katz and Lee wanted a five-year commitment, something the Brewers were not willing to offer a player who turned 30 last month.

"The response from Carlos' representative was that we were too far apart to even counter," Melvin said. "When we got off the phone yesterday, we knew he was going to leave the Brewers."

Lee said repeatedly he wanted to re-sign with Milwaukee and that, "it's up to Doug Melvin," but according to several sources Lee may have been feeling pressure from Katz and the Players Association to help set the free agent market for marquee outfielders.
"It's frustrating and disappointing," said Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio. "On a personal level, I was very fond of Carlos and obviously he's an enormously productive player. On the other hand, as I'm learning, this is a business."

Since the Brewers acquired him from the White Sox at the 2004 Winter Meetings, Lee had played in 264 straight games, 10 shy of Robin Yount's Brewers record. Lee has played in 275 straight games including the end of his last season in Chicago, the fifth-longest active streak in the Majors, and Lee is well on the way to his fourth straight 30-homer, 99-RBI season.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Seahawks Sign Tapp, Sims, & Obomanu

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have signed second-round draft choice (63rd overall) defensive end Darryl Tapp to a multi-year contract, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Tapp joins fourth-round draft pick G Rob Sims and seventh-round draft pick WR Ben Obomanu, who also signed Thursday.

Tapp played in 53 career games at Virginia Tech, recording 187 tackles and 23.5 sacks. He was named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association as a senior.

Sims, drafted 128th overall, was an All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection his senior year at Ohio State. Obomanu, drafted 249th overall, finished his Auburn career ranked second in school history with 18 touchdown receptions.

Magic Re-Sign Ariza

From OrlandoMagic.com:

The Orlando Magic have re-signed restricted free agent forward Trevor Ariza, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Ariza (6’8”, 200, 6/30/85) played in 57 games with both the Magic and New York last season, averaging 4.6 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 1.1 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 17.5 minpg. He was traded to Orlando by the Knicks on Feb. 22, 2006, along with the expiring contract of Anfernee Hardaway, in exchange for Steve Francis. During 21 games with Orlando, Ariza averaged 4.7 ppg. and 3.9 rpg. in 13.8 minpg.

“We are very pleased to bring Trevor back, as he is a key part of our young core,” General Manager Otis Smith said. “His athleticism and explosiveness will be a great asset to our team on both ends of the floor.”

Last season, Ariza scored in double figures seven times (four with Orlando), including a season-high 13 points twice, the last time on Apr. 19 @ Indiana, when he also ripped down a career-best 12 rebounds. More active on the defensive end, Ariza recorded at least one steal in 33 games (11 with the Magic) and two-or-more steals 17 times.

“Trevor is a young player with a bright future and we are excited to have re-signed him,” added Head Coach Brian Hill. “He has the ability to be a shutdown-type defender and will add to the versatility of our team.”

Originally selected by New York during the second round (43rd overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft, Ariza has played in 137 career NBA regular season games with New York and Orlando, averaging 5.3 ppg., 3.4 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 17.4 minpg.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Brewers Stink Again in 4-8 Loss To Pirates

From Sportsline.com:

Granted, it was only the 13th road win of the year for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

But in an 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, manager Jim Tracy was encouraged to see his team do some of the little things they didn't accomplish in a dismal first half of the season.

Like bringing runners home with two outs, as Pittsburgh did in a three-run, fifth-inning rally against Brewers All-Star Chris Capuano.

"These things that I've been talking about that we did a very good job of here in this series, picking up a base hit at the right time, it changes the perspective on a lot of things," Tracy said.

And a resilient outing by starter Paul Maholm, who recovered from a first-inning, three-run homer by Bill Hall to go seven innings for the victory (4-9).

"To rebound in the manner in which he did after the first three hitters of the game was terrific for a young kid to do that, and it's very encouraging to see that," Tracy said.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Sheets Pitches Great In Return, But Rest Of Team Sucks In 1-6 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Jeromy Burnitz hit a pair of home runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 Tuesday night to ruin Ben Sheets' strong return from the disabled list.

Sheets pitched seven innings, giving up only one run and retiring the final 14 batters he faced in his first appearance in nearly three months. Dave Bush (6-8) relieved him and allowed five runs in the eighth.

Ian Snell (9-6) matched Sheets, yielding one run and four hits in seven innings for the Pirates. He struck out nine and walked one.

Burnitz homered against Sheets in the second to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead but Prince Fielder hit a drive off Snell in the fifth to tie it. It was Fielder's 18th homer of the season.

Sheets left after seven and the Pirates jumped all over Bush. Nate McLouth hit a leadoff single and Jack Wilson bunted for a sacrifice, but Bush's throw to first was wild for an error, allowing the runners to advance to second and third.

Freddy Sanchez followed with a two-run single. One out later, Sean Casey singled and Burnitz then hit his 14th homer to make it 6-1.

In his last four appearances, Bush has given up 15 earned runs in 12 innings. The team's No. 5 starter, he has pitched out of the bullpen twice this month because the team has had days off and did not need him to start.

Sheets' outing still gave the Brewers plenty of reasons for hope, despite the loss. The right-hander, out since May 3 with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, gave up six hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

The Brewers believe they can make a run at the NL wild card with Sheets and right-hander Tomo Ohka back in the rotation. Both pitchers missed nearly three months while injured, and the team went 6-17 in games started by their replacements.

Ohka has made two starts this month, giving up only three earned runs in 13 innings.

Brewers Trade For Graffanino

From John Sahly at MLB.com:

The Brewers announced a trade shortly before Tuesday's game. Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa has been traded to the Royals for infielder Tony Graffanino.

With infielders Corey Koskie and J.J. Hardy each on the disabled list, Hardy for the season, the Brewers were looking for an infielder to at the very least fill a role while Koskie remained on the shelf with post-traumatic concussion syndrome.

De La Rosa, currently on the disabled list, was 2-2 with an 8.60 ERA in 18 appearances for the Brewers this season.

Graffanino, who can play all four infield positions, was hitting .260 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for the Royals.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Brewers Hold On In Wild 12-8 Win

From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall's homers gave the Milwaukee Brewers some momentum as they get ready to welcome back their ace.

Hall hit two two-run homers and Carlos Lee had one as the Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-8 on Monday night.

"We've got bigger things on our hands right now and that's getting back in this race," Hall said after the Brewers had 15 hits, one shy of their season high, and one more than the Pirates.

After the game, the Brewers activated right-hander Ben Sheets off the disabled list where he had been since early May with right shoulder tendinitis. He'll start Tuesday's game and be on a 100-pitch limit.

"A lot of good things are going our way," Hall said. "Hopefully, we can keep everyone healthy and make our run."

Doug Davis (6-6) allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings as the Brewers (48-52) won for just the fourth time in the last 13 games.

The Pirates fell to 2-17 on the road against left-handers and 6-28 overall.

Zach Duke (7-9) had won his first two starts since the All-Star break, but failed to get out of the third inning against the Brewers.

In the third, Brady Clark singled, advanced on Davis' sacrifice and scored on second baseman Jose Castillo's fielding error. Victor Santos relieved Duke and the Brewers added another run on shortstop Jack Wilson's fielding error before Lee's two-run homer, his 28th of the season, made it 10-2.

Duke allowed eight runs -- six earned -- and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two in his shortest outing of this season.

"I didn't have control, and when you throw flat balls down the middle guys are going to hit it hard," Duke said.

Jason Bay's 23rd home run gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Brewers sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the inning and regained the lead 4-2 keyed by Hall's first two-run homer, his 21st of the season.

In the second, Jeff Cirillo and Prince Fielder had RBI singles to make it 6-2.

Hall's two-run homer off Santos in the fifth gave him his second career two-homer game and the Brewers a 12-3 lead.

"I got two good pitches to hit and drove them out of the ballpark," he said.

Brewers manager Ned Yost said the big lead was important.

"All in all, the bats were great tonight," Yost said. "It's nice to have a little bit of cushion so if you do make a mistake or two, you got it covered."

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Brewers Salvage Disappointing Series With 4-1 Win

From Sportsline.com:

Tomo Ohka bounced two pitches way in front of the plate -- one landed in the grass, the other in the dirt -- and threw another that registered 58 mph on the ballpark's radar gun.

Everything else was amazingly good.

In a sign that he has fully recovered from shoulder problems, Ohka allowed only three hits in eight innings Sunday, helping the struggling Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 to avoid a three-game sweep.

After two weeks of nothing but bad news, the Brewers needed a little relief. Ohka (3-1) gave it to them, along with a bullpen that has been their undoing.

"I understand what this means to the team," Ohka said.

It meant a lot, and provided a glimmer of hope that things can now get better.

Ohka gave up a pair of singles and Brandon Phillips' homer in the eighth, the deepest he has pitched into any game this season. The right-hander struck out a season-high seven and walked only one, throwing 110 pitches.

"We couldn't get a thing going against him," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "I don't know. I'd like to say he changed speeds -- he threw one up there at 58 mph, threw one off the grass. He did what he had to do to get us out."

Brady Clark singled home a pair of runs off left-hander Eric Milton (6-6), and the Brewers tacked on two in the seventh against recently acquired reliever Gary Majewski -- a comforting cushion for the NL's worst bullpen.

"You want to get the early lead, but you also don't want to stop," Clark said. "You want to add to it. They can get five runs real quick here."

Milwaukee won for only the third time in 12 games, a slide that has dropped the Brewers from 2½ games out in the NL Central to a double-digit deficit. The bullpen has been the biggest problem -- closer Derrick Turnbow lost his job after another meltdown on Friday night that included a couple of four-pitch walks.

Dan Kolb, who will close games for now, pitched the ninth to earn his first save this season. With Turnbow watching from a bullpen bench, Kolb gave up two singles before retiring Scott Hatteberg on a comebacker for the final out.

"Kolb threw strikes -- just what we want our relievers to do to get groundballs," manager Ned Yost said.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Brewers Lose Another One To Reds, 7-8

From Sportsline.com:

Bill Hall's two-run homer off Cincinnati's David Weathers tied it at seven in the sixth inning, the only bad moment for Reds relievers. Todd Coffey (6-4) got the last two outs in the eighth, and Eddie Guardado -- acquired in one of those trades -- pitched the ninth to remain perfect in five save chances with Cincinnati.

"Things are going our way right now, and hopefully they'll continue to go our way into October," Guardado said. "I've been lucky. There's still a long way to go. We're going to hit some bumps, but I don't want to make the bumps too big."

Milwaukee hit the wall.

The Brewers have lost nine of their last 11, falling a season-low six games under .500 at 46-52. They were only 2½ games out of first place in the NL Central before the slump, which has bumped them well back into a pack of wild-card contenders led by Cincinnati.

"Freel's the guy that got us," manager Ned Yost said.

The Reds had only their fourth sellout in 51 home games this season. The other three times they played in front of a full house, they lost.

Freel made this one turn out different. He led off the first inning with a homer off Dave Bush, and then hit the last of the five homers overall in the game.

"It's a lot more exciting when you get a bunch of fans out there hooting and hollering," said Freel, who also had a run-scoring single. "To have a sellout crowd and put on the show we did, that means a lot."

Joe Mays, who hadn't pitched in 16 days, gave up five runs in only 3 2/3 innings, including a three-run homer by Damian Miller. He looked away as he handed manager Jerry Narron the ball in the fourth inning, avoiding eye contact.

"I know it's not an ideal situation for him," Narron said. "He hadn't pitched in 16 days. But he's the fifth starter, and that's what you have to do -- perform in less-than-ideal circumstances."

Bush lasted only three innings in another rough night at Great American. Two of his shortest starts this season have come at the homer-friendly ballpark. Bush was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth, having thrown 68 pitches.

"We came back and scored, but I just couldn't keep them off the scoreboard," Bush said.

That left it up to what were statistically the NL's two worst bullpens, although one of them has gotten much better lately. A pair of trades brought the Reds their current closer and relievers Bill Bray and Gary Majewski, calming the troubles.

Milwaukee's bullpen is last in the league, and not getting much better. Struggling Derrick Turnbow was pulled out of the closer's role after he helped the Reds rally for a 6-5 win on Friday night. Right-hander Dan Kolb will close games for now.

Brewers Blow Another Game In 5-6 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Ken Griffey Jr. dramatically ended his slump at the expense of a closer who finds things getting worse every time he gets to the mound.

Griffey's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-5 victory Friday night over the Milwaukee Brewers, who overcame a nearly three-hour rain delay at the outset but couldn't handle another meltdown by their closer.

The Brewers took a 5-3 lead into the ninth, but Derrick Turnbow (4-7) couldn't throw a strike, helping the Reds rally for their sixth victory in their eight games since the All-Star break.

"Wow," Griffey said. "It's been a long day. I'm glad it's over with."

This one ended at 1:15 a.m. EDT, with a few thousand fans in the stands and the Brewers expecting an entirely different outcome.

Instead, Turnbow blew his fifth straight save opportunity by giving up a leadoff single to Brandon Phillips, then loading the bases with one out on a pair of four-pitch walks. At that point, manager Ned Yost had seen enough.

He brought in left-hander Dana Eveland, who has one career save. Eveland walked Javier Valentin to force in a run, and the slumping Griffey -- 0-for-13 since his single last Sunday -- hit one into the gap in left-center that the discouraged outfielders didn't bother to chase.

There was no point.

"All I had to do was get a ball in the air and hit a sacrifice fly to tie it," Griffey said. "I just hit it in the gap."

It was the final straw for Yost, who plans to take Turnbow out of the closer's role for now.

"He's really fighting himself," Yost said. "We'll give him a break."

Turnbow didn't object when told of Yost's plans.

"I feel confident, but I'm not making confident pitches," Turnbow said. "I've got to find it. They haven't talked to me about it. I'll understand. I don't want to cost the team games."

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Brewers Blow Lead in 6-7 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Turnbow (4-6) blew his fourth save in his last seven appearances and was so upset he declined to talk to reporters.

"He threw the ball well today," manager Ned Yost said. "The 2-2 pitch to Barry might have been a strike but it wasn't, because it's Barry. Finley's ball was a tough play. It had a strange hop."

Gabe Gross hit a three-run homer, Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer and Hall added a solo shot for the Brewers.

Tony Gwynn Jr. had a pinch-hit double in the Milwaukee ninth for his first major league hit. His father's first major league hit -- also a double -- came exactly 24 years earlier to the day, on July 19, 1982, for the Padres.

The younger Gwynn received a standing ovation when his accomplishment was announced between innings.

"He hit a double, too," said the rookie outfielder, who was told before the game that it was the anniversary of his dad's first hit.

Brian Wilson (1-0) pitched one inning for his first major league victory.

"I don't really think about wins," he said. "The whole game was a ton of emotion. We all felt we were going to win, even down five runs."

Lee connected in the first, sending the first pitch from Matt Morris over the wall in left-center for his 27th homer of the year. Hall led off the second with his 19th homer and second of this series, in which he drove in five runs.

Gross homered in the third and fans began booing Morris as the Brewers' hits total increased.

Brewers Lose To Giants 3-4

From Sportsline.com:

Rookie Prince Fielder had his third straight three-hit game and drove in a run for Milwaukee, and Tomo Ohka pitched five solid innings in his return to the rotation. It was the right-hander's first start since May 1, when he left a game against Houston after partially tearing his right rotator cuff.

"I thought he pitched great," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He was back like he hadn't missed a beat."

With a runner on and one out in the sixth, Mark Sweeney just missed a home run that would have put the Giants ahead when the ball sailed just to the right of the right-field foul pole on its way into McCovey Cove. He singled moments later to move Pedro Feliz to third.

After Eliezer Alfonzo struck out, Alou hit for Wright and lined a double against Geremi Gonzalez (2-1) off the wall in center.

"Tonight is a good start for us," Sweeney said. "Hopefully we can get this to snowball in the right direction."

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Fielder's RBI single that followed two stolen bases by Rickie Weeks. They scored on an error for their second run in the fourth that gave them a 3-2 lead.

Giants center fielder Randy Winn made a wild throw home on Bill Hall's RBI single. The ball bounced off Hall's bat, then Wright dropped the ball while backing up the plate.

Wright allowed eight hits and struck out five in six innings. Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his 12th save in 16 chances.

Vizquel helped Wright record two outs on the first three pitches of the third, a liner and groundout. In all, it was a five-pitch inning after Jenkins grounded out to first to end it.

Earlier Tuesday, the Brewers received the disappointing news that shortstop J.J. Hardy will have season-ending surgery on his injured right ankle as soon as Thursday.

The Brewers placed Hardy on the disabled list May 17 after he collided at home plate with Philadelphia catcher Sal Fasano. The sprain healed, but Hardy started having trouble with a tendon in the ankle.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Brewers Beat Giants 10-1

From Sportsline.com:

The San Francisco Giants are struggling, their ace hasn't won in six weeks, and they soon could be dealing with slugger Barry Bonds being indicted.

Bill Hall hit a three-run homer, Mike Rivera added a two-run shot, and rookie Zach Jackson ended a four-start winless stretch in the Milwaukee Brewers' 10-1 victory over San Francisco on Monday night.

It was the Giants' third straight loss and they are 1-3 since the All-Star break.

"We just didn't look fresh coming back from the All-Star break," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Even when you take a break from a job for lunch for an hour or 30 minutes, you're supposed to come back fresh. We just don't look fresh."

Bonds, who could be indicted by a grand jury on perjury and tax evasion charges sometime this week, went 0-for-1 with two walks a day after hitting his 721st career home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Philadelphia. It was his first since July 7.

When Bonds climbed the dugout steps for batting practice before the game, he said: "Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow. I'm too old for this." He turns 42 next Monday, and the Giants have that day off.

Bonds grounded out to second in the first and drew a six-pitch walk in the fourth and a five-pitch walk in the sixth -- his 79th free pass of the year -- before Todd Linden replaced him in left field in the eighth.

Carlos Lee doubled twice, drove in a run and scored for Milwaukee, which won consecutive road games for the first time since June 26-27 against the Chicago Cubs. Prince Fielder had a double in his three hits and added a sacrifice fly as the Brewers scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 24-25, 2003. They won 10-5 at Arizona on Sunday.

"Sometimes, it's just a matter of time," manager Ned Yost said.

Jackson (2-2) outpitched Giants ace Jason Schmidt with five strong innings for his second win of the season and first since June 12 at Cincinnati. Rick Helling, a former 20-game winner with Texas, pitched three scoreless innings of relief and worked of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the sixth.

"I was fighting myself a little bit," Jackson said. "I was trying to be aggressive, but I was able to make the pitches when I needed them."

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Brewers Finally Beat D'Backs 10-5

From Sportsline.com:

The Milwaukee Brewers finally got their offense going again, with Prince Fielder leading the way.

The big first baseman homered, doubled and singled to help the Brewers snap a five-game losing skid with a 10-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Geoff Jenkins hit his first home run since April 17, a two-run shot off Claudio Vargas in the first inning, in a 16-hit Brewers' effort that ended the Diamondbacks' five-game winning streak. Corey Hart homered for only the third time in his career, second as a pinch hitter, for Milwaukee's 10th run.

Fielder hit his 17th home run, a booming drive to straightaway center leading off Milwaukee's three-run fourth, to tie the club record for most homers by a rookie. Greg Vaughn hit 17 for the Brewers in 1990.

"That's good, I guess," Fielder said. "Hopefully I can get some more. First, I just want to get some more hits."

He was 7-for-56 (.125) entering the game and hadn't had a multihit outing in 15 games. He also scored two runs against the Diamondbacks.

"I was in a little slump. That's going to happen," he said. "I wasn't trying to fight my way out of it and just trying to relax a little bit."

That's not easy, he said, "especially for me. I've got a bad temper."

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Brewers Lose Again To D'Backs 1-8

From Sportsline.com:

Webb and Capuano rank among the NL leaders in wins, winning percentage, ERA, innings pitched and shutouts.

But the hyped matchup didn't live up to its billing as the Diamondbacks jumped on Capuano, who hadn't lost in seven starts. Only Webb looked like an All-Star on this night, trimming his league-leading ERA to 2.52 by shutting out the Brewers on six hits in seven innings. Webb, who was lifted after 110 pitches, walked two and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts.

"My arm felt great," said Webb, who added that he relied more on breaking balls than his trademark sinker. "To get runs early, especially off Cappy, who's having a great year, it definitely makes a starter's job easier."

Since giving up a season-high seven runs to Seattle on June 27, Webb has yielded two runs in his last three starts, a span of 23 innings. And that doesn't count Webb's inning in the All-Star Game, when he retired Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez.

Capuano (10-5) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed eight runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits.

"I never really could get in a rhythm out there," Capuano said. "I had real trouble locating the ball."

Capuano was in trouble from the first batter, surrendering a leadoff double down the left field line to Eric Byrnes, who scored on Luis Gonzalez double down the right field line one out later.

In the second, Capuano gave up three runs but all were unearned. Third baseman Jeff Cirillo's throwing error allowed one run to score and set the stage for two-out RBI singles by Damion Easley and Gonzalez, putting the Brewers in a 4-0 hole.

In the third, Capuano gave up a leadoff home run to Jackson into the bullpen down the left field line. One inning later, Jackson homered again, this time into the left field seats with a man aboard to make it 7-0. It was Jackson's second career multihomer game.

Johnny Estrada followed with his eighth home run to chase Capuano.

"To their credit, they were swinging the bats well and hit a lot of my mistakes," Capuano said.

The loss dropped Milwaukee eight games behind St. Louis in the NL Central, but manager Ned Yost said his team could only worry about salvaging the final game of this series.

"You can't bury your head in the sand," he said. "You get after it again tomorrow."

Brewers Call Up Gwynn Jr., Place Koskie on DL

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

It was a good day for Major League bloodlines on Saturday at Chase Field. On the same day the Diamondbacks called up shortstop Stephen Drew, whose older brother, J.D., plays for the Dodgers, the Brewers called on outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., whose father is destined for the Hall of Fame.

Gwynn got the call as Brewers third baseman Corey Koskie was placed on the disabled list with post-concussion syndrome, the result of a highlight-worthy defensive effort on July 5 at Miller Park. When Gwynn learned the news early Saturday morning, his first call was home to San Diego.

"He hates flying," Gwynn said of his dad, who played 20 Major League seasons for the Padres. "So he just hopped in the car and drove."

The younger Gwynn entered the season a career .261 hitter in three seasons since the Brewers made him their second-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. But this year, he batted .305 (104-for-341) in 86 games at Triple-A Nashville and currently ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 24 stolen bases and fifth with 104 hits. He was the PCL's starting center fielder in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

"I knew I had to be stronger and become more consistent at the plate," Gwynn said. "I think that came with more at-bats. You start to apply different things that you see, and the result is that you start putting up some numbers. Hopefully, that continues, whether it's here or back at Triple-A."

Gwynn arrived just before batting practice Saturday, just as Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ned Yost discussed the move. They considered promoting the versatile Vinny Rottino, who would have provided help for an infield missing Koskie and J.J. Hardy (ankle), but instead chose Gwynn because he is a left-handed hitter. When Gabe Gross starts in center field, as he did Saturday, the Brewers had no lefties on the bench.

Yost plans to stick with Brady Clark and Gross as the regular center fielders.

"We'll pick spots for Tony to play," said Yost. "But are we going to throw him in center every day? No, we're not doing that."

Friday, July 14, 2006

Turnbow Blows Another One As Brewers Lose 3-4

From Sportsline.com:

Arizona catcher Johnny Estrada thought he deserved to make the National League All-Star team.

Three days after the game, Estrada showed why it may have been a mistake to leave him off. And he did it against Milwaukee closer Derrick Turnbow, an All-Star.

Estrada hit a two-run home run off Turnbow in the ninth inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Brewers Friday night.

"Of course, I'd like to be calling myself a two-time All-Star right now, but sometimes it's a popularity contest," said Estrada, an All-Star with Atlanta in 2004. "I enjoyed the days off with my family."

It was a costly victory for the Diamondbacks, who lost shortstop and leadoff man Craig Counsell for 3-to-6 weeks with a broken right rib.

The Diamondbacks worried that the All-Star break might disrupt the momentum they established in a three-game sweep at Colorado last weekend. And for 8 1/2 innings, Arizona played sluggishly and appeared headed for its 15th loss in 17 games at Chase Field.

But that all changed in a heartbeat. After Luis Gonzalez greeted Turnbow with a double off the right field wall, Estrada belted Turnbow's next delivery 392 feet into the seats in right field for his seventh homer of the season.

"I was watching him pitch to Gonzo, and he was blowing up the radar gun, throwing 97, 98 (mph)," Estrada said. "Gonzo leads off with a double, I'm just trying to pull something to the right side to get him to third so we have a chance to tie at least."

Estrada said he had one previous walk-off homer, as a Philadelphia rookie against Florida on Sept. 23, 2001.

It was Turnbow's seventh blown save in 30 chances and cost the Brewers their fourth straight loss.

"It's just brutal," Turnbow (4-5) said. "Tonight was probably the best I've felt in a long time and it still didn't go my way, so I've just got to be better. That's the bottom line. It stinks costing the team wins."

Turnbow threw four pitches. Two were balls. One was hit off the wall and the other into the bleachers.

"It's kind of glaring because it's the first game back after the break, and it happened quick," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Gonzalez and Estrada both said they were sitting on Turnbow's fastball, which is intimidating but clearly not unhittable.

"He definitely needs to find a way to command his pitches better," Yost said. "He never really got in a position when he could use his breaking ball."

Seahawks Sign 5th Rounder Kirtman

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have signed fifth-round draft choice (163rd overall) fullback David Kirtman to a multi-year contract, the team announced this afternoon.

Kirtman, who attended Mercer Island High, started 18 of 46 career games at USC while helping the Trojans average 260.0 rushing yards per game his senior season as the team’s leading blocker.

He becomes the second Seahawks draft choice to sign a contract, joining seventh round choice punter Ryan Plackemeier.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Magic Sign Bogans To 3-Year Deal

From Brian Schmitz at The Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic, in their search to settle their shooting-guard quandary, said goodbye to DeShawn Stevenson and welcomed back Keith Bogans.

The Sentinel learned today that the Magic were finalizing a three-year contract with Bogans after halting negotiations with Stevenson.

Stevenson and the Magic were at an impasse over the length of a contract.

Stevenson, who averaged 11 points and started all 82 games for the Magic last season, wanted a four-year contract at least $4 million year.

The Magic refused to budge at three years, ending Stevenson's two-plus year stay in Orlando. Stevenson's agent, Rob Pelinka, told the Sentinel recently that Stevenson had at least two contract offers on the table that were better than the Magic's.

Stevenson, 25, had one year at $3 million left on his deal, but opted out of his contract this summer.

The Magic believe they are getting a similar 6-foot-5, defensive-minded player at half the price in Bogans, who they acquired in the second round in the 2003 draft from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bogans, 25, averaged 6.8 points for the Magic in 2003-04. But the club traded him to the Charlotte Bobcats for forward Brandon Hunter before the start of the 2004 season.

Bogans and Stevenson were teammates, the Magic having acquired Stevenson for Gordon Giricek in February of 2004.

Bogans was traded by the Bobcats to the Houston Rockets after 39 games last season. He averaged 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for the Rockets.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Brewers Go Into Break Sucking It Up With 4-11 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Glendon Rusch did his part to help Chicago's injury-riddled pitching staff.

Rusch filled in for Mark Prior with five solid innings and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-4 Sunday for their third straight win.

Prior was scratched before the game with a strained muscle in his left side, suffered while he was taking batting practice Saturday. The team said it was too early to decide whether the injury would put the right-hander on the disabled list for the seventh time in his five-year career.

"That hurts, big time, because he was just starting to come around," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said.

It was tough news for the Cubs, who learned Saturday that Kerry Wood could miss the rest of the season with a partial tear in his right rotator cuff.

Rusch (3-7) allowed two runs and four hits in his first start since June 16. He struck out five and walked two.

"He gave us all he had, he hadn't gone that far in a long time," Baker said.

Brewers Officially Have 3 All-Stars

From John Sahly at MLB.com:

Chris Capuano was standing in the bullpen at Miller Park before Sunday's game, going through his normal throwing routine with pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Making his way toward the bullpen was Brewers manager Ned Yost.

"Ned came walking out, and I thought, 'Uh, this is a little different,'" Capuano said.

Yost then delivered the good news.

"'You mind changing your plans for the All-Star break?'" Capuano said the manager asked him.

What was Capuano's response?

"'Of course,'" the pitcher told Yost.

National League All-Star manager Phil Garner called Yost on Sunday to ask if Capuano could replace Mets pitcher Tom Glavine on the NL All-Star roster. Glavine, who started on Sunday for the Mets, will be unable to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.

"Its last minute, but it's not last minute," Yost said. "When you deserve to go, it always works out that you go, someway or another. The guys that are most deserving somehow find their way on there."

Capuano finished second in the Monster 2006 All-Star Final Vote to the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra. The Brewers left-hander has racked up an impressive 10-4 record this season with a 3.21 ERA and 112 strikeouts. He also leads the Majors in quality starts with 17.

"He's a hot pitcher, and he fits quite nicely because he pitched a couple of days ago [on Thursday]," Garner said. "He's totally rested, and we have more leeway to go with him. He can give us some innings if we need it."

It's been a somewhat bizarre week for Capuano, who went from All-Star candidate to near All-Star to the third Brewers representative in the Midsummer Classic. Capuano admitted he was uncomfortable with all of the attention placed on him while teammates, family, friends and fans voted as many times as possible for the left-hander.

"I still haven't even called my dad yet," Capuano said. "It still hasn't really sunk in. It's been a surreal week."

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Brewers Lose To Cubs 1-3

From Sportsline.com:

Brewers pitcher Dave Bush said he made a mistake on his pitch to Murton.

"It missed over the middle of the plate," Bush said. "He obviously drove it pretty well."

Bush (5-7) went seven innings for Milwaukee, giving up two runs and nine hits. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, losing for the first time in five starts.

"It was two runs on four pitches in that fifth inning that kind of turned the game," Bush said. "It happened pretty quickly. Other than that, I thought I threw pretty well."

Bush doubled in Damian Miller in the second inning for the Brewers. It was his sixth hit and second double of the season. Milwaukee finished with five hits.

"When you swing the bat well and get good pitching, chances are you're going to win ballgames," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "Bush was lights out and did a nice job. We just couldn't get him runs."

Friday, July 07, 2006

Brewers Lose To Cubs 2-7

From Sportsline.com:

On a night Carlos Zambrano added six strikeouts to his National League-leading total, it was a double play grounder that made the difference as he won his fifth straight decision.

The right-hander allowed one run over six innings Friday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Zambrano (8-3) gave up five hits and walked three while increasing his strikeout total to 124.

"Up until the sixth inning, he was throwing strikes," Cubs catcher Michael Barrett said. "He just was relentless in the strike zone."

And very effective.

"I was feeling good today," Zambrano said. "I threw good pitches today."

Magic Sign Redick

From Sportsline.com:

The Orlando Magic signed top pick J.J. Redick on Friday.

The former Duke star and all-time NCAA 3-point leader announced just before the draft June 28 that he had a herniated disk in his back, forcing him to cancel several workouts -- including one with the Magic.

He has said he expects a full recovery and has been pain-free in rehabilitation. The Magic were comfortable taking him No. 11 overall after a physical and interviews before the draft. Redick's agent, Arn Tellem, didn't immediately return a telephone message Friday night.

The 6-foot-4 guard has also said he hopes to play during the U.S. basketball team's workouts later this month in Las Vegas. Redick was one of 23 players named to the team, most of them NBA stars.

The Magic chose Redick despite a drunken driving arrest in Durham, N.C., last month. He was pulled over after turning around as he approached a license checkpoint near the Duke campus, registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent -- over the legal limit of 0.08 in North Carolina.

Redick is expected to compete for the starting shooting guard job with DeShawn Stevenson. Though Stevenson recently became a free agent after opting out of his contract, the Magic want to re-sign him.

Stevenson averaged 11 points last year, but was perhaps most important to the Magic as a defensive specialist who drew the toughest assignments. Redick, a pure shooter, is considered a potential defensive liability.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Brewers Beat Cubs 2-0

From Sportsline.com:

Chris Capuano found out he didn't make the All-Star team about 90 minutes before his start Thursday night. It didn't stop him from pitching like one.

Capuano threw a six-hit shutout to continue his mastery of the Cubs as Milwaukee beat Chicago 2-0.

Before the game, the Brewers told Capuano he placed second in fan voting for the final National League All-Star spot behind the Los Angeles Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra.

"It was just such a relief that it was finally over and nice to just try to focus on pitching again," Capuano said. "After the last few days, I am very uncomfortable with having that much attention on myself."

The win lifted the Brewers back over .500 for the first time since May 29.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Brewes Sweep Reds in Extra Inning Win

From Sportsline.com:

Rickie Weeks found redemption for his late mental error with his bat.

Weeks' long line drive gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory in 13 innings Wednesday night, completing a three-game sweep of the Reds.

It made up for Weeks' fielding gaffe in the top half of the inning, when he allowed Juan Castro to go home from second base on a routine sacrifice bunt to give the Reds a 5-4 lead.

"That just shows you what kind of team we have," Weeks said. "Redemption or not, you have got to come up there with the situation on the line and try to deliver."

It was the Brewers' ninth walk-off victory of the season, and 16th win in their last at-bat.

"Believe me, we don't want to be in this situation, but sometimes it just happens," Weeks said. "We have to go out there and try to put our best foot forward and try to squeak those wins out."

Geremi Gonzalez (2-0) earned the victory for Milwaukee.

Wild Re-Sign Gaborik

From Glen Andersen at Wild.com:

Now we can get down to business.

The Minnesota Wild re-signed Marian Gaborik to a three-year deal, and fans throughout the state can breathe easy.

Ending speculation and worry that an unsigned Gaborik could lead to contract squabbles and ill-tempers, the Wild locked up the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Fans are now free to speculate on what the Wild’s line combinations will be.

"Getting this done was an important component of putting together a team that can compete for the long run in the Western Conference," said Assistant General Manager Tom Lynn. "Marian has fit with the players we have, and the new players we've brought in."

The news comes just prior to the deadline of the restricted free agent having the ability to file for arbitration. Although Gaborik would have remained with the team for next season if arbitration was necessary, the contract ends any uncertainty going into what is becoming the most anticipated Wild season since 2000.

"It's a great opportunity for a young organization when a player chooses to stay here," said Wild President and General Manager, Doug Risebrough. "That is what Marian was facing. Clearly, he is an accomplished player that would have had choices. Today, he chose us. I have no doubt that (the deal) accelerated so much in the last 24 hours because Marian wanted to stay here."

The three-year deal begins this upcoming season. Risebrough said he's fine with the contract lasting three years, although he likely would have been happier with a longer-term deal.

"I'm not uncomfortable with it," he said. "I think it was a factor for Marian because he's still a young player, and this means he probably has a chance to choose twice. That's okay because, just as I was not concerned about him playing as an unrestricted free agent, I wouldn't be concerned about him playing on a three-year contract. At the end of the day, I think when all of the things align in the right way, he'll want to stay."

As newly-signed power forward Mark Parrish said after signing as a free agent, "(Gaborik) is the missing piece."

He now completes the puzzle that has the Wild future looking extremely bright with him playing alongside familiar faces like Brian Rolston, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Mikko Koivu as well as new faces like Parrish, Pavol Demitra and Kim Johnsson.

"These are players that he can help," said Risebrough. "It's not just them helping him, but he can help them and he wants to be here for that."

He added, "We believe we're going in the right direction, and we believe we've got the plan to help us get there. We believe we've added players that can help us continue to develop younger players. We've seen that not only in Marian's case, but others are choosing our team."

There was much speculation that the recent acquistion of Demitra, a close friend of Gaborik's, would expedite the process. Demitra came to Minnesota via a draft day trade in exchange for a first round selection and Patrick O'Sullivan. Risebrough acknowledged it probably didn't hurt, but it wasn't the only reason.

"I think it was very helpful," he said. "It was a factor, but it wasn't the only factor. We were trying to find a center who could move the puck and bring good offense. The fact that he played with Marian was probably a plus, and something I knew he would like, but that deal was really not done until the (17th overall pick in this year's draft) came up."

Gaborik is the club's all-time leading scorer, and he's coming off his most prolific NHL season despite missing 17 games early in the season due to a nagging groin injury. His 38 goals in 2005-06 were a club record in his 66-point season, and he is the only player in Wild history with at least three 30-goal seasons.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Brewers Beat Reds 5-2

From Sportsline.com:

Doug Davis put together his longest outing of the season for the Milwaukee Brewers, and made another solid choice after the game.

"I'm going to go out and light some fireworks -- with my right hand," said Davis, a left-hander.

Davis pitched into the ninth inning, Corey Koskie hit a two-run homer and the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Tuesday.

Davis (5-5) gave up two runs and six hits in 8 2/3 innings, and the Brewers shook off their slow start against Bronson Arroyo to score five runs in the fourth inning and send the Reds to their fourth straight loss.

"You face a pitcher like Bronson Arroyo, you know you've got to keep that opposing team down as much as you can, because you're not going to get many chances to score runs," manager Ned Yost said. "Doug did that today."

Arroyo was even better than Davis through the first three innings, sitting down the first nine batters he faced before running into trouble in the fourth.

"Well, it was just one of those innings where you lose a ballgame," Arroyo said. "You can't just give up five and expect to win, especially when the other guy is throwing that well. And Doug Davis pitched a heck of a game."

Arroyo walked Rickie Weeks to lead off the inning, and Weeks advanced to second on Bill Hall's bunt single -- the Brewers' first hit of the game.

"He didn't hit a perfect bunt, but good enough," Arroyo said. "And he's got enough speed to beat that out easily and it got me in trouble."

Geoff Jenkins then doubled in Weeks and Carlos Lee followed with an RBI single to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.

Prince Fielder added a sacrifice fly and Koskie capped off the big inning with his 12th homer.

Koskie said putting the first two runners on base got Arroyo "a little out of sorts."

"You've got to look at that whole inning," Koskie said. "It started off with Billy's bunt, and that was big for us."

Arroyo (9-5), who started the season 5-0, gave up five hits and five runs in seven innings. He struck out six and walked three. Arroyo was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three previous starts against the Brewers this season.

"Sometimes an inning like that can explode on you, and it did," Arroyo said.

Davis never gave up that big inning -- a possible sign that missing his most recent start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday with a stiff back might have helped him.

"It very well could have, and that was the idea behind it," Yost said.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Brewers Win In Dramatic Fashion 8-7

From Sportsline.com:

One Brewers All-Star bailed out the other one Monday.

Carlos Lee singled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Derrick Turnbow blew a save, and Milwaukee pulled off the final rally of a seesaw game to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-7.

"That's why you call it a team," Lee said. "You know, everybody goes through slumps. We're going to be 100 percent behind him."

Bill Hall homered and had four hits for the Brewers, who snapped a three-game skid.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 554th homer and added a go-ahead double off Turnbow in the top of the ninth, putting Cincinnati ahead 7-6. But winner Matt Wise (5-4) retired Austin Kearns with the bases loaded to end the inning, and Todd Coffey (3-3) failed to get an out in the bottom half.

Rickie Weeks led off with a single and went to third on Hall's single off the right-field fence. Geoff Jenkins blooped a tying single to center and Lee followed with a soft single to right, sending the Reds to their third consecutive defeat.

The Brewers responded in the bottom half. Hall's double off starter Aaron Harang put runners at second and third with none out. Kent Mercker relieved, and Jenkins hit an RBI grounder to Lopez at shortstop. His throwing error allowed a second run to score, making it 5-4 Brewers.

Lee added an RBI single through a drawn-in infield.

Brewers starter Dave Bush allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out five.

Harang pitched six-plus innings, giving up five runs and 10 hits. Kearns also connected for Cincinnati.

The Reds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Dunn doubled and scored on Rich Aurilia's single.

Hall's 17th homer in the third tied it at 1-1. It also matched his career high, set last season.

Hall batted .207 (6-for-29) with one home run and three RBI on a recent 10-game road trip. He spent time in the batting cage Monday morning and adjusted his stance.

"I struggled on the road and struck out a lot," Hall said. "But I corrected some things in the cage today, and went out and had fun again."

Cincinnati grabbed the lead again in the third. Brandon Phillips singled with two outs and Kearns followed with his 16th home run -- his third in four games.

Milwaukee tied it at 3-all in the sixth on an RBI single by Prince Fielder and a run-scoring double by Damian Miller.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Brewers Swept in 0-8 Loss

From Sportsline.com:

Rookie Zach Jackson (1-1) gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- and walked three in five innings for Milwaukee. He wasn't hit all that hard on Sunday, but an error and two walks in the third got the Twins rolling toward the three-game sweep.

"That's not my game," Jackson said. "I'm not a big walk guy. I need to have control and I wasn't able to do that today."

After Michael Cuddyer's RBI single gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the first, Minnesota broke the game open with an opportunistic third inning.

Morneau came up with the bases loaded and one out and hit a high chopper toward Rickie Weeks at second. But the ball handcuffed Weeks and scooted past him for an error, allowing Luis Castillo and Mike Redmond to score to start the rally.

Jackson also walked two in the inning, then Shannon Stewart blooped a double to shallow right field that scored two more runs to make it 6-0.

Morneau's solo homer in the fifth -- his 21st of the season -- rattled a suite in right field, and Jason Kubel added an RBI single to make it 8-0.

"I don't care how hot a team is, I have to give my team a chance to win," Jackson said. "I didn't do that today."

Liriano got off to a rough start, hitting Weeks to start the game and giving up a single to Jeff Cirillo. He then stumbled during his delivery to No. 3 hitter Corey Hart, and the balk allowed Weeks and Cirillo to each move up a base.

Liriano walked around the mound gingerly after the stumble and was examined by Twins trainers.

"I don't even know what happened," Liriano said. "I tried to use the slide step and just slipped."

Once he regained his footing, it was all over for the Brewers.

Liriano struck out Hart on the next pitch, then got Carlos Lee swinging before Prince Fielder ground out to second to end the inning.

The Brewers managed just two hits the rest of the way as the Twins continued their remarkable run.