Afternoon Sports Brief - Brewers Randy Wolf will pitch against the Braves tonight
Randy Wolf will pitch against Atlanta for the first time in two seasons, when the Milwaukee Brewers play the Braves tonight. The left handed Wolf will face Braves' right hander Jair Jurrjens and both are 0-1. Wolf is coming off a home loss to Saint Louis last weekend, and he has a 5.40 ERA. Jurrjens' ERA is 6.23. He gave up three earned runs in four and a third innings against the New York Mets last weekend. Wolf is 5-12 lifetime against Atlanta with a 5.28 ERA in 26 starts. And Wolf is 5-7 lifetime at Turner Field where the Braves are playing their home opener this evening.
Brewers' minor league starter Mark Rogers has completed his 25 game suspension for testing positive for a banned stimulant last year. Rogers admitted the violation, saying the stimulant was part of a tainted supplement. The 26 year old right hander missed most of last season with carpal tunnel syndrome that eventually needed surgery. He'll now be assigned to AAA Nashville. Rogers was added to the Brewers' 40 man roster. Also today, the Brewers removed left hander Juan Perez from the disabled list at Nashville. He most recently suffered from back spasms.
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will try to win their second straight game over Peoria at home tonight. The Rattlers defeated the Chiefs 4-2 last evening near Appleton. The Beloit Snappers will play at Clinton again, on the heels of a 5-2 loss. Also tonight, Cedar Rapids hosts Quad Cities. Kane County is at Burlington. South Bend entertains Dayton. Fort Wayne plays at Great Lakes. Lansing is at West Michigan. And Lake County is at home against Bowling Green. Beloit and Wisconsin both enter the weekend in a tie for fourth place in the Western Division at 3-4. Burlington and Cedar Rapids lead the West, both at 5-2. Lansing is still the league's only unbeaten team, leading the East at 7-0.
The US women's hockey team will play Switzerland tonight in the semi-finals of the World Championships in Burlington Vermont. Five players with Wisconsin ties helped the Americans go 3-0 in their preliminary round. Tonight's winner will play either Canada or Finland for the gold medal tomorrow night. Wisconsin senior Hilary Knight is tied with Kelli Stack for the team lead with 18 shots on goal in their first three contests. Knight has five goals and one assist for six points. The Badgers' Brianna Decker has seven points, two goals and five assists. Ex-Badger Erika Lawler has six shots on goal but no points. Amanda Kessel, a Verona native who plays at the University of Minnesota, has six points including three goals. Ex-Badger Jessie Vetter, one of three US goal tenders, has a shutout and five saves in her only game. In addition, former Badger Meghan Mikkelson is playing for her native Canada. She has no goals and four assists in three contests.
The group that saved the Badger State Games from extinction said it made money in the first festival under its new ownership. The Wausau Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau said the winter games in January and early February netted a profit of around $10,000 dollars. The bureau's Sports Authority said the economic impact to the region was just under $600,000 dollars. About 1400 athletes took part in the Olympic style festival which included competitions in skiing, figure skating, bowling, curling, and more. The Wausau visitors bureau bought the rights to the Badger State Games from the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation of Madison, after that group said it would stop holding the Games.