WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers' Ramirez given day off from today's game vs. Arizona
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Brewers' clean-up hitter Aramis Ramirez was given the day off this afternoon, as the Crew was closing out its three-game home series against Arizona.
Left-fielder Khris Davis was also omitted from the starting lineup, as he struggles with consistency at the plate as well. Ramirez is mired in a 3-for-48 slump -- and with an off-day tomorrow, manager Ron Roenicke says he wants Ramirez to clear his head for two full days. He'll be back in the lineup on Friday night, when Milwaukee opens a weekend home series against the New York Yankees. Roenicke said Ramirez is feeling good physically, but he's fighting himself to break out of his slump. He was 0-for-28 before he belted a solo homer last weekend at Cincinnati -- but he's only 1-for-11 since then with a single. Ramirez has grounded into five double-plays in his last five games, as his batting average has dropped to .239. Still, "Rami" leads the Brewers with 20 RBI's, and he remains tied for third in the National League with a .400 batting average with runners in scoring position. Davis has cooled off after an early hot spell. He's batting .225 with four homers and ten RBI's as the new left-fielder in place of Ryan Braun -- who started the season in right but is on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will have a Midwest League matinee at Kane County. The Rattlers have lost two straight to the Cougars by a combined score of 16-6. Last night's verdict was 8-2. Today's game was scheduled to begin at 11. The Beloit Snappers have split their first two games at Peoria, with Game 3 coming up tonight. The Snappers lost 8-4 to the Chiefs on Tuesday, after taking a 1-0 game the day before.
Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers says athletes miss out on some great opportunities when they don't use their fame as a platform to impact their world. Rodgers hosted his fifth annual Milwaukee fund-raising event last night to benefit his main charity, the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer -- also known as the MACC Fund. The hour-long "Evening with Aaron Rodgers" also featured Packers' receiver Randall Cobb and fullback John Kuhn. The quarterback talked about football, his future, and a new off-season foray into yoga. The players also had plenty of inside jokes and anecdotes. MACC Fund director John Cary said last night's event pushed his group over the $50-million mark for advancing research and treatment of childhood cancer and its related blood diseases. Rodgers alone has brought in almost one-and-a-quarter million dollars for the cause.
Jean Rivett of UW-Green Bay has been named the Horizon League softball coach of the year. Rivett led the Phoenix to their first regular season title in the program's history, with an 11-5 conference mark and a 24-12 overall record. Three of her players made the All-Horizon first team -- Miranda Reinke, Marissa Michalkiewicz, and pitcher Briana Cavin. Two Phoenix players made the all-league second squad -- Shannon Butts and pitcher Ashley Nannemann. Heather Sanderson, Allie Taylor, and Katelyn Huemmer of Green Bay all made the all-freshman team. The awards were presented on the eve of the Horizon League Tournament, which begins today in Dayton Ohio. Top-seeded Green Bay has a first-round bye, and will play either fourth-seeded Youngstown State or Number-five Cleveland State this evening.
Rory Suomi, a 22-year veteran of the UW-Stevens Point faculty, has been named the Pointer women's golf coach. Suomi is a professor of human anatomy in the university's physical education school. He has also been the men's golf adviser at Stevens Point for the last three years.
Milwaukee Divine Savior remains atop Division 1 in the new Wisconsin girls' high school coaches' soccer poll. Brookfield Central is still in the No. 2 slot, and Menomonee Falls rose one place to third. Waukesha West is still the Division 2 leader, followed by Whitefish Bay and Oregon. Waukesha Catholic Memorial still leads Division 3, with Pewaukee second and Mount Horeb third. Racine Prairie remains the Division 4 leader. Racine Saint Catherine's and Ozaukee are in the two-and-three slots.