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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers to have three picks tonight as the Major League draft begins

The Brewers will have three picks tonight, as the Major League draft gets underway.  Milwaukee has the 12th choice in the first round, the 41st pick in a competitive balance round, and the 51st selection in Round-Two.  This year's draft is considered to be rich with pitching, and a number of quality arms should be available by the time the Brewers get on the clock.  One possibility is Vanderbilt right-hander Tyler Beede, who turned down a two-point-four million dollar signing bonus from Toronto in the 2011 draft so he could go to college.  Other pitchers who could drop to the 12th spot include Aaron Nola of L-S-U, Jeff Hoffman of East Carolina, and Erick Fedde of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Hoffman and Fedde recently had Tommy John elbow surgeries.  Possible hitting candidates include catcher Max Pentecost from Kennesaw State and outfielder Michael Conforto of Oregon State.

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The Brewers sent utility player Elian Herrera back down to Triple-"A" Nashville when they re-activated Aramis Ramirez yesterday.  Manager Ron Roenicke could have sent infielder Irving Falu down.  But the skipper says Falu is more of a pure shortstop, and he needs to stay with the Crew in case something happens to All-Star Jean Segura.  For now, Ramirez is batting fifth instead of his customary clean-up spot.  Both say there's no hurry to move Ramirez back to the Number-four position, because Milwaukee's re-aligned offense has hit so well lately.  Roenicke says Ramirez will move back to the clean-up spot after he's more fully recovered from the bad hamstring which kept him out for almost a month.

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The Brewers will have three picks tonight, as the Major League draft gets underway.  Milwaukee has the 12th choice in the first round, the 41st pick in a competitive balance round, and the 51st selection in Round-Two.  This year's draft is considered to be rich with pitching, and a number of quality arms should be available by the time the Brewers get on the clock.  One possibility is Vanderbilt right-hander Tyler Beede, who turned down a two-point-four million dollar signing bonus from Toronto in the 2011 draft so he could go to college.  Other pitchers who could drop to the 12th spot include Aaron Nola of L-S-U, Jeff Hoffman of East Carolina, and Erick Fedde of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Hoffman and Fedde recently had Tommy John elbow surgeries.  Possible hitting candidates include catcher Max Pentecost from Kennesaw State and outfielder Michael Conforto of Oregon State.

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The boys' state high school individual tennis tournament begins this morning in Madison.  First-round matches are up in each of two divisions.  Felix Corwin of Brookfield East returns to defend the Division-One singles' title he captured a year ago.  Aaron Rempel and Will Kammerait of Mequon Homestead have the top-seed in Division-One doubles.  Zane Navratil of Racine Prairie will try to become the first Division-Two singles player ever to win three consecutive gold medals.  Unbeaten Mike Mirsberger and Tommy Matoska of Waukesha Catholic Memorial are the top-seeded doubles' pair in D-Two.  The individual tournament runs through Saturday at U-W Madison's Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

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Wisconsin native Colin Kaepernick will stay with the San Francisco 49'ers for a while.  He signed a six-year contract extension yesterday, after he blossomed into one of the N-F-L's top quarterbacks over the last two seasons.  Kaepernick -- who was raised in New London and Fond du Lac -- helped eliminate his native-state Packers from the playoffs in each of the last two years.  His new deal pays him up to 126-million-dollars, with 61-million of it guaranteed.  Had he not been given the extension, Kaepernick would have been playing under the final year of his rookie deal this fall.  He set career highs last year for touchdowns with 21, passing yards with 31-hundred-97, and completions with 243.  Kaepernick also had 92 rushes for 524 yards and four touchdowns, as he led the 49'ers to their third straight N-F-C Championship Game.

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