WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Former Brewer prospect shuts down old club as Tampa Bay wins 2-1
Former Brewers' pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi threw a gem against his old team last night, as Tampa Bay topped Milwaukee 2-to-1 in Saint Petersburg. The Crew's first-round draft choice from 2008 gave up one run on just three hits in seven innings -- and the Crew was held hitless after that. Odorizzi won his third straight start. He's 5-and-1 in his last six decisions while his overall mark for the year improved to 7-and-8. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 12th save. Milwaukee's only run came on a Mark Reynolds homer in the third inning. The Rays won the game with a two-run single from James Loney in the sixth off Kyle Lohse -- who took the loss after getting back-to-back victories. Lohse fanned six in six innings, but got no help from his offense as he fell to 11-and-5 on the year, and 5-and-4 lifetime against Tampa. Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett returned to the starting lineup after missing five games with tightness in his right quadriceps. The Brewers cut their National League Central Division lead to one-and-a-half games over idle Saint Louis and two over Pittsburgh, which won a shutout at San Francisco late last night. The Rays are now 10-and-1 since July 12th, and they'll host the Crew again tonight. Former Tampa right-hander Matt Garza faces Rays' righty Alex Cobb.
The buzz about David Price grew yesterday, after Fox Sports reported yesterday that the Brewers have at least a chance to get Tampa's left-handed ace for the stretch run. Tampa Bay is reportedly asking for a series of prospects, including young Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson. But we don't know if that's enough -- since Saint Louis, Seattle, and the L-A Dodgers are reportedly ready to offer established big league talent to get Price. Brewers' G-M Doug Melvin says Tampa might hang onto Price, since the Rays have gotten hot lately and they're now just four-and-a-half games away from an American League Wild Card spot. Price leads the Majors with 183 strikeouts, and was the A-L Cy Young winner in 2012. He's eligible for salary arbitration after the season, which means the team that gets him would have to sign him to a long-term deal to keep him into next year. Price is scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Milwaukee, but there's been speculation that he'll be held back.
Brewers' minor league third baseman Nicky Delmonico has been suspended for 50 games. He tested positive for an amphetamine in violation of the minors' drug program. The 22-year-old Delmonico was playing for Class-"A" Brevard County of the Florida State League, batting .262 in 37 games with four homers and 15 R-B-I's. He had not played since July seventh. The Brewers acquired Delmonico from Baltimore last July, in a trade that sent closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles. K-Rod re-signed with the Crew as a free agent last winter.
Former U-W Stevens Point star Jordan Zimmermann escaped with a no-decision last night, after his Washington Nationals lost at Miami 7-to-6. The right-hander from Auburndale struck out six in seven innings, while giving up two runs on four hits with a walk. Zimmermann was in line to get the victory until Miami scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Rafael Soriano had his four blown save opportunity, and he also took the loss. It was Zimmermann's second start since the All-Star break, after coming off a strained biceps.
Bryan Bulaga was among the standouts at yesterday's Green Bay Packers' Training Camp practice. Bulaga practiced in full pads for the first time since he missed the entire 2013 season with a torn A-C-L knee ligament suffered at last year's Family Night. In yesterday's one-on-one pass blocking drills, Bulaga beat out strong rushes from Julius Peppers twice and Clay Matthews once. The right tackle from Iowa looked solid in the wake of his A-C-L. Sam Shields and Sean Richardson made impressive interceptions during the padded scrimmages. The players are off today. Training camp practices resume tomorrow morning after eight o'clock.
Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy are about to start competing for the Wisconsin starting quarterback spot. Coach Gary Andersen said freshman D-J Gillins would be the Number-three signal-caller when the Badgers' pre-season camp opens next Monday in Madison. Andersen talked about his team yesterday at the Big Ten's Media Day in Chicago. The coach lives next to a golf course in Madison -- and he was somewhat surprised to see Stave on the course recently. The coach joked that Stave's right shoulder must be okay if he's playing golf with it. Actually, Andersen said Stave's been in good shape throughout the summer. Stave injured the A-C joint in the shoulder during last January's Capital One Bowl. The coach says it appears to be okay now.
John Steinmiller will stay on as a vice president with the Milwaukee Bucks, but not in a direct basketball role. New owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry said yesterday that they named Steinmiller to a newly-created executive vice president's post for community affairs and social responsibility. He sits on a number of boards and organizations, and he'll serve as a link between community leaders and the Bucks' owners. Steinmiller is starting his 45th year with the Bucks. Edens and Lasry said Steinmiller has been part of the team's fabric for its entire history - and there's no better to solidify its bond with the community in which it exists. Also, Patrick McDonough was named the Bucks' new chief financial officer. He spent the last six years as an accounting vice president for Madison Square Garden in New York. Bob Cook was named the team's vice president for business affairs. He's a former vice president of the H-T-N-B engineering company.
Former Milwaukee Bucks' guard Mo Williams will join the Minnesota Timberwolves. His Chicago-based agents said yesterday that Williams has committed to the T-Wolves after playing last season with Portland. ESPN says the 31-year-old Williams will sign a one-year deal worth three-and-three-quarter million dollars. He played four seasons in Milwaukee from 2004-through-'08, averaging 14 points and six assists a game. Williams is an 11-year N-B-A veteran who has also played for Cleveland, the L-A Clippers, and twice with Utah. He has career averages of around 13 points, five assists, and three rebounds per night.