WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Reynolds' walk-off single wins game, series for Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Mark Reynolds singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers their first walk-off victory of the year, 6-to-5 over the New York Yankees at Miller Park. Francisco Rodriguez blew his first save opportunity in 16 chances, when Mark Teixeira homered to tie the game as the Yankees were down to their final strike. It was the first time K-Rod was scored upon in 19 innings this season. He ended up winning his first decision when Rickie Weeks doubled, ran to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Reynolds' second hit of the day. Weeks went 3-for-5 with two R-B-I's, as the Brewers out-hit the Yanks 12-11. Teixeira went 2-for-4 and scored three times for New York. Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte each drove in a pair. Adam Warren took the loss. He's now 1-and-2. Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez sat out the game with a strained hamstring he suffered on Saturday night. He's expected to go on the disabled list. Before yesterday's game, the Brewers honored Yankees' star Derek Jeter, who's retiring this year. The team gave him a golden bat and a ten-thousand-dollar donation to his "Turn-Two Foundation." The Brewers took two-of-three from the Yanks. Milwaukee is now tied with San Francisco for the best record in the National League at 24-and-14. Milwaukee is off today, and will host Pittsburgh tomorrow night.
Former Brewers' starter C-C Sabathia was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Yankees yesterday with inflammation in his right knee. Sabathia -- who helped Milwaukee make the playoffs in 2008 -- gave up three homers to the Crew on Saturday night at Miller Park. The veteran left-hander has given up at least four earned runs in five-of-his-eight starts this year, after surrendering a Major League-high 112 earned runs a year ago. The 33-year-old Sabathia is winless in his last three starts, with a six-point-four-three E-R-A in those outings. He's in his 14th big league season, with a career mark of 208-and-119 with a three-point-six-three E-R-A.
Nyjer Morgan hit his first big league homer since he was with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, as the Cleveland Indians won at Tampa Bay 6-to-5 yesterday. Morgan played in Japan a year ago before joining the Indians this past winter. He celebrated his homer by flipping his bat after he made sure the ball would land in the seats. He tucked his left arm his side as he ran around the bases. Then when Morgan got to the plate, he formed a "T" with his hands and proclaimed the return of his Tony Plush alter-ego -- which Brewer fans enjoyed in Milwaukee's 2011 playoff run but disappeared a year later when Morgan and the team got into a slump. The 33-year-old Morgan is batting .297 in 13 games for Cleveland this year, with four R-B-I's in 37 at-bats.
Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard said he wasn't drafted because of a minor heart abnormality. The Green Bay Packers agreed to a free-agent deal with Hubbard after the draft ended on Saturday. He flew to Green Bay yesterday to submit papers which he said had cleared him of a problem that turned up on his E-K-G exam at February's scouting combine. Hubbard said he was cleared by Atlanta Falcons' cardiologist Charles Brown, and he was confident he would pass the physical the Packers would give him. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said at least one team refused to draft Hubbard because of his medical condition. He was projected to be a middle-round draft choice, after starting the last two seasons as Alabama's strong outside linebacker. He had ten sacks in 36 games, and a total of 18 tackles for losses in his three seasons with the Crimson Tide.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker tied for 13th at The Players Championship at T-P-C Sawgrass in Florida. He shot a three-under-par 69 in yesterday's final round -- which had a 91-minute rain delay. Stricker finished the tournament at seven-under-281 -- six strokes behind Martin Kaymer (ky-mer), whose only other U-S victory was at the 2010 P-G-A Championship near Sheboygan.
U-W Whitewater will host one of eight regionals in the N-C-A-A Division-Three baseball tournament. The Field-of-56 teams was announced last night. Whitewater, the W-I-A-C champion, earned the top seed in its six-team regional and will play Saint Norbert of De Pere in the opener of the double-elimination regional on Wednesday. Saint Norbert was given the Number-six seed after winning the Midwest Conference tournament crown over the weekend. U-W La Crosse received the fourth seed in an at-large berth. The Eagles will open against Concordia-Chicago. Adrian and Heidelberg are the other teams in the Whitewater regional. U-W Stevens Point is the only other Wisconsin school which made the national baseball tournament. The Pointers are the fourth seed at the Linfield Regional in Oregon, and will play Trinity of Texas in its opener. The eight regional champs will go for the Division-Three crown May 23rd through 27th at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton.
The Wisconsin softball team has received an at-large berth in its N-C-A-A Division-One tournament. The Badgers will open at Oregon for the second straight year. Wisconsin's first game is on Friday against Albany. Host Oregon will open against Utah Valley in the four-team, double-elimination regional. The winner will move on to the Super Regional round next week. Wisconsin enters the nationals at 34-and-18 after falling to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament this past weekend. The Badgers are 3-and-8 in their last 11 N-C-A-A tournament contests.