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-- Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Shaun Marcum said he felt good after throwing four innings yesterday in an exhibition against the San Diego Padres. Marcum gave up three runs on four hits in his first appearance since March 17th. He also gave up a pair of homers to Brad Hawpe and Will Venable.
PHOENIX - Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Shaun Marcum said he felt good after throwing four innings yesterday in an exhibition against the San Diego Padres. Marcum gave up three runs on four hits in his first appearance since March 17th. He also gave up a pair of homers to Brad Hawpe and Will Venable.
Marcum has had tightness in his throwing shoulder off-and-on during spring training. But he says he’s okay now, and he looks forward to his first regular season start for the Brewers on Saturday at Cincinnati. Milwaukee topped the Padres 5-3 in a split-squad game, as Ryan Braun homered twice and Rickie Weeks also went yard. Also, reliever Sergio Mitre – whom the Brewers acquired in a trade from the New York Yankees last week – gave up three hits in two-and-thirds innings. And reliever Zach Braddock threw one-and-a-third hitless innings after he was stung by a scorpion at his home on Saturday. In the other split-squad game, a Brewer team that consisted mostly of minor leagues got crushed by Kansas City 10-0. Royals’ starter Kyle Davies gave up just two singles and a double in six innings, with six strikeouts and one walk. KC hit four homers, including one by ex-Brewer Alcides Escobar. Milwaukee is 18-11-1 in the Cactus League, and will play its final exhibition this afternoon against San Diego. The Brewers open their regular season on Thursday at Cincinnati.
Two Milwaukee women face misdemeanor prostitution charges, after they accused Green Bay Packers’ corner Brandon Underwood of sexual assault near Wisconsin Dells last June. 34-year-old Kesha Cureton and 32-year-old Tynecha Lipsco were charged earlier this month in Sauk County. But records do not indicate they’ve been in court yet. Meanwhile, Lake Delton Police released its final investigative report on the incident yesterday. It said the two women auditioned to be dancers at a local club last June, and they wound up at a resort cabin rented by seven Packers who took part in Clay Matthews’ charity golf outing there. Six Milwaukee police officers who were also staying at the resort caught up with the Packers the morning after the sex incident. One of the officers said the women did not appear upset or frightened, after claiming that Underwood molested them. And police said the women might have targeted him for a chance at quote, “notoriety or future financial gain.” Underwood paid a $379 fine this month, after pleading no contest to prostitution with intercourse. None of the other Packers were implicated.
The University of Wisconsin has confirmed that it will open its football season two days earlier than it planned. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said yesterday that the Badgers will host Nevada-Las Vegas on Thursday night September first, instead of during the day on that Saturday. Alvarez said the Big Ten Conference contacted him a month ago about making a switch, and both teams have agreed to it. He said the only question was whether it will be shown on ESPN or the Big Ten Network. But either way, Alvarez says it should give some good national exposure to the Badger program. He also said it would let the team open its pre-season camp two days earlier. And after the game, they’ll have two extra days to get ready for their second game on September 10th at home against Oregon State. The last time Wisconsin opened on a Thursday night was in 2000. It was a 19-7 victory over Western Michigan in a game that was better known for its numerous suspensions of players who were given athletic equipment from The Shoebox store in violation of NCAA rules.
The Milwaukee Mustangs are 0-3 in the Arena Football League, after losing to the Pittsburgh Power 49-47 last night at the Bradley Center. The Power scored the game’s first 21 points, and Milwaukee scored the final 21. But in between, the Mustangs missed three extra points – and coach Bob Landsee said it was the difference. Andre Jones got Milwaukee to within two by returning an interception 54 yards for a touchdown with 50 seconds left. The Mustangs blew a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game. And then, they had a penalty on the ensuing onside kick. Pittsburgh improved to 2-1.