Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Weeks' hitting a lone Brewer bright spotWisconsin Sports
-- After a sluggish first half, Rickie Weeks has become a terror at the plate. The Milwaukee Brewers’ second baseman is batting .371 in his last 18 games. And he hit .415 in his last 10 games at Coors Field in Denver, where the Brewers are playing the Colorado Rockies tonight.
DENVER - After a sluggish first half, Rickie Weeks has become a terror at the plate. The Milwaukee Brewers’ second baseman is batting .371 in his last 18 games. And he hit .415 in his last 10 games at Coors Field in Denver, where the Brewers are playing the Colorado Rockies tonight.
Milwaukee has lost 12-of-13 on the road, after falling by three last night. But Weeks was a bright spot, as he hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning. Meanwhile, reigning National League M-V-P Ryan Braun has hit a wall with his lack of power. He leads the Brewers with 29 homers this season, but Braun has only went yard once in his last 15 games. And Braun has failed to homer in his last 10 trips to the Mile High City. Left-hander Randy Wolf will start for the Brew Crew tonight against Rockies’ right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Brewers’ prospect Mark Williams of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers has been named the pitcher-of-the-week in the Class-“A” Midwest League. Williams, a right-hander, struck out 11 batters in seven innings against Cedar Rapids last week. Both were career-highs. Williams held the Kernels scoreless on six hits. He has bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation all season long. On May fourth, he threw the final four innings of a combined no-hitter for Wisconsin. That was his first save as a pro.
Green Bay Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson says big, top-quality offensive linemen are hard to find. And that’s why the team gave a four-year contract extension to guard T.J. Lang. He signed a deal that’s worth almost $21-million in new money, on top of the one-and-a-quarter million he’s scheduled to get this year. The deal includes a five-and-a-half million dollar signing bonus, and it averages out at five-point-two million per season. Earlier this year, the Packers re-upped with guard Josh Sitton for five years and $6.34 million – including almost nine-million in guaranteed money.
The Cleveland Browns say they’ll play their starters for the entire first half against the Packers on Thursday night in Green Bay. First-string rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will get a lot more playing time than he did last week, when he completed 3-of-9 against the Detroit Lions. Observers said Weeden looked sharp today when the Browns practiced indoors in Berea Ohio. Mohammed Massaquoi may not play against the Packers. The fourth-year pro suffered a concussion last week – but he says he feels fine.