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BREWERS BASEBALL ROUND-UP: Braun to make first start tonight

MILWAUKEE - Brewers’ left-fielder Ryan Braun is expected to start his first game in a month tonight. Braun was activated from the disabled list yesterday, and third baseman Aramis Ramirez took his place on the DL.

Braun’s been out with nerve damage between his right thumb and index finger, which made it harder to get a good grip on the bat. He also bruised the thumb, and he said it probably won’t be 100-percent for the rest of the year. Braun will be eased back into the lineup. He’s expected to play part of tonight’s game, and then take tomorrow off. Ramirez has been sore ever since he sprained his left knee twice while sliding into bases in March and April – and he hurt himself again on a diving catch at third base on Saturday night against the Mets. Manager Ron Roenicke said Ramirez has developed patella tendinitis in the knee. Because of next week’s All-Star break, Ramirez won’t miss as many games as he otherwise would have while on the 15-day DL.   


Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a homer on the final play of the game last night, to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 win over Cincinnati at Miller Park. With a runner on first, Votto belted a 2-2 fastball from Francisco Rodriguez to deep center. Gomez jumped at the wall, reached over the yellow line, and made the catch to preserve the Brewers’ fourth win in their last 13 games. Kyle Lohse won his fourth straight decision, giving up three runs on nine hits in six-and-two-thirds innings with a walk and no strikeouts. Lohse has not lost since May 30th, and is now 5-and-6 on the year. Rodriguez earned his ninth save. Homer Bailey, coming off his second career no-hitter, gave up four runs on 10 hits in five-and-two thirds’ frames. The loss dropped him to 5-and-7. Milwaukee scored all its runs in the first three innings on RBI doubles from Jean Segura and Rickie Weeks, and a two-run shot by Jonathan Lucroy – his third homer in the last three games. Segura went 3-for-3. He continues to lead the National League in hits with 113, six more than second-place Votto. Chris Heisey hit a solo blast for the Reds, who’ve lost three-of-their-last-four. The Brewers and Reds play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Wily Peralta is scheduled to start against Reds’ left-hander Tony Cingrani


Wily Peralta will try to pick up where he left off tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Cincinnati Reds. Peralta threw five-and-a-third scoreless innings at Washington last Tuesday night, giving up just three hits before leaving the game with a strained left hamstring. He missed his scheduled start last Sunday against the Mets. Manager Ron Roenicke says Peralta will have no restrictions on what he throws. He’s 5-9 with a 5.27 ERA. The Reds will put up left-hander Tony Cingrani. He’s 3-and-0 with a 3.40 ERA. He gave up two runs in five-and-two-thirds innings of a win over San Francisco last Wednesday. It was Cingrani’s first start since June 11th. The Reds are third in the National League Central, four games behind first-place Saint Louis. Milwaukee is 17-and-a-half games back, in last by three-and-a-half games to the fourth-place Chicago Cubs.


Brewers’ prospect Andy Moye has been named the pitcher-of-the-week in the Double-“A” Southern League, after he came within two outs of a no-hitter last Wednesday. The 25-year-old Moye is a right-hander for the Huntsville Stars. He gave up a single to Rafael Ynoa of Chattanooga with one out in the ninth inning. It ruined his bid to become the first Huntsville hurler since 2008 to throw a complete-game no-hitter, when David Welch did it. Moye pitched a career-high eight-and-a-third innings against Chattanooga. He was Milwaukee’s 15th-round draft choice in 2011, out of Georgia Southern University. Moye now has pitcher-of-the-week honors in all four minor leagues in which he’s pitched – the Midwest, Pioneer, Florida State, and Southern leagues. 


In the Northwoods League, the Lakeshore Chinooks will host the La Crosse Loggers again tonight in Mequon. The Chinooks won a 2-1 game last evening. The Madison Mallards will host Eau Claire, on the heels of a 12-5 Mallards’ rout. The Wisconsin Woodchucks are at home in Wausau against Green Bay, after the ‘Chucks won 4-0. Wisconsin Rapids plays at Battle Creek, after a 4-3 Rapids victory. Rochester hosts Mankato in the league’s only afternoon contest. Tonight, Duluth plays at Willmar. Thunder Bay is at Saint Cloud. Alexandria hosts Waterloo.


UW-Superior assistant baseball coach Nick Bursik has been promoted to the top spot. He replaces Eddy Morgan, who left to become the new coach at Concordia University in Mequon. Bursik worked with the Yellowjackets’ pitching staff last season. He also played his college ball at Superior, pitching in 40 games in four years. Bursik was the team’s pitcher-of-the-year in 2011. 



In Major League Baseball…

Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 3

Chicago Cubs 8, Chicago White Sox 2

Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4

Detroit 4, Cleveland 2 in 10 innings

In the Midwest League…

Wisconsin 8, Burlington 6

Peoria 8, Beloit 0

Cedar Rapids 5, Clinton 3

Quad Cities at Kane County, rained out

Dayton 4, South Bend 3 in 10 innings

Lansing 6, Bowling Green 2

Fort Wayne 6, Great Lakes 5

West Michigan 1, Lake County 0, suspended by rain in 1st inning

In the Northwoods League…

Lakeshore 2, La Crosse 1

Madison 12, Eau Claire 5

Wisconsin 4, Green Bay 3

Wisconsin Rapids 4, Battle Creek 3

Waterloo 8, Alexandria 5 in 10 innings

Mankato 10, Rochester 2

Duluth 10, Willmar 1

Saint Cloud 12, Thunder Bay 3