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MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy are both expected to return to the starting lineup tonight, as the Milwaukee Brewers open a four-game home series against San Diego. Braun, Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez were all on the bench at the start of yesterday’s 1-0 win over Miami in 13 innings. Braun and Lucroy were both called on to pinch hit. Braun’s still getting over a right hand injury, while Lucroy stepped aside so starter Wily Peralta could have his personal catcher Martin Maldonado. Gomez’s status is uncertain after he nursed a sore elbow yesterday.
The family pastor of a 2-year-old boy who was found dead in a car trunk says the keys were with the boy. Reverend Rick Van Gundy says the family of Isaiah Theis told him about the keys, but did not want to give more information because of the sensitive situation. Theis went missing on Tuesday night in Polk County, he was found dead in the trunk of a car on Wednesday night.
MILWAUKEE - Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of the federal courthouse in Milwaukee yesterday, protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The protest was part of a national chain of rallies over the weekend, calling for “Justice for Trayvon Martin”. Protesters at the event say they demand federal civil rights charges be filed against Zimmerman and that changes are made to self-defense laws.
MINNEAPOLIS (Sports Network) - Ryan Doumit knocked in a run and scored the eventual game-winner during Minnesota's three-run sixth inning, as the Twins edged the Cleveland Indians, 3-2, in the middle test of a three-game set at Target Field. Chris Colabello recorded an RBI single and Clete Thomas also drove in a run to give the Twins their fourth straight victory following a 1-12 stretch. Kevin Correia (7-6) gave up two runs on three hits and one walk over six innings to pick up his second win in his last nine starts.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo threw a scoreless six-and-a-third innings of work, in a 6-0 win over Miami. The Brewers scored early, and often, off a Ryan Braun two-run double in the first inning. The bases were loaded again for the Brewers to deal more damage, but were unable to capitalize. Brewers have now shut-out Miami two straight games, a 24 innings scoreless streak for the Marlins.
LA CROSSE - One of the last cruise-boats on the Mississippi River could be paddling tourists again in western Wisconsin as early as next year. A group called “Save the Julia Belle Swain” says it has raised enough to buy the boat, and put it on display in La Crosse while it raises a million-dollars to refurbish it.
GRANTON - Fire officials in Central Wisconsin say 121 cows and calves were lost in a barn fire on Thursday. WQOW-TV in Eau Claire reports the fire occurred at Naedler’s Farms near Granton in Clark County. Several firefighter were treated for heat exhaustion, but officials say no one was seriously hurt.
WILLMAR, Minn. -- Quick thinking of four bystanders at a Willmar swimming beach Thursday is credited with saving the life of an eleven-year-old girl. She was swimming with friends when she disappeared. Daniel Ruter and Robert Rodriquez of Willmar entered the water and found the girl a few minutes later in about seven feet of water and pulled her to shore.
SAN ANTONIO (Sports Network) - Lindsay Whalen had a game-high 21 points and seven assists to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 87-71 win over the struggling San Antonio Silver Stars. Maya Moore contributed 14 points and Devereaux Peters chipped in 13 for the Lynx, who have won five in a row, four of them coming without three-time All- Star guard Seimone Augustus.
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee pitcher Kyle Lohse struck out five and allowed five hits in six innings of work, sealing a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins. Brewers scored on solo home run shots in the fourth inning by Juan Francisco and Carlos Gomez in the fifth. Brewers are now 17 games below 500 and last place in the NL Central.