Wheeler News Service - Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Morning State Sports
In Major League Baseball...
Chicago Cubs 17, Saint Louis 5
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 4
Detroit 4, Baltimore 1
In the Midwest League...
Beloit 6, Kane County 1
Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 3
Here are the details:
The Milwaukee Brewers have gone 6-and-8 in Ryan Braun's latest absence -- and barring any setbacks, Braun will return to the lineup tonight when the Crew hosts Pittsburgh. He's been out since April 26th, when he strained his right rib-cage. Skipper Ron Roenicke said his starting right-fielder had a solid batting practice session on Sunday -- and he received more treatment yesterday while the Brewers were off. Meanwhile, the Crew will be without one and maybe two of its other offensive threats tonight. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez could go on the disabled list when Braun is officially recalled later today. Ramirez strained a hamstring on a defensive play Saturday night. And we still don't know if Carlos Gomez will be suspended during the Pirate series, after he had his appeal hearing last Friday for a three-game punishment after his role in a bench-clearing brawl at Pittsburgh last month. Marco Estrada will start for Milwaukee tonight against Gerrit Cole.
Three Brewers' prospects have received weekly player honors in their respective minor leagues. Chris McFarland of the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was the Midwest League's offensive player-of-the-week. Former Milwaukee first-round draft choice Jeb Bradley of Class-"A" Brevard County was the honored pitcher in the Florida State League. And Tyler Cravy of Double-"A" Huntsville was the Southern League's pitcher-of-the-week. McFarland, a 21-year-old infielder, homered twice in three games against Cedar Rapids this past weekend. He was an 18th-round draft pick in 2011. Bradley, a left-hander, earned his second pitching honor of the season after throwing six-and-two-thirds scoreless innings against Daytona. Bradley, one of two first-round picks by the Brewers in 2011, is now second in his league with 42 strikeouts in 39 innings. Cravy, a 24-year-old right-hander, won his fifth straight start for Huntsville this past week as he struck out 14 in 13 innings. Cravy leads the Southern League with six victories this season.
The Green Bay Packers have announced the signings of 12 undrafted free agents. That includes Alabama outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard, who said he wasn't drafted because of a minor heart abnormality that was cured this spring. Hubbard passed his Green Bay physical, and he's scheduled to take part in the team's rookie orientation camp this weekend. Besides Hubbard, the Packers signed six other defensive players -- linemen Carlos Gray and Mike Pennel, corner Ryan White, and linebackers Jake Doughty, Joe Thomas, and Jayrone Elliott. Five offensive players were signed -- quarterback Chase Rettig, guard Jordan McCray, tight end Justin Perillo, and running backs LaDarius Perkins and Rajion Neal. Also, the Packers released outside linebacker Chase Thomas. He was signed as a street free agent in early January. The Packers also announced a couple of new vice presidents. Craig Benzel was promoted to the V-P of sales and business development, after heading the team's marketing and corporate sales for 12 years. Gabrielle Valdez-Dow was brought in as the new vice president of marketing and fan engagement. She was a marketing V-P for Baltimore since 2006.
The Packers will hold their first training camp practice on Saturday, July 26th. That's a day after players report. Starting times have not been announced yet for the camp workouts. Fans can also attend three off-season practices on May 29th, June third, and June 10th. They're expected to begin around 11:30 a-m. The Packers' mandatory mini-camp for players will also be open to fans. That's set for June 17th-through-19th.
Vince Young's latest comeback attempt lasted 12 days, as the former Green Bay quarterback was cut yesterday by Cleveland. Young signed with the Browns on May first. But they no longer needed him after drafting quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round last week, and signing Connor Shaw from South Carolina as an undrafted free agent. The 30-year-old Young was the third overall pick in the 2006 Draft when he was taken by Tennessee. But he has not played in a regular season N-F-L game since 2011 when he was with Philadelphia. Buffalo cut Young during the 2012 pre-season, an the Packers did the same a year ago. In a six-year pro career, Young has completed 58-percent of his passes for 89-hundred-64 yards and 46 touchdowns.
U-W Green Bay center Alec Brown is expected to take part in the N-B-A Draft Combine on Thursday and Friday in Chicago. The 7-1 Brown averaged almost 16 points and five-and-a-half rebounds a game in his senior year at Green Bay, and was named the Horizon League's defensive player-of-the-year. Also on the combine roster is Thanasis Antetokounmpo, brother of Milwaukee Bucks' forward Giannis. Thanasis played for Delaware last season in the N-B-A Developmental League. Glenn Robinson the Third from Michigan, son of the former Bucks' star, will also be at the combine. Milwaukee general manager John Hammond and assistant G-M David Morway will scout out the prospects, as they prepare for the late June draft.