September 1, 2014

Brewers add veteran reliever

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named later.

Broxton is eligible for the Brewers’ postseason roster and will join the team in Chicago tomorrow.

The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and 7 saves in 51 appearances this season.  Opponents are batting just .190 off of him this season.

This is the fourth stop for Broxton in his 10-year Major League career.  He also pitched in Los Angeles (2005-11), Kansas City (2012) and Cincinnati (2012-14).  His career numbers are:  35 wins, 20 losses with a 3.05 ERA and 118 saves in 531 appearances, all in relief.

Packers establish 10-man practice squad

The Green Bay Packers have signed 10 players to the practice squad today.

All 10 players were with the Packers during the 2014 preseason.  They are:  S Chris Banjo, WR Kevin Dorsey, C Garth Gerhart, WR Alex Gillett, RB Michael Hill, LB Adrian Hubbard, TE Justin Perillo, DE Luther Robinson, T Jeremy Vujnovich and WR Myles White.

Badgers falter in second half, lose to LSU

The first 35 minutes on Saturday night was looking like the Wisconsin Badgers would leave Houston with a season opening upset victory over

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

LSU.  Unfortunately, the last 25 minutes was all LSU and the Tigers pulled away for a 28-24 victory.

The 13th ranked Tigers came from 17 points down to stun the Badgers.  They scored 21 straight points after Corey Clement’s TD run gave Wisconsin a 24-7 victory.  Just prior to that score, Melvin Gordon’s 63-yard run gave the Badgers 1st and 10 at the 12.

It was not a good night for Tanner McEvoy and the Badger passing game.  McEvoy finished 8 of 24 for 50 yards and two interceptions.  He rushed six more times for 40 yards.

Badger fans were wondering why coach Gary Andersen didn’t make the switch to last years starter Joel Stave.

AUDIO: Gary Andersen asked if he thought to put Joel Stave into the game :05

Andersen had little explanation for the lack of carries for Melvin Gordon.  He finished with 16 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown, but only three carries in the second half [Read more...]

Brewers suffer 4th straight loss

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, only to see Mark Reynolds’ broken-bat single to right field end his bid with one out in the 8th.  The Giants still went on to win 3-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park, grabbing the first two games in the series.

Mike Fiers scattered seven hits over seven innings and walked two while striking out nine over 110 pitches but suffered the loss, falling to 4-2.

The Brewers have dropped four straight on their trip out west, after winning the first game on the trip in San Diego.  Their lead on the St. Louis Cardinals atop the NL Central is down to 1-game and 2-games on the Pittsburgh.

The no-hitter could have ended one inning earlier, if not for a great defensive play by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.  His diving play on a Scooter Gennett shot back up the middle was followed by a slip to second and a turn by second baseman Joe Panik for the inning ending double play.

Peavy got Khris Davis to ground out for the first out in the 8th inning.  Then came Reynolds, who with a 1-2 count, blooped a single to short right field to end Peavy’s no-hit bid.

The Brewers scored their only run in the 9th off of closer Santiago Casilla, who gave up a double to right by Jonathan Lucroy and an RBI single to Ryan Braun.

The Brewers and Giants close out their series this afternoon with the Brewers needing a win to avoid the sweep and end their 4-game losing streak.

 

Packers reduce roster to 53

The Green Bay Packers released a total of 18 players and placed tackle Aaron Adams, LB Nate Palmer, TE Jake Stoneburner and DT Khyri

Jeff Janis (right) makes the final 53

Jeff Janis (right) makes the final 53

Thornton on injured reserve.

The Packers released S Chris Banjo, WR Kevin Dorsey, LB Jake Doughty, T John Fullington, C Garth Gerhart, WR Alex Gillett, DT Carlos Gray, RB Michael Hill, LB Adrian Hubbard, G Jordan McCray, S Tanner Miller, TE Justin Perillo, RB LaDarius Perkins, DE Luther Robinson, CB Jumal Rolle, T Jeremy Vujnovich, WR Myles White and CB Ryan White.

It means the Packers will start the season with three quarterbacks, keeping both Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn as backups behind Aaron Rodgers.  It’s not certain who will be Rodgers immediate backup.

Cutting Banjo means the Packers will go with four safeties, Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Sean Richardson.

At wide receiver, the Packers kept 7th round draft pick Jeff Janis.  Myles White, Kevin Dorsey and Alex Gillett were all competing for that fifth spot.

The Packers are also going with four running backs total, including fullback John Kuhn.  James Starks and DuJuan Harris are backups to Eddie Lacy.

The Packers return to practice on Sunday as they begin full preparations for Thursday’s season opener at Seattle.