McCarthy makes changes on Packers' offensive line
Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy has confirmed a shake-up in his offensive line. He tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that right tackle Bryan Bulaga will move to left tackle, with the job of protecting Aaron Rodgers' blind side.
Marshall Newhouse had trouble in that role last season, giving up a team-high 11 sacks. Newhouse will still have a chance to compete for the starting right tackle job, along with second-year pro Don Barclay and top 2011 draft pick Derek Sherrod. Sherrod missed all of last season after he broke his left leg in his rookie year.
Also, the two starting guards will be flipped. T.J. Lang will move from left guard to right guard, trading places with Josh Sitton.
Evan Dietrich-Smith will remain the starting center for now.
McCarthy says Bulaga and Sitton are his most experienced offensive linemen, and both will face added challenges on the left side. Bulaga missed the latter half of the 2012 season with a hip injury.
Al Harris retires a Packer
Cornerback Al Harris played with four NFL teams, but he chose to retire as a Green Bay Packer. The Packers announced the decision Wednesday, May 1.
Harris played his first five pro seasons with Philadelphia and was traded to Green Bay in 2003. He started all 102 regular season games in his seven years with the Pack, and he won a home playoff game against Seattle with a pick-six in overtime.
Harris had 14 regular season interceptions in Green Bay. He also set the Packer record for pass break-ups in a season with 28 in 2004.
An ACL knee injury in 2009 ended Harris' time in Green Bay. He tried returning with the Pack in 2010, but ended up in Miami instead. Harris then played for a year in Saint Louis, and did not play at all last season.
UW-Whitewater clinches WIAC title
UW-Whitewater has clinched the WIAC regular season baseball title.
The Warhawks were handed the crown after second-place Stevens Point lost the second game of a double-header to Oshkosh Wednesday night, May 1. That gave Whitewater its fourth title in six years, plus the top seed and hosting rights for the league tournament May 11-12.
Whitewater is 19-2 in league play, with two conference games left. The Warhawks have a 12-game winning streak. They're ranked fourth in the NCAA's Division III.
Brewers fall to Cards
The St. Louis Cardinals scored all six of their runs in the third inning Thursday night, and then hung on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 at Miller Park.
Jake Westbrook earned his 100th career win as he held the Milwaukee offense to one run on six hits in six innings. Westbrook struck out four, as he improved to 2-1 on the year. Edward Mujica got his seventh save.
Rookie Wily Peralta took the loss, giving up all six Cardinal runs on 11 in four and one-third frames. He's now 2-2.
Allen Craig and Pete Kozma each had two-run singles during the decisive third inning for St. Louis. Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez each had two hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who've now lost two in a row and five of their last eight.
The Cardinals are now 3-1 against the Crew in the early going. St. Louis extended its lead in the National League Central to a game over Pittsburgh, and two and a half over both Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
The Brewers and Cards will play again Friday at Miller Park. Former Redbirds' right-hander Kyle Lohse will face his old team for the second time this season, against right-hander Shelby Miller.