Wisconsin Sports Briefs: Brewers face no-hit pitcher, have two on All-Star roster, more...
The Milwaukee Brewers will face Homer Bailey Monday night as the Cincinnati right-hander comes off a no-hitter last Tuesday against San Francisco.
The Brewers will open a three-game home series against the Reds after losing two of three games over the weekend to the New York Mets at Miller Park.
Bailey struck out nine San Francisco batters while throwing the Major League’s first no-hitter since Bailey did hit himself at Pittsburgh last September. He’s 5-6 this year with a 3.57 ERA.
The Brewers will send right-hander Kyle Lohse to the mound. He’s 3-0 in his last six starts with a 1.72 ERA in those outings.
Lohse is 4-6 for the year with an ERA of 3.43.
In case you’re wondering, the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer is the only big leaguer to throw back-to-back no-hitters. That was back in 1938.
Bailey could have a shot at that tonight unless the Brewer offense gets going. Milwaukee had just three hits in falling 2-1 to the Mets on Sunday.
For the first time since 2006, the Brewers will not have one of its home-grown players in the All-Star Game.
Shortstop Jean Segura and center-fielder Carlos Gomez will represent the Crew in the Mid-Summer Classic a week from tomorrow night in New York.
Segura was traded from the Anaheim a year ago, in the deal that sent Zack Greinke out West. Gomez was dealt to Milwaukee in 2009, in the trade that sent shortstop J.J. Hardy to Minnesota.
General Manager Doug Melvin said the Brewers’ pro scouting department discovered the potential of both players and was responsible for getting both to Milwaukee.
The last time the Brewers did not have one of their own draft choices in the All-Star Game was eight years ago when Carlos Lee, Chris Capuano and Derrick Turnbow represented the Crew. Since then, Ryan Braun made the National League All-Star team five straight times. He didn’t make it this year, after he injured his right hand a month ago.
Stricker No. 11
Steve Stricker of Madison remains at No. 11 in the new World Golf Rankings released Monday.
None of Wisconsin’s touring pros competed in the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia during the weekend.
Stricker has very limited schedule this year, playing only in the bigger tournaments so he can spend more time at home. He has risen seven spots in the World Rankings since the beginning of the year.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is 128th in the new rankings, down two spots from the week before. Jerry Kelly of Madison is at No. 197, down five places from last week.
Braun may return this week
Don’t be surprised if Ryan Braun returns to the Milwaukee lineup this week. The left fielder has been out since June 10 with nerve damage in his right hand. Braun took full batting practice on Saturday for the first time since he went out.
Manager Ron Roenicke says Braun also needs to get his legs back in shape. For now, the goal is to get him in at least some of the four games Milwaukee has at Arizona starting on Thursday night. Those are the last contests before the All-Star break.
Meanwhile, Brewers’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to miss at least some of the Arizona series. The skipper says Ramirez needs extra time to rest the left knee he sprained twice this season while sliding into a base. He tweaked it again recently. It caused him to leave in the sixth inning of Saturday night’s Milwaukee win over the Mets.
No trades expected
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin does not expect to make a trade before next week’s All-Star break – but he adds, “You never know.”
For now, Melvin says some of the teams he’s heard from are still trying to decide if they’re in the playoff hunt. The non-waiver trade deadline is 23 days away.
Most trade rumors have involved Milwaukee pitchers – including starters Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse, and relievers John Axford, Jim Henderson, and Francisco Rodriguez.
All but Lohse are said to be considered by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who host the Brewers for four games starting on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs reportedly traded veteran outfielder Scott Hairston to Washington. Fox Sports.com said the Nationals are giving up a minor league pitching prospect.\
Hairston has not played much for Chicago, hitting just .172 in 51 games with eight homers and 19 RBIs.
Carlos Delfino is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks. The veteran small forward reportedly agreed last night to a two-year, $6.5 million contract – plus a third year that’s not guaranteed.
The 30-year-old Delfino played for three seasons in Milwaukee before leaving for Houston last summer as a free-agent. He averaged just under 11 points a game with the Rockets, while starting just five games.
Delfino had surgery two months ago to remove a bone spur from his right foot, which he broke in a first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City. He’s an eight-year NBA veteran and has two Olympic medals with his native Argentina. They won gold in 2004 and the bronze in 2008.
Delfino the third free agent the Bucks rounded up in the last three days. On Friday, they agreed to terms with Dallas shooting guard O.J. Mayo. Saturday, Milwaukee brought back former Bucks center Zaza Pachulia from Atlanta. Their contracts cannot be made official until Wednesday, when the NBA signing period begins.