Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 7/18/2020

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>>Brewers ‘Blue Team’ Wins Game 4 of World Series Scrimmage

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee Brewers “Blue” team claimed game four of the Blue-Gold World Series 8-2 Friday night at Miller Park.  That squad had only scored two combined runs in the first three losses.  Every member of the Blue team reached based at least once last night and six of the seven batters scored a run – except Christian Yelich. The former MVP had his first hit of the series and added a stolen base in the victory.  Corey Knebel faced three batters in one inning of work and had two strikeouts.  Manager Craig Counsell said Knebel’s fastball and knuckle curve looked sharp in his return from Tommy John surgery.  Eric Yardley gave up a homer to Omar Narvaez and retired the other two batters he faced.  The Brewers get a day off from summer camp today (Saturday) and will be back for another scrimmage Sunday.


>>No Surprise: Woodruff Named Brewers Opening Day Starter

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Brewers manager Craig Counsell officially named right-handed Brandon Woodruff as the starter in the season opener Friday at the Cubs.  Woodruff made his first All-Star appearance last season and went 11-and-3 with a three-point-62 ERA in 22 starts.  He called being named the Opening Day starter “a huge honor.”  Kyle Hendricks will toe the rubber for Chicago at Wrigley Field.  Counsell says he is tentatively planning to go with Brett Anderson as his starter in game two.  Anderson developed a blister on a finger during a scrimmage Wednesday but should be okay in a couple days.


>>M-L-B Exhibition Games Begin This Weekend

(Undated)  —  Major League Baseball exhibition games begin this weekend.  The Mets will host the crosstown Yankees tonight (Saturday) before the clubs rematch Sunday in the Bronx.  In other exhibition action, the Nationals host the Phillies and the Pirates entertain the Indians.


>>Yasiel Puig Says He Has COVID-19

(Atlanta, GA)  —  Baseball slugger Yasiel Puig says he has tested positive for COVID-19.  He said in a Twitter statement that he is asymptomatic and was shocked that he tested positive.  The Athletic reports Puig was about to sign a free agent deal with the Atlanta Braves, but the test result scuttled that.  Puig says he looks forward to playing again, which won’t happen until he comes up negative on two consecutive tests.  He says he feels fine and urges everyone to take the pandemic seriously.  He played 100 games for the Reds last season before being traded to Cleveland.


>>NBA Says Seeding Games Won’t Count Toward Regular Season Awards

(Orlando, FL)  —  The NBA says the upcoming “seeding “games in Orlando will not count toward the league’s regular season awards.  That means the race for MVP was over four months ago.  Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says Giannis Antetokounmpo did more than enough through 65 games to win back-to-back most valuable player awards.  The Greek Freak averaged 27-point-seven points and 12-and-a-half rebounds last year – and this season is scoring nearly 30 a game and grabbing almost 14 boards.  The Bucks also have the best record in the NBA. Giannis is the likely front runner for MVP.  If he wins the award again this season, he would join Kareem Abdul Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players with multiple M-V-Ps at age 25 or younger. The Bucks face the Boston Celtics in the opening game July 31st.


>>Former Milwaukee Bucks Star To Give Ohio State Commencement Address

(Columbus, OH)  —  Former Milwaukee Bucks star Michael Redd will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University next month.  Redd graduated from West High School in Columbus and averaged 19 points-a-game while leading the OSU Buckeyes to the Final Four while he was in college.  Redd played 11 seasons for the Bucks, making the NBA All-Star team in 2004 and winning Olympic Gold with Team USA in 2008.


>> USL League One Drops Madison Forward’s 2020 Schedule

(Wauwatosa, WI)  —  USL League One is out with the 16-game schedule for the coronavirus-shortened season.  Madison Forward will play eight home games at Hart Park in Wauwatosa due to COVID-19 restrictions in Dane County.  The first home match is July 31st against Greenville.  The Flamingos open the campaign July 25th at defending champion North Texas.  The top two teams in the regular season will advance to the 2020 League One Final, which will be played the weekend following the conclusion of the regular season.


>>Northwoods League Scores

Rockford 14, Green Bay 1

LaCrosse 7, Wisconsin 5

Wisconsin Rapids 4, Fond du Lac 3

Kenosha 9, K-Town 7


>>American Association

Milwaukee 3, St. Paul 1 (10 innings)

Fargo-Moorhead 14, Chicago 2