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Roenicke to manager Brewers

Milwaukee -- Ron Roenicke, former bench coach of the Los Angeles Angels, has been hired to manage the Milwaukee Brewers, the team said Thursday.

The Brewers said Roenicke, 54, signed a two-year contract that includes a club option for the 2013 season. He replaces Ken Macha, who had his 2011 contract option declined. Macha had managed the Brewers for two seasons, including last year when Milwaukee went 77-85.

Roenicke has never before been a major league manager but he amassed a 346-283 record as manager of minor league teams. He's been with the Angels organization 11 seasons, including the last five as Manager Mike Scioscia's bench coach.

Uecker has second heart surgery

Milwaukee -- Longtime Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker successfully underwent a second round of heart surgery Tuesday, team officials said.

Uecker, 75, had the procedure done by Dr. Alfred Nicolosi at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee and is expected to remain in the hospital for about one week.

He first had heart valve replacement surgery April 30 and returned to the broadcast booth July 23. But a tear at the site of the first operation was later detected, most likely caused by a staph infection that entered the bloodstream about six weeks after the initial procedure.

"As always, we look forward to having Bob back at spring training in a little more than four months from now," Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasi said.

Macha out as Brewers' manager

Milwaukee -- Ken Macha won't return in 2011 as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, who on Monday refused to exercise the option year on his contract.

Macha had been the team's manager for two seasons, building a 157-167 record.
Milwaukee was 77-85 in 2010 and finished third in the National League Central.

Macha is 368-280 in his managerial career, which includes four seasons at Oakland.

"I tried to do what's right," Macha told Monday. "I think if you're sitting there worrying about, 'What's this guy going to think?' it's not going to work. You come to the ballpark, study what you've got there, put out the best lineup and do what you think is the right thing. If you win enough games, then you're going to be there."

MLB: Milwaukee at N.Y. Mets, ppd., rain

New York -- A scheduled game between the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets at Citi Field was rained out Monday, the teams said.

The game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader to played Wednesday, with the first contest set to begin at 4:10 p.m. EDT.

Copyright 2010 United Press International

Brewers sign Hart to 3-year extension

Milwaukee -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart has signed a 3-year contract extension, the team said Monday.

Hart will be paid $26.5 million through the 2013 season -- $6.5 million in 2011, $9 million in 2012 and $10 million in the last year of the deal - the Brewers' official Web site reported.

The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus and eliminates Hart's final year of arbitration eligibility.

Hart is having his best year as a pro, batting .288 with 23 homers and 72 RBI in 92 games. He was named to the all-star team this summer, his second such selection.

MLB: Milwaukee 7, Los Angeles Angels 1

Anaheim, Calif. -- Corey Hart had three RBI and Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer Tuesday to help lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Los Angeles Angels 7-1.

Hart's bases-loaded double in the second inning was the big blow in a four-run outburst that put the Brewers on top 6-0.

Dave Bush (2-5) picked up his first win since April 20 and ended a personal five-game losing streak. Bush held the Angels to one run on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Maicer Izturis drove in the lone Los Angeles run with a double in the eighth inning.

Ervin Santana (6-5) lasted five innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits and striking out six.

Milwaukee outhit the Halos 12-7.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Brewers P Suppan lands on disabled list

Tempe, Ariz. -- Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jeff Suppan has been put on the disabled list and will miss opening day, team officials said Tuesday.

Suppan landed on the 15-day disabled list after experiencing pain in his cervical disc, but the Brewers indicated he could still make the starting rotation once the season starts.

The 15-year-veteran righthander is in the final year of a four-year contract with Milwaukee, which provides a guaranteed $12.5 million. The club holds an option for 2011 with a $2 million buyout clause.

Suppan has spent the last three seasons with Milwaukee. He posted a 7-12 mark with a 5.29 earned-run average in 30 starts last year.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

MLB: Milwaukee 2, San Francisco 1 (12)

Milwaukee -- Prince Fielder's 12th-inning solo homer Sunday lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

The homer was Fielder's 30th this season. Casey McGehee had two hits including an RBI single and Ryan Braun had two hits for the Brewers, who averted a three-game sweep.

The winner was Mitch Stetter (4-1).

Starter Braden Looper surrendered a run and eight hits in seven innings.

San Francisco's run scored on Pablo Sandoval's two-out first-inning single.

Edgar Renteria and Randy Winn had two hits each for the Giants, who split a
six-game road trip.

The losing pitcher was Merkin Valdez (2-1).

MLB: San Diego 13, Milwaukee 6

Milwaukee, Aug. 12: Adrian Gonzalez had six hits and three RBI Tuesday to lead the San Diego Padres to a 13-6 thumping of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Will Venable and Henry Blanco both hit solo home runs for the Padres, who racked up 22 hits and won for the fourth time in their last five games.

San Diego broke a 2-2 with a run in the fifth inning and then exploded for six runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Gonzalez had a two-run single in the sixth and another RBI in the seventh.

Clayton Richard (2-0) picked up the win for the Padres despite giving up four runs on six hits in six innings.

Braden Looper (10-6) took the loss after giving up seven runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits in five-plus innings.

Brewers' Jeffress suspended 100 games

New York -- Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitcher Jeremy Jeffress has been suspended 100 games after a third drug policy violation, Major League baseball said Monday.

The Brewers said Monday that Jeffress, the 16th overall selection in the 2006 draft and assigned to Single-A Brevard County, will begin his suspension immediately and will be out into the 2010 season.

"We are obviously disappointed because Jeremy has such great Major League potential, and this is a setback in his career," Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin said. "We support Major League Baseball's drug programs and as an organization we will continue to assist Jeremy."