After Mattingly criticism, Dodgers top Brewers 9-2
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dodgers manager Don Mattingly criticized his team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier, then watched Los Angeles beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 Wednesday.
Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed his club's lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight. He benched Ethier for the third time in six games and said he was "putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest."
Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke drove in two runs each and Ramon Hernandez hit his first home run with the Dodgers.
Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2), given a 7-0 lead, allowed two runs and six hits in a season-high 7 1-3 innings. Ryu has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 7 of his 10 appearances.
Los Angeles is last in the NL West at 19-26.
Lohse to miss start because of elbow irritation
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Right-hander Kyle Lohse will miss his next scheduled turn in the Milwaukee Brewers' rotation because of irritation in his pitching elbow.
Mike Fiers will start in place of Lohse on Saturday against visiting Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke made the announcement before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lohse signed a $33 million, 3-year contract with Milwaukee a week before opening day and is 1-5 with a 3.76 ERA. According to Roenicke, Lohse felt discomfort two or three starts ago.
"He could go out and pitch," said Roenicke, who expects Lohse to miss just one start. "But because he didn't have a spring training, we would rather try to get rid of this, so we're going to bump him a start."
Fiers is 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in one start and seven relief appearances, getting the win in relief Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Brewers to honor fallen Wis. police officer Friday
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers are planning to honor the Wauwatosa police officer who was gunned down Christmas Eve while on duty.
The team is dedicating its opening ceremony Friday to Officer Jennifer Sebena. Her husband is charged in her death.
Sebena's family will be at the game, and her friend, Officer Katie Gierach, will throw out the first pitch.
The festivities are part of the team's second annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. In honor of the event the team is offering reduced ticket prices for law enforcement officers and their families.
The Brewers will also donate $10 from each ticket sold in special outfield and terrace boxes to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The Brewers will be facing the Pittsburgh Pirates that evening.
MILWAUKEE WAVE-CELLULAR ARENA
Wave stays at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer team will stay in downtown Milwaukee.
Wave representatives say the team has signed a 2-year contract with the Wisconsin Center District to continue to play at the U.S. Cellular Arena, which has been home to the Wave for the past 10 years.
Goalkeeper Nick Vorberg says the arena provides a great atmosphere for the team and allows the fans to get close to the action.
Coach Keith Tozer (TOH'-zer) says the Wave has some great memories at Cellular Arena, including championships. Tozer says the arena is considered the best playing field in the Major Indoor Soccer League.
The Milwaukee Wave is the longest running soccer franchise in North America and has earned six World Championships.
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