I-94 News and Notes

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Cubs

Maddux, Greg
RHP Greg Maddux gave up 20 home runs in 18 starts en route to a 7-7 record in the first half.

Rusch, Glendon
LHP Glendon Rusch was moved to the bullpen to make way for the return of Kerry Wood. Rusch gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning against St. Louis on Saturday (July 10) in his return to the bullpen.

Zambrano, Carlos
RHP Carlos Zambrano is 16-7 since the 2003 All-Star break.

Alou, Moises
LF Moises Alou was hitting .192 since the start of June after a red-hot start in April and May. The 38-year-old All-Star will likely get a few more starts off for rest in the second half of the season.

Bako, Paul
C Paul Bako, a light-hitting backup to Michael Barrett, has not homered since July 7, 2002.

Sosa, Sammy
RF Sammy Sosa nailed five homers in the first 20 games since coming off the DL. Sosa is nine career home runs away from Reggie Jackson (563) for eighth on the all-time list.

Brewers

Hendrickson, Ben
Rookie RHP Ben Hendrickson will be promoted from Class AAA Indianapolis after the break.

Santos, Victor
RHP Victor Santos has shown command of a fastball, curve and devastating split-finger pitch. When he controls all three, he can be tough to beat.

Sheets, Ben
RHP Ben Sheets won't rush back to the mound after making his second all-star appearance. Sheets is slated to start the third game of a weekend series at Wrigley Field, which will pit him against Greg Maddux.

Davis, Doug
LHP Doug Davis will open the second half on Thursday night at Wrigley Field. In his only career outing at the Friendly Confines, Aug. 31 last year, Davis worked 8 1/3 scoreless innings as the Brewers took a 2-0 victory. Davis was the first Brewers' lefty to win nine games before the break since Teddy Higuera was 10-7 in 1986.

Kieschnick, Brooks
RHP Brooks Kieschnick has pitched in 24 games this season. Although he wasn't promoted to the big leagues until April 30 last year, he had 23 appearances before the break. Kieschnick's use as a pinch-hitter has diminished somewhat as well. A year ago at the break, he had 45 at-bats. This year, he has 36.

Kinney, Matt
RHP Matt Kinney wasn't considered to replace Wes Obermueller as the No. 5 starter in the rotation. Kinney has thrived since moving to the bullpen on May 1, going 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 17 relief appearances.

Obermueller, Wes
RHP Wes Obermueller lost his starting job and was demoted. Obermueller was 3-5 with a 6.69 earned run average.

Erickson, Matt
INF Matt Erickson was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis. Erickson was called up to replace RHP Wes Obermueller on the roster. Erickson, who is from Appleton, Wis., is expected to return to the minors on Monday when the Brewers promote Ben Hendrickson to become their No. 5 starter. Erickson is the seventh Wisconsin native to play for the Brewers.

Helms, Wes
3B Wes Helms will be under the microscope as the second half begins. Helms got off to a slow start and then underwent knee surgery after slipping in a dugout tunnel in Puerto Rico. The return of 2B Junior Spivey in August will reduce the playing time of 2B Keith Ginter and could cause fans to start hounding Helms to produce.

Jenkins, Geoff
LF Geoff Jenkins is having a bit of a down year at the plate, but he has stolen two bases. Jenkins did not steal a base last year. Jenkins also is earning Gold Glove mention with his defense.

Hart, Corey
OF Corey Hart likely will be promoted at some point during the second half. Hart made his debut for the Brewers earlier this season and was named to the Class AAA All-Star team.

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