WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper homered on his first swing since coming off the disabled list and his Washington Nationals teammates quickly joined in, beating the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 10-5 on Monday night.
Auburndale native Jordan Zimmermann picked up his National League-leading 12th win, and Washington won for the eighth time in 12 games. Zimmermann, notched the first three-hit game of his career while pitching six solid innings.
From the mound, Zimmermann sailed easily through four innings but gave up two runs on three singles in the fifth. He got two outs in the sixth before Rickie Weeks and Juan Francisco crushed long back-to-back home runs.
Zimmermann (12-3) saw his ERA rise, to 2.46, after giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked none.
Now 42-40, the Nationals need a win on Tuesday to reach three games over .500 for the first time since May 18.
Yovani Gallardo was out after three-plus innings and an already burned-out bullpen was burned some more.
The Brewers marked the mathematical midpoint of their season with their sixth consecutive loss. At 32-49, they are 17 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of 2004 and within two games of the Marlins for the poorest record in the National League.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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