Though Zach Davies showed he's a triple-threat, the starting pitcher's best weapon was the one you'd least expect. Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Manny Pina homered, Davies tossed 7 2/3 innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Tuesday night. Shaw's three-run blast highlighted a four-run fourth inning. Thames and Pina went back-to-back off Edwin Jackson (1-1) in the fifth for the NL Central-leading Brewers. Milwaukee, which had lost six of seven to open its 10-game road trip, maintained a half-game lead over the Chicago Cubs. Davies (12-4) allowed three hits and struck out seven against an offense leading the NL with a .278 batting average. "Everything was working.
At the trade deadline, relief pitching is the name of the game and one of the names clearly available is Pat Neshek. Today Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Nationals, Dodgers, and Red Sox are among the clubs who are closely scouting the Phillies reliever. Last week Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers and Rays were involved as well. Neshek is an impending free agent, so he may come cheaper than Justin Wilson or some of the other bullpen arms available right now. The All-Star is 36 and is posting a fantastic season, featuring a 1.12 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 40.1 innings this season.
Southern University athletic director Roman Banks will announce Kerrick Jackson as the Jaguars' new baseball coach Tuesday afternoon during a scheduled news conference. The news conference is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Jackson most recently worked as a professional sports agent for the past two years. Before that he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri. Before Missouri, Jackson spent three years as a scouting supervisor for the Washington Nationals. He also coached at Nicholls State and is familiar with Louisiana, a major factor in his hiring. Banks said Jackson's experience at Bethune-Cookman as a player helps prepare him for the challenges