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Yelich still looking for first HR, as Brewers meet hated Reds on Friday; Bucks-Heat series begins Saturday

Yelich still looking for first HR, as Brewers meet hated Reds on Friday; Bucks-Heat series begins Saturday

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Christian Yelich still looking for his first home run of the season, and his first hit, since returning from a near two-week stint on the IL.

The 29-year-old former MVP could get it Friday at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Or, as most teams likely call it, the Great American Long Ball Park.


RADIO SCHEDULE
WKTY
FRIDAY, 5:35 p.m. — Brewers at Reds. LISTEN: 96.7 FM / 580 AM
WIZM SATURDAY, 2:35 p.m. — Brewers at Reds. LISTEN: 92.3 FM / 1410 AM
WKTY SATURDAY, 1 p.m. — Heat at Bucks


Pregame on WKTY 96.7 FM / 580 AM begins at 5:35 p.m. Friday for the first of a three-game series with the hated Reds, while Saturday’s game will be on WIZM.

Yelich has played two games since coming off the IL, but is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts, three walks and a stolen base. The outfielder has appeared in just 12 of 43 games but is hitting .300 and has three stolen bases.

The Brewers (21-22) have lost five of their past six and 12 of 16, yet they’re still a game and a half up on the Reds (19-23).

Pregame for Saturday’s Brewers-Reds matchup begins at 2:35 p.m. on WIZM 92.3 FM / 1410 AM.

That’s because the Milwaukee Bucks open the NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat, beginning at 1 p.m. on WKTY.

The Bucks beat the Heat two of three times this season, but one of those times, Miami didn’t have Jimmy Butler.

It’s a somewhat nerve-wracking matchup for Bucks fans, since Milwaukee had the NBA’s best record last season, but lost to the underdog Heat in just five games.

That series, however, was in a bubble — so no home-court advantage for the Bucks last season. They also didn’t have Jrue Holiday, either. That acquisition could make all the difference in this playoff run considering what Eric Bledsoe and George Hill — partially who Milwaukee gave up to get Holiday — did this season, which was virtually nothing significant.

Bledsoe averaged 12.2 points on just 42.1 percent shooting (33.7% from deep) for the New Orleans Pelicans in 29.7 minutes a game.

After being traded to New Orleans, Hill then bounced from Oklahoma City to Philadelphia and played just 30 games the entire season. With the 76ers, at 18.9 minutes a game, Hill averaged 6.0 points on 44.2% shooting.

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