BREWERS WANT GAGNE: The Milwaukee Brewers are working on a deal with free-agent reliever Eric Gagne, potentially giving the team another option at closer after losing Francisco Cordero to free agency.
"We're not there yet," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Saturday night at the Marquette-Wisconsin basketball game.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on its Web site Saturday that the right-hander has a deal in the place with the Brewers, pending a physical.
Melvin said the Brewers' interest in Gagne didn't indicate a lack of confidence in reliever Derrick Turnbow, considered the most logical candidate to take over as the Brewers' closer after Cordero finalized a four-year, $46 million deal with Cincinnati.
"We're just adding depth," Melvin said.
The Brewers were interested in trading for Gagne before last season's trading deadline, but lost out to the Boston Red Sox. Gagne struggled in Boston, going 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA in 20 games after being traded from Texas, but Melvin said he still considered Gagne a potential closer.
"He's got a history of closing, and he's a guy that can help our bullpen on the back end," Melvin said.
Gagne had 152 saves with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2002 to 2004, the most in a three-year period in major league history, and won the NL Cy Young Award in 2003. The Canadian's streak of converting 84 consecutive save opportunities in those years is far and away the longest in major league baseball.
JANYK WINS DOWNHILL: All it took was a morning walk and Britt Janyk knew the day held promise. The snow was just right, and so was the result in Aspen, Colo.
The Canadian raced to her first World Cup victory Saturday, winning a downhill in which about half the field was unable to complete their runs on a snowy, foggy day.
"I walked the course to inspect and started smiling," Janyk said. "It was just like I was used to West Coast snow, wet with powder mixed in. I knew I would have a good time and looked forward to pushing out of the start gate."
The winner was followed by Austrians Marlies Schild and Renate Goetschl. Lindsey Vonn of the United States was fourth.
"I'm really bummed out," said Vonn, who had the best training times the previous two days. "I'm skiing so well and I feel really bad that I couldn't show my stuff to a home crowd. Unfortunately, I'm not good on powder. I am from Minnesota."
Janyk, who trains in Whistler, British Columbia, finished third at Lake Louise, Alberta, on Dec. 1. She leads the downhill standings.
"This certainly changes the goals I set before the season," Janyk said. "It's fun to win a World Cup race, but to win globe at the end of the season shows true strength and a true champion."
Janyk covered the Ruthie's Run course in 1 minute, 14.17 seconds. Schild, the World Cup points leader, was second in 1:14.59, while Goetschl was timed in 1:14.63, and Vonn finished in 1:14.68.
"I don't know if I had any advantage skiing first and in these conditions," Schild said. "I didn't have any tips from my coaches because they can't compare the run to anything and I had to judge the course for myself."
The race was held under a light snowfall and only 30 of the 56 skiers were able to finish.