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The Detroit Lions achieved one of their top goals this off-season, retaining Joique Bell, and took a step toward another one, setting up a meeting with Golden Tate. Chad Henne Jersey . The Lions and Bell agreed to a $9.3 million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person, who said $4.3 million of the contract is guaranteed, spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Detroit is also determined to add a player to complement wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Tate appears to be a good fit. The free agent wide receiver will meet with the Lions, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person, who said Tate was travelling to Detroit on Tuesday night, spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the visit had not been announced. Tate led the Seattle Seahawks with 64 catches and 898 yards receiving last season, setting career highs in both categories. The former Notre Dame star also scored five touchdowns last season, giving him 15 in his four-year career. "I definitely do not want to play against Seattle, Ill tell you that," Tate said in February after Seattles Super Bowl parade. "I dont want to play against Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor for sure, but well see. Only time will tell. I think I set myself up regardless if its here -- hopefully its here -- or elsewhere with the way I play the game." Detroit also agreed to a one-year deal with wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, according to another person familiar with negotiations, speaking to AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hadnt been announced. The Lions really wanted Bell back, and can probably find a spot on the roster for Ogletree. Bell had a team-high eight touchdowns rushing last season. He was second to Reggie Bush with 166 carries for 650 yards rushing for the Lions last year. Bell ranked third on the team in each of the last two seasons in Detroit with a combined 105 receptions for 1,032 yards. While Bush gives Detroit a speedy and shifty threat out of the backfield, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Bell provides much-needed power. He has run for 1,064 yards -- 4.3 yards per carry -- and 11 TDs in two seasons with the Lions. The undrafted free agent from Wayne State University in Detroit played a total of eight games as a rookie in 2010 with the Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. Bell won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year after rushing for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2009. Eventually, Bell proved he could make the jump to the NFL. The Benton Harbor, Mich., native has found a home with the Lions, who signed him off New Orleans practice squad late in the 2011 season after he bounced around with the Saints, Eagles, Colts and Bills. Ogletree can potentially help Detroit because Nate Burleson was released and Ryan Broyles has struggled to stay healthy. He had 13 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown in 12 games last season for the Lions, who signed him after Tampa Bay cut him. Ogletree has 78 career receptions for 999 yards and six touchdowns over five seasons, four of which were with the Dallas Cowboys. In free agency or the draft, the Lions are hoping to add a No. 2 receiver -- perhaps Tate -- and a safety to start alongside Glover Quin to replace Burleson and Louis Delmas, both of whom were released this off-season. Delmas has signed with the Miami Dolphins. The Lions would also like to sign Ndamukong Suh to a new contract to avoid having the defensive tackle count more than $20 million against the salary cap this year. Anthony Sherman Jersey . Dillon Brooks scored 26 points on 9-17 shooting for Canada while pulling down six rebounds and picking up six steals. Teammate Chris Egi had 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks. Kyler Fackrell Jersey . PAUL, Minn. ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers centre fielder Carlos Gomez believes he picked the right way to get back at Paul Maholm. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman thinks Gomez acted way out of line. Either way, Atlantas offence struggled again, and the Braves lost a critical three-game series to the Milwaukee Brewers. "Its a tough game and unfortunately I got kicked out in the first inning for doing nothing," Freeman said. "Its a little frustrating." The NL East champion Braves were shut out for the second time in three games, falling 4-0 on Kyle Lohses two-hitter Wednesday night. After losing three of four, Atlanta (93-65) has fallen two percentage points behind the St. Louis Cardinals (94-65) for the NLs best record. Lohse (11-10) struck out five and threw just 22 of 89 pitches for balls. In his first season with Milwaukee, Lohse was pitching for St. Louis when he had his last shutout, a 5-0 victory over Washington on April 21, 2011. Gomez, made it 1-0 in the first with his 23rd homer, but was ejected without touching home plate during a benches-clearing argument. Freeman, Atlantas best hitter, was ejected along with reserve catcher Gerald Laird. Gomez, the Brewers top slugger, stirred emotions on both teams as the games second batter. As soon as he homered, Gomez stood in the batters box watching the ball sail into the seats in left field, stared at Maholm and flipped his bat behind him. Gomez, who was yelling at Maholm as he slowly trotted up the first base line, was still upset that the pitcher hit his leg with an 88 mph fastball in the Brewers 7-4 home loss to Atlanta on June 23. "I dont apologize for this," Gomez said. "Just take the pain back. You can see the replay. They hit me for no reason, and I tried to get it back today. Its the only opportunity that I have. Thats what I did." The argument continued as Gomez slowly trotted across first and began jawing with Freeman, who said he told Gomez to "act like hed been here before" and run the bases. "If you have a beef with the pitcher, have a beef with the pitcher," Freeman said. "ont make us get involved. Thats us. Were going to back up our pitcher. Im fine with how everybody handled it." Gomez touched second and third without incident before Brian McCann, Atlantas catcher, stood in the third base line about 20 feet from the plate and stopped him. The benches emptied, and Gomez was ejected for shoving Braves reserve outfielder Reed Johnson and Freeman for pushing a pile of players and coaches. Dana DeMuth, the third base umpire and crew chief, didnt hesitate to eject Freeman. "Right when he came in, he went boom with an elbow, which we saw, and it caught the third baseman, (Aramis) Ramirez," DeMuth said. "That right there is just like throwing a punch. That is overaggressive. That, No. 1, calls for an ejection. What we saw out there was the same as we saw (on video). There was nobody else that was overly aggressive other than Gomez, of course." Gomez never touched home plate, but the Brewers were still credited with a run because McCann was charged with obstructing the runner. DeMuth added that Laird was ejected for arguing from the dugout after the game restarted. Logan Schafer took Gomezs spot in centre field. Chris Johnson took Freemans spot at first while second baseman Dan Uggla entered the game for Atlanta and Elliott Johnson moved from second to take Johnsons spot at third. Joe Montana Jersey. . One run was all Lohse needed. He retired 20 straight batters after Andrelton Simmons led off the first with a bunt single, and threw just 54 pitches, 42 strikes, through the first six innings. Lohse is 10-4 with a 2.91 ERA over his last 22 starts. He pitched his 10th career complete game, allowing four hits, two starts ago in a 5-1 home victory over Cincinnati on Sept. 13. "I felt good to go out there and establish that I was going to throw strikes," Lohse said. "And they were swinging so the end result of that is if youve got a good defence behind you youre going to have a decent game. And that was a little bit better than decent." Evan Gattis two-out single in the seventh gave the Braves their second and last baserunner, but McCann followed with a flyout. Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Yuniesky Betancourt singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Jeff Bianchis single and scored on Sean Haltons sacrifice fly. Scooter Gennett singled with two outs in the seventh, moved to second on Lohses single and scored from second on Norichika Aokis RBI single to make it 3-0. All three runs were charged to Maholm (10-11), who gave up eight hits and struck out seven in seven innings. Scott Downs, the third Atlanta pitcher, gave up an RBI single to Aoki with one out in the ninth to make it 4-0. Lohse, facing Atlanta for the first time this season, began the night 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA in 10 career starts against the Braves. Maholm, who dropped to 5-11 with a 5.07 ERA in 24 career starts against Milwaukee, was shocked at Gomezs antics. "When he rounded third and was still acting like that, I told him, Congratulations, you hit a homer. Run," Maholm said. "Thats all I said. Like I said, hes not the first and hes not the last to hit a homer off me. Hes probably not going to be the last guy that pimped it. You can pimp it and do whatever, but at least run the bases." Gomez didnt blame McCann for blocking his path to the plate. "If Im a catcher, I do the same thing," Gomez said. "I try to protect my pitchers, my teammates. I respect McCann, all his players. Im going to apologize to his manager, his organization, that it went that far. The adrenaline, the emotion takes it more than you expect." NOTES: Betancourt entered the game when Ramirez left midway through the third inning with left knee soreness. ... Gonzalez confirmed before the game that RHP Brandon Beachy will not pitch again this season. On the DL since Aug. 23, Beachy is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts this year after missing 105 games to recover from elbow ligament replacement surgery. Gonzalez said Beachy hasnt had a setback, but added that the team wants him fully healthy for the start of spring training. ... Rookie RHP Jimmy Nelson will make his first career start when the Brewers visit the New York Mets on Saturday. Nelson, who made his debut on Sept. 6 at the Chicago Cubs, has pitched three scoreless innings in five games this season. ... Nelson is taking the place of RHP Wily Peralta. Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Peralta, who went 11-5 with a 4.37 ERA in 32 starts, has a blister on his right index finger and needs to rest. ... Brewers SS Jean Segura still wants to return for the final weekend, but was unable to run in the outfield before the game because of the wet field. Segura has been sidelined since Sept. 25 with a strained right hamstring. ' ' '