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July 25, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - A day later, the topic remained delicate. Numerous Phillies players did not want to comment on Ryan Braun's historic 65-game suspension that sent shock waves through baseball. Some deferred to the strong statements made by players on other teams. "I don't need to talk about that," manager Charlie Manuel said, before talking at length about it. "I want the game clean and fair," Manuel said. "I look at baseball as something I love. The game, I totally respect it. It's been totally tremendous to me. And I want it played right.
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April 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MILWAUKEE - Cameron Rupp lowered his right hand and signaled for a fastball in the most crucial moment of an 8-5 Phillies loss to the Brewers. Jerad Eickhoff did not flinch. He stared at his catcher for three seconds to express his disapproval. Rupp flashed a new call. The curveball. "If I get beat on my curveball," Eickhoff said later, "I'll live with it. " On Sunday, he was beaten again and again on the curveball. Eickhoff allowed a career-high seven runs. Ten Brewers batted in the decisive six-run sixth inning.
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July 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Had Domonic Brown known he would miss at least two games when informing a team athletic trainer of concussion-like symptoms, he may have hidden his dizziness Tuesday night. His head had slammed into the warning-track dirt in left field when he unsuccessfully dove for a fly ball. "I feel good," Brown said a day later. "I feel like I'm back to normal, honestly. " But the Phillies outfielder cannot play until Friday at the earliest. Major League Baseball's protocol calls for extensive concussion testing before a player can be approved for action.
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February 24, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - National League MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, the first time a baseball player successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance. The decision was announced by the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, one day before the 28-year-old outfielder was due to report to spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun's urine tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, and ESPN reported the positive test in December.
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July 28, 2013
Even when he's not at Miller Park, disgraced Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is causing trouble. Take what happened to Milwaukee fan Karen Eidem on Wednesday night. She decided to show her frustration with the team and its star's cheating by wearing a Ryan Braun jersey she had modified to read: "FRAUD. " And just like that, security tapped her on the shoulder and told her the shirt violated the fan code of conduct and that she would have to change or leave the ballpark. Eidem turned the shirt inside out and stayed for the game.
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May 16, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Major League Baseball and the players union Monday agreed to drop the 100-game suspension imposed on Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo for a positive drug test, because of the same procedural issues that came up in the Ryan Braun case. Alfonzo missed 48 games - the final 15 of last season and the first 33 of this year. Braun's 50-game suspension for a positive drug test was overturned in February by arbitrator Shyam Das after Braun's lawyers argued his urine sample was not handled in the manner specified by baseball's drug agreement.
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July 24, 2013 | By Ronald Blum, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason on Monday in the first penalty following Major League Baseball's investigation of the Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Braun accepted the ban. "I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions," he said in a statement provided by MLB. "This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.
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April 24, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
JOE MATHER'S two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 comeback win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. St. Louis closer Jason Motte (1-1) had the Cubs down to their final strike when Mather, a former Cardinal, grounded a 2-2 slider up the middle, scoring Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto. LaHair battled Motte for 12 pitches before drawing a one-out walk. Motte then walked Soto, before Steve Clevenger's grounder moved the runners up to set the plate for Mather.
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December 12, 2011 | Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun certainly doesn't fit the image fans conjure up when they hear that a baseball slugger has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. Since he joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007, Braun has belted big home runs not with cartoonishly large muscles, but with a sweet swing and an ultra-quick bat. Last season, he helped drive the Brewers to the playoffs and was voted the NL's most valuable player. Now Braun finds himself fighting a 50-game suspension after news leaked that he has tested positive for a banned substance.
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July 26, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez certainly leads the Yankees in headlines this season even though he hasn't played a single major-league game. Injuries have kept him away from the team since last year's playoffs, and now he faces discipline from Major League Baseball in its drug investigation, possibly up to a lifetime ban. "The likelihood of a severe punishment for Rodriguez is very high," former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent said Wednesday. The three-time AL MVP, who turns 38 on Saturday, is among more than a dozen players MLB has targeted following allegations they were linked to Biogenesis, the Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
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April 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MILWAUKEE - Cameron Rupp lowered his right hand and signaled for a fastball in the most crucial moment of an 8-5 Phillies loss to the Brewers. Jerad Eickhoff did not flinch. He stared at his catcher for three seconds to express his disapproval. Rupp flashed a new call. The curveball. "If I get beat on my curveball," Eickhoff said later, "I'll live with it. " On Sunday, he was beaten again and again on the curveball. Eickhoff allowed a career-high seven runs. Ten Brewers batted in the decisive six-run sixth inning.
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August 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - The Phillies' lineup was missing its two best hitters on Sunday afternoon. It seemed to be without much of a pulse, too. The team's offense was lifeless in a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Chase Utley was given the day off as trade rumors continued to swirl. Maikel Franco missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist. Both players should return to the lineup Tuesday, unless Utley is traded. The Phillies struck out 11 times. Their lone run came on a ninth-inning homer by Andres Blanco.
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August 18, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - Aaron Harang was cruising, despite his teammates not providing any offense of their own through 4 1/2 innings of play. He'd surrendered only a first-inning triple by Jonathan Lucroy, which led to Milwaukee's only run to that point. And then it all unraveled. The Brewers sent 10 batters to the plate in the fifth inning. By the time Scooter Gennett - in his second at-bat of the inning - struck out to end the frame, Harang was no longer in the game, the Brewers had a six-run lead, and Sunday's game, which ended with a 6-1, series-sweeping Brewers victory, was long out of reach.
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July 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Giles took the Citizens Bank Park mound late Tuesday with 12 scoreless June frames to his name. The Phillies' 24-year-old setup man retired the first two Milwaukee Brewers he faced. Then the inning unraveled. Giles' 38th pitch of a laborious eighth inning put Adam Lind on first base and walked in the Brewers' go-ahead run. The Phillies spoiled a great start by ace Cole Hamels and lost, 4-3, in a battle of baseball's two worst teams. "I think he knows what he did. He made a couple of bad pitches," interim manager Pete Mackanin said.
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July 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - There was thought, Ryne Sandberg said, to granting Roberto Hernandez a shot at his first complete game in almost a year. The sinkerballer limited Milwaukee to one run in eight innings Wednesday on 84 pitches. He attacked an aggressive lineup that has occupied first place for 92 straight days only to stumble this week. But the Phillies manager wanted his $50 million closer, Jonathan Papelbon, to record his 22d save. Papelbon sealed a 4-1 win over the Brewers with nine pitches for his third save in three nights.
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April 11, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS A considerable amount of uncertainty in the press box about the appropriate terminology to describe the gesture that Ryan Braun made after he had popped the meat thermometer on the Phillies for a second straight game. To one scribe, it looked like a conductor directing an orchestra. To another, it looked like a rapper bouncing with his audience. One's perspective may depend in part upon one's age. Whatever the case, the message was clear. So was the implication.
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April 10, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THEY BOOED HIM during introductions. They booed the first pitch of his first at-bat, and they booed louder as he trotted back toward his dugout after ending the first inning with a groundout. Hell, those of the 45,061 who arrived early for yesterday's Phillies home opener even booed Ryan Braun during batting practice, cheered when he dribbled or mishit the ball, which was often. "I was terrible," the Brewers' tainted slugger said after his historic day yesterday. "I was swinging as hard as I could and I couldn't do anything.
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies paraded into Citizens Bank Park, down a removable staircase in center field and across a red carpet, just as they do to inaugurate every new season at this ballpark. They marched Tuesday afternoon with a new leader, a man who knows the margin between contention and irrelevancy is thinner than ever. The denizens of this decade-old stadium understand that, and it is why these Phillies must generate weeks of goodwill to convince their skeptics. When daytime turned to dusk during a 10-4 loss to Milwaukee, this crowd departed with a familiar bitterness.
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April 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies fans were tough on Ryan Braun. The Milwaukee Brewers rightfielder was even tougher on the Phillies. The louder the booing, the farther the ball traveled all over Citizens Bank Park on a day when Braun personally ruined the Phillies' home opener. He entered the game Tuesday batting .150 with no RBIs in his first five games, but Braun belted three homers and drove in seven runs as the Brewers defeated the Phillies, 10-4. Phillies fans never lowered the volume on the boos directed at Braun, which turned out to be music to his ears.
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