Braun booed in first road game since suspension

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) — From the boos to the bad at-bats, Ryan Braun's first road game since his 65-game suspension was a rough afternoon.

He went 0 for 5 against the Red Sox on Friday. But he was 5 for 5 in getting hooted by Fenway Park's passionate fans.

"All I can do is focus on things I can control," Braun said after the Milwaukee Brewers spoiled Boston's home opener with a 6-2 win. "I certainly wasn't anticipating a reception like I got in Milwaukee."

In the season opener at home on Monday, fans applauded loudly as he walked to the plate against the Atlanta Braves. In Boston, the boos started even before the game as the 2011 NL MVP heard them when the starting lineup was announced and Milwaukee players lined up along the third-base line.

The Brewers slugger has apologized several times this offseason after accepting his suspension on July 22 following Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. The penalty was given for violations of MLB's drug agreement and labor contract.

Braun was the designated hitter and hit in his customary No. 3 position against the Red Sox. He struck out, popped to second base, flied to right, grounded to shortstop and flied to right.

A victory "always makes it so much better," Braun said of his struggles. "I'm at a point in my career where I've had a lot of individual success, and the game is so much more fun when the team's winning."

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