BOSTON — 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.
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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, flew out to right, grounded to shortstop and flew out to right.
Braun has been dealing with a nerve problem in the area of his right thumb.
“It’s kind of ebb and flow, up and down,” he said.
• The Boston Red Sox received their 2013 World Series championship rings during a ceremony that also honored victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and two firefighters who died in a blaze last week.
• Only hours before this season’s home opener, the Cleveland Indians guaranteed Jason Kipnis will be around for more than a few more. The All-Star second baseman agreed to a $52.5 million, six-year contract, binding him to the Indians through the 2019 season. The deal includes a club option for 2020.
• Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup after arriving late for the home opener.
• Arizona third baseman Martin Prado was taken out of the game in the sixth inning after hurting his left hand tagging out a runner on a steal attempt.
• Chicago White Sox right-hander Nate Jones has been put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his left hip. Jones allowed four runs without retiring a batter during two relief appearances.
.• Texas left-hander Joe Saunders left his start after being struck in the ankle by a ball in the fourth inning against Tampa Bay. X-rays were negative.
• Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left in the second inning against Toronto with a strained right hamstring.