BREWERS ROUNDUP: Reports say Braun will be suspended after All-Star break
ESPN says Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun will be suspended after the All-Star break, along with up to 19 other big leaguers for their roles in getting performance-enhancing drugs from the Bio-Genesis clinic. The network said Braun was among 10 players who refused to answer questions to Major League investigators about the matter. Braun called it a “crazy situation” last night, and he said the vast majority of news stories about it were inaccurate. Braun refused to elaborate. He was interviewed on June 29th while the Brewers were in Pittsburgh – and he reportedly did not answer investigators’ questions as his representatives and a players’ union rep looked on. ESPN said both Braun and Yankees’ infielder Alex Rodriguez face possible 100-game suspensions – 50 for taking P-E-D’s and 50 for not admitting it. Major League Baseball called the ESPN report “premature.” Spokesman Pat Courtney said the matter is still being investigated, and no decisions have been made. Braun has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs. He said he used Bio-Genesis founder Tony Bosch only as a consultant for his successful appeal of his 50-game drug suspension from 2011 for taking synthetic testosterone.
Wily Peralta threw his first career shutout last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers topped Cincinnati 2-to-nothing at Miller Park. The rookie right-hander tossed a three-hitter with four walks and six strikeouts in 113 pitches. It was Milwaukee’s first complete game since May 7th of 2011. Peralta was also the first Brewers’ starter to make the ninth inning since June 22nd of last year, when Zack Greinke went nine in a 10-inning win over the White Sox in Chicago. Peralta called his shutout a “blessing.” His record is now 6-and-9. Logan Schafer provided the game’s only offense with his first homer of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth inning off Tony Cingrani. He struck out 10 in seven innings, giving up three hits and a pair of walks. Cingrani is now 3-and-1. Ryan Braun played six innings in his first game since June 10th. He singled in three trips, as he continues to struggle with nerve damage in his right hand. Norichika Aoki was a late scratch with a sore left elbow, giving Schafer a start in right field. The Brewers have won two straight, while Cincinnati lost its fifth straight in Milwaukee. The Reds have also dropped four-of-five overall. The two teams will out their series this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Johnny Hellweg is scheduled to start for the Crew against Reds’ right-hander Mike Leake.