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MINNEAPOLIS —Ryan Braun has watched his childhood buddy Trevor Plouffe climb
up the leader board in home runs with a remarkable binge of late that included
two long balls in Minnesotas series opener against Brauns Milwaukee Brewers on
Friday night. Joe Flacco Super bowl Jersey . With Plouffe
right in Brauns rearview mirror, the reigning NL MVP put on a show in Plouffes
spacious backyard on Saturday to let him know where he stands. Braun hit two
home runs and Michael Fiers pitched seven strong innings to lead the Milwaukee
Brewers to a 6-2 over the Minnesota Twins. “I cant let Trev surpass me in homers
or I will never hear the end of it,” Braun said with a smile. “Its my motivation
to not allow Trevor Plouffe to pass me in home runs, which is not easy to do.
Luckily we didnt throw him any strikes today. He only got to swing the bat
once.” Braun added a double and a walk to back Fiers (2-2), the right-hander who
gave up one run on four hits with five strikeouts. Aramis Ramirez and
Cody Ransom also homered for the Brewers, who have taken the first two games in
this interleague series. Liam Hendriks (0-3) gave up five runs—two earned—
on eight hits in five innings in his first start since being recalled from
Triple-A Rochester. Plouffe went 0 for 1 with three walks, ending his streak of
four straight games with a homer as the Twins lost their fourth straight. “They
werent giving me much to hit today,” said Plouffe, who leads the majors with 13
homers since May 16. Ben Revere had two hits and an RBI for the Twins. Joe Mauer
didnt start because of a sore hamstring, but grounded out in a pinch-hit
appearance in the ninth to end the game. Norichicka Aoki had two hits and two
RBIs for the Brewers. Braun is hitting .322 with 19 homers and 47 RBIs this
season, even better numbers than at this point last year when he won the NL MVP
award. In eight interleague games this year, Braun is hitting .515 (17 for 33)
with five home runs and 14 RBIs. The numbers are even more impressive
considering Braun spent much of the off-season winning an appeal of a 50-game
suspension for a positive drug test and he no longer has Prince Fielder hitting
behind him for protection. “Im like a little kid in the dugout,” Fiers said. “I
want to watch every at-bat he has.” Braun and Plouffe have been friends for the
better part of 15 years. Plouffe played baseball with Brauns younger brother
growing up in California and got to know Braun, who is two years older, quite
well. They share the same agent and work out together in the off-season. “Hes a
special player,” Plouffe said. “Weve got to contain him. Cant let him beat us.”
The Brewers were much more careful with Plouffe, who went deep 10 times in the
previous 14 games, on Saturday. Fiers didnt give him much to hit in the first
two at-bats, walking him twice before getting him to fly out to left in the
seventh. The Twins probably shouldve taken a similar approach with Braun. Braun
and Ramirez went back-to-back in the third inning, the second time this season
the Brewers have gone deep two hitters in a row. Brauns solo shot was a rare
opposite field homer for a right-handed hitter at Target Field, landing in the
flower bed above the scoreboard in right-centre. “Hes just got tremendous
power,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “Theres really no ballpark that can
hold him in when hes hitting the ball well. When you see a guy going
right-centre, a right-hander in this ballpark, its struck really well.” Braun
got a little help in the fifth to get a crack at another one. He lifted a fly
ball down the first base line and second baseman Jamey Carroll couldnt hold on
to the ball after a very long run, getting charged with a tough error on the
play. Braun hit the next pitch into the bullpen in left-centre field, giving the
Brewers a 5-1 lead. “I put too much of it out over the plate and he hit it a
ton,” Hendriks said. NOTES: Ransoms HR was his first in 19 games with the
Brewers since being claimed off waivers from Arizona. ... Brewers RHP
Marco Estrada (right quad) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with
Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. ... Willingham was at DH rather than his usual
spot in LF to rest an achy knee. ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau returned to the
lineup after missing the game Friday night with a sore left forearm. He went 0
for 4, including a rally-killing double play in the eighth inning. ... The Twins
will send RHP Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.68) to the mound for the series finale on
Sunday against Zack Greinke (7-2, 2.96). Greinke has allowed one run or fewer in
six of his last seven starts. Ray Rice White Jersey . Coverage begins
Friday, Nov. 9 at 3pm et/Noon pt live on TSN with No. 13 ranked Canada going
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Tollner confirmed Sunday that after flying to Kansas City for a workout with the
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. On Friday, the pitchers were traded for each other. Guthrie had double-digit
victories in three straight seasons with the Baltimore Orioles in the American
League. Terrell Suggs Super bowl Jersey . United is
just four points ahead of Manchester City after Patrice Evras headed opener was
cancelled out by Swansea midfielder Michu. Tempers flared late on when Swansea
captain Ashley Williams cleared the ball straight into Robin van Persies head
from close range while the United striker was on the ground. Albert McClellan Jersey . The substitute
levelled after Demba Ba had an 83rd-minute penalty saved by Sunderland
goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. “It has been a mad week,” Ameobi said. MINNEAPOLIS
Brandon Roy isnt ready to give up on his NBA career quite yet. Roy issued a
statement on Saturday saying he will seek further treatment on the chronic pain
in his knees in hopes of continuing his comeback attempt with the Minnesota
Timberwolves. “The past two days I have been weighing all my options as I try to
continue my basketball career,” Roy said. “I have decided to explore additional
treatment options and an extensive rehabilitation plan. My goal has been, and
continues to be, to return to the basketball court as healthy as possible in
order to help our team.” The three-time All-Star initially retired as a member
of the Portland Trail Blazers before last season. Pain created by a lack of
cartilage in his knees robbed Roy of the smooth, shot-making game that made him
one of the leagues best shooting guards and a building block of the Blazers
franchise. But he underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy over the summer after
sitting out the season, then felt good enough to attempt a comeback this year.
The Timberwolves lured him away from other suitors including Dallas, Chicago and
Golden State with a two-year, partially guaranteed deal, and things were looking
up for Roy and the Wolves during a promising training camp. During a preseason
game against Milwaukee, Roy knocked knees during a collision with
Ersan Ilyasova, and it has been all downhill since. He had arthroscopic surgery
on his right knee in November, then returned to practice Thursday and expressed
optimism about possibly playing against the Suns on Saturday. But Roy was unable
to practice Friday and was not present at the shootaround prior to the game
against Phoenix. Hes gone back and forth the last two days, weighing retirement
against more medical treatment, and more rehab. Timberwolves president David
Kahn was vague on the specific treatment that Roy would be receiving, but said
the team hopes to start seeing some results in three to four weeks. The
Timberwolves had set up for a possible press conference in the Target Center
media room earlier on Saturday, with many speculating it was for a retirement
announcement. But it was taken down by late afternoon and the team didnt comment
on the reason for it. “Were hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,
meaning I think the team has to prepaare as if it may not work, and do whats
necessary,” Kahn said. Jacoby Jones Black Jersey. “Having said that
... Im rooting for him, and am hopeful it will work, but we have to proceed as
it may not and thus have to be very open in what we do.” That would appear to
leave every option on the table, including making a trade to address the teams
lack of depth at shooting guard. Roy has played in only five games this season,
averaging 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. He hasnt played since Nov. 9. The
two-year deal, $10 million contract he signed with the Wolves pays him $5
million this season, but is not guaranteed next season. According to the
collective bargaining agreement, the Wolves could get the $5 million in cap room
back this season by early January if he does retire. The option on his contract,
which would allow another team to wipe that money off the books next year, also
could be have some interest in the trade market. “I thought we had a very
healthy and open exchange about, we know that we need to protect ourselves in
every way,” Kahn said. “He does as well. He understands that we have to do whats
best for the team. He acknowledges that, and he actually was encouraging of
that.” Its a tough break for the Wolves as well, who were hoping Roy could give
them 25-30 minutes a game this season as the veteran perimeter player who could
break down a defence and get his own shot late in games that they were sorely
lacking. Rookie Alexey Shved is off to a promising start in that regard, but is
still gaining experience and has been inconsistent. The Wolves lost Josh Howard
and Malcolm Lee to injuries as well and were missing Ricky Rubio because of back
spasms against the Suns, leaving them with three healthy guards. “The league
doesnt wait for you,” coach Rick Adelman said. “They dont stop the games and
give you reprieve. Youve just got to keep playing.” Adelman said he does feel
for Roy, a 28-year-old who is facing quite possibly the end of his playing
career if things dont take a dramatic, and at this point unexpected, turn for
the better. “He worked really hard to try and comeback and he had that setback,”
Adelman said. “Now hes struggling again. Its really up to him as to how much he
can do and if he can come back.” ’ ’ ’ 

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