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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun stepped into the batters box, admittedly a bit anxious. The sellout crowd at Miller Park quickly put him at ease, showering him with a standing ovation. First day back on the job after a drug suspension was already a day to remember for the Brewers slugger. Then he added another unique footnote to his career. Braun went 1 for 4 and stole a base that helped set up a two-run inning, and later was ruled out in the first call overturned under baseballs expanded replay system as Milwaukee beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Monday in a season opener. The former MVP was returning from suspension for the final 65 games last year in the Biogenesis doping scandal. Played his first game as a right fielder, too. What a way to start the season. "It was special. It was an emotional moment for me," Braun said. Braun said the ovation affected him. He flied out to left. "Swung at some pitches that I typically dont swing at, but its something that Im very thankful for and very appreciative," Braun said. Among the 45,691 people in attendance was Commissioner Bud Selig. Two years ago, Braun became the first MLB player to get a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs overturned. Originally banned for 50 games, he filed a grievance and won. "Fans are fans. Thats the way its supposed to be. Hes their hometown player and it was a wonderful reaction. I wish everybody well," Selig said. Later, Braun had his infield single to lead off the sixth overturned to out after the call was challenged by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez under Major League Baseballs new replay format. The review took 58 seconds. "I had a pretty good idea that I was out," Braun said, drawing laughs. "For all of us, we just hope they get it right, and they did get it right." Yovani Gallardo (1-0) tossed six shutout innings for the win. He allowed just four hits in becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to make five straight opening day starts. A Braves lineup being relied on to help overcome the adversity to the injury-plagued pitching staff was silenced. Andrelton Simmons finished with two hits. "You go up there, your third at-bat and (Gallardo) will throw you something completely different," said cleanup hitter Chris Johnson, who went 1 for 4 with a double. "Where did that come from? ... Hes one of the tougher guys in the league." In a bit of a surprise, Francisco Rodriguez struck out two in the ninth for his 305th career save. The veteran righty looked fine about two weeks after accidentally stepping on a cactus during spring training. Manager Ron Roenicke said he turned to Rodriguez because Jim Henderson, who had 28 saves last season, was having a little trouble of late with his stuff. He hoped a couple outings outside the ninth would help Henderson get straightened out. With injuries to pitchers including Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, Atlanta started Julio Teheran (0-1) after a nice spring. He allowed seven hits in six innings. "For his first start, for his first opening day, I thought he did a terrific job," Gonzalez said. But all eyes in Miller Park were on Braun to start after the 2011 NL MVP played his first game since July 21. He was banned the next day. It seemed like all was forgiven for most in attendance. Brauns hit and steal set up a two-run double by Aramis Ramirez in the fourth. "Its special, we all know what he went through last year," Ramirez said. "For the fans to do that, it was very special." Braun and Ramirez also missed time last season because of injuries. With their third- and fourth-place hitters back, the Brewers like their chances with an offence that also features the speedy Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura at the top of the order. If the rest of the starting rotation throws like Gallardo, Milwaukee could challenge St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the NL Central. NOTES: A trio of Wisconsin-born Olympians from the 2014 Winter Games in Russia threw out the ceremonial first pitches: Brianna Decker and Jessica Vetter were each members of the U.S. womens hockey team that won silver, while Matt Antoine won the bronze in the skeleton competition. ... Injured RHP Gavin Floyd and LHP Mike Minor are on the same rehab program in the minors for the Braves. Both are scheduled to throw Thursday and then go every fifth day barring any setbacks. The Braves plan to shuffle them between Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi. ... With four strikeouts, Gallardo assumed sole possession of second place on the teams career strikeout list with 1,084. Ben Sheets is first with 1,206 strikeouts. 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Adidas Superstar 2 Sale UK .What they got was a bevy of players chipping in to pick up the slack.Josh Smith scored 18 points and James Harden added 17 as the Rockets used a balanced scoring effort to outlast the Mavericks for a 99-94 victory.Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson captivated golf fans across the globe at Royal Troon on Sunday, as they went head-to-head in pursuit of the Claret Jug. While the rest of the field floundered in tricky conditions, the lead pair thrived, each driven on by the other and their determination to end the day victorious.The pendulum swung back and forth during a tense final round but the incredibly high standard remained. The contest drew comparisons to the 1977 Duel in the Sun between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson at Turnberry with some arguing the Stenson-Mickelson showdown even surpassed that famous clash.But was it the greatest final round at The Open? We asked golfing stars, past and present, for their views…Tom Watson - Five-time Open champion Tom Watson believes Henrik Stensons duel with Phil Mickelson was similar to his shoot out with Jack Nicklaus in 1977 at Turnberry It was a remarkable performance from both Mickelson and Stenson, just fantastic. Phil making the par putt on 12 and then Henrik in the last few holes just said Im taking it. It was very similar to when Jack and I had our shootout at Turnberry - the Duel in the Sun. People watch sport for the rare occasions like Sunday, it was a special day in golf.Jack Nicklaus - Three-time Open championSome in the media have already tried to compare Sundays final round to 1977 at Turnberry, with Tom Watson and me in what they called the Duel in the Sun. Wayne Riley goes through his top five shots from the 145th Open with Kirsty Gallacher I thought we played great and had a wonderful match. On that day, Tom got me, 65-66. Our final round was really good, but theirs was even better. Henrik knew Phil wasnt going to lay down and just let him do it and it will go down as one of the finest finishes of all time.Martin Kaymer - Two-time major winnerMickelson and Stenson round was probably one of the best battles that I can remember. To shoot six-under par like Mickelson did meant he had a chance to win, but Henrik had a very good way of avoiding that. To shoot eight under in the final round of a major, trying to win your fist major, I have a lot of respect for that.Danny Willett - Masters champion Masters champion Danny Willett was happy to see Henrik Stenson win his first major Thats golf at its finest - duelling it out, playing great.dddddddddddd A lot of people are saying its reminiscent of Jack and Tom in 77 at Turnberry. It was unbelievable golf. I would be intrigued to see where the boys were hitting it because the scoring was phenomenal on that golf course.He is 40 years old and hes been in the game for many, many years. Hes going to be massively popular, everyone wants to see the good guys come through and do well, and Henrik is certainly one of them.Padraig Harrington - Two-time Open championWeve obviously seen different rounds with different guys where theres been a bit more drama. There was drama because Phil was there, but it was as consistent a round as youll see out there. Thats the best round of golf weve seen in the final round of major.Gary Player - Three-time Open champion Gary Player says there is no better player than 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson in the world at the moment Was it the best ever? Bobby Jones with a fat old shaft and a club face like a frying pan and a ball that went 70 yards less than today shot 285 at St Andrews to win in 1927 so we have to be very careful to say what is the best ever.Tony Jacklin - 1969 Open championSunday was right up there with 1977. The whole process of winning a major is about staying in the moment. Both players were out on their own, it was quite spectacular, and you could see the chemistry between them. Former Open champion Tony Jacklin explains what it felt like winning the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 1969 It was wonderful golf in very, very difficult conditions. All power to Henrik and Phil. They deserve all the accolades they are going to get.Colin Montgomerie - Eight-time European Order of Merit winnerForty-under-par between the two of them is just remarkable. It will go down as one of the great, great days. We talked about 1977, the Watson-Nicklaus Duel in the Sun and it lasted nearly 40 years. Weve witnessed possibly something better. Butch Harmon - Sky Sports punditFor Phil, it must be pretty hard to get your head around it. He started the day one behind, went out and shot 65 and lost by three. How in the world can that happen? It happened because Henrik Stenson probably played the best round of golf that hes played in his life - and he had to. For Sky to broadcast The Open for the first time and we get this Sunday? Wow, thats special. Also See: VOTE: Best shot at The Open? Stunning Stenson wins The Open Stenson inspired by late friend Radar on wild weather at Troon Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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