Posted July 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
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After dealing with poor starting pitching, key injuries and plenty of rumors regarding a possible Ryan Braun drug suspension, the Milwaukee Brewers are hoping their second half goes better than the first. The improving Miami Marlins have the same goal. Braun is expected to return Friday night when the NL's two worst teams return from the All-Star break in Milwaukee. The Brewers (38-56) never imagined they'd be in the NL Central basement at this point - and ahead only of the Marlins (35-58) in the league standings - but it's understandable why they're there. Milwaukee's starters have a 4.86 ERA, Corey Hart (right knee) will not play this season and Braun has played once since June 9. Braun returned from a stint on the disabled list on July 9, but he missed the next game with the sore right thumb that landed him on the DL and the four leading into the break due to a family medical issue. He has been removed from the bereavement list, but the 2011 NL MVP remains...
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