PHOENIX (AP) Ryan Braun struck out in his only two at-bats in the Milwaukee Brewers' 1-all tie with a split squad of the San Francisco Giants on Sunday in the reigning NL MVP's first game since getting caught up in a drug case during the offseason.
Although the game was at Milwaukee's Maryvale Baseball Park, about half the crowd of 6,619 cheered for the Giants and they countered the Brewers' fans standing ovation with catcalls when Braun went to the plate in the first inning.
They serenaded the Brewers slugger with chants of "Ur-ine Sam-ple!" before Braun struck out swinging against Madison Bumgarner. His second time up, Braun was greeted with chants of "Cheater!" before looking at strike three.
Braun recently won his appeal of a 50-game suspension for a positive drug.