Ryan Braun was back in the spotlight at the All-Star game. And this time, it was for what happened on the field.
The Milwaukee Brewers' slugger was in the middle of everything early on for the National League, driving in the first run and playing solid defense in an 8-0 victory against the American League on Tuesday night.
Braun, last year's NL MVP, spent much of the offseason defending himself after testing positive for a banned substance. He got his 50-game suspension overturned in February and has gone back to being one of the best players in the game.
At the All-Star game he showed it.
Batting third, Braun jump-started a five-run first off Justin Verlander with an RBI double that drove in the first run. He added the NL's All-Star Game-record third triple in a four-run fourth.
He chipped in with a pair of nice defensive plays in left field, too, tracking down Josh Hamilton's drive at the wall in the first and then snaring a liner by Prince Fielder to end the fourth.