Brewers Lose, Yount Presents MVP Award To Braun

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 am

Michael Cuddyer lined a two-run double in the eighth and Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings Sunday, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The win put a damper on the celebration of Ryan Braun’s NL MVP and Silver Slugger awards. The Brewers slugger received his trophies in a pregame ceremony.

Guthrie (2-1) got the better of Yovani Gallardo in a matchup of opening-day starters, surrendering one run and three hits in seven innings.

More on Braun though, he received a brief standing ovation when he was introduced following a video tribute. Standing outside the Brewers dugout, he was given the Silver Slugger award as the NL’s top hitting left fielder from team owner Mark Attanasio.
Robin Yount, the 1982 and `89 AL MVP, then handed Braun the MVP award. Braun held the trophy above his head, smiled and walked back to the dugout, where he high-fived his teammates.

Braun hit .332 in 2011 with 33 homers, 111 RBIs, 109 runs scored and 33 stolen bases, leading the Brewers to the NL Championship Series.

Shortly after he won the MVP award, it was reported by ESPN that Braun tested positive in October for elevated testosterone but his 50-game suspension was overturned on appeal.

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