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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Brewers fans welcome back Ryan Braun with standing ovation

04.01.14 at 7:58 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Astros, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Athletics, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Rockets at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: NIT, Clemson vs. SMU, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: CIT, Yale at VMI, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: NIT, Florida State vs. Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: CIT, Pacific at Murray State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
NHL: Flyers at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun might not be well received around the major leagues this season, but Milwaukee had a warm welcome back for the disgraced slugger.

Making his first appearance since being suspended for the final 65 games of last season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, Braun received a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat.

“It was special,” he said. “It was an emotional moment for me. … It’s something that I’m very thankful for and very appreciative.”

Commissioner (and former Brewers owner) Bud Selig was at Miller Park for the game.

“Fans are fans,” Selig said. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be. He’s their hometown players and it was a wonderful reaction. I wish everybody well.”

Braun went 1-for-4 in Milwaukee’s 2-0 win. He became the first victim of baseball’s expanded replay system as his infield single in the sixth inning was changed to an out after a challenge by Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Braun’s first game at a visiting park comes Friday when the Brewers travel to Fenway Park for the Red Sox‘ home opener.

— Opening Day at Angel Stadium on Monday got off to a bizarre start when new Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his leg catching the ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero.

Baylor’s right leg gave out on him as he squatted and reached over to catch the ball. Guerrero jogged in from the mound to help him get up, but Baylor could not stand on the leg, and he had to be helped off by members of the team’s medical staff. The 64-year-old Baylor, a cancer survivor, was taken to the hospital and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday on his right femur.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Don right now,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Obviously it’s a freak [injury]. We’ll see how it turns out.”

Baylor, a key member of the Red Sox‘ 1986 American League championship team as part of a 19-year MLB career, and Guerrero, who signed a one-day contract so he could retire as an Angel, are the only two AL MVPs in Angels history.

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was either surprisingly candid or he’s trying to throw off other teams regarding Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Zimmer, in an interview in Texas on Monday, said the Vikings brass met with Manziel a day after the player’s pro day and had some concerns after the meeting.

“We asked him all kinds of questions. ‘€¦ There are some flags that come up,” Zimmer said, noting that in today’s NFL a quarterback has to “be a totally football-minded guy” and not give in to distractions.

Said Zimmer: “I guess the thing you have to figure out is, is this just another part of the things that happened a couple of years ago after he won the Heisman Trophy or is he just a different person as far as wanting the limelight or just wanting to prove that he can do things the right way. I guess it maybe brings a few questions marks in. Is he going to conform to typically what the NFL is or what everyone else has done before him including what the great players in the game have done before him, or is he going to try to be the celebrity man guy that he was maybe a year-and-a-half ago?”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 1, 2003, in the second game of the season, which Red Sox newcomer hit a home run in the 16th inning for a 9-8 victory over the Devil Rays in Tampa?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We had a lot of opportunities, we had a lot of guys on. We just hit the ball right at people. It was one of those deals where we couldn’t find a way to push runs across.” – Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, on the team’s 2-1 Opening Day loss to the Orioles

STAT OF THE DAY: 18 – Consecutive victories by the Spurs, a team record, after Monday’s 103-77 rout of the Pacers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gets an unfriendly welcome at Citi Field before throwing out the first pitch prior to Monday’s Mets Opening Day game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin Millar

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jimmy Cliff was born on this day in 1948.

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