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Ryan Braun is getting reputation as a prima donna

Milwaukee outfielder keeps complaining about roof at Miller Park.

May 26, 2012|By Phil Rodgers
  • Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun follows through on a run-scoring single during the fifth inning of an interleague game against the Minnesota Twins last Sunday.
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun follows through on a run-scoring single… (Morry Gash / Associated…)

Ryan Braun's bizarre two-strike bunt attempt Tuesday came as the reigning  National League most valuable player is getting a reputation as a prima donna. He has complained so much about the odd shadows at Miller Park with the roof open for day games that the Brewers now partially close it, which causes its own problems. The Giants were furious the left side of the infield was bathed in sunshine during a game last week, when a ball third baseman Joaquin Arias didn't see off the bat almost hit him in the head. ... The flip side to the criticism of Braun is he's playing through a sore right Achilles' tendon and a tight groin, which forced him to leave a game Monday. He doesn't like to sit. ...

The Mets' David Wright has a chance to become the 19th player since 1950 to enter June hitting .400. ... . ... There's no guarantee Lance Berkman can get back in eight to 10 weeks after knee surgery. His future in St. Louis is uncertain after this season, and don't rule out a return to the Astros, who will need a designated hitter in 2013. ...

While the Pirates pitching staff has been a bright spot — James McDonald has been one of the NL's top starters — the lack of production from the lineup has GM Neal Huntington under fire. The Pirates went into the weekend series against the Cubs averaging a major league-worst 2.9 runs per game (the next worst: the Padres at 3.3). ...

The Tigers are worried about second base, as Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago seem headed toward lost seasons, and could look to make a trade. ... There was a buzz at Progressive Field when the Indians swept the Tigers, and Chris Perez's criticism of fans did seem to have had an effect. ... Cubs center fielder Reed Johnson could be a good fit for the Marlins, who are trying to add help with Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list. ...

Everything seems to be going right for the Orioles, who might even get Brian Roberts back in the lineup. He is playing in double A as he continues his recovery from concussion syndrome. The Orioles haven't gotten much production from Robert Andino, who struck out 42 times in his first 41 games. ...

You can't blame Dan Duquette for the size of Adam Jones' contract extension (six years, $88.5 million) with the Orioles. Andy MacPhail let him get to the threshold of free agency, where teams feel the pressure and overpay. ... The best estimate on the Roger Clemens case going to the jury is June 6, and last week was a tough one for the Rocket, who was stung by David Segui's testimony supporting Brian McNamee's version of events.

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