Braun out to show he can shake off rough offseason

By Chris Jenkins

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 6 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

A fan displays a license plate on his back in the parking lot of Miller park before an Opening day baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, April 6, 2012, in Milwaukee.

Jeffrey Phelps, Associated Press

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MILWAUKEE — For Ryan Braun, winning an appeal of a 50-game suspension was only his first step toward redemption.

Now the Milwaukee Brewers slugger is out to show fans that he can shake off what became a tumultuous offseason after a failed drug test that tarnished his reputation, and regain the form that made him the NL's MVP last season.

Speaking Friday before the Brewers' opener against the St. Louis Cardinals, Braun says he's looking forward to the chance to prove he can handle what transpired.

Braun says he's motivated "not so much about proving anybody wrong, as it much as it is proving the people who all believed in me and supported me right."

Braun received a loud ovation from fans during pregame introductions.

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