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Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun pours sunflower seeds into his mouth after taking outfield fly ball drills during spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun pours sunflower seeds into his mouth after taking outfield fly ball drills during spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer Thursday in his first at-bat for the Milwaukee Brewers since completing a season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.

In the first inning of Milwaukee’s spring opener against Oakland, Braun hit an 0-1 pitch off Tommy Milone high over the wall near the left field corner, 345 feet away. The 2011 NL MVP got a hearty round of cheers, the loudest coming from fans in the dozen rows or so behind the Brewers bench.

Just before the homer, one fan wearing an A’s hat yelled “MVP-E-D.”

It was Braun’s first game in the Brewers’ lineup since July 21, 2013. The five-time All-Star accepted a 65-game penalty the next day for his involvement with Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

Associated Press

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