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    Brewers 6, Indians 5


    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke has a message for Brewers fans fretting over Ryan Braun's low batting average: Relax.

    Braun drove in two runs, doubling his spring training total, and the Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Monday.

    Norichika Aoki broke a 5-all tie in the ninth with an RBI triple.

    "I'm not worried about Ryan at all," Roenicke said of the .312 career hitter, pointing out that the reigning NL MVP has had only 25 at-bats.

    Braun went 1 for 4. He had an RBI single, drove in another run with a groundout, and is hitting just .120 with four RBIs after an offseason that turned tumultuous shortly after he won the NL MVP. He was suspended 50 games for a positive drug test, only to have it overturned last month.

    "I like what I've seen," Roenicke said. "He smoked a ball at the shortstop today. The first month last year when he got off to that hot start, he drew a lot of walks. He's walking a lot now, which means he's taking those close pitches. You have to throw it over the plate and he's going to hit for a high average."

    Braun had 16 walks in his first 20 games a year ago, batting .384 with seven homers. He finished with 33 homers, 111 RBIs and a .332 average to help Milwaukee into the playoffs.

    Cleveland's Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer, his third.

    Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan hammered two doubles, one off the fence in left-center, the other down the right-field line, in his first at-bats since March 15. He had been out with a sore back.

    Hannahan also made a nice pickup of a slow roller by Travis Ishikawa and strong throw to first for an out.

    "The training staff made sure he did all those moves out on the short field before we brought him back," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He had a good day."

    Indians starter Justin Masterson gave up five runs over six innings and said he wished the season would start. He has one more tuneup before opening April 5 at home against Toronto.

    "Let's get the party started," Masterson said. "I felt good, then started rushing in the fifth and sixth. My sinker flattened out. Most of their hits were off flat sinkers."

    Masterson threw mostly sinking fastballs and sliders, and said he is starting to gain confidence in his changeup.

    "I've never liked throwing one, until about a month ago," Masterson said. "When you throw hard, hard, hard and then try something soft, you don't trust it. I tried a new grip. I've gone through about 200 changeup grips and probably used this one before, too."

    Asked to describe it, Masterson said, "It's sorta circlesque, whatever that means."

    Brewers starter Chris Narveson yielded four runs over 6 1-3 innings. He had a 4-1 lead, but walked four, including Shin-Soo Choo before yielding Santana's homer to left-center in the sixth.

    Notes: Indians RHP Chris Perez allowed one hit over one inning in a minor league game. The All-Star closer strained his left oblique Feb. 24 and could work in his first major league game soon. ... Acta said CF Michael Brantley, out with a tight right hamstring, ran the bases and is progressing. ... Acta also said, "The last outing is important to all three," in regards RHPs Jeanmar Gomez and Kevin Slowey and LHP David Huff competing for Cleveland's fifth rotation spot. ... Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez remained sidelined with a bruised right heel. ... Ishikawa had two hits, including a two-run double. ... Brewers C George Kottaras when 2 for 4 and is batting .324. ... 1B-3B Andy LaRoche continues to make a late run for utility spot in Cleveland. He went 1 for 1 and is hitting .400.

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    Milwaukee Brewers
    Rickie Weeks, 2B3000022 .300
        Aoki Norichika, CF1011000 .327
    Nyjer Morgan, CF4210001 .234
        Cesar Izturis, 2B1000011 .146
    Ryan Braun, LF4112010 .120
        Caleb Gindl, LF0000000 .265
    Travis Ishikawa, DH4022000 .286
    Mat Gamel, 1B4000001 .217
        Brooks Conrad, 1B0000000 .184
    George Kottaras, C4120000 .324
        Martin Maldonado, C0000000 .130
    Taylor Green, 3B3011010 .333
    Edwin Maysonet, SS2210101 .286
    Logan Schafer, RF4000015 .302
    2B - Travis Ishikawa (3, Masterson), Taylor Green (3, Masterson)
    3B - Aoki Norichika (3, Pestano), Nyjer Morgan (1, Masterson)
    SH - Edwin Maysonet (1)
    RBI - Aoki Norichika (8), Ryan Braun 2 (4), Travis Ishikawa 2 (7), Taylor Green (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Aoki Norichika (4), Ryan Braun (1), Travis Ishikawa 2 (5)
    SB - Edwin Maysonet (1, 2nd base off Masterson/Marson)
    PK - Travis Ishikawa (1, Masterson)
    Team LOB - 5
    DP - Maysonet-Weeks-Gamel, Maysonet-Izturis-Conrad
    E - Brooks Conrad (1, Misplayed grounder), Taylor Green (3, Misplayed grounder), Kameron Loe (1, Throwing)
    Milwaukee Brewers
    Chris Narveson 6.1544421 3.66
    Manny Parra (H,2) 0.2000000 3.18
    Kameron Loe (BS,1; W,1-0) 1110000 1.42
    Tim Dillard (S,1) 1100010 3.60
    WP - Kameron Loe (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 43-27, Manny Parra 3-2, Kameron Loe 7-6, Tim Dillard 6-6
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 9-7, Manny Parra 2-0, Kameron Loe 3-2, Tim Dillard 2-0
    Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 27, Manny Parra 2, Kameron Loe 6, Tim Dillard 4
    Cleveland Indians
    Jason Kipnis, 2B5001024 .234
    Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4011002 .214
        Luke Carlin, C1000000 .273
    Shin-Soo Choo, RF2100102 .286
        Ryan Spilborghs, RF2100001 .171
    Carlos Santana, DH4112001 .178
    Shelley Duncan, LF3000111 .216
    Jose Lopez, 1B4000001 .351
    Aaron Cunningham, CF3110001 .222
       a- Felix Pie, PH-CF1011000 .231
    Jack Hannahan, 3B2120000 .300
        Jason Donald, 3B-SS2000002 .235
    Lou Marson, C1000202 .316
        Andy LaRoche, 3B1010000 .400
    a-singled for Cunningham in the 8th
    2B - Jack Hannahan 2 (3, Narveson, Narveson)
    HR - Carlos Santana (3, Narveson)
    RBI - Jason Kipnis (6), Asdrubal Cabrera (6), Carlos Santana 2 (8), Felix Pie (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (1), Felix Pie (2)
    SB - Lou Marson (1, 2nd base off Parra/Kottaras)
    Team LOB - 7
    E - Justin Masterson (1, Throwing)
    Cleveland Indians
    Justin Masterson 6755140 7.53
    Frank Herrmann 1000000 6.48
    Chris Ray 1000000 11.25
    Vinnie Pestano (L,1-1) 1211020 1.93
    HBP - T. Green (by Justin Masterson), Weeks (by Justin Masterson)
    Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 39-32, Frank Herrmann 3-3, Chris Ray 3-3, Vinnie Pestano 9-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 12-1, Frank Herrmann 3-0, Chris Ray 2-1
    Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Frank Herrmann 3, Chris Ray 3, Vinnie Pestano 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3181
    Game Time - 2:22
    Temperature - 70
    Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - David Rackley