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Brewers lose to Royals 5-4 in exhibition game at Miller Park

Jul 24, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks (23) high fives teammates after scoring during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Miller Park. Photo: Image by USA TODAY Sports

Brewers lose to Royals 5-4 in exhibition game at Miller Park

By The Associated Press. CREATED Mar 28, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun homered and doubled in his first public appearance at Miller Park since his doping suspension, but Milwaukee lost 5-4 to the Kansas City Royals in an exhibition game Friday night.

Braun's homer traveled 409 feet over the wall near straightaway center, giving Milwaukee a short-lived, two-run lead in the third. The hometown crowd showered Braun with overwhelming applause.

The 2011 NL MVP went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. He's now hitting .412 this spring.

It was Braun's first action at Miller since striking out as a pinch hitter on July 21. He was suspended the next day for the remainder of the 2013 season, covering 65 games.

Billy Butler hit a solo drive for Kansas City in the fifth.