Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder putting on a show in Milwaukee

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The Brewers took a 8-5 lead on the Cardinals in the fifth inning of Sunday’s NLCS Game 1 on a two-run double from Ryan Braun and two-run homers from Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt.

Braun and Fielder had combined to drive in all six Brewers runs until Betancourt homered with Rickie Weeks on base.  Fielder’s shot, which gave Milwaukee a 6-5 lead, knocked Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia out of the game. Betancourt’s homer came off reliever Octavio Dotel.

The Brewers scored their six runs in the fifth before even one out was recorded.

Milwaukee’s offense picked up a shaky Zack Greinke. He’s allowed five runs through five innings, three of them coming on David Freese’s homer in the fourth.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.