Ryan Braun and John Axford thank Brewers fans by giving away 5,000 tickets

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Milwaukee’s season more or less came to an end last night thanks to John Axford blowing a save against the Reds, dropping the Brewers to four games out of the second Wild Card spot.

That might make it tough for fans to appreciate a nice gesture from Axford at this point–or at any point this season, considering his nine blown saves–but the closer has partnered with Ryan Braun to purchase 5,000 tickets for Sunday’s game and give them away for free as part of “Fan Appreciation Weekend” at Miller Park.

Fans can sign up for the free tickets on Brewers.com, although they will “be responsible for paying a per order processing fee.”

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: