Ryan Braun to make first public appearance since his suspension

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Ryan Braun is at Miller Park today, working on a food drive:

 

He’s supposed to make his first comments to the media since his PED suspension. I can’t imagine anything he’ll say will change folks’ opinions about him.  Everything that matters with respect to Braun will take place on the field, where his heroics will win some folks who were partial to him anyway back. Those who are upset or disgusted at him will stay that way.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.