Brewers discuss Braun...Rangers optimistic Feliz will pitch next month...Hamlin has Bristol pole

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Associated Press

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 7:33 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Brewers players are glad that Ryan Braun has acknowledged he took performance-enhancing substances that resulted in his 65-game suspension by Major League Baseball. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'croy) calls it " a good first step on the road to redemption," and reliever John Axford says he's willing to forgive Braun and move on. Axford thinks Braun will be accepted in the clubhouse when he returns.

CHICAGO (AP) — Rangers manager Ron Washington says he's optimistic reliever Neftali Feliz (nehf-TAH'-lee feh-LEEZ') will be back with the team sometime next month. Feliz has been undergoing an injury-rehabilitation assignment with the Rangers' Triple-A team in Round Rock, Texas. Feliz hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the middle of last season following Tommy John surgery and several setbacks since.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has captured the pole for tonight's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin turned a lap at 128.969 mph in Friday's qualifying to put his Toyota in the top starting spot at Bristol for the first time of his career. Kurt Busch qualified second, followed by Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland shared the clubhouse lead when the second round of The Barclays was suspended by darkness in Jersey City. Simpson birdied six of the last nine holes on the way to a 5-under 66 and an 11-under total. However, Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) was at 10-under with five holes left in his second round before play was suspended.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has announced that he'll be back behind the mike with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record 65th season in 2014. Scully said in a statement that he loves what the new ownership group has brought to the Dodgers and the energy that fans are creating at Dodger Stadium. Scully began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers

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