Milwaukee Brewers hitter Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season due to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. There won't be any appeal process, since this appears to be a settlement between Braun and MLB. This move really doesn't hurt the Brewers that much, since they're not contenders this year, and will get Braun back next year.
The Pirates play the Brewers six more times this season, and those matchups should be easier without Braun. By comparison, the Reds play Milwaukee ten more times, and the Cardinals play them nine more times. So the Pirates have been at a disadvantage in that they played more games with Braun on the roster. However, that didn't hurt them much, as they have gone 9-4 this year against the Brewers....
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