Braun wins NL player of the week (plus lineup)

What a week for Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, who earlier today was named National League Player of the Week for April 18-24 after batting .480 (12-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs. It’s the third such honor of his career. Braun was also player of the week from May 4-10, 2009 and Aug. 2-8, 2010.

Braun’s best day was was Thursday, the Brewers’ day off. He was at Miller Park that afternoon to announce a five-year contract extension that runs through 2020 and garnered Braun standing ovations from the fans all weekend.

He’s in the lineup, of course, for tonight’s opener of a key series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers will be trying to avenge a season-opening Reds sweep in Cincinnati.

Here’s the full lineup:

Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mark Kotsay RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jonathan Lucroy C
Chris Narveson LHP


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