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Boo Braun?

Ryan Braun, Carlos GomezSo, what should Phillies fans do to Ryan Braun tonight at Citizens Bank Park? They booed him yesterday, and he responded with three home runs.

“I love it,” Braun said about the boos. “It’s great. Seriously. As a competitor, I really do enjoy it. For all of us, it’s a challenging game, a long season, and playing in an atmosphere and environment like this is certainly something that’s motivating. … I try to use it to my advantage. As a competitor, the more hostile environment, the more enjoyable it can be. Just focus on the things I can control. I try to prepare myself every day to be successful. It’s great when we’re coming into these places and winning games; I think here and Boston are two of the most challenging places in baseball to come into and win games.”

Schmidt Shares Skepticism on Braun

Ryan Braun’s successful appeal of a 50-game suspension for using a performance enhancing substance raised more than a few eyebrows in the baseball world, even if most players are remaining quiet on the topic.

But Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt shared his skepticism Monday at Bright House Field.

“Good lawyering,” he said of Braun’s successful appeal. “I don’t know that innocence or guilt has been established at this point in time. I surely would like to believe in innocence because Ryan Braun is a good kid from my perspective. We worked together in the World Baseball Classic and I got to know him. I surely hope that everything he says about it not being true is the truth. But just the fact that he was exonerated does not mean that they’ve gotten to the truth, unfortunately.”

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Line Drive Hits Hamels' Shoulder, Leaves Game

Cole Hamels left today’s game in the top of the fourth inning after a line drive struck him in his left shoulder.

The Phillies said Hamels has a contusion.

That’s another word for bruise.

Is it serious? Will he miss his next start? Hopefully we’ll have some answers after the game.

Hamels had just allowed a two-run homer to Ryan Braun before Prince Fielder hit him on the shoulder. But before that homer to Braun, Hamels had retired nine of the first 11 batters he faced.

Updated: Hamels said he expects to make his next start Tuesday against Washington.

“Oh, yeah,” he said. “I’ll be fine. I’ve gotten hit in much worse spots, spots where you don’t really come back as fast. I’ll be able to go out there and pitch in five days. Hopefully it’ll finally be five days instead of the six or seven because of these rainouts.”

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