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Ryan Braun: Watch Out, Pirates

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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Hirschbeck warned both benches after the third-inning incident, in effect allowing the Pirates to take a free shot at Braun. But Hirschbeck ejected no one when Brewers catcher Jason Kendall was hit twice by pitches later in the game because he assumed no intent.

Asked if Karstens drilled him intentionally, Braun said, "Probably, yeah. It's rare for major-league pitchers to miss by that much with a fastball."

Then, issuing a not-so-wise warning to the commissioner's office, Braun added, "We play them about 17 more times (actually 13). Tell Mr. Selig, we'll see what happens. It's going to be interesting."

Interesting indeed. We'll see if there are any fireworks tonight.

Frankly, I can't blame Braun for being angry, because it seemed pretty clear that Karstens did hit him intentionally. Braun doesn't pitch, though, so we'll see whether he can convince any Brewers hurlers to keep this little tiff going.

Thanks to Big League Stew.