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Published February 20, 2014
BRAINS OVER BRAUN: In Milwaukee, Rich Kirchen reported Brewers LF Ryan Braun "appeared in recent days on a digital billboard along Interstate 94 promoting Opening Day and in a print advertisement for the Brewers." While not all fans are "ready to forgive and forget" Braun's PED suspension last season, the Brewers' front office "likes the idea of including Braun in promotions for the upcoming season." He has "made an effort to mend fences with fans" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/18).
IRON CITY UNCERTAINTY? Pirates Owner Bob Nutting yesterday said that working out contract extensions for manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington "is not a top priority." In Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel notes Hurdle's contract extends through this season with a club option for '15, while Huntington's deal "also runs out after this season." Nutting said, "Having talked with both of them, I don't think that's the first topic on anybody's mind right now" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 2/20).