Braun homers in return, Brewers beat A’s 11-3

Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Francisco, right, looks skyward after hitting his second home run of the day as Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris, left, looks on during the second inning of a spring training baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Milwaukee Brewers' Juan Francisco, right, looks skyward after hitting his second home run of the day as Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris, left, looks on during the second inning of a spring training baseball game on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

PHOENIX (AP) – Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat back from suspension, Juan Francisco slugged two homers and the Milwaukee Brewers opened their spring training schedule with an 11-3 win Thursday over the Oakland Athletics.

Braun hit an 0-1 pitch from starter Tommy Milone high in the air and over the fence near the left-field corner. The 2011 NL MVP was greeted by mainly a hearty chorus of cheers, though there were some jeers before the at-bat.

It was Braun’s first time in the Brewers lineup since July 21, 2013. He was suspended the next day for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.

Milone was tagged for three runs in two innings, while Jed Lowrie had a two-run double in the first for Oakland.

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