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West Virginia Power: Team will reconsider Braun's place in club history

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Ryan Braun's path to the Major Leagues included a quick stop with the West Virginia Power in 2005.

He played just 37 games with the Power, then a Milwaukee Brewers affiliate, in 2005, but currently has a plaque on the Wall of Fame at Appalachian Power Park.  With Braun's suspension for the rest of the season for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy (See story, page 4B), there's a chance that plaque might not be there much longer.

"It is not something that has been considered as of yet," Power Director of Media Relations Adam Marco said Monday evening of removing Braun's plaque from the wall. "It will be a conversation among the staff in the near future."

Braun came to the Power after 10 games with Helena in the rookie-level Pioneer League. In those 37 games, he hit .355 with 16 doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBI. Baseball America rated him the third-best prospect in the Brewers organization after the 2005 season.

Braun is a five-time MLB all-star and was voted the 2011 American League MVP. He has been linked to the Biogenesis clinic that is alleged to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to a number of MLB players. The suspension includes 65 regular season games and any postseason games.

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RAIN ON Monday evening forced the Power to postpone its game with the Kannapolis Intimidators to today. The two teams now will play a doubleheader of seven-inning games starting today at 5:05 p.m. The Power (16-11, 53-44) entered Monday evening tied with the Hagerstown Suns for first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division's second-half standings.

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POWER PITCHER Tyler Glasnow, without throwing a pitch Monday, moved up the SAL strikeout list ... sort of.

Hickory Crawdads pitcher C.J. Edwards, who entered Monday as the strikeout leader with 122, was part of the trade that sent Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. The Cubs got Edwards, Rangers pitcher Justin Grimm, Triple-A infielder Mike Olt and a player to be named later. The Cubs do not have an SAL affiliate.

With 116 strikeouts this season, Glasnow now leads all current SAL players. He soon should get his chance to own the lead without qualifiers. He averages 6.44 strikeouts per start and was scheduled to start today's regularly scheduled game against Kannapolis.

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THE POWER will try to shoehorn five-and-a-half games into four days when it visits the Lexington Legends starting Thursday. The teams will finish a game suspended on July 5 at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, resuming with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and Barrett Barnes on first base.  The Legends held a 3-1 lead when the game was suspended and it will be played to the full nine innings.  The regularly scheduled game, now seven innings, will begin 30 minutes after the suspended game ends.

The teams will play one game at 7:05 p.m. Friday, then a doubleheader starting at 5:35 p.m. Saturday before finishing up with one game at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at or 304-348-1712. His blog is at Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.


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