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and I feel like I’m able to repeat the subtle changes and subtle differences I was trying to make in my swing. It’s too early to really judge how it feels in a game. I felt good today, first day. I felt I was staying on offspeed pitches for the most part. We’ll see in a week, week and a half where it’s at. I’m very confident it will make me a better hitter.”

The plan is to have the 35-year-old Braun play in the Brewers’ home games rather than travel this spring. He’s expected to start in left field today.

“It’s easier to play here than have to sit in a car sometimes for an hour and then get out and go play in games,” said Braun, who has dealt with back problems in the past.

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n Jimmy Nelson, who is coming back from right shoulder surgery, will pitch one inning on Monday.

n Reliever Jeremy Jeffress, sidelined with right shoulder weakness, will continue his strengthening program over the weekend.

n Shaw said he has been seeing the ball well and took a slightly different approach in Friday’s game. “I just tried to be a little more aggressive on pitches in the zone,” Shaw said. “It feels good right now but there are still some things I’m working on and trying to get better at.”

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