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Red Sox, Rays reflect on Ryan Braun’s suspension

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Shane Victorino and Ryan Braun played for Team USA in two World Baseball Classics.

Victorino called Braun a player he knows “on a personal level.”

When Braun was first accused of taking performance enhancing drugs, Victorino supported the Brewers slugger.

“Now looking back on it, it’s kind of like, well . . . ” Victorino said after Monday night’s 3-0 loss to the Rays.

“It’s a cloud for the game, especially for one of the elite players in the game,’’ added the Red Sox right fielder. “People are going to say, ‘Well that’s why he’s elite because he cheated.’ He’s still a good player, no matter what. But it’s very unfortunate.”

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