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Freeman's homer leads Braves to 10-8 win over Brewers

AP 12:17 a.m. ET April 29, 2017

Freeman's homer leads Braves to 10-8 win over Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz watches as Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman rounds third after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 28, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Photo: The Associated Press)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddie Freeman was frustrated after having four hitless at-bats Friday night.

Thankfully for the Atlanta Braves, he had a fifth chance and made the most of it.

Freeman's two-run home run snapped a tie in the ninth and the Braves rallied from a four-run deficit in the final three innings to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-8 on Friday night.

"I was just thankful to get another opportunity," Freeman said. "I was pretty terrible the first eight innings.

"Usually when you are feeling bad at the plate and missing opportunities you want another one just to redeem yourself," he said.

Freeman hit his eighth homer off Brewers closer Neftali Feliz (0-3), who was summoned to pitch the ninth in a tie game. Adonis Garcia led off the inning with a double and Freeman hit a 1-1 pitch over the wall in center field.

"That's the guy we want up there, (and) that's the reason why," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.

Jose Ramirez (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.

Atlanta trailed 8-4 after six innings but scored six runs in the final three innings against Milwaukee's bullpen. The Brewers' Jacob Barnes, who had not allowed a run in 12 1/3 innings this season, gave up three runs in the seventh to spark the Atlanta comeback.

"They had good at-bats against all of us," Barnes said. "They made us work a little bit. They were able to find holes with not the hardest hit balls."

The Braves scored another run in the eighth to tie the score.

"We had the game set up good," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "We were up 8-4 going into the seventh and had Jacob Barnes throwing. We'll take that every night."

Ryan Braun, Orlando Arcia and Domingo Santana all homered for Milwaukee. Arcia hit a three-run homer in the second, his third. Braun hit a two-run shot in the fifth, his seventh, and Santana snapped a 1-for-26 slump with a two-run pinch-hit homer in the sixth, his third.

Braun and Hernan Perez both had three hits for Milwaukee.

Ender Inciarte and Matt Kemp had three RBIs each for Atlanta.

Feliz was signed by Milwaukee during the offseason to be its closer and has converted five of six save chances, but has a 6.52 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson allowed four runs and four hits in six innings. He received his third no-decision to go with a 2-0 record despite a 2.10 ERA.

Atlanta starter Bartolo Colon gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. The 43-year-old has a 5.59 ERA in five starts.

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Joe Mixon pick reinforces Bengals' renegade style under Mike Brown

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Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon (25) runs down the sideline against the Auburn Tigers in the second quarter of the 2017 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Photo: Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports)

It was going to take one of two types of teams to draft Joe Mixon: a franchise whose owner, general manager and coach have enough capital to withstand the inevitable wave of backlash, or one that just doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

The Cincinnati Bengals fit the latter description as well as anybody, which made them a natural fit to make a pick that’s going to be scrutinized as heavily as any in the 2017 NFL draft – particularly if Mixon has even a whiff of trouble again.

On Friday night, the Bengals traded back seven spots with the Minnesota Vikings before drafting Mixon with the No. 48 overall selection in the second round.

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The crowd at the draft in Philadelphia booed. ESPN’s broadcast quickly cut to the brutal video of Mixon breaking a woman’s jaw and cheekbone with a punch during an altercation 2½ years ago before showing any of his highlights at the University of Oklahoma. Mixon’s introductory news conference, the Bengals’ rookie minicamp next weekend and plenty of other events this offseason are sure to be dotted with questions about him and that tape from 2014.

And that just doesn’t seem likely to bother Bengals owner Mike Brown.

His track record of taking on players other teams reject for character reasons is unparalleled in the NFL. Just last month, in discussing the decision to stand by cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones after his latest arrest, Brown acknowledged that “maybe I am overly tolerant. If so, so be it.”

Mixon was getting drafted, one way or another. Horrible as the video is, the word NFL teams got out of Oklahoma about Mixon was positive overall. He was the heartbeat of the Sooners’ team. Scouts did extensive background work, not only speaking to people in the football program, but also women who work in athletic training and academic support.

On his football tape alone, some scouts regarded Mixon as a top-15 talent. When the other tape was released by his attorney in December, there were doubts Mixon would be drafted at all. But the more teams dug into his background, the more there was a growing sense by last month’s scouting combine that Mixon wouldn’t stay on the board beyond the second or third round .

The biggest red flag since the 2014 incident was a confrontation with a parking lot attendant that got Mixon suspended for one game last year. Mixon told teams he didn’t have an anger management issue, but some wondered: Can he really control himself now? And does he fully understand the microscope he’s under?

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President Donald Trump holds up one of four bills during a signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, March 27, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)

President Trump on Friday chose lobbyist and former Bush administration official David Bernhardt as his nominee to become deputy Interior secretary , drawing criticism from conservationists who said the lawyer’s history of representing oil companies and agricultural interests raises troubling questions about potential conflicts of interest.

Bernhardt has led Trump’s transition team for the Interior Department and is a shareholder of the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he has represented energy and mining companies and lobbied for California’s Westlands Water District, the largest agricultural water agency in the country.

He leads the firm’s Natural Resources Department, which also includes fellow shareholder Scott Slater, the president and CEO of Cadiz Inc., which is pursuing a controversial plan to pump groundwater in the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California cities.

Critics said Bernhardt’s nomination flies in the face of Trump’s campaign pledges to “drain the swamp” and clean up Washington.

“David Bernhardt is a walking conflict of interest,” said Aaron Weiss, media director for the Center for Western Priorities, a Denver-based advocacy group. “He would need to recuse himself from any discussions or decisions involving Cadiz, involving Westlands Water District, involving the offshore clients he has worked with. It is a very long list.”

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If confirmed as deputy secretary, Bernhardt would help lead a department that oversees the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Fish and Wildlife Service and other divisions with responsibility for managing dams and administering 245 million acres of public lands — about one-tenth of the country’s land area.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that Bernhardt’s experience both in government and in his legal work “is exactly what is needed to help streamline government and make the Interior and our public lands work for the American economy.”

Conservation activists, however, said they expect Bernhardt would be an advocate for more oil and gas drilling and mining who would also weaken protections on endangered species.

Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said it’s concerning that Bernhardt’s law firm has a financial interest in the Cadiz water project, which would involve pumping groundwater from an aquifer in the Mojave Desert and building a 43-mile pipeline along a railroad line to send the water to cities.

 

Courtney Degener, Cadiz’s vice president of communications and external relations, said Bernhardt has never lobbied on behalf of the company.

Still, some environmentalists said they suspected Bernhardt played a role when the Interior Department announced a policy change last month that could facilitate the project. Under that change, the agency scrapped guidelines on how federal officials should evaluate the uses of public lands running alongside railroads.

Anderson, who has fought the Cadiz project for

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