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Ryan Braun homers in 1st spring at-bat, Brewers beat Athletics 2-1

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    Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick (16) jumps but can't come up with a home run off the bat of Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

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    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun hits a home run during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

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    Oakland Athletics' Jesse Chavez reacts after giving up a home run to Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

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    Milwaukee Brewers' John Axford throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

Ryan Braun homered in his first at-bat of spring training and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Saturday in a spring opener.

Braun will soon be leaving the club to prepare for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA. The former NL MVP hit a solo shot with two outs in the first inning off Jesse Chavez.

Mike Fiers, in the mix for a spot in Milwaukee's starting rotation despite a late-season fade in 2012, allowed two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings and struck out one.

Brewers closer John Axford added a scoreless third inning.

Oakland shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract in the offseason, made his debut. The 30-year-old walked and popped out in his two plate appearances.