Braun focused on Brewers' record, not RBI chase

Braun focused on Brewers' record, not RBI chase

MILWAUKEE -- The National League's RBI crown will probably be decided this week at hitter-friendly Miller Park, where Chase Headley's Padres and Ryan Braun's Brewers began a three-game series Monday night.

Headley entered the week with the edge over Braun, 113 to 112. The Cubs' Alfonso Soriano was third in the NL entering Monday with 108 RBIs, followed by the Giants' Hunter Pence at 104 and the Brewers' Aramis Ramirez at 103.

Braun said he was planning to play all three remaining games, but not because of the RBIs chase.

"First and foremost is winning the game tonight and getting a winning record," he said Monday afternoon, with the Brewers sitting at 81 victories. "From where we were, that means something."

Braun and Headley both figure to get some votes in NL MVP balloting.

Braun entered the final series leading the league with 41 home runs, 352 total bases and a .600 slugging percentage, and was second with 188 hits and third with 105 runs scored. Headley was tied for seventh with 31 home runs, an amazing feat, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, considering he plays home games at spacious Petco Park.

"To have that [production] in San Diego, that's pretty amazing," Roenicke said. "He needs to be talked about a lot more than he has been. To have that kind of year in that place? Phenomenal."