• Dee Gordon says in statement he 'ingested something that contained prohibited substances' unknowingly

    Miami Herald "Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon released the following statement through Major League Baseball's Players Association on Friday morning regarding his 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. "Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested..." April 29

  • Justin Verlander: 'This PED s--t is killing me'

    Sporting News "Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander went off early Friday after NL batting champion Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension was announced. And suddenly MLB and its players' union found itself at the intersection of due process and free speech. According to Yahoo Sports, Gordon's suspension was announced..." April 29

  • Carlos Martinzer Calls BS on STD Lawsuit...'100% False'

    TMZ "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is ferociously disputing a lawsuit -- in which the 24-year-old is accused of giving a woman non-life threatening STDs ... after swearing he was clean. The woman behind the suit, filed in district court in Miami, claims she began a romantic..." April 29

  • Cubs president Theo Epstein: Comments linking Jake Arrieta, PEDs 'ridiculous'

    ESPN "Cubs president Theo Epstein came to the defense of Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta on Thursday regarding "accusations" of potential performance-enhancing drug use. "I saw the clip of essentially an accusation on the ESPN morning show [First Take]," Epstein told the Kap & Co. Show on ESPN 1000 in..." April 29

  • Kris Bryant dealing with mild ankle sprain, Cubs say

    Chicago Tribune "Slugger Kris Bryant left the Cubs' 7-2 victory over the Brewers after the fourth inning Thursday with a "mild" right ankle sprain, the team said. Bryant later had an MRI on the ankle, and manager Joe Maddon wouldn't speculate on the potential severity of the injury, although the Cubs emphasized..." April 29

  • Bryce Harper misplayed a ball, and Papelbon seemed displeased

    CBS Sports "The Nationals on Thursday fell to the Phillies at home by a score of 3-0 (box score) and as such were swept by the presumed non-contenders. This particular contest was still in doubt in the late innings. In fact, Nats manager Dusty Baker summoned closer Jonathan Papelbon in the road half of the..." April 29

  • Marlins 2B Dee Gordon suspended 80 games after PEDs violation

    ESPN "Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay, effective immediately, for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy, the league said early Friday. The speedy second baseman tested positive for the performance-enhancing substances exogenous testosterone..." April 29

  • Report: Alex Rios has received offers, but is seeking a significant role

    Hardball Talk "We’re almost into May and outfielder Alex Rios remains teamless. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Rios has received offers, but he hasn’t accepted any yet because he’s seeking a job with a “significant role”. Ostensibly, that means a starting role or possibly a platoon role. Rios, 35, was..." April 29

  • Cal Ripken Jr., wife Kelly Ripken have divorced

    Baltimore Sun "Orioles Iron Man and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Kelly Ripken finalized their divorce this morning in the Baltimore County Circuit Court. A statement released by Kelly Ripken's lawyer, Sanford Ain, said: "Kelly has been a great mother to two fabulous children and a wonderful, faithful..." April 28

  • Jake Arrieta and the Cubs aren't close to an extension

    SB Nation "Jake Arrieta is pretty good at that whole pitching thing. It took him some time -- and an escape from Baltimore's notoriously inept pitcher development program -- to get to that point, but he's very obviously here and here to stay. Arrieta won the NL Cy Young in 2015, and he's been even better to..." April 28

  • Greg Maddux Used To Wipe His Ass With His Teammates’ Jerseys Before Returning Them

    BroBible "It’s always the quiet ones that you have to be wary of. While everyone’s paying attention to the loud and obnoxious dude in the clubhouse pretending his baseball bat is his dick, no one is paying any attention to the quiet guy with glasses in the corner who is pissing in the Gatorade. Which is why..." April 28

  • Kris Bryant left the game because he rolled his ankle

    Hardball Talk "Turns out Bryant leaving the game had nothing to do with being hit by two pitches. Rather, when he was running the bases after reaching in the third — the time he reached WITHOUT being hit by a pitch — he rolled his right ankle. It must not be super serious — he stayed in the game for a bit..." April 28

  • Reddick Not Aware Of Any Significant Extension Talks With A’s

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick tells MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that he’s not aware of any substantive extension talks that took place between his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, and the team during Spring Training. That doesn’t mean no talks took place at all, though, as Reddick told..." April 28

  • Jake Arrieta fires back at Stephen A. Smith on Twitter over PED chatter

    Larry Brown Sports "Jake Arrieta has been destroying hitters everywhere over the past year or so, and naturally, as tends to happen when a once-mediocre ballplayer turns into a world-beater, whispers about PED use began to simmer. Arrieta hit back at those accusations on Tuesday, which led to ESPN’s Stephen A...." April 28

  • Aledmys Diaz Needs to Move Up in the Cardinals' Batting Order

    Number Fire "In most Major League lineups, the guy hitting eighth is usually not one of the better offensive players on the team. Unless you've got an offense like the Toronto Blue Jays or the Chicago Cubs, a team's eight-hole hitter usually has a batting average in the low-to-mid .200s, gets on base barely..." April 28

  • Curt Schilling Claims ESPN Employs ‘Some Of The Biggest Racists In Sports Commentary’

    Uproxx "After trying repeated slaps on the wrist for previous wrongdoings, ESPN finally fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling last week for yet another offensive post on social media, this time targeting transgender people. Schilling spoke out a few days after his termination, but the commentary was..." April 28

  • Bryce Harper will play in 2017 WBC … on one condition

    Sportress of Blogitude "Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper arguably is the best player in baseball at the moment, so it obviously would be a major coup if those in charge of the U.S. team could convince him to play in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Harper recently indicated he’d love to play for his..." April 28

  • Twins minor leaguer Reynaldo Rodriguez suspended for steroid use

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "At 29 and with a decade of minor league experience already behind him, Reynaldo Rodriguez chances of having a major league career seemed slim. They all but disappeared on Thursday, when he was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for traces of the steroid stanozolol. Rodriguez, in his..." April 28

  • Go ahead and fire Fredi Gonzalez, but don't blame him for Braves' 4-17 start

    Sporting News "The buzzards are circling for Fredi Gonzalez. It should hardly come as a surprise that the manager of a 4-17 team would face speculation about his job, but that also does not mean it makes complete sense. Columnist Mark Bradley sounded the klaxon on his blog for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution..." April 28

  • For Dusty Baker, a Life in Baseball Trying Not to Be Defined

    New York Times "The two labels we affix to Dusty Baker say more about baseball than they do about him. “The thing that really bothers me is how every time they mention my name, I’m either 66 years old or I’m an African-American manager,” Baker said before batting practice Tuesday, on a bench in the Washington..." April 28

  • Blue Jays simply can’t look to farm club for pitching help

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays are struggling to find quality outings from the bullpen and there doesn’t seem to be much help on the way, even if three injured relievers — Aaron Loup, Bo Schultz and Franklin Morales — return soon from the disabled list. Struggles? Consider that the Jays’ bullpen entered the..." April 28

  • Josh Donaldson: 'We need to re-evaluate some things'

    The Score "Though there are still 139 games to play, the exasperation of the Toronto Blue Jays is beginning to show. After being silenced two days in a row by Chicago White Sox starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, reigning AL MVP and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is calling on some of his..." April 28

  • Bryce Harper's mission to make baseball fun again

    ESPN "He leads the league in homers. He leads the league in stop-what-you're-doing-and-turn-on-SportsCenter moments. And, of course, he leads the league in hair. But in other news, Bryce Harper has a war to fight. The culture war. He might not look the part. But baseball's most magnetic player is..." April 28

  • Strained oblique sidelines Street

    MLB.com "Angels closer Huston Street suffered a strained left oblique while warming up prior to Wednesday's game and will probably have to go on the disabled list. A formal decision has not been made, but fellow reliever Mike Morin missed nearly six weeks when he suffered a strained oblique last year,..." April 28

  • Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

    MLB Trade Rumors "Fantex, Inc. announced today that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major Leaguers: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte (as noted on..." April 28

  • Raul Ibanez To Replace Curt Schilling On ESPN

    The Big Lead "Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN last week after sharing a controversial meme on Facebook. It didn’t take the network long to find his replacement. Former big league outfielder Raul Ibanez will take Schilling’s place after agreeing to a multi-year deal with ESPN. A release by the company says..." April 28

  • Nintendo Is Offloading The Seattle Mariners

    Kotaku "In 1992, Nintendo—spurred on by then-president Hiroshi Yamauchi—went out and bought a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners baseball team. It was one of the most 90s things Nintendo ever did, but today, that era comes to an end. The Mariners announced today that Nintendo are looking to sell..." April 28

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  • The Blue Jays still aren't offering enough to Edwin Encarnacion

    SB Nation "We knew the Blue Jays and Edwin Encarnacion were not seeing eye to eye on a contract extension, if for no other reason than Encarnacion is not yet extended. His hope was to get talks out of the way before the regular season began, and, failing that, become a free agent at the end of the year,..." April 27

  • Tigers’ Tyler Collins sent to minors two days after flipping off fans

    NESN "Tyler Collins wasn’t suspended for the middle finger he flashed during Monday night’s Detroit Tigers-Oakland A’s game, but his major league career has been put on hold. The Tigers on Wednesday optioned Collins to Triple-A Toledo after activating right-handed reliever Francisco..." April 27

  • Chris Colabello on suspension: ‘I cried and cried and cried’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Major League Baseball last Friday announced that Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chis Colabello had been banned 80 games for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid sold under the name Turinabol. In an exclusive interview this week with Sportsnet, Colabello..." April 27

  • Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln to step down

    ESPN 710 Seattle "Ownership changes coming down the pike today will result in CEO Howard Lincoln’s resignation from the Mariners, sources tell 710 ESPN Seattle’s Mike Salk and Brock Huard. The information has not been confirmed by the team. Speculation is that John Stanton, who has been a minority owner since..." April 27

  • Manny Machado to play for Dominican Republic at WBC

    ESPN "Manny Machado will play for the Dominican Republic in the fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic, scheduled to be held in March 2017. Machado, who was born in Miami, is the son of Dominican parents Manuel and Rosa Machado, and, according to the WBC rules, can play for the United States or..." April 27

  • Phillies RHP Charlie Morton Out 6-8 Months

    CBS Philly "Phillies right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is expected to miss six to eight months due to a torn left hamstring, general manager Matt Klentak announced today. An MRI performed on Monday revealed that Morton tore his left hamstring in a start on April 23 against the Brewers during a sacrifice..." April 27

  • Athletics to call up top prospect Sean Manaea

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s plan to promote top prospect Sean Manaea, a 24-year-old left-hander acquired from Kansas City in the Ben Zobrist deal, to start Friday at the Coliseum, according to multiple sources. Manaea is putting up sensation numbers at Triple-A Nashville, where he has allowed 16 hits, three runs..." April 27

  • David Ortiz has strange take on Tom Brady's suspension

    WEEI Boston "Last May, David Ortiz was animated in his defense of Tom Brady when word came down the NFL had suspended the quarterback for four games. “I think the decision was very poor,” the Red Sox DH said regarding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial mandate that Tom Brady miss the first four games..." April 27

  • Joe Girardi wants to ban the shift, which he uses all the time

    New York Post "You probably wouldn’t guess it to watch the Yankees play defense, but if it were up to Joe Girardi, the defensive shift wouldn’t be allowed in baseball. The Yankees manager said “absolutely” when asked if he believed the infield shift should be illegal. “It’s illegal defense, just like..." April 27

  • Max Scherzer after Nats' loss: 'You go through funks ... this is a funk'

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals missed a chance Tuesday to secure the best start in team history, falling to the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3. A pair of doubles off Oliver Perez in the seventh inning provided the Phillies with the decisive run, but the six innings Max Scherzer delivered before that did not..." April 27

  • Red Sox encouraged by Sandoval's progress

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox should be getting some clarity on the Pablo Sandoval situation in less than a week. Red Sox manager John Farrell reported before his team’s game against the Braves Tuesday night that Sandoval is slated to return to Dr. James Andrews Monday for a full exam on his ailing right..." April 27

  • Bryce Harper and Nolan Arenado are early contenders for rare HR feat

    CBS Sports "In the contemporary era, home run power typically requires a "giveback" in the form of strikeouts. This, of course, is a boom economy for strikeouts, and those that manage to hit with authority while running high contact rates qualify as outliers. And then there's what Bryce Harper and Nolan..." April 27

  • Tigers' Tyler Collins won't be suspended for flipping off fans

    Sporting News "Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for making an obscene gesture toward fans at Comerica Park on Monday. The commissioner's office looked into the matter, but a spokesman told MLB.com Tuesday that Collins' one-finger salute and apparent obscenities..." April 27

  • Tigers slugger Victor Martinez has harsh words for team's offense

    ESPN "Tigers veteran Victor Martinez had an unflinchingly honest assessment of the team's display Tuesday night. Martinez, 37, gave credit where credit was due, tipping his cap to a phenomenal performance from Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill, but he indicted his own team's meager..." April 27

  • Arrieta wants Cubs to pay up: 'If they don't want me, somebody will'

    The Score "Jake Arrieta wants to stay with the Chicago Cubs long term, but he won't hesitate to follow the money. Aside from being on a team with World Series aspirations, the right-hander, who is fresh off his second no-hitter, believes he's worth a contract in the six or seven-year range. But if the..." April 27

  • Toronto willing to offer Jose Bautista an extension

    MLB Daily Dish "In late February, the baseball world was in a frenzy because of the reported "negotiations" between Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays. He wanted "Barry Bonds money" but Toronto was understandably skeptical of offering a 35 (and soon to be 36) year old outfielder a contract for five years north of..." April 26

  • Blue Jays offered Encarnacion a 2-year deal

    Bluebird Banter "Jon Heyman tells us (why is it always Heyman?) that the Blue Jays offered Edwin Encarnacion a two-year contract with 2 years of vesting options. I'll admit, that's the sort of contract I'd be trying to sell him on. If I am Edwin, I wouldn't be all that excited about it, figuring that I'd be sure..." April 26

  • Jake Arrieta sounds off on ‘idiots’ alleging PED use

    USA Today "Jake Arrieta’s dark brown eyes flash that stare that’s become all too familiar to opposing hitters, but instead of rage or indignation, there’s almost empathy. Arrieta, amid the finest 24-start pitching run ever produced in baseball history, has sensed a reluctance from peers and fans to fully..." April 26

  • Mets place Travis d’Arnaud on the DL with a rotator cuff strain

    Hardball Talk "Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud left last night’s agem against the Reds with shoulder soreness after attempting to throw out one of the Reds’ many base stealers. He had a full exam today and the news is not good: d’Arnaud has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right rotator cuff strain. The Mets..." April 26

  • Twins to call up top prospect Jose Berrios

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins will call up top pitching prospect Jose Berrios to make his major league debut on Wednesday against Cleveland. Also, the Twins are going to call infielder Jorge Polanco back from Rochester , and indications are that Ervin Santana will be placed on the disabled list with a strained..." April 26

  • A's minor-leaguer Sean Murphy dies at 27

    Fox Sports "Pitcher Sean Murphy, who spent six years in the Oakland A's farm system, passed away unexpectedly in Arizona on Monday at the age of 27, the organization announced. "The A's are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Sean Murphy," Athletics EVP of baseball operations said in a statement. "Our..." April 26

  • GM Ross Atkins admits ‘concern’ over Blue Jays bullpen

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays fell back below .500 after the bullpen blew a 5-1 lead in the seventh inning Monday against the Chicago White Sox. When asked whether or not he’s concerned about the team’s relievers, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told Dean Blundell & Co. Tuesday: “Yeah. There’s always..." April 26