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  1. MLB, players agree to expanded drug testing

    Jan 10, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

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    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA have agreed to expand the drug testing program. Specifically, they have agreed to start in-season blood testing for human growth hormone and to implement a new test designed to better police testosterone use. Previously, HGH testing — which requires blood…

  2. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  3. Carlos Ruiz and performance-enhancing drugs

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz

    There are a lot of differing opinions out there, educated and otherwise, on just how much performance-enhancing drugs actually enhance performance. On the one side, there’s suspected users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens pulling off incredible feats at advanced ages. On the other, there’s the long list of proven cheaters littered with names of journeymen…

  4. Let’s stop beefing about the fact that Melky Cabrera got a contract

    Nov 19, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    I’ve seen a dozen of these sorts of sentiments from baseball writers since Melky Cabrera signed with the Blue Jays last week: Melky Cabrera was rewarded with a two-year, $16-million free agent contract by the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera’s deal came less than two weeks after the Oakland Athletics gave pitcher Bartolo Colon a pay…

  5. Jon Heyman once again falsely accuses Andy Pettitte of changing his testimony in the Clemens case

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    andy pettitte getty

    Jon Heyman has a silly and superfluous column up today in which he attempts to turn a couple of random recent news stories involving PED-associated ballplayers into some big trend piece about PEDs in baseball.  He references two guys — Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi — whose PED stories are years old, and then name-checks…

  6. Manny is being Manny in the Dominican Winter League

    Nov 15, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez is playing in the Dominican Winter League for Aguilas Cibaenas and made his debut last night, homering on the first pitch he saw as the crowd (and television announcers) went bonkers: Some other players on Ramirez’s team include former MVP Miguel Tejada, former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon, former Rookie of the Year…

  7. Bartolo Colon’s deal could be worth as much as $6 million

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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    The A’s announced Saturday that they had signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a new one-year contract. And now Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chonicle has the full financial details: Despite Colon’s age and his suspension, the A’s will pay him $3 million next year, and an incentives package could push the deal to between…

  8. Athletics re-sign Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    UPDATE II: Slusser also hears that despite re-signing Colon, the A’s still have interest in bringing back Brandon McCarthy. UPDATE: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Colon will receive a $3 million base salary and could earn more with incentives. 4:37 PM: Well, here’s a surprise. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com,…

  9. Bartolo Colon gets six stitches after liner to head

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon managed to avoid any fractures when he was hit in the head by a liner while pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas on Sunday, but he did need six stitches to close the cut above his chin. Here’s the video: Colon was making his second winter league start in the Dominican Republic when he was…

  10. Bartolo Colon taken to Dominican hospital after being hit by liner

    Oct 28, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Carlos Almanzar, who works for ESPN Radio in Santo Domingo, reports that Bartolo Colon was taken to the hospital after getting hit in the mouth with a liner while pitching in the Dominican Republic today. Colon, who finished the major league season suspended after a positive PED test, was making his second start for Aguilas…

  11. Billy Beane wants to keep the band together

    Oct 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    A’s GM Billy Beane spoke to the media this afternoon. When asked about the plans for next year, Beane said something you don’t hear from him as he enters the offseason all that often: he wants to keep the team together. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Beane likes the group he…

  12. A’s ride the backs of Balfour, Cook, Doolittle

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    For the A’s, it’s as easy as B, C, D In sweeping the Rangers to win the AL West this week, the A’s had Grant Balfour, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle pitch the final three innings of all three games. They didn’t go in that order — Balfour had the ninth, while the other two…

  13. Bartolo Colon would like to pitch in the playoffs

    Sep 26, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    Bartolo Colon is serving a 50-game PED suspension, but Susan Slusser reports that Colon is throwing and would like to pitch in the playoffs if the A’s are still alive once his suspension ends. That would be after 10 playoff games, so he wouldn’t be free until Game 6 of a theoretical Athletics-ALCS. Even though the…

  14. A’s rule out Brett Anderson for regular season

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    It was a given that Brett Anderson would miss at least one start after suffering a strained right oblique during his outing Wednesday, but manager Bob Melvin dropped the bad news Thursday that the left-hander was done for at least the regular season. Anderson entered Wednesday’s outing 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts…

  15. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  16. Another call for teams to vacate wins when a player gets a PED suspension

    Sep 5, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    We dealt with this last month, but Jeff Miller of the OC Register goes there anyway. After lamenting that the Angels and Dodgers were victimized by the A’s and Giants due to the latters’ employment of Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera, Miller thinks that something more needs to be done: The NCAA certainly wouldn’t permit…

  17. NBC SportsTalk: Brian Cashman’s irresponsible PED comments

    Aug 30, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Joe Sheehan and I joined Erik Kuselias on SportsTalk last night and one of the segments was about Brian Cashman’s lack of surprise over Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED tests.  Which is fine as far as it goes. It may be a rare bit of candor from an executive on the topic of…

  18. Yankees GM Brian Cashman ‘not surprised’ Melky, Colon tested positive

    Aug 28, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

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    Speaking Tuesday on ESPN New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was “not surprised” about the positive PED tests for Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon. ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand has the quotes: “In Melky’s case, I think I said in the New York Times article, recently in June, they asked me about him, that when…

  19. Yoenis Cespedes thanks Bartolo Colon, Manny Ramirez for helping him adjust

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez and Yoenis Cespedes

    Buster Olney is on vacation this week and, in his place, various players have been writing guest columns at the beginning of his daily link post.  Today it’s Yoenis Cespedes.  Mostly it’s about adjusting to life in the United States. It’s pretty interesting. Part of what’s interesting: two of the A’s players he singles out…

  20. And here come the misleading BALCO/Canseco/Bonds connections

    Aug 23, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday I anticipated that, in the interests of narrative over information, some writers would probably try to turn the Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon PED suspensions into some larger story about Bay Area drug corruption with callbacks to the days of BALCO, Canseco and Bonds. And I was not disappointed. John Shea: The steroid cloud…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 23, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 12, Orioles 3: Five years ago last night Texas laid 30 runs on the Orioles. Not so bad last night, but still pretty ugly. Adrian Beltre smacked three dingers and drove in five. Sadly, Tommy Hunter was only allowed to give up a solo homer, two-run homer and a grand slam, falling just short…

  22. And now, tomorrow’s Bartolo Colon commentary today!

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Bartolo Colon’s drug suspension coming a week after Melky Cabrera‘s is gonna be like manna from hack commentator heaven. The story line — and it will be treated as one, seamless story line — is gonna break down thusly: Angle: Here we go again! The Bay Area is once…

  23. Tweet of the Day: Brandon McCarthy’s wife is the best

    Aug 22, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Brandon McCarthy‘s rotation-mate Bartolo Colon was just suspended 50 games for testosterone, so McCarthy’s wife is smartly doing her due diligence on Twitter regarding the usage of other substances: Hey @mlb, extenze is offering a two week free trial that I want to get @bmccarthy32… That’s cool with the PED rules, right? — Amanda McCarthy…

  24. Bartolo Colon suspended 50 games for testosterone

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics' Colon returns to dugout during their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    Melky Cabrera has company. MLB just announced that A’s right-hander and former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Last week Cabrera was suspended for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone in the middle of a career-best season in which he hit .346 with a…

  25. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 8, 2012, 6:14 AM EDT

    Rockford Files

    Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game. The dude is good. The Tigers have won six straight and, with the White Sox loss, pull to within a half game. Speaking of the Tigers, I found out last night that one of the people I hung out with at Comerica Park…

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