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  1. Gio Gonzalez: “I felt like I was making love to my hand”

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Bob Carpenter asked Gio Gonzalez about how he pitched in the cold weather yesterday. This is what Gio Gonzalez said: “It was tough to get a grip. I felt like I was making love to my hand. Just one of those things where I was constantly trying to find some grip, somehow, some way. The…

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

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Today was supposed to be the first day that I posted ATH later than I used to. Really: I was going to restore life balance with this one. I watched the Braves game last night but rather than stay up another hour and a half or two hours getting most of the recaps done, I…

  3. Duck! Ervin Santana picked up right where he left off

    Apr 3, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Ervin Santana served up an AL-high 39 homers in 178 innings last season on the way to posting a 5.16 ERA that convinced the Angels to dump him on the Royals. Santana made his Royals debut today and allowed three homers in six innings, as Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, and Tyler Flowers all took him…

  4. Davey Johnson gave his catcher a carrot

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Metaphorically. The Nationals’ manager was explaining why he gave the Opening Day start behind the dish to Wilson Ramos and not Kurt Suzuki. Via Adam Kilgore: Johnson made the decision – “a tough call,” he said – for two reasons. He had already decided to alternate Ramos and Suzuki every other game, and so on…

  5. 2013 Preview: Why Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and other big stars could face suspension this season

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:55 AM EDT

    braun getty

    As we approach Opening Day, HarballTalk will be spending the next few days previewing all 30 teams, all six division races and looking ahead at the major issues and storylines which will impact the 2013 season. This morning we look at the Biogenesis scandal, which could lead to the suspension of several high-profile players. Some…

  6. Report: MLB is “actively going after” any players linked to the Biogenesis clinic

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    It was announced yesterday that Tigers minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo was suspended 100 games for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. No specific drug was mentioned in the announcement, but it was later confirmed that the suspension was the result of his connection to the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. But there’s a…

  7. Stephen Strasburg will start Opening Day for Nationals

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Gio Gonzalez led the NL with 21 wins last season and finished third in the Cy Young voting, but manager Davey Johnson announced that the Nationals will go with Stephen Strasburg as their Opening Day starter. Strasburg got the Opening Day assignment last season as well and tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the…

  8. 2013 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up first: the Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Washington Nationals the best team in baseball? It’s probably easier to make…

  9. Gio Gonzalez pitches brilliantly and David Wright drives in five as USA defeats Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    gio gonzalez usa getty

    Gio Gonzalez was in mid-season form and David Wright continued his recent run of heroics as Team USA topped a punchless Puerto Rico squad 7-1 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park in Little Havana. Gonzalez went five scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, walking none and fanning five. His fastball hit 93-94 mph consistently and…

  10. Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    team usa getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM PUERTO RICO 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Irving Falu, 2B…

  11. And this is why Team USA won’t ever win a WBC

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    Of the 223 players with at least 350 plate appearances in 2012, J.P. Arencibia ranked 169th in wOBA. Among those players born in the United States, he’s not one of the top 100 hitters. Maybe he’s in the 100-150 range. Yet there was Arencibia getting what may well have been the biggest at-bat for Joe…

  12. Jordan Zimmermann dealing with “dead arm”

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Four

    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman allowed eight runs in three innings of work against the Cardinals this afternoon. Speaking to the media after the game, manager Davey Johnson said his right-hander was suffering from a “dead arm”. Via MLB.com’s Bill Ladson: “About this time of spring, the pitchers are going through a little dead arm. I…

  13. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  14. Gio Gonzalez passed the drug test he took right after the Biogenesis story broke

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Sources familiar with the Biogenesis documents say that Gio Gonzalez was not given any banned PEDs at the clinic. Here’s some more for the Gio-is-Clean file: Gio says MLBPA confirmed to him he passed the blood and urine drug tests he took 2 days after the story broke returned negative. He passed. — Adam Kilgore…

  15. Five new players tied to Biogenesis clinic; sources say Gio Gonzalez did not purchase PEDs

    Feb 19, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    biogenesis records

    From investigative reporters T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN.com comes word that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, A’s left-hander Jordan Norberto, Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, Padres right-hander Fautino De Los Santos and Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello have also been discovered in the records of the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. The players “were on a list as…

  16. Rafael Soriano has arrived at Nationals camp

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano was late reporting to the Nationals’ spring training complex this week because of an issue with his work visa. But that’s all settled now. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Dominican right-hander arrived in Viera, Florida on Saturday morning. He was greeted in the clubhouse by Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and new…

  17. Coincidence? I think not.

    Feb 14, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Gio Gonzalez was named in  the Biogenesis report. Then, reports James Wagner: Gonzalez had blood and urine samples taken two days after the New Times report was published on Jan. 29, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Baseball is allowed to do “reasonable cause” testing. The Joint Drug Agreement says that can happen…

  18. Is Josh Hamilton losing weight a sign of … something?

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    I’ll preface all of this by saying that the author of the piece I am about to link, Jeff Pearlman, is fully aware that he’s throwing something of a bomb here.  That said, unlike some others people, I do not believe Pearlman is throwing a bomb for the sake of throwing a bomb. He’s not…

  19. There won’t be any Biogenesis discipline any time soon

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    ryan braun getty

    I would still wager a decent amount on there being no Biogenesis-related discipline at all — it’s a he-said, she-said at the moment — but if discipline does come it won’t be at least for the next month and change. We know this because, as Jon Morosi reports, Ryan Braun and Gio Gonzalez‘s eligibility for…

  20. Gio Gonzalez is confident his name will be cleared in the Biogenesis thing

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez Getty

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com is in Nationals camp in Viera, Florida, and he was on hand for Gio Gonzalez‘s first in-person comments to the media since the Biogenesis story broke. His full story is here. The upshot: Gonzalez was “stunned” and “shocked” that his name showed up in the records, but says he’s “very confident” he’ll…

  21. Nationals “may try to swoop in and sign” Kyle Lohse

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kyle Lohse Getty

    Now that Michael Bourn has his $48 million deal from the Indians the last unsigned free agent with draft pick compensation attached is Kyle Lohse. There’s been little in the way of reports that he’s in negotiations with any teams, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals “may try to swoop…

  22. Nationals “continue to monitor” free agent Javier Vazquez

    Feb 10, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    javier vazquez getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the scoop: The Nationals and others continue to monitor Vazquez, who is recovering from minor knee surgery. Washington’s interest may be piqued by revelations of Gio Gonzalez’s links to the Miami anti-aging clinic and PEDs. The Nationals believe Ross Detwiler could emerge as a successful lefty after going…

  23. Gio Gonzalez accepts invitation to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 9, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez Getty

    Much of the news about the upcoming World Baseball Classic has been about those who have backed out of participating, but here’s one player who has opted in. Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has accepted an invitation to pitch for Team USA, according to announcement on the team’s Twitter account. He’ll be a welcome addition to…

  24. Jesus Montero linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    The New York Daily News reports that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero‘s name appears in the Biogenesis records.  Add him to Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. The report said he was “named in records.” It does not say if there is any indicia of PED use on…

  25. Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros in five-player deal

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    The Athletics have just strengthened their infield, acquiring Jed Lowrie from the Astros in a five-player trade. Lowrie will head to Oakland along with right-hander Fernando Rodriguez while first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi are being sent to Houston. Lowrie has shown considerable potential at times, but he has…

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