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

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:29 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:35 PM EST

    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…

  4. Jordan Zimmermann dealing with “dead arm”

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:04 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 19, 2013, 8:40 PM EST

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    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…

  8. Rafael Soriano has arrived at Nationals camp

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:48 PM EST

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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…

  9. Coincidence? I think not.

    Feb 14, 2013, 4:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 10, 2013, 1:54 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 9, 2013, 5:31 PM EST

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    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…

  16. Jesus Montero linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:21 PM EST

    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…

  18. MLB will interview players named in Miami New Times story

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EST

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    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Major League Baseball officials are planning to hold face-to-face interviews with all of the players named in this week’s Miami New Times story. That includes Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal. MLB officials are hoping first to obtain documents from New…

  19. So who’s more important: the drug users or the drug dealers?

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    Following up on the whole discipline angle from the last post, it definitely seems like more is going to happen before there is either any legal action or baseball disciplinary action in the A-Rod case. I mean, last I checked we don’t prosecute people based on newspaper articles alone. But what that next step is…

  20. Clinic records suggest Alex Rodriguez purchased HGH as recently as 2012; other players named

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:25 AM EST

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    Over the weekend news broke that MLB and the Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating a clinic in Miami run by Anthony Bosch, a noted friend, adviser and consultant to many baseball players.  Bosch’s clinic has long been associated with so-called anti-aging therapies and he has long been associated with PEDs.  MLB reached out to the…

  21. Mariners pick up Michael Morse from the Nationals as part of three-team, five-player trade

    Jan 16, 2013, 7:08 PM EST

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the story: The Nationals traded slugger Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in a three-way trade that netted them right-hander A.J. Cole, the pitching prospect who last winter served as the centerpiece of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A’s to the Nationals. The Mariners…

  22. Nationals showing “heavy interest” in Javier Vazquez

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:57 PM EST

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    The Nationals have a loaded starting rotation in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler. But they’re thinking about adding some depth. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington front office is beginning to show “heavy interest” in free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez, who is said to be considering a…

  23. Yunel Escobar a possibility for Rays, A’s and Red Sox

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    While there are bigger names out there to be had, perhaps no player is more likely to be traded this week than new Marlins infielder Yunel Escobar. Escobar was mostly included in the Jose Reyes-Josh Johnson megadeal for salary purposes, and the Marlins have been intent on moving him since the day they picked him…

  24. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  25. Nationals sign Dan Haren to one-year, $13 million contract

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:13 AM EST

    Dan Haren

    Dan Haren has agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with the Nationals, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Last month the Angels nearly traded Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol and then, when that fell through, declined his $15.5 million option and paid him a $3.5 million buyout. In other words, Haren will…

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