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  1. MLB is concerned about ACES’ links to Biogenesis, but it can’t do anything about it

    Aug 7, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Sam Seth Levinson

    Over the past several days there have been multiple articles in which the ACES agency, run by the Levinson Brothers, has been scrutinized due to the fact that the vast majority of players suspended in the Biogenesis scandal are or were represented by the agency. ACES was censured by the MLBPA last year in the wake…

  2. A-Rod handed 211-game ban; eligible pending appeal

    Aug 5, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez getty

    New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was one of 13 Major League Baseball players who were suspended on Monday for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from a shuttered Miami wellness clinic, the league announced. Rodriguez received a 211-game punishment from the league, which would be effective on Thursday and last through the end of the 2014…

  3. Source: ACES agency was unaware of players Biogenesis activities

    Aug 5, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

    Sam Seth Levinson

    One thing many of the Biogenesis players have in common is their representation: Nelson Cruz, Jordany Valdespin, Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona and Melky Cabrera, are all represented by ACES, the agency headed by Seth and Sam Levinson. You probably first heard of ACES’ connection to PEDs last year when it was named in stories arising out of Cabrera’s…

  4. What do the Tigers and Rangers do about Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz come playoff time?

    Aug 5, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta, Jim Leyland, Tony Randazzo

    The two Biogenesis suspensions with the most on-field impact are easily the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz and the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta. One leads his team in homers the other is his team’s starting shortstop. Both, assuming their suspensions start today, will be eligible to return for the playoffs if their teams make it there (Peralta could…

  5. Three previously unknown Biogenesis players named, Gio Gonzalez cleared, 12 total accepting discpline

    Aug 5, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Jordany Valdespin

    Lots of Biogenesis news has come out in the past few minutes. We have news of three new names in the Biogenesis scandal, a couple being cleared as well as more news of players agreeing not to appeal and to serve their suspensions. The new names: The Mets’ Jordany Valdespin, the Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo and the…

  6. Nelson Cruz accepts suspension, chooses from nothing but bad options

    Aug 5, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers baserunner Cruz is congratulated in his dugout after he scored a run off a two-run single by teammate Murphy against Seattle Mariners in their American League game at Safeco Field in Seattle

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today confirms Jon Heyman’s report that Nelson Cruz will accept a 50-game suspension rather than appeal: Confirmed: Nelson Cruz accepting his immediate suspension in blow that’s devastating to #Rangers playoff hopes and may end his days in Texas — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 5, 2013 I think “devastating” is a bit…

  7. Nelson Cruz likely to accept suspension, leaves Biogenesis-tainted agents

    Aug 5, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The word Wednesday was that Nelson Cruz might appeal the anticipated 50-game ban handed coming down in the Biogenesis scandal, but Jon Heyman reports that Cruz has decided to serve his time now in anticipation of becoming a free agent this winter. It was also disclosed that Cruz is leaving the ACES agency, which represented…

  8. Melky Cabrera hits the DL

    Aug 2, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    Melky Cabrera is not having the best year ever. In the past 12 months he has been suspended for PEDs, shut out of his team’s World Series win and subsequent celebration, regulated out of a batting title the rules of baseball specify should have been his and then signed a nice free agent contact, but…

  9. MLB is gonna tell us what it has on A-Rod at some point, right?

    Aug 1, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Is Major League Baseball going to show us what it has on Alex Rodriguez?  I feel like it has to at some point, don’t you? Maybe not if they settle. If A-Rod and is legal team agree to take some harsh discipline and part of that is an agreement that MLB keep what it has…

  10. Deep thought: A-Rod getting hammered is due in large part to random dumb luck

    Aug 1, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    alex rodriguez getty

    Whether it’s via settlement or via arbitration, by the end of the day there is no escaping the fact that MLB is gonna knock Alex Rodriguez absolutely senseless. Maybe it effectively ends his career. It certainly will cost him tens of millions. No one this side of Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe has ever been…

  11. Report: Biogenesis players ready to accept their bans

    Jul 30, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz, Gary Pettis

    Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that, Alex Rodriguez excepted, the rest of the players involved in the Biogenesis scandal are ready to accept suspensions or 50 games or more. Sources told Passan that the suspensions will come down within 72 hours. The AP is reporting that Friday could be the day. Among those expected to…

  12. The Blue Jays are making it an easy call to sell

    Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    After holding a players only meeting earlier in the day, the Blue Jays were up on the Dodgers 8-3 after six innings Tuesday night, only to give up seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to lose 10-9. It was their sixth straight defeat. Even the All-Star setup crew is getting into the action…

  13. Melky Cabrera returns from the disabled list

    Jul 21, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    John Lott of the National Post reports that Melky Cabrera has been activated from the disabled list and is back in Toronto’s starting lineup — batting fifth and playing left field — on Sunday vs. the Rays. Cabrera was out for seven weeks with tendinitis in his left knee. Some knee discomfort still remains, but…

  14. Neither the timeline for nor the severity of Biogenesis discipline has been determined

    Jul 11, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Michael Weiner condemned the leaks in the Biogenesis case earlier today. Specifically, it seemed, he was condemning the reports from ESPN in recent days that (a) Major League Baseball is poised to announce suspensions as early as next week; and (b) that it is determined to apply 100-game suspensions to some of the players involved, most often…

  15. Players don’t have to talk to MLB in the Biogenesis probe. Thank Fergie Jenkins for that

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    I noted yesterday the uncertainty surrounding potential double discipline of Biogenesis players. How the Melky Cabrera precedent may make it hard for MLB to give an enhanced suspension for those perceived to be lying to investigators. I also pondered whether simply not talking to investigators might serve as the basis. Ken Rosenthal, however, reminds us…

  16. If Melky Cabrera’s phony website didn’t warrant a 100-game suspension, how can Ryan Braun get one?

    Jul 10, 2013, 7:51 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    The news came down yesterday that MLB is, at least according to some sources, on the verge of handing out suspensions in the Biogenesis case. These sources continue to say that MLB is intent on giving Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez 100-game suspensions despite the fact that neither has previously served a PED suspension and…

  17. Oh my stars and garters, what if an All-Star tests positive for drugs!

    Jul 9, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    That’s the short version of Bob Nightengale’s latest column in which he reminds us how the Republic ended last year when Melky Cabrera won the All-Star Game MVP award before his drug suspension. And how, thanks to Biogenesis looming over everything, it could happen again. Nightengale’s concern here is at about a 20 on a…

  18. Blue Jays place Melky Cabrera on disabled list with left knee tendinitis

    Jun 28, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera Getty

    The Blue Jays announced after Thursday’s loss to the Red Sox that outfielder Melky Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis. The club will recall infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster. Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a run scored Thursday and played the…

  19. Bartolo Colon’s success is really bothering some people

    Jun 17, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon has pitched magnificently this season. He leads the AL in wins, is sporting a 2.89 ERA and is pounding the strike zone like crazy, allowing only one walk per every nine innings pitched. This, apparently, is something baseball should be embarrassed by. Why? Because he tested positive for synthetic testosterone last year  Paul Gackle of the San…

  20. MLB issued subpoenas to Fed-Ex, AT&T and T-Mobile as part of Biogenesis investigation

    Jun 6, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Bud Selig AP

    Here’s the latest development as MLB continues its investigation into players suspected of acquiring performance-enhancing drugs from Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis. According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, MLB’s lawyers issued subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to gather records for their investigation. The subpoenas were issued May…

  21. Source: Major League Baseball has not yet decided to discipline Biogenesis players

    Jun 5, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    A source familiar with the Biogenesis investigation tells HardballTalk that Major League Baseball plans to interview all of the players implicated in the Biogenesis scandal by the end of June. Then, at that point, it will make a decision on whether to pursue discipline and how. The plan is for discipline to be leveled —…

  22. Looking at the potentially suspended Biogenesis players

    Jun 4, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta, Jim Leyland, Tony Randazzo

    Let’s run down the list of players connected to Tony Bosch’s Biogenesis clinic as MLB is reportedly preparing to issue 50- or 100-game suspensions. Listed below are players whose names are found in the Biogenesis documents. Other major leaguers may well be involved, as some of Bosch’s clients were listed in code. Since Bosch is…

  23. Joe Maddon reverses himself on Yunel Escobar’s gesticulations

    May 22, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    On Monday Joe Maddon said he wasn’t pleased with Yunel Escobar making the “safe” sign as he crossed home plate following a home run in Monday’s loss. Last night he changed his mind on that. From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times: “Some people point to the sky, he shows a safe sign. For…

  24. Outside strikes to lefties are becoming a problem

    May 22, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Cabrera 9th inning

    Our Blue Jays commenters are fit to be tied today due to the called strikes to Melky Cabrera in the ninth inning of last night’s Jays-Rays game. Strikes one and three to Melky were clearly outside. Here’s Brooks Baseball’s plot of the at bat:   Pitch one and three were called strikes, pitch two was…

  25. Did Melky Cabrera lie about his World Series ring “ceremony”?

    May 15, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    melky getty

    Struggling to think if this is more weird or more insignificant. Hank Schulman of the Chronicle thinks Melky Cabrera is lying about why Bruce Bochy gave him his World Series ring in private yesterday as opposed to in some public “ceremony” of sorts.  Cabrera said it was Bochy’ idea. Bochy said a Blue Jays official…

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