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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    May 15, 2013, 6:26 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura

    Pirates 4, Brewers 3: Andrew McCutchen with a walkoff bomb in the 12th. John Axford surrendered the lead in the eighth. He’s got a nifty 9.20 ERA now. Dodgers 2, Nationals 0: Clayton Kershaw stuck out 11 in eight and two-thirds shutout innings. He tossed 132 pitches: the most in his career and the most…

  5. Breathe easy, everyone: Melky Cabrera is going to get his World Series ring

    May 13, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    The Giants’ 2012 World Series win didn’t feature any contributions from Melky Cabrera, but their 2012 regular season sure did. And it’s not going unrecognized: Cabrera will receive his championship ring when the Giants visit the Blue Jays, Cabrera’s new team, on Tuesday. Manager Bruce Bochy performed a similar act last month with Chicago Cubs’…

  6. Florida health officials refer Anthony Bosch case to prosecutors

    May 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Anthony Bosch

    The wheels grind slowly, but they grind: The Florida Department of Health, which sent a cease-and-desist order to Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch last month, says it has referred the case to the Miami State Attorney’s office and the Florida Attorney General’s office. Ed Griffith, a spokesman for Miami State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, said local…

  7. Robinson Cano colleague mentioned in Biogenesis documents

    Apr 22, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    robinson cano getty

    T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN.com report that the spokeswoman for Robinson Cano‘s charitable foundation was named in the documents of Biogenesis, the now defunct Miami anti-aging clinic which has launched an investigation by Major League Baseball into players’ alleged use of performance enhancing drugs: The spokeswoman for Robinson Cano’s foundation is listed as having…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, Tigers 3: Watched most of this one as I painted a couple of rooms in my house. Two highlights of the game for me were (1) overhearing my girlfriend use some really bad language the second or third time the Tigers left the bases loaded; and (2) Tigers color commentator Rod Allen, when describing…

  9. Report: MLB, player buying up Biogenesis documents

    Apr 12, 2013, 1:17 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    The New York Times is reporting that MLB, rebuffed in its attempts to get Biogenesis documents from the Miami New Times, is now paying an ex-Biogenesis employee for documents relating to the case. Which is interesting enough. Making it even more fascinating: according to the report, the league has taken this step after learning that…

  10. 2013 Preview: The American League East

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Blue Jays

    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East. The Blue Jays totally revamped the rotation and added Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera to the lineup. Is that enough for a 20+ game swing and the division title? The…

  11. 2013 Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Blue Jays

    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 next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: The Blue Jays went for it this offseason. They gonna get it? There’s…

  12. Report: MLB plans to file lawsuit against Anthony Bosch and others connected to Biogenesis

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    AP Anthony Bosch

    With MLB increasingly desperate to get their hands on any evidence to discipline players connected to the Biogenesis clinic, they have come up with an interesting new strategy. According to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, MLB plans to file a lawsuit on Friday against multiple people connected to Biogenesis, including the clinic’s…

  13. It’s spring training for PED moralists, too

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera hits a two run double against the Yankees during the first inning of their MLB spring training baseball game in Dunedin

    Hey, not everyone can show up in March with their PED outrage in mid-season form. Scott Ostler is going to need to get a few more reps in after this performance: Among the things that ain’t what they used to be: the shame and disgrace of being busted for steroids. Exhibits C and C: Bartolo…

  14. 2013 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Romo Posey Getty

    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 next: The World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants hold off the Dodgers in the National…

  15. 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…

  16. Sure, keep saying that Melky Cabrera cashed in on his PED use

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    My friend Josh Fisher alerted me to something in Buster Olney’s column over the weekend about the fallout from Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED test last year: Before Melky Cabrera was suspended this past summer, the Giants were engaged in conversations with Cabrera about a deal that would’ve paid the outfielder something in the range of $75 million…

  17. “Cooperation” with an investigation does not mean talking to the media

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    Buster Olney is usually pretty sensible about PED stories. He’s not an apologist or anything, but nor is he usually an alarmist. He’s a realist, mostly. He doesn’t condone PED use, obviously, but he also sees it as part of the landscape of baseball and a problem to be dealt with as opposed to some…

  18. Melky Cabrera issues his final statement on his PED suspension

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera issued a statement this morning about his PED suspension, which he says will be the final thing he says about it. It’s below. I’m not sure what else can be said about it by him, but I’m sure someone will say that he hasn’t been forthcoming or leaves more questions than he does…

  19. Pirates sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    Jonathan Sanchez will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh, agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Once upon a time Sanchez looked like a very promising young left-hander, but control problems have consistently wrecked any chance he had of emerging as a front-line starter and he…

  20. 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…

  21. Esmil Rogers bows out of 2013 World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    esmil rogers getty

    Some minor World Baseball Classic news. According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Blue Jays righty Esmil Rogers has removed himself from consideration for the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic team after originally being listed on the country’s provisional roster. Rogers, who was sent to Toronto in a November trade with the Indians, will…

  22. Report: Melky Cabrera will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera was included on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic when it was announced last month, but he has apparently had a change of heart about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language reporter for the Associated Press and ESPN Deportes, Cabrera has withdrawn his name…

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

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez getty

    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…

  24. Don’t slam baseball over drugs: an MLB investigation is what led to all of this

    Jan 29, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Dragnet

    As has been the case with every single positive PED test involving a notable player over the past several years, I have no doubt that in the coming days we’ll see some variation of the following from a baseball writer: Baseball wants you to think its drug problems are gone, but they’re not. With this…

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

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    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…

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