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  1. NBC SportsTalk: Why Melky admitted it

    Aug 16, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    For those of you who, for some strange reason, don’t watch NBC SportsTalk over dinner with your family each evening, here’s me on it last night talking with Eric Kuselias about why Melky Cabrera might have admitted that he took testosterone as opposed to dissembling about mixups, poor labeling, conspiracies and circumstance:   The real takeaway…

  2. Kirk Gibson thinks Melky Cabrera got off easy

    Aug 16, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com shared an interesting scene from the Diamondbacks clubhouse, where manager Kirk Gibson learned about Melky Cabrera‘s suspension for testosterone and told reporters that the Giants outfielder got off easy with a 50-game ban: He’s had a huge impact against us. My understanding is he admitted to taking it and knew what…

  3. Alfonso Soriano isn’t interested in replacing Melky Cabrera

    Aug 15, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano made it known before the trade deadline that he wasn’t interested in a trade to the Giants. Asked again today about the possibility of a move to San Francisco in light of Melky Cabrera‘s regular season-ending suspension, Soriano replied “I don’t think so,” CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports. Soriano has cleared waivers, just…

  4. Victor Conte thinks Melky Cabrera just isn’t very bright

    Aug 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Victor Conte

    BALCO founder Victor Conte still thinks it’s pretty easy to cheat in baseball. That Melky Cabrera got caught with enhanced testosterone levels just means he was doing it wrong.

  5. How will Melky Cabrera fare in free agency?

    Aug 15, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Now this is going to be extremely interesting. Melky Cabrera spent two-thirds of the 2012 season as one of the NL’s 10-best players. Although he’s going to miss the final 46 games after testing positive for enhanced testosterone levels, he has a decent chance of winning the batting title given his current .346 average, with…

  6. Deep thoughts: Melky Cabrera Edition

    Aug 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    The news of Melky Cabrera‘s positive PEDs test brought two thoughts to my mind: 1. Cabrera was the MVP of the All-Star Game, won by the National League. As such, a PED user largely determined which team has home field advantage in the World Series.  That’s so special. 2. Despite being suspended and very possibly…

  7. Giants probably not a playoff team without Melky Cabrera

    Aug 15, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    With Melky Cabrera done for at least the rest of the regular season after testing positive for enhanced testosterone levels, the Giants may well fall short of the playoffs this year. Though perhaps that’s for the best, given that the cheater is a big reason they’re tied for the NL West lead at the moment. Cabrera…

  8. Melky Cabrera suspended for 50 games for positive testosterone test

    Aug 15, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Big, big news out of San Francisco that could have major playoff implications: Melky Cabrera has been suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test. That knocks him out for the rest of the season — the Giants only have 45 games left — and presumably the postseason. Though I’ll check to see whether suspensions…

  9. The Giants and Melky Cabrera put contract talks on hold

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera Getty

    Back in May the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Giants and Melky Cabrera would try to talk about a contract extension this summer. Jon Heyman reports, however, that those talks are now on hold.  Unless they’re resumed between now and October, Cabrera will hit free agency. Melky is having a career year, hitting .353/.399/.530,…

  10. Giants beat writer apologizes to Melky Cabrera about PED rumor

    Jul 28, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera Getty

    Here’s something you don’t see every day: a writer apologizing to a player for giving life to a rumor of PED usage. You see, there was a nasty rumor flying around on Twitter that Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com decided to ask Cabrera about it. Cabrera…

  11. Junk swap! Rockies trade Jeremy Guthrie to Royals for Jonathan Sanchez

    Jul 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    free stuff

    Imagine two families holding garage sales across the street from one another. Sunday afternoon rolls around and all the good stuff is long gone, most of the decent stuff is sold too, and only a few beat up, worn out, and largely undesirable items remain. Someone from the first family yells across the street to…

  12. Tim Hudson doesn’t plunk Melky, but hits him all the same

    Jul 19, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves pitchers went the whole game without hitting Melky Cabrera in the 3-2 win over the Giants. Indeed, the only incident of any kind of all was when, after he hit a triple, Melky Cabrera gave some sort of “I’m number one” gesture to the booing Atlanta fans. So, between that and yesterday, baseball’s old…

  13. Melky was not plunked in his first at bat today

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    After the business from last night, I and everyone else assumed that Tim Hudson was going to plunk Melky Cabrera today.  Well, so far no. Cabrera just had his first at bat of the game and he hit an infield single.  Hudson  made no effort to hit him. I’d like to think that this is…

  14. Chipper Jones has words for Melky Cabrera after some pelvic thrusting taunting nonsense

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera wasn’t all that popular in Atlanta after his dismal, one-year stint there. He’s less popular now. Last night, during the Giants 9-4 win over the Braves, Cabrera did some sort of pelvic thrust choppy taunting thing after Gregor Blanco hit a home run. Earlier in the game he had been making some weird…

  15. Royals (finally) designate Jonathan Sanchez for assignment

    Jul 17, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    UPDATE: Mercifully, the Royals have designated Sanchez for assignment. ========== As if watching Melky Cabrera win All-Star game MVP while hitting .350 for the Giants wasn’t bad enough for Royals fans, now they’re being forced to watch Jonathan Sanchez implode every fifth game. Sanchez, who was acquired from the Giants for Cabrera this offseason, has…

  16. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  17. That Melky Cabrera trade isn’t looking so good

    Jul 11, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Melky Cabrera‘s return to Kauffman Stadium was a roaring success Tuesday, as he went 2-for-3 and captured All-Star Game MVP honors in the National League’s 8-0 shutout of the American League. Cabrera earned his trip to Kansas City by collecting an NL-leading 119 hits in the first half. He’s batting .353/.391/.519 with eight homers and…

  18. NL dominates in first All-Star shutout since 1996

    Jul 10, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    National League All-Star Cabrera holds out a hand to American League All-Star Cano after hitting a two run home run at the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City

    It was all National League, right from the start. Pablo Sandoval and company jumped on Justin Verlander to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and cruised from there on the way to an 8-0 victory for the NL in the 83rd All-Star Game, the third straight win for the Senior Circuit.…

  19. Which Giant is going to be the All-Star Game MVP?

    Jul 10, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    National League All-Star Sandoval hits a three RBI triple during the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City

    Those Giants fans treated harshly for stuffing the ballot box have to be feeling pretty good right about now: Melky Cabrera: 2-for-2, two-run HR, two runs scored Pablo Sandoval: 1-for-2, three-run triple Matt Cain: Scoreless first and second innings Buster Posey is also done, so all four Giants have exited the game. However, with the…

  20. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  21. Tony La Russa adds Carlos Gonzalez to National League All-Star lineup with voted-in starters

    Jul 9, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Tony La Russa officially named Matt Cain his All-Star starter at this afternoon’s press conference and also unveiled the National League lineup, with Carlos Gonzalez as the designated hitter/leadoff man and the past two MVPs, Ryan Braun and Joey Votto, batting third and fourth: 1. Carlos Gonzalez, DH 2. Melky Cabrera, CF 3. Ryan Braun,…

  22. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    There’s no doubt who has been the National League’s best hitter to date, what with Joey Votto leading the circuit in both on-base percentage and slugging. As for the best player, that’s still a difficult question. Here’s the top 10 in OPS: 1.082 – Joey Votto (1B Cin): .345/.464/.619, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 4 SB…

  23. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  24. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  25. Ryan Braun takes over NL home run lead

    Jun 20, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun, George Kottaras

    Ryan Braun has, temporarily at least, lost his hold on a starting spot for the National League All-Star team. He does, however, possess the league lead in homers after hitting his 20th today. He overtook Carlos Beltran, who has been stuck on 19 for a week now. Braun went 3-for-4 in leading the Brewers to…

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