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  1. Norichika Aoki proves to be a big find for the Brewers

    Jun 7, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Norichika Aoki‘s third big-league homer — coming six innings after his second — was a walkoff blast in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday, giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. Aoki ended up with his second straight three-hit game today, making this something of a coming out party against the Cubs.…

  2. Aramis Ramirez sits out fifth straight game with quad strain

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Aramis Ramirez went through pregame drills today in the hopes of returning to the Brewers’ lineup, but instead he’ll sit out a fifth consecutive game with a strained quadriceps muscle. Cody Ransom is starting at third base in Ramirez’s absence and manager Ron Roenicke has juggled the batting order to get Corey Hart into the…

  3. The Ryan Braun Rules are in effect! MLB, MLBPA Announce modifications to joint drug agreement

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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    In the recently-completed Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league and the union agreed to make several modifications to the Joint Drug Agreement which governs drug testing, suspensions and whatnot in baseball.  They just announced that they have reached agreement on the modifications. They’re all listed below. The ones that seem notable or major to me in…

  4. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    We did the Twitter questions thing again last night. Let’s go: Q: How do the Braves end up as “your” team if you grew up in WV, TBS? Yep. That and an electric attraction to Andres Thomas. Q: Will Ryan Braun be elected to start the All-Star Game even with the PED cloud over his head? He’s…

  5. The Texas Rangers are dominating early All-Star balloting

    Jun 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The first vote-tallies have been released from the All-Star Game. Gentlemen, start your outrage! Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp are Major League Baseball’s top overall vote-getters in the first balloting figures for the 83rd All-Star Game … Hamilton, a four-time A.L. All-Star, has received 2,587,991 votes as he attempts to make his fifth consecutive…

  6. Ryan Braun to sit again today

    Jun 3, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Ryan Braun after leaving Friday’s game early: “The only way to get healthy is to take time off and it’s not something I’m really interested in doing.” Well, someone is making him get cool with the idea, because he sat out last night and will likely be out of the lineup again today. Here’s his…

  7. Ryan Braun is hurting right now

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Ryan Braun returned to the Brewers’ lineup last night against the Pirates after sitting out Thursday’s game with tightness in his right Achilles tendon, but he’s still hurting. Braun aggravated his Achilles and strained his right hip after after legging out a hit and stealing second base in the sixth inning. He stayed in the…

  8. Ryan Braun out of tonight’s lineup with Achilles tightness

    May 31, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Matt Kemp and Troy Tulowitzki aren’t the only National League stars who are hurting. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Ryan Braun is out of tonight’s lineup against the Dodgers in order to rest nagging tightness in his right Achilles tendon. The injury has flared up at various times this season and he…

  9. Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

    May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger. It turns out, the answer was … nothing. Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  11. Ryan Braun back in Brewers lineup after groin injury

    May 22, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    UPDATE: Good news for the Brewers, as Braun feels healthy enough to be back in the lineup tonight. ========== Ryan Braun had his fourth straight multi-hit game last night, going 2-for-5 with a homer in an extra-inning loss to the Giants, but exited in the 10th inning with a groin injury. Asked afterward about his…

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

    May 22, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Marlins 7, Rockies 4: Jamie Moyer pitched in his 50th different major league park. But he may have given up his longest most hellacious homer ever. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam that went 438 feet in basically a straight line and broke the friggin’ scoreboard. Roy Hobbs stuff, there. Gave the Marlins the lead and,…

  13. Terry Collins makes the unwritten rules even more complicated than they already were

    May 16, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Here’s an interesting philosophical question: if you get into one of those unwritten rules, Old School situations in which the other guy’s big star gets drilled and, you can expect, your big guy is going to get hit in retaliation, are you obligated to make your big guy bat and take that lump? Terry Collins…

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

    May 16, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Red Sox 5, Mariners 0: That Josh Beckett is such a disgrace! He’s poisoning this team, I tell you, poisoning them! Oh, wait, he pitched well? Seven shutout innings while striking out nine? Well, in that case, I stand corrected. Cardinals 7, Cubs 6: Jason Motte vultured a win when he gave up a tying…

  15. Major League Baseball fires arbitrator Shyam Das

    May 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Shyam Das

    Shayam Das, the neutral third arbitrator who handles PED and other appeals, and who served at the pleasure of both Major League Baseball and the MLBPA, has been fired: A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that baseball management has fired Shyam Das, the arbitrator who overturned Ryan Braun‘s drug suspension in…

  16. Holy Ryan Braun precedent, Batman! Another PED suspension is overturned

    May 14, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres

    As I said several times, Ryan Braun didn’t get off on a “technicality.” The arbitrator felt that the flaw in his testing procedure was significant. So significant that a positive test result could not be trusted and his suspension had to be thrown out. But can we say that Eliezer Alfonso got off on a…

  17. Orioles open game with three straight homers

    May 10, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Ryan Flaherty, Colby Lewis

    Orioles left fielder Ryan Flaherty opened the bottom of the first inning of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rangers with his first major league homer. And it was reason to celebrate. J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis immediately followed with homers of support, making the Orioles the first team in five years to start a game with…

  18. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    May 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    I spent a lot of yesterday on Twitter talking about gay marriage. Short version: I’m pro-gay marriage. Exceedingly so, as I believe it a basic civil right to which I have yet to see any legitimate argument in opposition that comports with the civic culture and history of the United States. I got grouchy at…

  19. Zack Greinke knocks the Reds down, but John Axford lets ‘em back up

    May 9, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

    Zack Greinke pitched eight shutout innings against the Reds this afternoon. He allowed only two hits. He struck out 11.  That’ll get you a win most days.  But not today. That’s because Johnny Cueto pitched seven shutout innings himself and had better help from his bullpen and the Fates. The Reds beat the Brewers 2-1.…

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

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

  21. Giants reliever Guillermo Mota suspended 100 games for second positive PED test

    May 7, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    MLB has suspended Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the San Francisco reliever’s second positive test for a performance enhancing drug. Mota first tested positive for a PED in 2006, receiving a 50-game suspension. This time he was found to be using Clenbuterol, which Kirk Radomski famously admitted to giving numerous big leaguers as part of…

  22. Another Brewer down: Alex Gonzalez set for MRI on knee

    May 5, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    Here’s a streak that might hold up all year: Alex Gonzalez left Saturday’s game with a right knee injury, making it the fourth straight game in which a Brewers starter has gotten hurt. Tuesday: Mat Gamel (torn ACL – out for the season) Wednesday:  Ryan Braun (Achilles’ tendon – returned Saturday) Friday: Carlos Gomez (hamstring…

  23. Ryan Braun returns to Brewers lineup, but Carlos Gomez likely headed for DL

    May 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers’ lineup after leaving Thursday’s game and sitting out last night with a sore Achilles’ tendon, but Carlos Gomez remains sidelined by a hamstring injury. No official move has been made yet, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Gomez is almost surely bound for the disabled list tonight…

  24. Ryan Braun is out for tonight’s game

    May 4, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

    braun ap

    If the Brewers lose tonight’s game in San Francisco, it’s totally on a technicality, man: Ryan Braun is out of the Milwaukee Brewers lineup for Friday night’s series opener with San Francisco, two days after the reigning NL MVP left the game at San Diego in the sixth inning with a sore right Achilles tendon. He could still…

  25. Ryan Braun left last night’s game with sore Achilles’ tendon

    May 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun followed up his monster three-homer game Monday by swiping his 100th career base Tuesday, but in doing so he injured his Achilles’ tendon. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that there was some thought given to having Braun sit out last night to rest the injury, but instead he started the game and then…

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