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  1. Ryan Braun has caused MLB to switch to glass pee containers in drug testing

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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    One may worry about the impact of all of the drug allegations to the legacy of Ryan Braun, but in one respect his legacy is secure: he’s the guy who killed plastic pee containers in MLB drug testing. Andy Martino reports: According to two major league sources, MLB quietly switched from plastic to glass containers…

  2. Why doesn’t Major League Baseball just suspend Ryan Braun and see what happens?

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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    Here’s a deep thought: if Major League Baseball is certain enough that its players took PEDs supplied to them by Biogenesis that they’re willing to file a lawsuit to that effect, why are they not certain enough to simply suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and all of the other players named? Seriously. You can’t file…

  3. Major League Baseball’s lawsuit against Biogenesis should be laughed out of court

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:44 AM EDT

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

    And should probably cause the lawyers who file it to be slapped with sanctions, but I’ll get to that in a minute. In case you missed it, the backstory here is that Major League Baseball plans to sue Biogenesis today in an effort to obtain the documents it has thus far been unable to obtain…

  4. 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…

  5. MLB denies that it’s specifically targeting Braun, but the denial rings hollow

    Mar 21, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Yesterday Bob Nightengale reported that Major League Baseball was targeting Ryan Braun in the Biogenesis investigation, to the point where it was willing to grant other players immunity — and sacrifice most of its drug enforcement principles — in order to take Braun down. Later in the day, however, MLB’s Rob Manfred denied that. From…

  6. In focusing on Braun, Major League Baseball is abandoning the principles of its drug testing/enforcement program

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Been doing some more thinking about the story this morning about how Major League Baseball is laser-focused on Ryan Braun in the Biogenesis investigation, to the point where it is considering giving players immunity in an effort to nab him and some of the bigger fish. As a basic premise, I don’t have a real…

  7. Ryan Braun is “MLB’s Public Enemy No.1″

    Mar 20, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Bob Nightengale reports in USA Today about Major League Baseball’s efforts to investigate players named in the Biogenesis documents. Of somewhat surprising note: Nightengale says some 90 players appear in the records. Of less surprising note: it’s the big fish that MLB is clearly focusing on: Alex Rodriguez and, even more so, Ryan Braun: There…

  8. 2013 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

    Mar 19, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    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 Milwaukee Brew Crew. The Big Question: Do the Brewers have enough pitching to contend for a playoff spot in…

  9. 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…

  10. Tigers minor leaguer Cesar Carrillo suspended 100 games

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Tigers minor leaguer Cesar Carrillo, who was named in the Biogenesis documents, has been suspended 100 games for what MLB announced as “his violations of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.” No other specifics were given, which is unusual for drug-related suspensions. Carrillo was the Padres’ first-round pick in 2005 out of the…

  11. R.A. Dickey back on the mound for Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dickey Arencibia Getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Thursday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Jose Reyes, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Miguel Tejada, 3B…

  12. The State of Florida is now investigating Biogenesis, but it probably won’t matter for baseball

    Mar 13, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    Yesterday’s quite amusing editorial in which the Miami New Times stated its refusal to hand over its documents to Major League Baseball was notable for more than its fuzzy reasoning. It was notable because it revealed for the first time that the Florida Department of Health has opened up an investigation into the lab and…

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

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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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…

  14. Jim Kaat wants to throw Sabermetrics “in the trash can”

    Mar 10, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Former Major League pitcher and 16-time Gold Glove award winner Jim Kaat called for Sabermetrics to be thrown in the trash can while commentating on MLB Network. Kaat made the quip when the U.S. put runners on first and second in the top of the second inning against Canada in a deciding match between Pool…

  15. Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network. TEAM USA TEAM CANADA 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Tyson Gillies, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Taylor Green, 3B…

  16. Team USA keeps hope alive with 6-2 victory over Italy

    Mar 10, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool D - United States v Italy

    David Wright hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of tonight’s contest that resulted in a 6-2 victory for the U.S. over Italy, keeping their hopes alive in Pool D. The U.S. had stayed within striking distance of Italy, trailing 2-1 entering the fifth. Italy scored twice, once in each of the first and…

  17. Behind Adrian Gonzalez, Mexico defeats USA

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

    Mexico first baseman and clean-up hitter Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, two walks, and three runs batted in, helping his team to a 5-2 victory over the United States. Gonzalez’s homer came in the third inning with two outs, pushing Mexico’s lead to 4-0 at the time. Lead-off hitter Eduardo Arredondo…

  18. Mexico scores early and often with Dickey

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

    Team USA, playing in Pool D, is off to a disappointing start in the World Baseball Classic. Starter R.A. Dickey led off the game allowing a single to Eduardo Arrendondo and a double to Ramiro Pena. Both would quickly score on a Luis Cruz sacrifice fly and Adrian Gonzalez ground out. In the third, Arrendondo…

  19. Team USA, White Sox play to 4-4 tie in WBC warmup

    Mar 5, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Team USA rallied late Tuesday to salvage a 4-4 tie in its exhibition game with the White Sox in Arizona. Derek Holland started and allowed one run in three innings for Team USA. The White Sox added one run in the fourth off Luke Gregerson and two in the fifth off Tim Collins before the…

  20. Team USA’s lineup for first WBC exhibition game

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    For anyone into the World Baseball Classic, here’s the Team USA lineup for today’s pre-WBC tuneup game against the White Sox: 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 3. Ryan Braun, DH 4. Joe Mauer, C 5. Giancarlo Stanton, RF 6. Mark Teixeira, 1B 7. David Wright, 3B 8. Adam Jones, CF 9. Shane…

  21. How good can Giancarlo Stanton be?

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Despite a right knee injury that kept him out of 25 games between July and August, and a September strained oblique that cost him nine games, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton still hit 37 home runs. While the Marlins began pawning off parts of their roster, sending Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, Stanton became an offensive…

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

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    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,…

  23. Evan Longoria is getting into the restaurant business

    Feb 28, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Not only did Evan Longoria become a father this week, the Rays third baseman is also opening up a restaurant in Florida: Ducky’s Sports Lounge will add a new dining and entertainment option in South Tampa, offering innovative bar foods, creative cocktails, state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities and “mini bowling” in a relaxed, upscale atmosphere. Located just…

  24. Giancarlo Stanton ready to “push forward” with Marlins following tumultuous offseason

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton AP

    Giancarlo Stanton was understandably peeved after the Marlins unloaded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio in a trade with the Blue Jays in December. However, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Stanton took the high road at Marlins’ camp today in his first public comments of the spring. “You’re not going to…

  25. Ryan Braun listed in more Biogenesis docs … and it makes Braun look BAD

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun? What was that you were saying about it only being your lawyers consulting with Biogenesis for purposes of your PED appeal? If that’s the case, then what’s this about your name showing up on another document in the Biogenesis records? One that is more closely associated with PED customers.  T.J. Quinn and Mike…

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