Bud Selig’s statement on today’s suspensions

From Major League Baseball:

“Major League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am proud of the comprehensive nature of our efforts – not only with regard to random testing, groundbreaking blood testing for...

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Quick hit: 211 games for A-Rod

Here’s the MLB press release:

YANKEES’ RODRIGUEZ DISCIPLINED

New York Third Baseman Suspended 211 Regular Season Games Through 2014 Season

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship...

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T-minus 30 minutes until A-Rod’s suspension is announced

And since Alex Rodriguez is the only one out of 14 players implicated in this scandal (Ryan Braun included) who is trying to fight his suspension, I’m guessing the appeal process won’t be as long as it could have been if 13 other guys were appealing as well.

Buckle your seat-belts, everyone!

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Quick hit: Biogenesis suspensions have finally been handed out

Here is the list of names:

Jhonny Peralta, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Everth Cabrera, Antonio Bastardo, Jesus Montero, Jordany Valdespin, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos, Fernando Martinez, Sergio Escalona, and Jordan Norberto.

All 12 of these players have been suspended for 50 games and according to reports have accepted their punishment and will begin serving their suspensions immediately.

Lucky #13, our very own Alex Rodriguez, is not yet on the list but he will be shortly. As we all know, reports are suggesting that he will fight his suspension because his sentence is going to be much greater in length compared to the rest of the players who MLB is punishing as first-time offenders. Rodriguez will more than likely be able to play during his appeal and should be in tonight’s lineup in Chicago to face the White Sox.

Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, and Yasmani Grandal who all served suspensions last season will not be punished any further.…

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A-Rod: “A Villain of Fortune”

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“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

It’s funny how superhero movies and sports intersect so conveniently and so appropriately sometimes. Batman references aside, it happens in virtually every sport, players fall in and out of favor with...

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In which I rant about this Biogenesis kerfuffle

I’m not a lawyer and I definitely don’t play one on the internet.

Unlike a lot of my fellow baseball bloggers who actually attended law school, took the bar and even dabbled in trial work, the extent of my “practicing law” occurred over 20 years ago when I took a mock bar exam as a senior in high school and passed on the second try; I was also a prosecuting attorney in a mock trial for that same class and won my case but that’s about as far as my knowledge or understanding of the law goes. So you can imagine when it comes to the Biogenesis mess how I’m almost completely lost.

And can you blame me or others like me who sit here day after day wondering what on God’s green earth is going on?

The information that seems to only come out in drips and drabs of late — and is usually leaked to the media — is so confusing to someone like me who made it out of college with a degree in broadcasting.…

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Timing Of Latest Injury Setbacks Leaves Rotation Dangerously Thin

It was another poor outing for Phil Hughes yesterday, the poorest and shortest he’s had since his 0.2-inning meltdown against the Mariners in May.  In his last 3 starts, Hughes has completed just 12.1 innings and has given up 13 R (10 ER) on 19 H in those innings with 8 BB to just 6 K.  His leash with Joe has gotten shorter to the point that were it a literal leash it would probably be choking him to death as soon as he took the mound, and his inability to work efficiently and deeply into games is becoming a burden on the bullpen.  Hughes needed 71 pitches yesterday to retire just 8 batters.

Combined with the unadulterated putridity that has been CC Sabathia‘s last 4 starts, suddenly the Yankees are rolling with an even worse rotation than they had a few weeks ago.  The group that needed to turn things around in concert with the offense if the Yankees were going to make a serious playoff charge has become an alternating “all or nothing” collection of some of the best and worst pitching we’ve seen this season.  …

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Padres 6, Yankees 3: Hughes can’t pitch in Petco either…

What an annoying game this one was.

Phil Hughes was Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy pitched like Cy Young for five innings and the Yankees found themselves on the losing end of a series once again. The last time they won a series was a month ago when they won two out of three to the Orioles. That’s pretty sad.

You know what else is sad? Derek Jeter has a mild calf strain. (That news just came out as I was writing this recap.) The Yankees aren’t sure if a DL trip will be needed.

I wonder if Jeter’s calf is really strained or if he just doesn’t want to be part of the circus tomorrow when Alex Rodriguez joins the team. I’m kidding… or am I?

Anyway, there were a couple of good things about today’s game. Austin Romine played and got a chance to do something for a change.…

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Game 110: Rubber game in San Diego

Today, Phil Hughes is pitching in Petco Park a place a lot of Yankee fans wish he’d call his home stadium and who is he facing? His old friend Ian Kennedy.

Remember the good old days when the Yankees future was bright and Kennedy, Hughes and Joba Chamberlain were going to be the starters for the next ten years?

Yeah…it seems like so long ago.

Anyway, the Yankees are looking to gain on the momentum of last night’s win and head to Chicago on a two-game winning streak.

Here’s San Diego’s lineup:
Everth Cabrera SS
Alexi Amarista 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Will Venable CF
Chris Denorfia RF
Mark Kotsay LF
Nick Hundley C
Ian Kennedy P

And here’s the Yankee lineup:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Jayson Nix 3B
Austin Romine C
Phil Hughes P

As you can see Brett Gardner is not in the lineup.…

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