Sources are reporting that MLB will announce suspensions related to the Biogenesis investigation as early as tomorrow. Lots to follow up on.
ESPN reports that the Players Association has been notified as to who is getting suspended:
The NY Daily News is all over the story and says there is “overwhelming” evidence against Alex Rodriguez:
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the players involved in the Biogenesis investigation are ready to accept their suspensions, while A-Roid continues to try and fool himself, his daughters, and the rest of the world:
A-Roid tells Sports Illustrated that he wants to be a “role model”, especially to his daughters. Here’s the exclusive interview with SL Price:
My take: At this point, I really cannot believe that A-Roid is stupid enough to try and continue this charade and try and fight the inevitable. He would do himself, his family, and the game a huge service by accepting the punishment, taking responsibility for his actions, and moving forward. If MLB and Commissioner Bud Seelig is offering a deal, he should definitely take it and try and salvage whatever career he has left.
John Buck’s two-run single in the top of the 10th inning was the difference, as the Mets beat the Marlins again, 4-2. Mets starter Zack Wheeler took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, when the Marlins finally got to him and tied the game with RBIs by Donovan Solano and Jake Marisnick. Nathan Eovaldi deserved better, as he also gave up only two runs in his six innings of work. Tonight, it will be Henderson Alvarez taking the mound for the Fish, and the Mets will counter with Jenrry Mejia. Game time tonight at Marlins Park is 7:10 pm. Get ready for an afternoon matinee tomorrow, starting at 12:40 pm. Tom Koehler takes on All-Star game starter Matt Harvey.
In other Marlins news, sources tell me that a few teams, especially the Texas Rangers, continue to call the Fish about Giancarlo Stanton. The team’s position, at this time, is that they are NOT trading the man-child.
In the video of the day, Marlins reliever Chad Qualls looked a little bit foolish after retiring the Mets last night in the eighth inning. Check it out:
The Fish are still at the bottom of the list in runs scored in MLB, with 335 runs in their 105 games. Here are the rest of the bottom-dwellers, and, as you can see, we have a traffic jam of teams trying to make the bottom five:
TEAM W-L Runs
Marlins 40-65 335
White Sox 40-64 385
Astros 35-70 394
Nationals 52-55 400
Giants 46-59 402
In contrast, the Red Sox lead the majors with 540 runs scored in their 108 games, and the Detroit Tigers have scored 538 runs in 105 games.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the only person to wear all four uniforms of the New York baseball teams? (the Giants, the Dodgers, the Yankees, and the Mets) The answer comes later, alligator.
In the Major Leagues yesterday, first in the National League,
Pirates 2 Cardinals 1 GAME 1 (11 innings)
Pirates 6 Cardinals 0 GAME 2
Alex Presley’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th ended the first game. Brandon Cumpton threw seven scoreless innings in game two, as the Pirates moved back into first place over the Cards in the NL Central.
Brewers 6 Cubs 5 GAME 1
Brewers 3 Cubs 2 GAME 2
The Brewers came from behind in both games. Jean Segura had a run-scoring double in the seventh inning to cap a four-run seventh inning in game 1. In the second game, Jeff Bianchi hit a two-run single in the ninth for the win.
Phillies 7 Giants 3
Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young each hit two-run homers.
Braves 11 Rockies 3
Freddie Freeman homered twice and drove in four runs. Brian McCann blasted a three-run homer, and Jason Heyward had three hits and scored three runs.
Padres 4 Reds 2
Nick Hundley hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie.
Dodgers 3 Yankees 2
The Dodgers keep on winning, make it four straight and ten out of their last eleven contests. Mark Ellis drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Zack Greinke and Andy Pettitte each gave up only two runs in their respective seven innings of work.
Over in the American League,
Orioles 4 Astros 3
Chris Davis hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, his 38th of the season.
Red Sox 8 Mariners 2
Dustin Pedroia and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each connected long distance with a man on base.
Rays 5 D-Backs 2
Roberto Hernandez tossed the complete game. Ben Zobrist drove in two runs and Yunel Escobar connected long distance. The Rays are an incredible 23-4 over their last 27 games.
Indians 7 White Sox 4
Yan Gomez hit a two-run double to cap a four-run eighth inning as the Tribe won their sixth straight game.
Tigers 5 Nationals 1
Alex Avila blasted a tie-breaking grand slam homer in the seventh inning off Stephen Strasburg.
Royals 7 Twins 2
Mike Moustakas homered twice and drove in four runs. The Royals have now won seven consecutive games.
Blue Jays 5 A’s 0
Mark Buehrle threw seven shutout innings and Jose Bautista hit his 25th home run of the season. Emilio Bonifacio also connected long distance.
Rangers 14 Angels 11 (10 innings)
Leonys Martin hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning to hand the Angels their fifth straight loss.
Today in MLB, in the National League,
Reds @ Padres 3:40 pm
Homer Bailey vs Eric Stults
Giants @ Phillies 7:05 pm
Chad Gaudin vs Kyle Kendrick
Cardinals @ Pirates 7:05 pm
Adam Wainwright vs Jeff Locke
Mets @ Marlins 7:10 pm
Jenrry Mejia vs Henderson Alvarez
Rockies @ Braves 7:10 pm
Tyler Chatwood vs Mike Minor
Brewers @ Cubs 8:05 pm
Wily Peralta vs Edwin Jackson
Yankees @ Dodgers 10:10 pm
Hiroki Kuroda vs Clayton Kershaw
Over in the American League,
Nationals @ Tigers 1:08 pm
Gio Gonzalez vs Justin Verlander
Blue Jays @ A’s 3:35 pm
RA Dickey vs Bartolo Colon
Astros @ Orioles 7:05 pm
Erik Bedard vs Miguel Gonzalez
White Sox @ Indians 7:05 pm
Jose Quintana vs Corey Kluber
Diamondbacks @ Rays 7:10 pm
Wade Miley vs Jeremy Hellickson
Mariners @ Red Sox 7:10 pm
Hisashi Iwakuma vs John Lackey
Angels @ Rangers 8:05 pm
Jerome Williams vs Martin Perez
Royals @ Twins 8:10 pm
Jeremy Guthrie vs Kevin Correia
In other baseball news, the White Sox, Red Sox, and Tigers completed a three-team trade. The White Sox sent pitcher Jake Peavy to Boston for three minor leaguers. Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season. The Tigers sent prized prospect Avisail Garcia and reliever Bryan Villareal to Chicago, and received shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox. The Tigers needed to add a shortstop with the suspension of Jhonny Peralta looming. Iglesias has tailed off a bit, but is hitting .330 this season.
The Oakland A’s strenghtened their infield and traded for Alberto Callaspo, sending minor league prospect Grant Green to the Angels in return. The Yankees had also been interested in Callaspo.
Here are the latest trade rumors around the majors, as we approach the July 31st trade deadline:
Here is ESPN chiming in with their gossip:
From Fox Sports and Yardbarker, here is the latest buzz:
Here are the up-to-the-minute standings in MLB:
Here are the individual league leaders in MLB:
In Dolphin news, the Fins signed two free agent wide receivers and waived the injured Armon Binns and Jasper Collins.
Here’s Armando Salguero’s daily Dolphin report:
Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel apparently believes the glass is “half-empty” when it comes to Fins QB Ryan Tannehill:
The Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys will play in the first preseason game this year this Sunday, August 4th, in Dallas. The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC, Channel 6 in South Florida.
Here’s ESPN’s NFL Nation Blog, with news from all around the league:
We can all continue to sleep at night, knowing full well that Aaron Hernandez remains in jail, where he belongs.
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THE ANSWER TO TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the only person to wear all four uniforms of the New York baseball teams? (the Giants, the Dodgers, the Yankees, and the Mets)
Easy one. Casey Stengel. Stengel played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1912-1917 (also managed them from 1934-1936), played for the NY Giants from 1921-1923, managed the Yankees from 1949 to 1960, and managed the expansion New York Mets from 1963 to 1965.
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