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MLB Clears both Zimmerman and Howard of PED Allegations

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard were both cleared of allegations they had used performance enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball found those allegations not to be true. Pharmacist Charlie Sly had claimed in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America called “The Dark Side,” which was first broadcast last December that both players had used banned PED’s. Through just a brief statement on Friday, the league said the investigation it carried out did not find any violations by Zimmerman or Howard of the... 
 

American League East Odds and Ends

One of the best divisions in Major League Baseball this season has been the American League East. Four of the five teams in the division are currently over .500. As of the writing of this article, the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays were separated by just percentage points. The Orioles are sitting on .574 and the Blue Jays .573 at the top of the division, with Baltimore having played two games less than Toronto. The Boston Red Sox are just two games back in third place and the New York Yankees are 7 ½ games back in fourth. The only... 
 

Dodgers and Reds Putting Together Possible Three-Team Deal

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is less than two days away. Some teams in the hunt for players to help their stretch run towards the postseason have already made big trades, while others are still trying to find their “perfect fit.” One of those teams is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers sit in second place in the National League West just one game behind the free falling San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers are said to be trying to acquire Jay Bruce the Cincinnati Reds outfielder who is currently on a home run tear hitting 6 round... 
 

Mike Scioscia Protests Game Following Long Dispute

Late Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia had the official rulebook for Major League Baseball on his desk following the Angels loss to the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Shortly after the media left the clubhouse, Phil Cuzzi the umpire who caused Scioscia to gripe met with the manager of the Angels behind closed doors. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes as the two hashed out a critical play that took place during the seventh inning. The play featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker, which may have cost Los Angeles the game... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline Approaches With Teams Looking to Fill Voids

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is quickly approaching. The deadline is on August 1 for acquiring players for a team’s stretch run or at the same time trade away veterans in preparation for building the team for the future. A number of teams on each side of the coin are discussing possible deals with the hopes that they land players to help them win the World Series this season, or to build their corps of talent for a future run to the Fall Classic. The Chicago Cubs struggled prior to the All-Star break and could be looking to add pitching... 
 

Cubs Host Rangers in Possible Preview of World Series

Some are calling it a preview of the Fall Classic while others believe it is just another interleague matchup of two playoff quality teams. Whatever you wish to call it, the weekend series between the American League West leading Texas Rangers and the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs will be exciting. As Major League Baseball re-starts after its annual All-Star Game break the Rangers and Cubs begin their second half of the season playing one another at Wrigley field. Both are their league’s best teams record wise. Texas has activated... 
 

Mike Trout Leads Off All Star Game with Another Hit

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was about to play in his fifth All-Star Game in his five full Major League Baseball seasons on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. His mind however was not tuned to just the game as he could be seen darting in and out of the home clubhouse busing doing promotions, making appearances on TV, signing jerseys and not really thinking of the game until it was nearly time to have batting practice. He is getting used to doing these types of things at All-Star games even though he is just 24. He also has found... 
 

Dodgers Bullpen Coming Up Big During Kershaw Injury

Kenta Maeda was the first starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pitch during the seventh inning since June 20, when injured ace Clayton Kershaw last pitched into the seventh inning. That statistic is a great example of how important Kershaw is to the entire pitching rotation. It speaks volumes as well to how much the bullpen for the Dodgers has stepped up during his absence and helped the Dodgers to an 8-3 record since the star pitcher when on the disabled listed at the end of June. The bullpen has been ready every time the call has come,... 
 

Home Run Derby Participants Announced

The lineup for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby was announced Thursday. The eight players that make up the field make this derby high-powered with a set of strong sluggers that could light up the southern California sky in San Diego on Monday night at Petco Park. Six of the eight participants in the derby will take part in the All-Star Game on Tuesday as well. The field also was given a boost from two wild card picks including Todd Frazier the defending home run derby champion and Giancarlo Stanton the slugger for the Miami Marlins. Stanton enters this... 
 

Fallout from Sunday Brawl Announced by MLB

Rougned Odor the second baseman for the Texas Rangers was given a suspension of 8 games for landing a straight right to the face of Jose Bautista a slugger for the Toronto Blue Jays this past Sunday. Major League Baseball officials announced the suspensions late Tuesday. Bautista was given a one-game suspension for his role in the brawl and comments made after the game. In all, 14 players and coaches were disciplined by MLB for roles they played in the brawl. Elvis Adrus a shortstop for Texas was given a one game suspension for the “aggressive... 
 

Windy City Rules Majors League Baseball Early

Chicago is the capital of Major Baseball thus far early in the season. After just six weeks of the regular season, both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox are dominating baseball The latest power rankings have been released by different baseball writers and most have the Cubs as the unanimous choice at No. 1 with the White Sox a close No. 2. It is early, but Chicago has a great deal to brag about, as its two teams boast the two biggest division leads in baseball. While the other franchise known as the Sox, those that play at Fenway Park... 
 

St. Louis Struggles But Stephen Piscotty Remains Rock Solid

While the Washington Nationals attempted to get him to go after sliders and the Philadelphia Phillies kept buzzing fastballs at his hands, one of the best young players in the game, Stephen Piscotty continues to hurt opposing pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Piscotty is now making opposing pitchers pay for putting runners on base in front of him as he is at his most dangerous at that time. Piscotty has matured in just 29 games and has the ability to adapt which is the foundation for St. Louis’ offense being better than was expected. The Cardinals... 
 

Bryce Harper Inks 10 Year Extension With Under Armour

Bryce Harper will likely sign a new deal worth about $400 million one day. Until then, a new deal with Under Armour will make him plenty wealthy. Harper just signed an extension to his endoresement deal with the athletic apparel maker believed to be the biggest ever by a MLB player. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Harper,became the youngest player ever to unanimously win an MVP award, has endorsed Under Armour since 2011 and will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. By retaining Harper,... 
 

Braves Finalize Roster, Michael Bourn DFA’d

The Atlanta Braves finalized their 25 man roster and the moves left two-time all-star and Gold Glove winner Michael Bourn looking for work. The Braves now have 10 days to either release or trade Bourne.  Emilio Bonifacio was also designated for assignment. The team continues its move towards youth. The Braves’ two highest-paid players this year will be Bourn and Nick Swisher, both of whom are now gone. The team chose to keep veteran Drew Stubbs, who signed with the Braves on March 30 after his release by the Texas Rangers. Bourn was thought... 
 

Rockies Reach Agreement with DJ LeMahieu on two-year deal

Arbitration season in Major League Baseball reached a conclusion just as pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training. The Colorado Rockies inked 27-year-old All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $7.8 million deal. The LSU product, who was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and arrived in Colorado via trade in December 2011, filed for a $3.3 million salary while the Rockies countered at $2.8 million. LeMahieu will receive $3 million in 2016 and $4.8 million in 2017. If he does not sign another extension,... 
 
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