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 Posted: Fri Apr 22nd, 2016 06:16 am
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No hitter for Jake Arietta vs the Reds.

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Colabello suspended for 80 games. Of course he has no idea why or how he failed this drug test. :tongue:


from tsn.ca:





Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Colabello, 32, tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a substance that is in violation of the MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

He released a statement shortly after the suspension.




General manager Ross Atkins also released a statement via a press release.

“This is obviously an unfortunate situation that we are in with Chris. We believe in him as a person and player. We also fully endorse the Major league Baseball drug testing policy,” said Atkins. “Chris has overcome a great deal in his career and has been a key contributor to this team. While we are certainly disappointed with today’s news, we’re confident he’ll return ready to compete and will have taken the steps needed to ensure that this does not happen again.”

Colabello is hitting .069 with no home runs and just one RBI over 10 games this season. Last season, his first full year in the majors, Colabello hit .321 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs over 101 games for the Jays. 



EDIT - Just saw that he was informed of this failed drug test back on March 13th.  How the hell does MLB let a guy play for 5 more weeks after failing one of their drug tests ????

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Obviously with a .069 BA, the banned substance didn't help him. The time to test him was last year when he hit .320.

Shit, now I have to replace him on my fantasy team.

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lobo316 wrote: Shit, now I have to replace him on my fantasy team.
I think the only fantasy here is that you thought he would help your team. :tongue:



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CanadianHorseman wrote


EDIT - Just saw that he was informed of this failed drug test back on March 13th.  How the hell does MLB let a guy play for 5 more weeks after failing one of their drug tests ????



It's no secret the players' union control MLB. GM Russ Atkins  said yesterday that the Jays found out  yesterday.The union & the player are informed first. It looks like not even the Commissioner is 
informed.
It would have been better if he had told everyone sooner so he could begin serving his suspension & get it over with.

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With a first-inning strikeout of Rafael Ortega in Saturday's contest with the Los Angeles Angels, the Seattle Mariners right-hander passed Randy Johnson to become the franchise's all-time leader (2,163).

The 30-year-old Venezuelan, who won a Cy Young in 2010, has spent his entire 12-year career with the Mariners.

He recorded his first major-league strikeout on Aug 4, 2005 sitting down then-Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Over the course of his big-league career, the six-time All-Star has earned a 144-102 record with an ERA of 3.10 to go along with a strikeout rate of 8.5 per nine innings pitched.




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Randy Johnson     2162  1838.1
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Mark Langston     1078  1197.2
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Michael Pinieda is the Yankees answer to the old Oriole Daniel Cabrera: A big Dominican who looks good, throws heat, and the results suck.



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Yoenis Cespedes had fluid drained from his wonky right leg ahead of Monday's series opener against the Cincinnati Reds, but New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson remains optimistic the 30-year-old outfielder won't require a trip to the disabled list.

"At the moment we're looking at it on a day-by-day basis," Alderson told ESPN's Adam Rubin. "Fortunately we have the depth that we anticipated we would need, and so we've been able to survive his absence over the last several days. And I'm sure we'll do our best to survive over the next two or three. But, right now, I don't see it being a DL. That could change, obviously, with a different medical opinion as time goes on. But I don't see that."

Cespedes, who wasn't sent for an MRI after being examined Monday in Queens by team doctors, originally hurt his leg April 13 when he flew into the Citi Field stands in pursuit of a foul ball and aggravated his condition sliding into second base on Friday in Atlanta. Though Cespedes told reporters he felt "way better" ahead of Sunday's finale at Turner Field, Alderson conceded the former All-Star might miss all of his club's three-game set with the Reds.

"I don't know if you saw the swelling, but there are bruises that you get where there is a buildup of fluid," Collins said. "That can be very painful in that part of the leg. It got near the joint. That's why he was doing all the limping. ... If you would have (seen) the swelling, you would understand why he had no chance of playing."

With Cespedes potentially unavailable a little while longer, the Mets will likely continue to deploy Juan Lagares in center field, with Michael Conforto in left and Curtis Granderson in right. Despite missing the last two games, though, Cespedes still leads all Mets position players with 0.6 WAR so far, hitting .288/.364/.627 (163 wRC+) with five homers and three doubles through his first 15 contests.

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The Minnesota Twins' tribute to their late hometown music legend will continue Monday against the Cleveland Indians.

After tinting Target Field in Prince's signature purple, the entire Twins lineup will pay further homage to the hometown hero by changing their walk-up music to songs by the late artist:

Here's tonight's #PurpleForPrince lineup, complete with Prince walk-up songs selected by each player. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/Utl1ETzNbM

— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 25, 2016
Monday's contest against Cleveland marks the first game the Twins have played in Minnesota since Prince's death on Thursday, and is the first of a six-game homestand.

Prince, whose birth name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was born in Minneapolis on June 7, 1958.

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The Cleveland Indians put right-hander Carlos Carrasco on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring Monday and he's expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

Carrasco was pulled from Sunday's contest against the Detroit Tigers after an awkward play at first base.

The 29-year-old is a formidable piece of the Indians' deep rotation, already pitching to a 2-0 record with a 2.45 ERA while striking out 8.2 hitters per nine innings.

Right-hander Trevor Bauer is expected to fill Carrasco's spot in the rotation.

The native of Venezuela immediately took to social media to thank his fans for their support after the DL stint was announced.

Thank you to everyone for the well wishes!

I don't like being hurt but I will work hard to come back soon and help my teammates!

— Carlos Carrasco (@Cookie_Carrasco) April 25, 2016
In a corresponding move, the Indians activated outfielder Michael Brantley, who has yet to appear in a regular-season game, from the 15-day DL.

Brantley has been recovering from offseason surgery on his right shoulder.

The 28-year-old slashed .310/.379/.480 with 15 home runs, 84 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases in 137 games last season.

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The Minnesota Twins made a flurry of roster moves Monday prior to their contest with the Cleveland Indians, most notably sending struggling center fielder Byron Buxton and prospect Max Kepler back to Triple-A Rochester.

Buxton, widely considered the top prospect in baseball at one time, was hitting just .156/.208/.289 with 24 strikeouts in 17 contests prior to his demotion. After also failing to produce in 46 games last year, Buxton will now try to find his swing again in the minor-league ranks.

Kepler, the team's second-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, managed a paltry .167/.286/.333 slash line in 12 at-bats while playing both center and right field.

Following a 16-inning 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday, righty Alex Meyer has been recalled to reinforce the pitching staff, while the versatile Danny Santana was activated from the disabled list.

Minnesota is 5-14 entering play Monday, the worst record in the American League.

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Colby Rasmus is on fire, and Jake Arrieta is dealing.

Major League Baseball announced its players of the week on Monday with the Houston Astros outfielder taking home honors in the American League, while the Chicago Cubs right-hander earned the National League award.

Rasmus crushed a whopping .316/.458/1.000 with four home runs, 10 RBIs, and five runs, which included a grand slam and game-tying home run against the Boston Red Sox, to earn the award.

Houston became the first AL team in the 43-year history of the Player of the Week awards to take home the honor in three consecutive weeks to open the season.

The 29-year-old is hitting .293/.440/1.147 and is tied with Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson for the AL lead in home runs with 7, while also sitting second in the league with 18 RBIs.

Arrieta pitched the second no-hitter of his career against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, striking out six in the process.

The 30-year-old has been close to unhittable this season, earning a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.87 ERA, while allowing just 4.4 hits per nine innings.

Last season's NL Cy Young award winner has allowed just three earned runs in 2016.

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The Atlanta Braves are off to an MLB worst 4-14 start to begin the 2016 campaign amidst a major power outage in their lineup, and now the club is looking to unload the contract of a player who could have potentially given them some added pop.

The Braves are trying to trade outfielder Hector Olivera, according to sources of Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

The task has been a hefty one as the 31-year-old Cuban, who is owed $34.5 million through 2020, was placed on administrative leave April 13 following his arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman, and was later charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

His leave will last until at least May 3 and a suspension from Major League Baseball is likely.

When Olivera was brought up in trade talks, one executive told Passan, "I can't believe they even asked."

Also working against the Braves is the fact that Olivera has limited experience in the big leagues, having only made 108 plate appearances in 30 games while hitting .245/.296/.378 with two home runs and 13 RBIs.

Prior to coming to the U.S., Olivera posted superior numbers in Cuba, hitting .322/.406/.500 with 96 home runs and 438 RBIs.

He was originally signed as an amateur free agent in May 2015 by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was flipped to the Braves as part of a three-team trade two months later.

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The New York Mets have placed catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the 15-day disabled list with a rotator cuff strain in his right shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

D'Arnaud saw a team doctor after being removed from Monday's contest against the Cincinnati Reds with discomfort in his shoulder.

"Any time you're talking about a shoulder problem with a catcher, it's concerning," Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters in postgame comments Monday.

Backup Kevin Plawecki will take over the starting job in d'Arnaud's absence.

The 27-year-old d'Arnaud is a former first-round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jays who came to the Mets as part of a package for R.A. Dickey in 2012.

Prior to his injury, the backstop was hitting .196/.288/.261 with three doubles and one RBI.

In corresponding moves, the Mets selected the contract of Rene Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas and moved right-hander Zack Wheeler to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Rivera.

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Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu allegedly paid a substantial sum to defect from Cuba in an effort to live his dream of playing Major League Baseball

Abreu allegedly transferred almost $5.8 million to people who helped in his defection from Cuba in 2013, according to Jared S. Hopkins of the Chicago Tribune, who cites federal prosecutors.

Abreu signed a six-year, $68-million contract with the White Sox in October 2013.

Included among the beneficiaries of the payments was Abreu's former agent Bart Hernandez, who was indicted in February on human trafficking charges.

Hernandez's indictment details how payments were made by smugglers to help Abreu and others find their way to the U.S. using falsification of documents, including fake passports.

In exchange for these services, players were instructed to make large payments to those who helped them escape.

Hopkins reports Abreu was believed to have left Cuba in August 2013 and, according to prosecutors, was smuggled into Haiti. He then used a fake passport with a false name to fly to Miami, where he later signed his long-term deal.

Prosecutors wrote in the indictment that someone listed by the initials J.A.C - Abreu's full name is Jose Dariel (Correa) Abreu - was asked to wire three separate payments of $2.4 million, $2 million, and $1.36 million into an account controlled by Julio Estrada, who worked with Hernandez for close to a decade.

Hernandez and Estrada - who was also indicted - could face up to 35 and 45 years in prison, respectively, if convicted on all charges.

The allegations in the indictment come as part of a larger scenario involving human trafficking, which has allegedly included players such as the Seattle Mariners' Leonys Martin and the Philadelphia Phillies' Dalier Hinojosa.

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