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Why did Dee Gordon take steroids? Better question: Why wouldn't he?

usatoday.com — Dee Gordon's friend woke up to the stunning news Friday morning in Miami, took time to grasp what happened, and had the sudden urge to call. Gordon, his good friend, was suspended by Major League Baseball player, the latest player whose feel-good story was smashed into smithereens after being popped for performance-enhancing drugs.

Jake Arrieta's scoreless streak at Wrigley Field ends in Cubs rout

usatoday.com — CHICAGO --- In the moments after Alex Presley hit a routine RBI double Thursday afternoon, a Wrigley Field crowd of 32,734 went silent, and then after pausing to grasp what they witnessed, quietly cheered in appreciation. It was the first time in nearly a year when Jake Arrieta looked, well, almost human at the Friendly Confines.

Cubs pitcher Arrieta fires strikes at accusers

jsonline.com — Chicago - Jake Arrieta's dark brown eyes flash that stare that's become all too familiar to opposing hitters, but instead of rage or indignation, there's almost empathy. Arrieta, amid the finest 24-start pitching run ever produced in baseball history, has sensed a reluctance from peers and fans to fully embrace the enormity of his greatness.

Jake Arrieta sounds off on Cubs future, PED rumblings: 'Some people are idiots'

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Jake Arrieta's dark brown eyes flash that stare that's become all too familiar to opposing hitters, but instead of rage or indignation, there's almost empathy. Arrieta, amid the finest 24-start pitching run ever produced in baseball history, has sensed a reluctance from peers and fans to fully embrace the enormity of his greatness.

Dirty players, sloppy chemists, or both? Another twist in MLB's PED problem

usatoday.com — It was a much simpler decision back in the day, with only a morals test staring Major League Baseball players in the mirror, and not an actual steroid test. Now, with a stringent drug testing program, and the punishment increasing from 10 games to 80 games in the last decade, performance-enhancing drug use comes to a roll of the dice.

Cubs’ memo to Cardinals in NL Central: We’re for real

usatoday.com — There was the psychological warfare when the St.Louis Cardinals played classical music one day during Chicago Cubs batting practice and banned Cubs manager Joe Maddon's T-shirts from entering the stadium the next. There was the battle of defenses, with Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward stealing the show one night with his arm and Cardinals center fielder Randal Grichuk returning the favor the next day with his glove.

Jeremy Hazelbaker's big league dream comes true with Cardinals

indystar.com — ST. LOUIS - Jeremy Hazelbaker brought a suitcase full of dirty clothes to work Sunday morning, aware that if he sent them out to be laundered, he may not be around to pick them up. So he played it safe. Hazelbaker had them washed in the safety of the St.

Jeremy Hazelbaker's big league dream comes true with Cardinals

usatoday.com — ST. LOUIS - Jeremy Hazelbaker brought a suitcase full of dirty clothes to work Sunday morning, aware that if he sent them out to be laundered, he may not be around to pick them up. So he played it safe. Hazelbaker had them washed in the safety of the St.

As MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, dearth of black pitchers concern many

wkyc.com — Major League Baseball celebrates the 69th anniversary Friday of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, and while the number of African-American players on teams remain near historic low levels, there's an alarming trend that mystifies the industry. It's the dearth of African-American pitchers.

As MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson, dearth of black pitchers concern many

usatoday.com — Major League Baseball celebrates the 69th anniversary Friday of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, and while the number of African-American players on teams remain near historic low levels, there's an alarming trend that mystifies the industry. It's the dearth of African-American pitchers.
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The #Nats break out of offensive slump with 5-4 victory over #Stlcards w Strasburg going to 4-0

Apr 29, 2016

And Jonathan Lucroy breaks up the #Marlins no-hitter with one out in the 9th.

Apr 29, 2016

You can tell how tough it was for #Marlins manager Don Mattingly to pull Conley, but he leaves with a no-hitter and 116 pitches

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And Conley comes out of the game, 4 outs away from no-hitterAnd Conley comes out of the game, 4 outs away from no-hitter

Apr 29, 2016

Adam Conley has no-hitter for #Marlins with one out in the 8th vs #Brewers, but he's also at 115 pitches.

Apr 29, 2016

Mike Leake's struggles continue for #STLCards, giving up Danny Espinosa's 1st HR, with #Nats now up 5-2 in 4th.

Apr 29, 2016

It is the most runs the #Mets have scored in a single inning in franchise history.

Apr 29, 2016

The #Mets have just scored 12 runs in the third inning, six runs apiece off #SFGiants Peavy and Broadway,

Apr 29, 2016

Michael Taylor, who opened the game hitting .192 for the #Nats, goes deep on the third pitch of the game off #STLCards Mike Leake


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