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Dee Gordon tests positive for PEDs, suspended 80 games

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Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for performance enhancing substances, Major League Baseball announced Thursday night.   Marlins 2B Dee Gordon suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, effective immediately. — MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2016 Gordon tested positive for Clostebol, as well as Testosterone, per Jeff Passan ...

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Majority stake of Seattle Mariners sold to John Stanton Group

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The Seattle Mariners on Wednesday announced that a 90 percent stake in the team has been sold by Nintendo of America, the team’s majority ownership group, to a group led by current minority owner John Stanton.   Nintendo of America plans to sell a majority of its interest in the #Mariners to other members of the current ownership group. — ...

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Oakland Athletics call up top prospect Sean Manaea

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The Oakland Athletics will call up left handed pitcher Sean Manaea to start Friday against the Houston Astros. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the move, and the A’s have since confirmed that Manaea, the team’s top pitching prospect, will make his MLB debut on Friday. Manaea, 24, began the season in Nashville — Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate ...

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Is Sonny Gray in the Athletics long-term plans?

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Over the past few years, the Oakland Athletics have developed a reputation for trading established impact players away. At one time, the A’s had a string of 14 consecutive winning months — a franchise record — but times have changed. Gone are the likes of AL MVP Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes, Jeff Samardzija, and others. With so many prominent players ...

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What should the Red Sox do with Pablo Sandoval?

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The Pablo Sandoval saga in Boston is currently at a standstill, but Sandoval’s prospects in Boston aren’t good. Sandoval, who was benched to start the season, was recently placed on the disabled list with a shoulder issue. Initially, there was little information about the extent of Sandoval’s injury. Dave Dombrowski said there was “a lot going on” with Sandoval’s shoulder. ...

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Report: Rangers, Adrian Beltre agree to two-year extension

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The Texas Rangers have come to terms on a two-year extension with third baseman Adrian Beltre, Evan Grant of SportsDay in Dallas reports. The deal is set to pay Beltre $18 million per season, for a total of $36 million. Beltre, 37, was slated to hit free agency after the 2016 season before this extension was reached. He was in ...

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Rockies’ Trevor Story hits four homers in three games

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Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story has created one of the biggest storylines in the first week of the 2016 season. Story, 23, has a higher total of home runs — 4 — than Major League games played, 3. Story hit two home runs in his MLB debut on Opening Day, one in Colorado’s second game, and has one in ...

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Report: Pirates agree to five-year extension with Gregory Polanco

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a long-term extension with outfielder Gregory Polanco, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. The Pirates have done early deals for young outfielders before, notably Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte, and it appears Polanco is the latest. Passan reports the deal, agreed to in principle, is for five-years, and carries two team options. It is ...

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Chris Archer strikes out 12, sets Rays Opening Day record

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The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Opening Day on Sunday, and Rays ace Chris Archer was saddled with the loss. Along the way, though, Archer set a Rays Opening Day franchise record. Archer, who pitched five innings and surrendered three runs — two of which were earned — set a Rays record with 12 strikeouts. ...

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Red Sox bench Pablo Sandoval

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Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, once thought of as a prized free agent acquisition, will begin the 2016 season on the bench, manager John Farrell announced on Thursday.   John Farrell says that Travis Shaw is the #RedSox third baseman. Pablo Sandoval to the bench. Met with both players this morning. — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) March 31, 2016 ...

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