Braun Suspended By MLB - Admits To Cheating

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The first star to fall in baseball's latest drug investigation is Ryan Braun. The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the remainder of this season and the postseason on Monday. Braun accepted the 65-game suspension rather than file an appeal which is 15 more games that he avoided last year when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the sample was not handled correctly. The fact that Braun did not appeal this suspension is a strong indication that the case MLB has built against him is overwhelming. Braun's statement following the announcement of his suspension makes him look like more of an ass than he already has become with all his lies. A year ago, he stared into that camera (picture below) and told us he did not do it. Dino Laurenzi lost his job because of this cheater. Braun is only the first name to drop with more to come. Up next - Alex Rodriguez.   

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Max Scherzer earned his 14th win on Monday with another quality start against the White Sox. Scherzer limited the Sox to two runs over eight innings with no walks and struck out five. Scherzer is 14-1 with a 3.14 ERA.
  • Miguel Cabrera (hip) is day-to-day with a sore left hip flexor. It appears the Tigers dodged a bullet with this injury not being worse. Cabrera is hitting .358 with 31 home runs and 96 RBI this season. He went 0-for-1 with two walks Monday night.
  • Matt Kemp (ankle) had X-rays on his left ankle on Monday and they came back negative, but it appears that Kemp could be going back to the disabled list as soon as today. Kemp sprained his ankle sliding into home plate on Sunday in Washington.
  • Yu Darvish held the Yankees to just two hits over 6 1/3 innings in his first start since returning from the disabled list. Darvish walked two and struck out four Yankees. Darvish improved to 9-4 with a 2.86 ERA this season.
  • Brad Ziegler has been named the Diamondbacks closer for now. D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson made the announcement on Monday.  Fantasy owners in need of saves can certainly grab Ziegler if he is avaliable, but don't be surprised if Heath Bell or J.J. Putz gets the job back in the near future.
  • Chris Sale struck out 11 Tigers in a losing effort on Monday night. Sale gave up four runs - two earned- as he threw 119 pitches. The durability of Sale moving forward is a concern because the work load in his last four starts has been heavy.
  • Jayson Werth had his second straight two home run game on Monday against Pittsburgh. Werth had four RBI and he will look to become the first player to hit two home runs three nights in a row since 2003.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) missed his fourth straight game on Monday night, but he is scheduled to take batting practice today. Cespedes reported on Monday that he felt good taking dry swings and he could return to the lineup tonight.
  • Kevin Gregg earned the save on Monday night against the Diamondbacks after allowing one hit with no walks and no strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning. Now that Matt Garza has been traded by the Cubs, Gregg could be the next guy to waive good-bye the the north side of Chicago.