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Maple Leafs / Toronto Star:
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun ‘dodged a bullet’: Dick Pound … Brendan Kennedy  —  Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun claimed victory Friday in what he called a day for “everybody who has ever been wrongly accused,” but his successful appeal leaves many unanswered questions …
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Ryan Braun says testing process failed  —  Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said he won his appeal of a positive drug test and 50-game suspension because “the truth is on my side.”  —  “Today is for everybody who has ever been wrongly accused,” he said Friday at a news conference …
Discussion: MLB, ESPN and Baseball Nation
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
In speaking, Braun proud of ‘integrity’  —  PHOENIX — Addressing the media one day after he became the first Major Leaguer to successfully appeal a suspected violation of MLB's Drug Treatment and Prevention Program, Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun said the ordeal has been the greatest challenge of his life.
Discussion: Brew Beat
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun is acquitted, not exonerated over testosterone test  —  Commissioner's connection to Brewers raises questions  —  Ryan Braun gets off with no penalty after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs.  —  Ryan Braun says he is innocent and that he is clean, that he never used synthetic testosterone.
Fox Sports:
Why did MLB case vs. Braun fall apart?
Discussion: Over the Monster
Tim Brown / Yahoo! Sports:
NL MVP Ryan Braun wins appeal of drug test
Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Carpenter arrives, looks to win bullpen job  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two days after being handed over to the Red Sox as compensation for the departed Theo Epstein, hard-throwing righty Chris Carpenter arrived at JetBlue Park.  —  “We all knew something was going to happen,” Carpenter said.
Discussion: Boston Globe
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Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Bobby V. looking forward to first full workout  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Since virtually the Red Sox's entire roster reported to camp early this year, it's easy to forget that Saturday marks the team's first full-squad workout.  —  But it will be a big day, in that manager Bobby Valentine …
Discussion: Boston Globe
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:   Pedroia still smarting from failures of 2011
Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
Jeter may be more like Ali than he thinks  —  The Captain could have something other than greatness in common with the Champ … TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter took the podium wearing a Muhammad Ali T-shirt, and if his intention was to send a message, consider it received.
Eddie Matz / ESPN:
Saviormetrics  —  Brandon McCarthy was almost out of baseball in 2010 when he reinvented himself by writing Moneyball's next chapter.  Now he's one of the game's best pitchers.  —  ESPN The Magazine  —  Williams + Hirakawa  —  The A's think so highly of “MacNasty” that he'll earn $4.275 million this season.
Jim Souhan / Souhan on Sports:
Morneau speaks realistically about his future  —  Justin Morneau spoke on Friday morning in Fort Myers, and if you get past the usual optimism that every athlete offers when dealing with injuries, the news was not good.  —  Asked if he's contemplated his concussion symptoms ending his career, Morneau said:
Jon Krawczynski / Globe and Mail:
Justin Morneau hopeful concussion issues are behind him  —  Justin Morneau arrived at spring training for the Minnesota Twins hopeful that his concussion issues are finally behind him.  However, the former AL MVP isn't making any guarantees because he knows he doesn't have many more treatment and recovery periods left in him.
Marc Hulet / FanGraphs Baseball:
Top 15 Prospects: New York Yankees  —  As a life-long Toronto Blue Jays fan it's not easy to like the Yankees.  As a prospect analyst, though, I can't help but love the organization's minor league system.  Even when New York has “hiccups” with its draft philosophy, the system manages to churn …
Doug Padilla / ESPN:
Starlin Castro says he's innocent  —  MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro maintained his innocence in the face of a sexual assault complaint, saying Friday the entire incident has taught him a valuable lesson.  —  With Chicago police investing a possible sexual assault last Sept. 28 …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Caruso, Joe Torre withdraw bid to buy Dodgers  —  Caruso and Torre say in a letter to Major League Baseball that they are withdrawing their bid because of Frank McCourt's refusal to include the Dodger Stadium parking lots in the deal.  —  Rick Caruso, Joe Torre (Los Angeles Times)
Discussion: Dodgers Blog, HardballTalk and 6-4-2
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ESPN:   Report: Torre, developer withdraw Dodgers bid
 
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