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Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Starling Marte Suspended 80 Games For Positive PED Test  —  Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended for 80 games due to a positive PED test, the league announced.  Marte tested positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid.  As per Major League Baseball's PED policy …
Discussion: Fox Sports and MLB Daily Dish
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Chris Cwik / Yahoo:
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs  —  Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced.  Marte will begin serving the suspension immediately.
Warren Mayes / Yahoo Sports:
Lynn, Cardinals end 3-game losing skid, edge Pirates 2-1
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
Associated Press:
Report: MLB umpires may soon take to mic to explain replays  —  Adrian Gonzalez dives headfirst into home, seems to beat the tag by Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, but is called out.  —  “Safe!” shout fans at Dodger Stadium who see replays on the board.  —  Umpires go to their headsets …
Tennessean.com:
DeMarco Murray: Tony Romo ‘still has something left in the tank’ … CONNECT  —  Titans running back DeMarco Murray believes Tony Romo is still capable of playing at a high level, but he understands his former quarterback's decision to leave the game for the broadcast booth.  —  “I think he'll do great.
Pete Blackburn / Fox Sports:
A dancing Braves fan became a jumbotron legend with one dazzling routine  —  The Atlanta Braves capped off a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres at home on Monday, but that's not what's important here.  —  What's truly important is this masterpiece of a dance routine from a young fan on the jumbotron during that series finale.
Discussion: Talking Chop
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Baltimore Orioles need to boost their farm system before it's too late  —  The Orioles soon will be at a crossroads - they could lose right-hander Chris Tillman to free agency after this season and third baseman Manny Machado, center fielder Adam Jones and closer Zach Britton after 2018.
Discussion: Sportsnet.ca
Jeffrey Flanagan / MLB.com:
Inbox: What's up with former top pick Russell?  —  The Royals have won four straight and climbed back to 6-6, thanks mostly to a rotation that has posted a Major League-best 2.31 ERA.  At some point, the offense will catch up, and as manager Ned Yost said Sunday, Kansas City could get on a serious roll.
Discussion: Royals Review
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Clay Buchholz To Miss 4-6 Months After Flexor Tendon Surgery  —  Clay Buchholz underwent surgery to fix a torn flexor pronator mass in his right forearm, the Phillies announced.  CSNNE's Jared Carrabis reported last night that the Phillies right-hander had decided upon surgery to fix his injury.
Discussion: The Good Phight and MLB Daily Dish
Paul GutierrezESPN / ESPN:
Derek Carr: Fans leaving after Las Vegas vote not ‘true Raider fans’  —  ALAMEDA, Calif. — While the Oakland Raiders may be lame ducks as they await a move to Las Vegas, quarterback Derek Carr hopes fans won't be, well, lame in the interim.  —  In fact, he expects fans to unite, rather than fight with each other.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
From goat to ‘God’ and back: Eric Thames' amazing MLB comeback story  —  CHICAGO - Eric Thames walks into the loud Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse after his historical evening, starts to strip off his uniform, when a stranger approaches him at his locker.  —  It was a representative from Major League Baseball's drug-testing program.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Tampa Bay Times:
Rays journal: Blake Snell still mixing good, bad in starts  —  BOSTON — This was about the best thing you could say about second-year LHP Blake Snell's start in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox:  —  “Still some good, still some not so good,” manager Kevin Cash said.  —  “The pitch count is the thing.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Brett OkamotoESPN / ESPN:
Dana White: If Jon Jones is ready late July, he'll fight Daniel Cormier  —  The UFC is willing to grant former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones an immediate title shot upon his return this summer, according to UFC president Dana White.  —  White told ESPN.com on Monday he is open …
Discussion: Fox Sports and NESN.com
 
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Rich Hill Heads Back To 10-Day DL
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Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
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ESPN:
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