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7:25 PM ET, April 29, 2016


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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Dee Gordon Receives 80-Game PED Suspension  —  10:39am: Gordon tested positive for the pair of substances in Spring Training, a league source tells ESPN's Jayson Stark.  —  12:20am: In a stunning development, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been hit with an eighty-game suspension for PEDs, according to a league announcement.
Marlins 2B Dee Gordon suspended 80 games after PEDs violation  —  Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay, effective immediately, for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy, the league said early Friday.  —  The speedy second baseman tested positive …
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Will angry players push for tougher PED penalties after the latest suspensions?  —  Dee Gordon is the latest prominent player to get suspended  —  Harsher penalties are coming — a fierce debate over harsher penalties, at the very least.  —  Some prominent players, in a story I wrote …
Denver Post:
COLORADO ROCKIES / MLB  —  ROCKIES PITCHING DEPTH HAS EVAPORATED.  AND NOW THEY'RE PLUGGING HOLES.  —  The Denver Post  —  Eddie Butler, currently in limbo between the bullpen and rotation, delivers a pitch to a Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning Wednesday.  (David Zalubowski, The Associated Press)
John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Hays eagles' feline meal disturbing for some viewers  —  It was inevitable, from the moment video cameras went up over Pittsburgh bald eagle nests, that viewers would eventually see something disturbing.  —  On Tuesday, eagles at the Hays nest site brought a young cat into the nest to feed their two eaglets.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Former All-Star reliever Grant Balfour officially retires  —  Former AL All-Star reliever Grant Balfour has decided to officially retire, ending a 19-year pro career.  —  3 Months Ago 3 Months Ago 3 Months Ago  —  “I had a pretty good career,” Balfour told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday.
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Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
The Braves' season is lost and their future is a big question mark  —  Atlanta's season is already in the tank, but are the Braves poised to get any better in 2017 and beyond?  —  The Braves are 4-17.  The season is lost.  Manager Fredi Gonzalez will be fired.
Kyle Burger / WVTM:
11-year-old protects Talladega home against intruder  —  Chris Gaither, 11, shot a home intruder Wednesday morning  —  Home school student Chris Gaither, 11, was alone Wednesday morning when he heard a noise.  —  Someone had broken into his house and walked upstairs.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians Designate Ross Detwiler, Activate Tommy Hunter  —  The Indians announced on Friday that they've activated right-hander Tommy Hunter off the disabled list and designated lefty Ross Detwiler for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster.
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Seeking To Trade For Draft Picks  —  The Braves have reached out to teams with competitive balance draft selections — the only kind that can be traded — in an attempt to bolster their number of draft choices and available bonus pool, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports (Twitter links).
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Diamondbacks Claim Edwin Escobar From Red Sox  —  The Red Sox announced on Friday that recently designated-for-assignment left-hander Edwin Escobar has been claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks.  —  The 24-year-old Escobar came to the Red Sox alongside right-hander Heath Hembree …
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Washington Post:
Why wide receiver Josh Doctson?  Redskins went best player available.  —  Wide receiver wasn't a significant priority for the Washington Redskins in the first round, but they stuck with their board on Thursday.  —  After trading down a spot with the Houston Texans, Josh Doctson remained …
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