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8:35 PM ET, February 23, 2012


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Mike Axisa / MLB Rumors:
Ryan Braun Wins Appeal, Will Not Be Suspended  —  Ryan Braun has won the appeal of his failed banned substance test and will not be suspended for the first 50 games of the season, reports Tom Haudricourt of The Journal Sentinel.  The union officially announced the win, saying both parties agreed …
Associated Press:
Ryan Braun wins appeal of suspension  —  NEW YORK — National League MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension has been overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.  —  The decision was announced Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association.  —  An outfielder for Milwaukee …
Adam McCalvy /
Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension  —  Panel votes 2-1 to overturn NL MVP's suspected violation  —  PHOENIX — The verdict is in for National League MVP Ryan Braun: Not guilty.  —  The Brewers outfielder is the first Major Leaguer to successfully appeal a suspected violation of MLB's Drug Treatment and Prevention Program.
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Ryan Braun wins appeal of positive drug test  —  By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel  —  Phoenix - Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun became the first major-league player to have a positive drug test overturned when he was informed Thursday that an arbitration panel ruled …
Craig Calcaterra / HardballTalk:
Ryan Braun wins the appeal of his drug suspension
John Tomase / Boston Herald:
Bobby Jenks details surgery nightmare  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  FORT MYERS — Now we know why Bobby Jenks isn't going to pitch anytime soon, if at all this year: He's been living a nightmare.  —  This morning at JetBlue [JBLU] Park …
Discussion: Boston Globe
Associated Press:   Scary offseason for Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
The harrowing tale of Bobby Jenks
Discussion: HardballTalk and Baseball Nation
Jerry Crasnick / MLB:
Source: Oswalt willing to join team midseason … After waiting until spring training and failing to land a job to his satisfaction, free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt has told major league clubs that he might pull a Roger Clemens and return midseason, according to a baseball source.  —  Oswalt
Dejan Kovacevic /
Pirates president Coonelly charged with DUI  —  Pirates president Frank Coonelly has been charged with four counts related to drunken driving in Ross, the Tribune-Review has learned.  —  Ross Township police arrested Coonelly, 51, of Sewickley on Dec. 22 and charged him with drunken driving …
Associated Press:   Pirates president Coonelly faces four DUI charges
Bill Shaikin / Dodgers Blog:
Rick Caruso, Joe Torre withdraw from bidding to buy Dodgers  —  Rick Caruso and former Dodgers manager Joe Torre have withdrawn a joint bid to buy the Dodgers, three people familiar with the sale process said Thursday.  —  Caruso cited owner Frank McCourt's refusal to include …
Troy Renck / On the Rox:   Rockies' Joe Torres apologizes following MLB suspension
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Yanks, Russell Martin talking  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Yankees have proposed ripping up Russell Martin's new one-year contract and giving him a three-year deal, his agent Matt Colleran told  —  If the two sides were to come to an agreement, it would make Martin a Yankee through 2014.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB players pained by first HGH testing, oppose it in-season  —  PEORIA, Ariz. - Major League Baseball players, submitting to human growth hormone tests for the first time, said they're opposed to in-season testing after enduring adverse effects this spring from giving blood.
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
Danny Valentine / St. Petersburg Times:
Drug charges send former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes to jail again  —  TAMPA — Former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested early Thursday after he tried to eat a plastic bag of marijuana and had marijuana blunt tucked behind his ear, police said.  —  The 27-year-old Tampa man was pulled …
Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
Selig Pushes for Expanded Playoffs in 2012, Decision in No More Than a Week  —  (L-R) Rob Manfred, Bud Selig, and Michael Weiner at the announcement of the new MLB  —  labor deal.  As part of the agreement, a decision on expanded playoffs in 2012 needs to be  —  determined no later than a week from today.
Fox Sports:
Marlins' salary plan may anger union  —  The minimum salary in the new collective-bargaining agreement increased from $414,000 to $480,000, giving even the lowest-paid players a handsome wage.  —  Baseball's economic system, however, allows clubs to otherwise determine the salaries of players …
Mike Kerwick /
Mets' sluggers can see the writing on the wall  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A group of fans tried to stop Daniel Murphy on his way out to Field No. 7.  Earlier in the morning, he had signed every bat, glove and piece of paper handed his way.  —  But now he had an appointment.
Discussion: and Bats
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Ruben Tejada remains in Panama despite Terry Collins' desire to have Jose Reyes' replacement in NY Mets camp
Discussion: New Jersey Online
Howard Megdal / Capital New York:
The Mets owners keep peddling a story about new investors, but who's buying?  —  Here we go again.  —  Newsday reported on Wednesday evening that Fred Wilpon and his partners, who own the New York Mets, had reached an agreement to sell seven minority shares in the club.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Newsday
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