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Jacksonville defensive tackle Marcus Stroud received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s steroid policy.

The NFL has a steroid policy?
Gee, I wonder how much national attention this story will garner? Probably less than anything Neifi Perez does.
The Kansas City Royals declined to exercise their option on left-hander Odalis Perez. Anybody want a pitcher who was 8-11 with a 5.57 ERA this season – an improvement over the 6.20 ERA he posted in 2006?
Probably not the No. 2 starter the Orioles are looking for.
Since we were discussing Carlos Silva in a previous entry, you might be interested to know that the free-agent pitcher fired his agent, Peter Greenberg, on Monday and joined the tandem of Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro, who negotiated Carlos Zambrano’s five-year, $91 million deal over the summer and who also represent Sidney Ponson – if he chooses to pitch again.
Torii Hunter qualified as a Type-A free agent, but Silva’s not even a B. And speaking of Hunter, a National League scout says five years, $75 million is a low estimate for Hunter. The scout expects the free-agent center fielder to command $90 million, with the New York Yankees the most likely team to spend that much.
Staying on the Twins, ace pitcher Johan Santana has a full no-trade clause, which was triggered after he won the Cy Young Award in 2006. Just thought it was worth noting if we’re fantasizing about the Orioles acquiring him.
It’s easy to see why the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t exercise their $9 million option on left fielder Geoff Jenkins. Jenkins batted .255 with 21 homers and 64 RBIs while making $7 million this season and often sitting against left-handed pitching. Is that worth $9 million?
I hear the Detroit Tigers are interested in him. Bet it doesn’t cost them $9 million.
Former Orioles reliever Alan Mills has been named pitching coach at Single-A West Michigan, a Tigers affiliate. I bet he’s still the first guy out of the bullpen if a fight breaks out.
He's going to teach the young hurlers how to command their fastball and body slam Darryl Strawberry.

And finally, I’m told the Washington Nationals’ schedule hasn’t been released because they’re pushing for their March 30 home game vs. the New York Mets to be the nationally televised opener on ESPN. They want to show off their new ballpark. And this is causing the release of other schedules to be delayed.

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