Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis says the only way baseball will rid itself of performance-enhancing drugs is to stiffen its penalties, which he believes should, at the least, include a five-year suspension for a first-time offender.
Orioles infielder and designated hitter Danny Valencia, whose name reportedly appeared on a list from Biogenesis, the defunct Miami-area anti-aging clinic, was cleared of any involvement and did not receive a suspension.
Maybe it's just me, but we're so far through the looking glass in baseball's PED scandal that it's hard to take anything at face value, including the unprecedented 65-game suspension of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.
With only 19 days remaining until Manny Machado's 21st birthday, Elias Sports Bureau and its number-crunching competitors are running out of time to come up with age-20 stats for the Baltimore Orioles' prodigious third baseman.
After winning five of seven and taking both series in last week's homestand against the Angels and Red Sox, the Orioles hit the road today to open a six-game, seven-day road trip to Detroit and Toronto.
The word that seems to follow Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado through a clubhouse full of older players is "aware." His teammates marvel at the maturity he displays while somehow showing the deference that is expected from someone so new to "The Show."
The American League East has long been considered one of baseball's toughest divisions, and that should hold true again in 2013. But it's no longer a division dominated by a couple high-spending teams and the occasional upstart. Suddenly, the AL East is being recognized for its depth.
In case you missed it last night, Orioles utility man Danny Valencia was linked to a now-defunct South Florida clinic, Biogenesis, that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, among others.
Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia has been linked to a Miami-area clinic that allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to several major league baseball players, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
The Winter Meetings are officially underway today here in the Music City, as everyone from baseball executives, agents, media members and job seekers are wandering the halls of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.