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July 25, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The owner of the Milwaukee Brewers said Wednesday he expects suspended slugger Ryan Braun to do and say "the right things" to rehabilitate his image among fans. Mark Attanasio, the Los Angeles-based owner of the team, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he had no intention to trade or release Braun. Although Braun forfeited about $3.4 million by accepting a 65-game suspension Monday, the Brewers have guaranteed him another $127 million through 2020. They would remain obligated to pay that money if they released him. Attanasion also said he expected Braun to speak publicly -- rather than limit his comments to a prepared statement -- once Major League Baseball has completed an investigation that is expected to result in more than a dozen suspensions for violations of baseball's drug policy.
July 25, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson broke his right ankle Wednesday night when New York's Eric Young Jr. stepped on his ankle while Hudson was covering first base during Atlanta's 8-2 victory. "We won, but it's a tough night," catcher Brian McCann said. Hudson, 38, ran to first after Young hit a grounder to Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman in the eighth inning. Hudson took Freeman's toss at the bag just before Young arrived. Young stepped on the back of Hudson's right ankle, snapping his leg in a scene reminiscent of Joe Thiesmann's infamous "Monday Night Football" injury.
July 25, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
All of us who enjoy watching South Carolina super-stud Jadeveon Clowney play (and plow) are relieved to know his season is not going to be derailed for illegal targeting by some rapper. Clowney is, knuckles down, the nation's best defensive player and a key cog in South Carolina's BCS hopes this season. There were concerns the defensive end might have broken NCAA rules by talking to superstar rapper Jay-Z, who now fancies himself a sports agent looking to represent future No. 1 overall choices in the NFL draft.
July 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels claimed right-handed reliever J.C. Gutierrez on waivers from the Kansas City Royals, giving them another bullpen option. Gutierrez, 30, had a 3.38 earned-run average in 25 appearances in Kansas City. The Royals designated him for assignment last week. Gutierrez underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011. This is his first full season since the surgery. Gutierrez has a 4.58 ERA in 175 career appearances, most of them for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2009-11. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto was a Diamondbacks executive then, including a short stint in 2010 as interim general manager.
July 24, 2013
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss how 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun might perform next season after returning from his suspension for violating baseball's drug policy. Feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment of your own. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times It's a tough question, because Braun accepted his suspension in part because MLB agreed not to disclose the evidence. Logic would say Braun would not have used performance-enhancing substances last season, after he had come so close to a suspension then.
July 24, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Aaron Rodgers can breathe a little easier today -- Todd Sutton isn't going to insist the Green Bay Packers hand over his entire salary from last year just because Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended for violating baseball's drug policy. “I'd just take a game check,” a laughing Sutton told USA Today Sports on Tuesday. According to the newspaper's calculations, that would be $281,250 -- which is just a fraction of the $4.5 million Rodgers made last season but a nice chunk of change to make off a silly little Twitter exchange.
July 23, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards. “He's an extremely talented pitcher that's had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who's throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said in a statement released by the team. “It's a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we've got, and he was available.
July 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Last year Ryan Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, then held a news conference that basically amounted to a victory speech. There will be no such speech this time around. Not after the Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. But take another look at that presser from last year, above. After what has recently come to light, how do you feel when you see Braun wag his finger and put his hand over his heart as he scolds Major League Baseball for putting him through such an ordeal?
July 23, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
I hate Ryan Braun. And I hate Lance Armstrong. Yes, it's because they're cheaters. Yes, it's because they've cast a pall over their sports, one of which -- baseball -- I happen to love. And yes, it's because I have two sons whom I've shared that love of baseball with, and now that's tarnished for all of us. But it's something more too. After all, sports is, sadly, rife with cheaters. Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and a cast of hundreds in baseball . Likewise in cycling: I mean, who isn't cheating in cycling?
July 23, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
On the worst day of this baseball season, Ryan Braun wasn't the only thing suspended. So too was the belief that in this era of stringent testing and severe penalties, most baseball players should be considered innocent until proved dirty. Wrong. Your favorite oversized or incredibly improved player must now be questioned, even doubted, because if somebody with little motive and zero pressure such as Ryan Braun can be such an incredible cheater and liar, this list of fellow miscreants must be very long indeed.
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