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Baseball MVP Braun Suspended for Doping

Will lose $3M sitting out rest of season

(Newser) - Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason today in the first penalty following Major League Baseball's investigation of a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs . Braun accepted the penalty. "I am not perfect. I realize... More »

Joey Votto Named NL's MVP

Votto ends Pujols' two-year reign

(Newser) - Joey Votto overwhelmingly won the election to become the National League's MVP, the AP reports. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman ended the two-year tenure of Albert Pujols, the second-place finisher and a onetime mentor to Votto. "For him to give me time of the day and to talk about... More »

National League Trounces American League

Ends 13-year All-Star drought

(Newser) - "Enough was enough," said St. Louis' Adam Wainwright. Indeed. The National League captured its first Midsummer Classic since 1996 with a 3-1 victory last night. Brian McCann earned MVP honors with a three-run double in the seventh inning, and right fielder Marlon Byrd alertly threw out David Ortiz... More »

All-Star Game Is Another National (League) Shame

(Newser) - After a 12th consecutive All-Star Game loss last night, even “Charlie Brown thinks the National League stinks,” writes Jeff Passan for Yahoo Sports. And in the 2002 tie that interrupted that streak, the senior circuit blew a 4-0 lead. If indeed the teams are evenly matched, and each... More »

Crawford, Bullpen Lead AL to 4-3 All-Star Win

(Newser) - Carl Crawford's glove and one of the great bullpens in All-Star history helped save the American League's winning streak last night at the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Crawford pulled back a home run with a leaping grab an inning before Curtis Granderson tripled and scored the tiebreaking run... More »

Halladay, Lincecum Will Start MLB All-Star Game

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(Newser) - Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay were selected today as the starting pitchers for tomorrow night's All-Star game in St. Louis. Lincecum, last year's National League Cy Young Award winner, is 10-2 with a 2.33 ERA for the San Francisco Giants; he got the nod from NL manager Charlie Manuel.... More »

Cubs' Soto, Rays' Longoria Named Top Rookies

Both win easily, with Tampa star a unanimous choice in AL

(Newser) - Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria were named the rookies of the year today in the National and American leagues, respectively. Soto, 25, was voted an All-Star Game starter and finished the season with a .285 batting average, 23 home runs, and 86 RBI,... More »

Dodgers Return Home Cooking, Down Phillies, 7-2

(Newser) - The Dodgers cut Philadelphia's NLCS lead to 2-1 tonight, riding a 5-run first inning and the mental boost of a bench-clearing standoff to a 7-2 victory in front of a record Dodger Stadium crowd of 56,800. The teams exchanged errant pitches in the second and third innings before the... More »

Dodgers Clinch NL West

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West today before they even got on the field. Because the Arizona Diamondbacks lost to St. Louis, the Dodgers are assured of their first division title in 4 years, the LA Times reports. "The main goal is to get to the World... More »

AL Wins 15-Inning Marathon

American League prevails 4-3

(Newser) - Michael Young's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th gave the American League a 4-3 victory in a marathon All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Justin Morneau slid under the tag with the winning run to end the game after 4 hours and 40 minutes. Neither team had any pitchers... More »

Why the AL Rules Baseball

DH rule, new stadiums, better drafting all contribute to AL dominance

(Newser) - The American League is just flat out better than the National League, writes Darren Everson in the Wall Street Journal. The AL has had a lock on All-Star games for a decade, has won 11 of the last 16 World Series, and it dominates interleague play. Why the disparity? Everson... More »

Newest MLB Division: AL Pacific?

The time may be right for Japanese expansion teams

(Newser) - With the help of modern air travel, Major League Baseball should seriously consider expanding across the Pacific, writes Jim Caple for ESPN. Such a move could be both profitable and intriguing, and keep Japan from hemorrhaging its best talent. Though, as Red Sox manager Terry Francona points out, "Saying... More »

Ward Double Clinches Cubbies' Sweep

Chicago avenges series loss to Arizona in last year's playoffs

(Newser) - Pinch-hitter Daryle Ward delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied again to beat Arizona 6-4 Sunday after the anticipated showdown between Carlos Zambrano and Randy Johnson got wiped out. Carlos Marmol (1-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth and Kerry Wood pitched the... More »

Uggla's 2 Bombs Power Marlins' 7th Straight Win

Streaking Florida is unbeaten in the Nats' new park this season

(Newser) - Dan Uggla's second home run on Sunday was a go-ahead drive in the eighth inning that lifted the Florida Marlins to their seventh straight win, 5-4 over the Washington Nationals. Uggla drove in two runs and has seven RBIs and three homers in two games; he hit a grand slam... More »

Astros Shut Down Slumping Dodgers

Sampson throws 7 solid innings; Erstad, Tejada drive in runs

(Newser) - Chris Sampson pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Darin Erstad and Miguel Tejada each drove in two runs and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 last night. Sampson (2-3) struck out three and walked one in his Dodger Stadium debut, matching his longest outing of the season.... More »

Maddux Beats Rockies For 350th Win

Gonzalez three-run homer helps Padres end 5-game skid

(Newser) - Greg Maddux became the ninth pitcher in big league history to win 350 games, reaching the plateau in his fifth try and leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies last night. With Adrian Gonzalez hitting a three-run homer and the Padres ending a five-game... More »

Arroyo Helps Reds Gain Split With Mets

Keppinger's five hits back right-hander's eight solid innings

(Newser) - Bronson Arroyo pitched eight dominant innings to win a matchup of struggling pitchers and Jeff Keppinger had a career-high five hits, lifting the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Mets 7-1 yesterday for a split of their day-night doubleheader. In the opener, Carlos Beltran hit a bases-loaded triple and drove... More »

Braves' Road Woes Continue

(Newser) - Tom Gorzelanny shook off Mark Teixeira's two-run homer in the first inning to shut out Atlanta during the rest of his 7 1-3 innings, Jason Bay homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended the Braves' road woes with a 5-2 victory tonight. Gorzelanny (3-3), skipped over for a start because of... More »

Soriano Sparks Cubbies' Rally

Six run seventh ruins strong outing by Arizona rookie

(Newser) - Alfonso Soriano had four hits, including a go-ahead double in a six-run seventh inning, and showed some flair on the bases to help the Cubs beat Arizona 7-2. Kosuke Fukudome's first homer since opening day capped the seventh-inning rally as the Cubs won their second straight against the team that... More »

Cardinals Beat Brewers; Snap Losing Skid

(Newser) - Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis' shaky bullpen held today for a 5-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that snapped the Cardinals' season-long three-game skid. Ben Sheets set a franchise record for strikeouts with 1,086. Still, the slumping Brewers... More »

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