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MLB suspends two Minor Leaguers for drug violations

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Minnesota Twins Minor League left-handed pitcher Cam Booser has received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Booser, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League, will be effective at the start of the 2017 Appalachian League season.

 

New York Yankees Minor League right-handed pitcher Matt Marsh has received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Marsh, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

 

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom earns National League Player of the Week

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending June 18th.

Other competitors for the weekly award included first baseman Matt Adams (.500, 8 R, 6 XBH, 10 RBI) also posted an impressive week for the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta’s newly acquired slugger connected for his second multi-home run game of the season last Monday (also June 3rd), and the fifth of his career. Adams, who joined the club on May 20th, ranks second among NL leaders in home runs (7) and RBI (19) during the month of June. Moreover, outfielder Dexter Fowler (.458, 4 HR, 11 RBI, .958 SLG) was imposing for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 2016 NL All-Star has homered in each of his last four games, becoming the first Cardinals player to accomplish the feat since Albert Pujols in 2011. Dexter’s streak is tied for the second-longest in the Majors this season, following Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers, who recorded a streak of five straight games from April 13th-17th. Other noteworthy performances last week included Dexter’s teammate, infielder Matt Carpenter (.455, 9 R, 5 2B, 6 RBI); closer Kenley Jansen (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; second baseman DJ LeMahieu (.452, 7 R, 14 H, 6 RBI) of the Colorado Rockies; and closer Fernando Rodney (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 8 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Jacob deGrom will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

deGrom compiled a 2-0 record while allowing one run over 17.0 innings pitched to claim his third career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on June 8, 2015. Jacob struck out 12 batters and issued six free passes along with eight hits in two dominant starts last week, while also blasting a solo home run in yesterday’s contest against the NL East-rival Washington Nationals. deGrom is the first Mets hurler to take home weekly honors since his teammate Noah Syndergaard was named NL Player of the Week last season for the period ending May 22nd.

In deGrom’s first start of the week last Monday against the Chicago Cubs, the right-hander tossed his first complete game of the 2017 season, and the second of his career, last doing so against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 17, 2016. deGrom’s strong outing marked the sixth consecutive start in which a Mets starting pitcher allowed one run-or-fewer, following Zack Wheeler (7.0 IP, 1 R), Matt Harvey (5.0, 0), Robert Gsellman (6.2, 0), Steven Matz (7.0, 1) and Seth Lugo (7.0, 1). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time that six New York starters allowed one run-or-fewer in consecutive starts was May 20-28, 2010 as part of a franchise-record eight-game stretch. deGrom, who is celebrating his 29th birthday today, followed up his complete-game outing with an 8.0 inning effort in which he allowed just three hits, did not surrender an earned run and struck out six batters. Through his first 90 career starts, the 2015 NL All-Star has now allowed one run-or-fewer on 40 occasions, the second-highest total in Mets history behind Dwight Gooden’s mark of 41 such starts. In addition, the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year has logged 598 strikeouts over his first 90 starts, again the second-highest total in franchise history to Gooden (677). Entering play today, deGrom ranks fourth in strikeouts (106) and third in strikeouts-per-nine innings (10.72) among qualified NL hurlers.

 

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Indians’ José Ramírez named American League Player of the Week

 

 

Cleveland Indians infielder José Ramírez has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 18th.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, José Ramírez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Ramírez posted a slash line of .516/.545/1.065 with nine runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs, seven RBI and a stolen base over seven games to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award, and the first for an Indians position player since his teammate Carlos Santana claimed weekly honors last season for the week ending September 25th. Among AL leaders, José finished the period first in hits (16), doubles, extra-base hits (11), total bases (33) and slugging percentage; third in batting average; tied for third in runs scored and on-base percentage; and sixth in home runs.

Ramírez enters play today in the midst of a six-game streak with multiple hits, matching the longest multi-hit stretch in the Majors this season (also: Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon, Houston’s George Springer, Seattle’s Jean Segura, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman and José Abreu of the White Sox). During his impressive run, the 24-year-old has slashed .593/.621/1.222 with 11 extra-base hits, leading the Tribe to a 5-1 mark. Coinciding with his multi-hit streak is José’s stretch of six consecutive games with a double, tied with Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals and Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second-longest streak in the Majors this season. Mitch Moreland’s streak of seven straight games with a double from April 7th-13th for the Red Sox paces the Majors. The streak of six games is the most by an Indians player since Kenny Lofton recorded a double in six games from June 17-22, 1994. In the first game of Cleveland’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, the Bani, Dominican Republic native registered his second multi-homer game of the season (also April 15th) to go along with a double and four RBI. Led by José’s hot week at the plate, Cleveland now owns a 36-31 (.537) record and leads the AL Central by 2.0 games.

José’s teammate, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (.391, 10 R, 4 HR, 10 RBI), also posted a strong week for the Indians. Encarnacion, who is in his first season with the Indians, scored multiple runs in four-of-seven games, and also recorded his second multi-homer game of the season (also May 23rd) on Sunday afternoon. Starting pitcher Jacob Faria (2-0, 1.35 ERA, 13.1 IP, 17 SO) delivered two impressive starts for the Tampa Bay Rays. With his win yesterday against the Detroit Tigers, the 23-year-old joined Jeremy Hellickson (2010) as the only pitchers in franchise history to win his first three career games, all as a starter. In addition, Faria became the fifth pitcher since at least 1913 to toss at least 6.0 innings, allow one run-or-fewer and earn the victory in his first three career appearances. Other noteworthy performances included outfielder Lorenzo Cain (.458, 8 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals; outfielder Trey Mancini (.448, 9 R, 7 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles; and outfielder Ben Gamel (.448, 11 R, 13 H, 3 2B) of the Seattle Mariners.

 

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Latest NL 2017 All-Star balloting update shows close races all around the infield

Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot available online until Thursday, June 29 at 11:59 p.m. ET

 

A trio of close infield races at third base, first base and shortstop highlight the latest National League balloting update for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The next balloting update for the American League will be announced tomorrow. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which is available exclusively online via MLB.com, Club sites and mobile devices, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, June 29th at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

At third base, two-time All-Star and reigning NL Most Valuable Player Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs has received 1,603,326 votes, while two-time All-Star Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies remains close behind with 1,300,612. Bryant, who is tied for first in the Majors with 47 walks, is batting .264 on the season with 15 home runs, 28 RBI and 14 doubles. Arenado, who leads the Majors with 26 doubles while batting .299 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI, hit for the cycle on Sunday afternoon following his dramatic three-run, walk-off homer in a 7-5 win over the San Francisco Giants. Bryant is bidding for his second consecutive fan-elected start, while Arenado is trying to become the first Rockies third baseman to earn a fan election.

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has tallied 1,404,251 votes to remain slightly ahead of Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo (1,247,219) in a race that has remained close from the start. Zimmerman, who is batting .349 on the season with 19 home runs and 54 RBI, is aiming for his second career All-Star selection (2009) and first starting assignment. Rizzo is vying for his fourth career All-Star selection (2014-16) and second straight fan-elected start.

Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart has received 1,465,327 to remain in front of Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (1,143,767). Cozart is aiming for his first career All-Star selection, while Seager is attempting to earn his first starting assignment and second All-Star selection overall in his second full season. The 31-year-old Cozart leads NL shortstops with a .320 batting average, a .404 on-base percentage and a .562 slugging percentage, while Seager leads the position with 50 runs scored and 18 doubles.

The remaining NL leaders include: second baseman Daniel Murphy of the Nationals (2,365,180); catcher Buster Posey of the Giants (1,890,039); and outfielders Bryce Harper of the Nationals (MLB-high 2,827,330), Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies (2,259,867) and Jason Heyward of the Cubs (973,333).

The third outfield spot remains the NL’s closest race as Heyward continues to fight off teammate Ben Zobrist (887,804); Miami’s Marcell Ozuna (871,393); Atlanta’s Matt Kemp (835,324); Giancarlo Stanton (823,558) of the Marlins; and Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs (775,212). The six outfielders are separated by less than 200,000 votes. Murphy, who still has the second-highest vote total in the NL behind Harper, remains ahead of Chicago’s Javier Báez (1,328,917) at second base. Cubs backstop Willson Contreras (957,933) continues to chase Posey behind the plate.

The Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, the largest program of its kind in professional sports, is being conducted exclusively online for the third consecutive season. Fans around the world can cast their votes for starters a total of 35 times with the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period. The 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot is available in English and Spanish, and offers audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD León once again sponsors online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.

Details regarding the unveiling of the 2017 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available later this week. The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 23 for the NL and 22 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office.

Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 32-man roster via the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 16th season with over 680 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2017 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Marlins Park (July 11th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 10th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 9th), All-Star FanFest at the Miami Beach Convention Center (July 7th-11th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 88th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

MLB suspends two Minor League players for violations of drug abuse

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Minnesota Twins Minor League left-handed pitcher Cam Booser has received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Booser, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League, will be effective at the start of the 2017 Appalachian League season.

 

New York Yankees Minor League right-handed pitcher Matt Marsh has received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Marsh, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

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