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Twins DH/3B Miguel Sano disciplined by MLB

Miguel Sano 2016 By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions in the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field, which caused benches to clear. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

In addition, Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd has received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Sanó.

Sanó’s suspension had been scheduled to be served tonight, when the Twins are to visit the Texas Rangers. However, he has elected to appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to Sanó will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.




MLB suspends three Minor League players; Indians prospect Steve Delabar amongst group

Press Release | April 24th, 2017

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

Seattle Mariners Minor League right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a violation of the program.

Cleveland Indians Minor League right-handed pitcher Steve Delabar, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers of the International League, has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Ostarine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Jeffry Hernandez has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Fernandez will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.




MLB, Miami Marlins donate money through All-Star Legacy initiative

Funding will support national charities, local improvement projects in greater Miami and beyond

Press Release | April 24th, 2017

Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins today announced the contribution of more than $5 million toward the 2017 All-Star Legacy initiative to fund community improvement projects designed to leave a lasting impact throughout Greater Miami and beyond and support national charitable organizations.

This is the 20th anniversary of the All-Star Legacy program, which started in 1997 in connection to the Midsummer Classic in Cleveland. This year’s All-Star Legacy effort features the development of youth baseball and softball playing fields, Boys & Girls Club teen centers, an airport military hospitality lounge and a mobile eye unit. The various All-Star Legacy projects will be unveiled leading up to the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

More Than $5 Million to Local Projects and National Charities

MLB Charities, the Miami Marlins and the Marlins Foundation (a donor-advised fund of The Miami Foundation) plan to donate approximately $5 million, a significant portion of which will go toward the All-Star Legacy initiative. The donation also will support national charitable partners of Major League Baseball, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer, among others. The funds will be raised from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 10th. Since 1997, MLB and host All-Star Clubs have donated approximately $80 million through the All-Star Legacy initiative.

2017 All-Star Legacy Projects

· José Martí Park (Miami, FL) — This project will include a complete renovation and rededication of the field at José Martí Park. Renovations will include regrading the field to eliminate low spots, replacing the outfield grass with field turf, adding new high-efficiency sports lighting, and a drainage system to help facilitate weather-related delays. Additionally, all fencing and the backstop will be repaired with new vinyl coated fencing. Other improvements will include extending the dugout at both sides with roofs and new benches, installing bleachers with shade canopies, and the installation of an art component on the adjacent gymnasium building’s façade. The renovations could potentially result in an additional 1,000-3,000 youth players participating in baseball and softball programming at José Martí Park.

· Charles Hadley Park (Miami, FL) — Upgrades to Charles Hadley Park will consist of a complete renovation of a baseball field, including replacing all fencing and the backstop with new vinyl coated fencing, installing new dugouts and re-grading the outfield turf. Additional improvements will include reconditioning the infield clay as well as the fabric along the first and third base lines. The project also will install concrete pads for the players’ protection as well as shade canopies for the bleacher areas.

· Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Mobile Eye Unit (Miami, FL) — Legacy funding will go toward a new mobile optometric unit, replacing an outdated, 14-year-old vehicle that has been in constant need of repair. The new unit will allow the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to expand their much needed services of free eye examinations and glasses for eligible school children.

· Military Hospitality Lounge at Miami International Airport (Miami, FL) — Renovations will be made to the Military Hospitality Lounge at Miami International Airport, which provides hospitality services for active and former members of the Armed Forces and their families who are traveling. Plans for the lounge, which was in need of several aesthetic and functional upgrades/repairs, include a more efficiently-designed space as well as new furniture, appliances, flooring, signage and utility work.

· Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade (Kendall Club, Miami, FL) — This project would encompass the renovation and expansion of the existing Teen Center at the Kendall Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to include the following: removing the existing flooring, lighting, lay-in ceiling and HVAC equipment in the current study lounge/game room and entry area, removing the wall and door inside the entry area. Additional space renovations include installation of the new HVAC system, flooring and lighting as well as recoating the roofing on the exterior, upgrading furniture, enabling telephone/cable and Wi-Fi service, cosmetic upgrades (interior and exterior painting), and creating an outdoor space adjacent to the Teen Center with an art component. The renovation and expansion is expected to increase the number of children served daily from 20 to as many as 100 teens per day, a potential 400% increase.

· Boys & Girls Club of Broward County (Leo Goodwin Teen Center, North Lauderdale, FL) — This project will involve renovations to the Leo Goodwin Teen Center facility of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The scope of the project includes improvements to the computer lab, including new computer desks, tables, lab chairs, headphones as well as new gaming design software. Additional upgrades include those to the “college corner,” the club’s recording studio, and the game room and lounge areas, which will receive a new television and improved sound system, respectively. The lounge area also will receive a throw rug, lounge-style tables and chairs, wall shelving, wall décor and new curtains. Generally, the club will receive new gym doors, updated painting and new baseboards.

The full scope of All-Star Week community and youth programs and events, including non-All-Star Legacy projects and other initiatives, will be announced at a later date.

For general MLB All-Star Week information, please visit, the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard Twitter account (@AllStarGame) and All-Star Game presented by Mastercard Facebook account (





NHRA Saturday Qualifying from Saturday’s Springnationals in Greater Houston area



BAYTOWN, Texas – Courtney Force secured the Funny Car No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.


Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the fifth event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.


Defending race winner, Force, set both ends of the track record with a pass of 3.851-seconds at 330.23 mph in her Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro during Friday’s qualifying to earn her 12th career No. 1 qualifier.


“It definitely feels good to come back to a track that we were able to win at last year,” Force said. “I feel like we’ve got a more consistent race car which was a goal coming off of Las Vegas testing. I feel like we’re heading in the right direction.”


In the first round of eliminations Force, who will be in pursuit of her first victory this season, will face Jeff Diehl. Ron Capps is qualified second with a 3.884 at 326.56 in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T and will race Todd Simpson and John Force and his PEAK Chevy Camaro are in third and will line up against Del Worsham.


Millican piloted his Parts Plus / Great Clips dragster to the fifth No. 1 qualifier of his career with a track elapsed time record of 3.722 at 328.22. He will face Steve Chrisman in the first round.


“It is really cool for me to qualify No. 1 by a thousandth,” Millican stated. “Since we did qualify No. 1, my plan is to go out there and stomp on that loud pedal four times and turn on that win light four times. These races are getting harder and harder, but we have a good car.”


Defending world champion, Antron Brown, is qualified second with a 3.723 pass at 322.50 in the Matco Tools dragster and will face Terry Haddock. Doug Kalitta is in the third qualifying position.


In Pro Stock, Coughlin Jr.’s 6.557 pass at 210.70 in his / Elite Performance Chevy Camaro held up from Friday to clench his first No.1 qualifying position since 2014. He won his first race here in the fall of 1997 after only two starts in Pro Stock.


“Car feels great and the track is really holding up nicely,” Coughlin Jr. said. “This is the site where I started my Pro Stock career 20 years ago. To get my first professional win here was extremely special. This was like the Disney Land of race tracks for Pro Stock as I was coming into the class.”


Bo Butner is second with a 6.560 at 210.80 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro and will line up against Alan Prusiensky in the first round of eliminations. Veteran Greg Anderson and his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro are qualified third and race Richie Stevens, husband of two-time world champion Erica Enders, in round one.


Eliminations for the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Catch the action on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 6 p.m. ET.




BAYTOWN, Texas — Sunday’s first-round pairings for eliminations for the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the fifth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.


Top Fuel — 1. Clay Millican, 3.722 seconds, 325.69 mph  vs. 16. Steven Chrisman, 5.767, 119.17; 2.

Antron Brown, 3.723, 322.50  vs. 15. Terry Haddock, 3.980, 301.74; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.731, 327.03 vs. 14. Terry McMillen, 3.891, 316.97; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.743, 321.58  vs. 13. Shawn Reed, 3.869, 320.43; 5. Brittany Force, 3.745, 327.27  vs. 12. Troy Coughlin Jr., 3.862, 316.82; 6. Leah Pritchett, 3.747, 326.87  vs. 11. Scott Palmer, 3.832, 316.52; 7. Bob Vandergriff, 3.781, 320.43 vs. 10. Shawn Langdon, 3.825, 314.53; 8. Tony Schumacher, 3.783, 321.50  vs. 9. Troy Buff, 3.810, 289.01.


Funny Car — 1. Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.851, 330.23  vs. 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 11.833, 68.24; 2. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.884, 326.56  vs. 15. Todd Simpson, Camaro, 8.421, 85.90; 3. John Force, Camaro, 3.890, 325.53  vs. 14. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.139, 267.00; 4.

Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.894, 329.67  vs. 13. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.126, 299.73; 5. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.897, 324.98  vs. 12. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.016, 322.65; 6. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.907, 327.90  vs. 11. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.974, 322.19; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.934,

321.12  vs. 10. Jonnie Lindberg, Camry, 3.961, 323.50; 8. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.946,

322.34  vs. 9. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.946, 323.43.


Pro Stock — 1. Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.557, 210.70  vs. Bye; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.560,

211.03  vs. 13. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.645, 208.84; 3. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.563, 211.10 vs. 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.625, 209.01; 4. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.573, 210.44  vs. 11.

Richie Stevens, Dart, 6.615, 208.52; 5. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.575, 210.57  vs. 10. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.611, 209.36; 6. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.576, 211.20  vs. 9. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.604, 209.59; 7. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.587, 210.87  vs. 8. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.598, 210.14.




Qualifying from Saturday’s NHRA J&A Pro Mod Series Springnationals at Houston



BAYTOWN, Texas – Mike Castellana maintained the qualifying lead and ran the quickest elapsed time in NHRA Pro Mod history during eliminations Saturday at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the second of 12 events this season.


Castellana’s 5.759-second pass at 250.46 mph in his Al Anabi Racing ’17 Camaro during Friday’s qualifying sessions secured him the No. 1 qualifier. During eliminations, Castellana defeated Michael Biehle II with a national elapsed time record run of 5.722 at 251.77.


“It’s great,” Castellana said. “First I gotta thank Khalid Hamad for giving me the opportunity to drive this car this year. I gotta thank Frank Manzo and my crew. It’s unbelievable what they do. Right now, I feel like I’m in Wonderland or something right now.”


Jonathon Gray, who is racing Rickie Smith’s second car while Smith recovers from back surgery, qualified second and went on to defeat Shannon Jenkins in the first round. Gray ran a 5.815 at 223.17 to defeat Jenkins on a holeshot.


Shane Molinari, who qualified third, defeated Chuck Little and No. 4 qualifier Danny Rowe bettered Larry Morgan.


J&A Pro Mod Series eliminations continue Sunday at approximately 12:30 p.m. at Royal Purple Raceway.




BAYTOWN, Texas — First round results from the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway, the race is the second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.




ROUND ONE — Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, DQ vs. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, DQ; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.789, 251.77 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 10.699, 82.60; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.817, 250.18 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 6.273, 175.11; Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.825, 246.53 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.934, 224.06; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.811, 250.00 def. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.707, 161.83; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.815, 254.76 def. Chuck Little, Corvette, 5.816, 247.34; Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.815, 223.17 def. Shannon Jenkins, Ford Mustang, 5.809, 240.68; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.722, 251.77 def. Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.845, 254.66;


BAYTOWN, Texas – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the

30th annual NHRA SpringNationals.  The race is the second of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.


Psn—Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type—————Qual-ET–Qual-Spd-Top Spd


1   44 Mike Castellana, Oyster Bay NY,  ’17 Camaro     5.759@ 250.46  250.97

2   13 Jonathan Gray, Artesia NM,  ’15 Camaro          5.788  250.97  250.97

3 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA,  ’68 Firebird 5.792  257.24  257.24

4    8 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA,  ’15 Corvette      5.800  250.00  250.00

5    5 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS,  ’68 Camaro           5.813  252.28  252.28

6 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY,  ’16 Camaro           5.815  247.29  247.29

7    2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH,  ’15 Corvette       5.820  253.90  253.90

8    3 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI,  ’15 Corvette     5.837  248.02  248.11

9  288 Sidnei Frigo, Sao Paulo BZ,  ’16 Corvette       5.846  251.53  251.53

10    7 Khalid alBalooshi, Ajman UA,  ’17 Camaro        5.847  249.44  249.53

11 1938 Eric Latino, Port Perry ON,  ’69 Camaro         5.853  245.81  251.34

12 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO,  ’14 CTS-V  5.859  247.20  247.20

13  357 Larry Morgan, Newark OH,  ’17 Camaro            5.861  241.71  249.44

14 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH,  ’63 Corvette        5.864  246.12  246.12

15   77 Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa AL,  ’16 Mustang    5.868  247.02  247.02

16    4 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN,  ’67 Mustang   5.893  253.09  253.09


———— Not Qualified ————


17 220F Kevin Fiscus, Jacksonville FL,  ’10 Mustang     5.893  249.95  249.95

18  213 Chip King, Roxboro NC,  ’69 Daytona             5.895  245.49  245.49

19  280 Steve Jackson, Evans GA,  ’17 Camaro            5.913  233.96  233.96

20  205 Kevin Rivenbark, Wallace NC,  ’15 Corvette      5.916  241.32  241.54

21 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC,  ’69 Chevelle 5.928  237.34  241.80

22 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO,  ’69 Camaro    5.936  245.27  245.27

23  202 Todd Tutterow, Yadkinville NC,  ’69 Camaro      5.946  243.94  244.16

24  325 Harry Hruska, Hebron IN,  ’14 Camaro            5.971  249.81  249.81

25 1518 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA,  ’69 Daytona      5.986  244.29  244.29

26 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, Wesley Chapel FL,  ’17 Cama  6.323  188.17  188.17

27 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO,  ’67 Mustang   6.436  214.14  214.14

28  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM,  ’68 Firebi  7.067  228.31  228.31




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