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Jose Bautista disagrees with Chris Davis, calls Barry Bonds HR king

barry-bonds-musclesChris Davis has enjoyed a phenomenal first half of the season for the Baltimore Orioles, and his success has led to notoriety and scrutiny.

Davis, who has clubbed 37 home runs this season, recently responded to a Twitter user who asked if he was juicing by saying he was not. Davis also seemed to show an anti-PED stance when he said on ESPN Radio two weeks ago that he and many others consider Roger Maris to be the single-season home run king, not Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa, who all were believed to be using PEDs when they broke Maris’ record of 61 homers.

Apparently Davis was not speaking for Jose Bautista when he made that statement.

The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, whose 54 home run season in 2010 subjected him to PED suspicion, told NBC Sports Radio’s “Kup & Schultz” on Sunday that he considers Bonds to be the single-season record holder.

“Well, I consider the home run record in baseball the one that is 73 home runs,” Bautista said on the show. “Until they manage to change that somehow, that’s the record. I’m sorry [Davis] feels a different way, but that’s just the way I feel.”

Davis is not the first person to refuse to acknowledge Bonds as the home run king because of PEDs, but technically Bautista is right. As of now, there is no asterisk next to Bonds’ name in the record book. Major League Baseball still recognizes him as the single-season home run record holder. If Davis keeps hitting homers at his current pace, he can take a shot at officially changing that.

Ryan Braun reportedly would not answer questions about Biogenesis

Ryan BraunMLB plans to suspend Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, and as many as 20 other players soon after the All-Star break because of their ties to Biogenesis, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reports.

Tony Bosch, who ran the Biogenesis clinic, cut a deal with MLB last month to provide information which helped them build their cases against the players in question.

One reason Braun could be facing a lengthy suspension is because he would not answer questions about his relationship with Biogenesis or Bosch during a June 29 meeting with MLB, per Outside the Lines.

Braun has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs despite failing a drug test in 2011 and appearing in the Biogenesis records.

Braun’s 50-game suspension for the positive test was overturned after he won his appeal because the tester did not follow proper protocol when handling the sample. Braun also said he was listed in Bosch’s notes because his lawyers used Bosch as a consultant during his appeal.

Braun continues to avoid the subject matter. He said through a club spokesperson that he will not address the Biogenesis issue with reporters.

Ryan Madson considers HGH amid struggle to get healthy

Ryan MadsonRyan Madson is struggling to get healthy as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. The relief pitcher signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in November that could have been worth as much as $7 million if he reached all his incentives/bonuses. Though Madson was initially expected to be ready to pitch in the majors in April — 12 months after his surgery — he has yet to pitch in a game for the Angels this season. Madson has experienced multiple setbacks and persistent soreness in his elbow, which has left him desperate for an answer.

On Tuesday, Madson expressed so much frustration with his situation that he told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez he would be interested in something like HGH to aid his recovery if it weren’t illegal.

“If HGH were legal,” Madson said, “just in the process of healing, under a doctor’s recommendation, in the right dosage, while you’re on the [disabled list], I don’t think that’s such a bad idea — as long as it doesn’t have any lasting side effects, negative side effects.”

Though Madson brought up the possibility of using HGH, he says he has never used anything illegal to get an edge on his competition.

“Right now [using HGH is] cheating. I’ve never done anything like that, and I won’t,” he told Gonzalez.

Madson says he hasn’t used HGH and won’t use it because it’s illegal, but he does believe it should be under certain circumstances. If it’s under a doctor’s care, for the right dosage, and used for healing, he thinks it should be allowed. He does make a distinction between HGH and steroids, saying that allowing steroids would be too much.

Madson, 22, was a featured reliever in the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen from 2004-2011. He posted a 3.60 ERA with 547 strikeouts in 630 innings for them. He has not pitched in the majors since 2011. It’s looking like it may be until 2014 before he finally pitches again in MLB.

Some people agree with Madson and believe that PEDs should be allowed for entertainment, or to help some of our favorite players return and recover from injuries. Though I believe in using surgery to repair broken bones and torn ligaments, I still have a problem ethically with allowing substances that have side effects like steroids or HGH.

100-game suspensions for A-Rod and Ryan Braun? MLB is on a rampage

Ryan BraunMLB is looking to suspend around 20 players for their alleged involvement with Biogenesis, a now-defunct anti-aging clinic run by quack Tony Bosch that allegedly doubled as a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to several athletes, ESPN reports.

The most jaw-dropping item in the ESPN “Outside the Lines” report is that MLB might seek 100-game suspensions for former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, which is the penalty for a second doping offense. According to ESPN, MLB will consider the players’ connection to Bosch a first offense, and the players denying involvement with Biogenesis in statements to MLB a second offense.

ESPN says Bosch is broke, living with friends and/or family, and fearful of facing charges from the federal government. Though in the past Bosch denied association with athletes, he reportedly is now prepared to talk to MLB because he supposedly believes cooperating with them is his only option. MLB would also be cutting him a sweet deal.

ESPN states in its report:

In exchange for Bosch’s full cooperation, sources said, Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March, indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation, provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that might bring charges against him.

MLB is also looking for cooperation from two other former Bosch employees so that they would have more documented statements and evidence against the players involved with the clinic.

Currently, ESPN has the names of 15 players who may face suspension. They say about 20 could face suspension. It’s possibly that the remaining players appear in Bosch’s notes under code names.

Based on the names of players we have, the teams who would be hit hardest by the potential suspensions include:

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Top MLB Draft prospect Jonathan Gray tests positive for Adderall

Jonathan Gray OklahomaJonathan Gray, a pitcher who might go first overall in this week’s MLB Draft, tested positive for Adderall in an MLB test administered to the top 200 draft prospects, according to various reports.

Gray, a 6-foot-4, 239-pound junior at Oklahoma, can throw 100 mph and is expected to be one of the first players taken in the draft. The positive test for Adderall is not expected to hurt his draft stock, per CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, but future positive tests could result in a suspension.

Amateur players are not subject to MLB suspensions for failing a test. However, MLB players are suspended 25 games if they fail a test for the second time.

Adderall is a medication used to treat ADD, and MLB allows players to apply for a medical exemption. ESPN’s Keith Law says Gray did not have a prescription for the drug.

Gray was selected in the 10th round in 2010 and 13th round in 2011 (he played his freshman season at a community college). After going 8-4 with a 3.16 ERA last season, he has gone 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA in 16 starts this season. Gray has struck out 138 batters in 119 innings.

Below is a video of Gray pitching against UCLA in March. He dialed it up to 100 mph a few times, located well, and showed a disgusting tailing changeup and pretty nasty slider:

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David Ortiz ‘hurt’ by steroid accusations following his hot start

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyDavid Ortiz is off to the best start of his career with the Boston Red Sox. A notoriously slow starter in April, Big Papi is hitting .381 with 17 RBI and four home runs through only 16 games. He missed the first 15 games of the season because of an Achilles’ injury that stemmed back to last July, but the 37-year-old returned without missing a beat.

Since Ortiz’s hot start in 2013 is unusual for a player his age who normally comes crawling out of the gate, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe decided he would be the first one to bring up the steroid talk — despite the fact that Ortiz has only appeared in 16 games.

Hitting is not this easy. Athletes do not get better as they mature into their late 30s. Baseball has been peppered with performance-enhancing drugs for the last 20 years. The cheaters are always ahead of the testers. A number of players from the Dominican Republic have tested positive for steroids. Injuries to the Achilles’ tendon are consistent with steroid use. It is not natural for a guy to hit .426 out of the gate without the benefit of any spring training.

Of course, Shaughnessy pointed to the fact that Ortiz’s name appeared on a list of players who tested positive back in 2003. That being said, he has not failed a drug test in the last 10 years. If you think Ortiz is using performance-enhancing drugs, you must think either Major League Baseball is covering for him or he has found a way to cheat the system.

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Jon Jones: Chael Sonnen has been using steroids entire career

Jon Jones accused Chael Sonnen of using steroids his entire career and only seemed to give a light-hearted apology for making the statement.

Jones and Sonnen will face each other on April 27 in New Jersey for Jones’ UFC light heavyweight championship belt. During an interview with “UFC Tonight” on Tuesday, Jones was asked why he hasn’t talked much trash leading up to the fight. He then was asked about his lone trash-talking remark about Sonnen, in which he said the challenger lacks a “champion’s soul.”

“Chael Sonnen is a guy who people know he’s done steroids throughout his whole career,” Jones told host Dominick Cruz. “It’s probably why his testosterone is low now and I don’t think that’s the heart or attitude of a champion. So that’s what I meant when I said he lacks ‘championship soul’.”

Jones tweeted a similar thought on Monday:

In case you’re unfamiliar, TRT stands for testosterone replacement therapy. Fighters can be granted waivers by the UFC to receive testosterone if they’re medically proven to have low levels. Sonnen is one of those fighters, and he had a controversy after his fight with Anderson Silva in 2010. Sonnen tested positive for high levels of testosterone and was later suspended by the California State Athletic Committee for not taking the steps to receive an exemption for TRT usage. Though Sonnen says he needs the TRT to treat hypogonadism, many believe that fighters end up with low testosterone levels because of past steroid abuse (as referenced in Jones’ tweet).

Jones tweeted Wednesday to say he was apologizing:

Jones never gave an explanation for what happened, leading me to believe he wasn’t really apologizing.

Below is an interview where Sonnen talks about steroids, but be prepared to get dizzy from all the circles he talks in:

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