MLB notebook: Mariners' Beckham
gets 80-game PED ban
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[August 07, 2019]
Seattle Mariners infielder Tim
Beckham was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball
on Tuesday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug
Beckham, 29, is batting .237 with 15 homers, a career-high 21
doubles and 47 RBIs in 88 games in his first season with the
Mariners after signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract in
He has started games at five different defensive positions (first,
second and third base, shortstop and left field) as well as at
designated hitter this season. He has primarily played shortstop (39
--The Toronto Blue Jays will extend the protective netting at Rogers
Centre before the 2020 season, and they're taking the same measures
at their spring training stadium in Dunedin, Fla.
"As fans and followers of the game, it is vitally important for us
to preserve and enhance the live baseball experience, while also
ensuring everyone who visits our ballparks can do so safely," said
Andrew Miller, the team's executive vice president of business
The netting at Rogers Centre currently extends to the end of the
dugouts, and the Blue Jays said they are working to figure out the
--The San Francisco Giants designated second baseman Joe Panik for
In related moves, the Giants recalled left-hander Conner Menez, who
was scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Washington
Nationals, and left-hander Williams Jerez from Triple-A Sacramento.
Left-hander Sam Selman was sent to Triple-A on Monday night.
Panik, a former All-Star and Gold Glove winner, was batting a
career-low .235 with three home runs and 27 RBIs in 103 games. Panik,
28, will be placed on waivers on will be available to any team
making a claim.
--The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Alex Verdugo on the
10-day injured list because of a right oblique strain.
Verdugo, 23, had been scratched from Monday night's game due to what
was described as back soreness. He has blossomed this season,
hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 106 games, playing a
bigger role than expected because of multiple injuries to free agent
acquisition A.J. Pollock.
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Mariners left fielder Tim Beckham (1) reacts after striking out
against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at T-Mobile
Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
The Dodgers recalled left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson and
infielder Edwin Rios from Triple-A Oklahoma City. They sent
right-hander Tony Gonsolin -- who pitched six scoreless inning
against the St. Louis Cardinals in a spot start Monday -- to
--The Detroit Tigers placed third baseman Jeimer Candelario on the
10-day injured list because of a sprained left thumb.
Candelario, 25, injured his hand Sunday during Detroit's 9-4 loss to
the Texas Rangers. On Monday he had X-rays that revealed no
significant structural damage. He has just one hit in his past six
games and is batting .198 with seven homers, 24 RBIs and 82
strikeouts in 73 games this season.
The Tigers recalled infielder Dawel Lugo from Triple-A Toledo in a
--The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder Jordan Luplow on the
10-day injured list and recalled outfielder Greg Allen from Triple-A
Luplow, 25, injured his right hamstring Monday sliding into third
with a stolen base during the seventh inning of Cleveland's 1-0 loss
to the visiting Texas Rangers. He is batting .271 with 11 homers and
29 RBIs in 69 games in his first season with Cleveland.
Allen, 26, has split this season between Cleveland and Columbus. He
has batted .230 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 45 games with the
Indians and .268 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 48 games with the
--Field Level Media
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