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Added May 16th, 2016 by Ian

Washington Nationals Max Scherzer’s 20 strikeouts ties record for nine-inning game

When Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer racked up his 20th strikeout against the Detroit Tigers on May 11th he tied a Major League Baseball record that had been achieved just four times before in the league’s long and storied history. This isn’t the first time the right-hander has made the record books either as he threw a pair of no-hitters last season with one of them being an out away from a perfect game. Scherzer struck out 20 of his former Tigers teammates on May 11th in Washington’s 3-2 victory which ties the mark for strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Scherzer’s feat also set a franchise record for the Nationals.

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Added April 26th, 2016 by Ian

Toronto Blue Jays’ Chris Colabello latest MLB player to receive 80-game ban

With Major League Baseball players getting suspended with alarming regularity for failing drug tests, it seems they just don’t get it. People don’t fail drug tests by accident and if you cheat there’s a great chance you’ll be caught. The latest MLB player to be hit with an 80-game suspension for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs is 32-year-old Chris Colabello of the Toronto Blue Jays. The first baseman was handed the ban on April 22nd for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is also known in drug stores as Turinabol. It’s also the same substance Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Daniel Stumpf was suspended for a week earlier.

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Added April 18th, 2016 by Ian

Phillies pitcher Daniel Stumpf nailed with 80-game suspension

Left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf of the Philadelphia Phillies has been handed an 80-game suspension without pay for failing a performance-enhancing drug test. Major League Baseball (MLB) handed out the punishment to the 25-year-old on April 14. This is Stumpf’s first year in MLB and he rookie was banned after testing positive for a substance named dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is a known anabolic steroid which is typically used to increase strength and speed.

However, it doesn’t appear that the drug had any positive effect on his early-season performance since the rookie had an earned-run average of 40.50 in his three appearances after pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing three runs against. He didn’t record an out in his debut on April 7th as he walked a pair of batters and then gave up a grand slam. Stumpf’s current contract sees him paid the minimum MLB wage of $507,500 this season which means he’ll be losing a total of $221,858 in pay. If Stumpf plays in the minors this year his salary drops to just $41,400. The pitcher was taken by the Phillies in the latest winter-meeting draft for unprotected players.

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Added April 4th, 2016 by Ian

Batter up: 2016 MLB season underway

The 2016 MLB (Major League Baseball) season just got underway on Sunday, April 3rd and will see each of the 30 teams play a 160-game schedule with the regular-season ending on Sunday, October 2nd. The 87th edition of the annual All-Star Game is scheduled to take place at San Diego’s Petco Park on July 12th with the league that wins the contest getting home-field advantage during the 2016 World Series. Each team will play their division rivals a total of 19 times and they will play teams from the other two divisions six or seven times. In addition, all clubs will play 20 interleague contests.

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Added November 3rd, 2015 by Ian

Kansas City Royals win first Word Series in 30 years


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