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MLB notebook: Padres’ Maybin suspended 25 games

By Tribune-Review
Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for testing positive for an amphetamine. Maybin said in a statement distributed through the Major League Baseball Players Association the failed test was the result of a change in the medication he was using to treat …

MLB notebook: Yankees acquire Headley from Padres

By The Associated Press
Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley will become the …

Selig: Pirates’ rebirth a positive step for baseball

By Rob Biertempfel
Pirates owner Bob Nutting was content to stay out of the spotlight Tuesday when the farewell tour for outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig rolled into …

MLB notebook: Rockies place Morneau on 15-day DL

By Wire Reports
The Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck. The move is retroactive to July 14. To take his place on the roster, the team selected the contract of infielder Ben Paulsen from …

MLB notebook: Puig to get X-rays in Pittsburgh

By Tribune-Review
Yasiel Puig was not in the Dodgers starting lineup against the Cardinals on Sunday, one day after getting hit on his left hand by a pitch. Manager Don Mattingly said team medical staff had advised “no baseball stuff today” and …

MLB notebook: Cubs sue fake mascot after bar fight

By Wire Reports
The Cubs filed a lawsuit against several people whom the team accuses of being behind a fake mascot that has been engaging in bad behavior near Wrigley Field, including getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and …

MLB notebook: Braves part ways with struggling Uggla

By Tribune-Review
• The Braves requested unconditional release waivers for struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, parting ways with a former starter still owed over $18 million over the remainder of this year and next. In his fourth season with the Braves, the …

Cutch or Tulo: Who’s the better MVP candidate?

By David Golebiewski
Andrew McCutchen is building upon his MVP-winning 2013 season by terrifying pitchers like no Pirates outfielder since Barry Bonds. Troy Tulowitzki, finally healthy, is channeling Honus Wagner while dwarfing his shortstop peers. But who’s the better MVP candidate in 2014? …

MLB notebook: Segura returns to Brewers after son’s death

By Tribune-Review
• Jean Segura rejoined the Brewers for the start of a series against the Nationals after returning home following the death of his infant son. Segura had gone to the Dominican Republic after his 9-month-old son, Janniel, died. Manager Ron …

MLB notebook: Cardinals’ Wainwright regrets comments

By Tribune-Review
• Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he never should have said that he threw a couple of “pipe shots” to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter because “pipe shots” was translated, understandably to pitches down the pipe, which meant gimmes. The NL …

Pirates’ McCutchen starts All-Star Game in style; AL tops NL

By Jess Myers
MINNEAPOLIS — No matter what the Pirates do between now and October, the World Series will not open at PNC Park. Andrew McCutchen led off …

MLB notebook: Rose could play role in next year’s All-Star game

By The Associated Press
Pete Rose may have a role to play in next year’s All-Star game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball. The career hits leader generally is not allowed in any areas of major league ballparks not open to fans. …

Cespedes wins again, beating Frazier in Home Run Derby

By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star Home Run Derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd …

MLB notebook: Morneau’s homecoming comes with spot in Derby

By Tribune-Review
The decision for the final spot on the National League Home Run Derby squad was a simple call for captain Troy Tulowitzki. Justin Morneau, his Colorado teammate, had the chance to go back to his baseball home. “He’s a pro, …

Stellar crop of pitchers looks to dominate All-Star Game

By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Mike  Matheny had quite the choice for the National League’s  All-Star starting pitcher There was his own Adam Wainwright, the St. Louis Cardinals …

MLB notebook: Things getting Uggla for Braves second baseman

By Tribune-Review
• Dan Uggla’s future in Atlanta was in question Sunday after the Braves suspended the struggling second baseman for their final game before the All-Star break. The team announced the suspension on its Twitter feed, with no further explanation. Manager …