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MLB notebook: Report: Braun refused to answer PED questions

| Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 9:36 p.m.

Brewers star Ryan Braun refused to answer questions during a recent meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection the Biogenesis clinic, ESPN reported.

The June 29 meeting is one of several MLB has conducted with players connected to the clinic, a source said. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has not been interviewed, but a meeting is expected to take place within the week, a source said.

Commissioner Bud Selig's office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week's All-Star break for their roles in the Biogenesis case.

Sources said the commissioner's office was considering 100-game bans for Braun and Rodriguez.

Oakland slugger Cespedes in HR Derby

Yoenis Cespedes of the Athletics will swing for the Citi Field fences in the Home Run Derby next Monday night, rounding out the eight-player field.

Cespedes will become the fourth player not chosen for the All-Star game to compete in the event. The others were Rafael Palmeiro (2004), Hee-Seop Choi (2005) and Ryan Howard (2007), who was defending his crown from the previous year.

Bat-retrieving dog for Yanks' team dies

A baseball bat-retrieving dog who entertained fans of a club in the Yankees' farm system has died.

Chase, an ailing 13-year-old golden retriever, lived just long enough to be thrown a retirement party by the Trenton Thunder. The party was held at Friday's game in Trenton, N.J. The team says Chase died Monday.

At Friday's celebration, fans were encouraged to bring their dogs to the game, and Chase bobblehead dolls were given out.

Indians' Perez pot case continued

The marijuana possession case against Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife could extend to the final month of the season.

The two were at Rocky River Municipal Court on Tuesday in suburban Cleveland and the case is to resume Sept. 3.

Kris Benson's ex-wife arrested, jailed

Anna Benson, estranged wife of ex-big league baseball pitcher and former Pirates first-round pick Kris Benson, has been jailed in Georgia on multiple charges for allegedly confronting him “while carrying a handgun and wearing a bullet-proof vest” in a home they once shared, according to an arrest report.

Benson, 37, a former model and exotic dancer, was arrested Sunday by police in Smyrna, Ga. She was being held without bond in Cobb County, records show.

Report: Giants sign Francoeur

The Giants signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league contract, Fox Sports reported. Francoeur, recently waived by the Royals, reported to Triple-A Fresno.

Extra bases

The Diamondbacks activated outfielder Adam Eaton from the disabled list. ... Twins left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar will go on the bereavement list Thursday following the death of his grandmother.

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