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The Brewers' Ryan Braun hits a single during the first inning against the Reds on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Milwaukee.

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Players association chief Michael Weiner said the union is “not interested” in fighting for obviously guilty players from the Biogenesis scandal, according to a New York Daily News report.

“I can tell you, if we have a case where there really is overwhelming evidence, that a player committed a violation of the program, our fight is going to be that they make a deal,” Weiner said. “We're not interested in having players with overwhelming evidence that they violated the (drug) program out there. Most of the players aren't interested in that. We'd like to have a clean program.”

The Daily News also reported MLB investigators have “gathered an overwhelming amount of evidence” that proves Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez received performance-enhancing drugs from the clinic.

NY man faces ASG charges

Prosecutors said a suburban New York man who ran onto the field during the All-Star game at Citi Field faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The suspect allegedly did it on a Twitter dare.

Dylan McCue-Masone, 18, of Shirley, on Long Island, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday. He's charged with interfering with a professional sporting event.

Former pitcher Lowe retires

Pitcher Derek Lowe retired after a 17-year major league career, according to a USA Today report.

The Rangers released Lowe, 40, in late May. He went 176-157 and saved 86 games with seven different teams, and was part of the 2004 World Series champion Red Sox.

Cards OF Holliday takes BP

Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday took batting practice for the first time since suffering a right hamstring injury last Thursday, reported.

Asked about playing in Friday's second-half opener against the visiting Padres, Holliday said: “We'll see.”

Brewers OF Braun reinstated

Brewers reinstated outfielder Ryan Braun from the bereavement list, and he will be ready to open second half against the Marlins. His right thumb issue still isn't 100 percent. “I don't know how much I can play him right away,” manager Ron Roenicke said.

Extra bases

The Rangers had extensive talks with the Cubs about acquiring right-hander Matt Garza, according to a Fox Sports report. … The Orioles agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez, the Baltimore Sun reported. … The Padres rebuffed the Yankees offer for San Diego's star third baseman, Chase Headley, reported. ... A left-handed reliever is the Braves' top priority, and the Cubs' James Russell, the Brewers' Michael Gonzalez and the Astros' Wesley Wright are leading candidates, reported.

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