Orioles prospect Parker suspended for second drug violation

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Orioles pitching prospect Brian Parker received a 50-game suspension yesterday due to his second positive test for a drug in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Testing Program.
Parker, who was a 19th-round pick out of Lewis & Clark College in 2007, had a 4.31 ERA and 64/26 K/BB ratio in 64.2 innings as a reliever at high Single-A last season. Once finished serving the suspension he’ll join the bullpen at Double-A, but the 24-year-old’s already marginal odds of getting to the big leagues definitely take a sizable hit (and his Hall of Fame chances are really screwed).
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement no announcement will be made regarding which drug was found in Parker’s system. “Brian has been a good kid with us and we are just very disappointed that this has happened,” Orioles player development director David Stockstill said.

Watch: Brian McCann’s incredible tag nails Greg Bird at home plate

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Things got a little wild in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. With one out and runners at the corners, Astros’ right-hander Charlie Morton fired a 1-1 fastball to Todd Frazier. Frazier returned the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who tossed a perfect throw over to Brian McCann at the plate just as Greg Bird came charging home. McCann’s setup was flawless, nailing Bird as he slid into the plate and nullifying the Yankees’ first real attempt to get on the board.

That’s as close as the Yankees have come to scoring so far. The Astros took an early 1-0 lead with Evan Gattis‘ 405-footer off of CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning. Jose Altuve chimed in with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth, while McCann followed his lead-preserving tag with an equally jaw-dropping two-out, two-RBI double. Houston currently leads 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.