Matthew Pouliot

Chad Qualls

Chad Qualls patents the fist pump-barrel roll

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The Marlins’ Chad Qualls got pretty excited after striking out Omar Quintanilla to end the top of the eighth in a 2-2 game against the Mets tonight. How excited?

Chad Qualls falls

The best thing was the way Qualls shook it off and solemnly walked back to the dugout afterwards. Well, no, the best thing was that he fell down trying to do a fist pump. But, really, as a Marlins middle reliever, this was the only way he was going to get noticed at all this year.

(GIF posted by @thescottlewis on Twitter)

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets pulled from game, appears to be false alarm

Jackie Bradley Jr.
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There’s nothing quite like twitter before the trade deadline:

 

 

 

Ranuado was pulled with two men base after throwing his 98th pitch of the night, so there was nothing really suspicious about his exit. Bradley’s was much more interesting, since there was no apparent injury. The Red Sox would be hard-pressed to trade him with Jacoby Ellsbury eligible for free agency at season’s end, and among all of the players rumored to be available, it’s hard to imagine him being moved for anyone other than Cliff Lee or Jeff Samardzija. Still, it doesn’t seem like anything is brewing anyway. Maybe he was hurt or perhaps something else came up.

Report: Biogenesis players ready to accept their bans

Nelson Cruz, Gary Pettis
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Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that, Alex Rodriguez excepted, the rest of the players involved in the Biogenesis scandal are ready to accept suspensions or 50 games or more.

Sources told Passan that the suspensions will come down within 72 hours. The AP is reporting that Friday could be the day. Among those expected to be suspended are the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, the Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta and the Padres’ Everth Cabrera. Passan adds that there still may be major leaguers suspended we don’t yet know about. However, Biogenesis players caught with PEDs in their system and suspended last year (Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera and Yasmani Grandal) aren’t expected to face further punishment.

According to Passan:

MLB set 50 games as a baseline for players involved with Biogenesis, sources said, and those who did not cooperate during the investigation agreed to receive additional penalties of double-digit games.

That would explain the Ryan Braun agreement: 50 games for the PED use, plus 15 additional games for his lack of cooperation. Though it still hardly seems right that not cooperating with the investigation is grounds for an additional penalty.

As for Rodriguez, he still plans to be a holdout, despite all of the evidence against him. And multiple reports have indicated that MLB has more ammo to use against Rodriguez than it does the rest of Bosch’s clients. But MLB is also seemingly going after Rodriguez unlike any of the other players, threatening him with an 150-game or maybe even a lifetime suspension. If A-Rod chooses to appeal his suspension, the league could prevent him from playing anyway under the “best interests of baseball” clause.

Passan also notes that much of the evidence working against the players comes in the form of text messages between the players and Tony Bosch that detail the cash-for-drugs transactions.

Besides Cruz, Peralta and Cabrera, suspensions are also expected to be handed down to the Mariners’ Jesus Montero, the Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli and Fernando Martinez, the Mets’ Cesar Puello and free agents Fautino De Los Santos and Jordan Norberto. Of those players, Cervelli is the only current major leaguer, though he’s been on the DL since April. Montero also counts as a major leaguer for suspension purposes, since he’s still on the 40-man roster after being demoted to Triple-A by Seattle.

Should Cruz and Peralta accept their suspensions as indicated, the Rangers and Tigers would be weakened for the stretch run. The Rangers are already actively hunting for outfield help. The Tigers aren’t being mentioned in connection with shortstops, but they may be trying to do something behind the scenes. Both Cruz and Peralta have extra incentive to accept the suspensions, since they’re free agents at season’s end and would struggle to find offers with the bans hanging over their heads.