— Ryan Braun tried to throw dirt on everyone around him but was eventually found to have used performance enhancing drugs and was suspended 65 games by Major League Baseball. Now the attention turns to MLB’s other key target, Alex Rodriguez, whose saga with the New York Yankees continues. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said, publicly, that “Alex should just shut the [expletive] up” after Rodriguez tweeted good news about his health. That hasn’t changed, as Rodriguez again declared his quad healthy enough to play right now. The Yankees, though, want A-Rod to start a rehab assignment on Aug. 1. That rehab could last five days, putting Aug. 6 against the White Sox as the possible return date. That’s if MLB doesn’t suspend Rodriguez first. The growing consensus around the league is that MLB has more than enough evidence to give the Yankees slugger either a 50- or 100-game suspension, if not a lifetime ban.
— According to multiple sources cited by ESPN, several teams are making a late run and sending in offers for Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee before the MLB trade deadline hits on Wednesday. Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says the team isn’t actively looking to trade Lee, but as a business would be open to offers. It was originally thought the Phillies wouldn’t be looking to sell, but the team has lost six consecutive games (entering Saturday) and stands nine games out of first place in the NL East.
— Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit Tigers quite a scare, but it appears he’ll only be out a short time. Cabrera has what’s being called only an injured left hip and missed four consecutive games entering the week. It’s unlikely he’ll be out much longer. He’s hitting .358 with 31 home runs and 96 RBI. While out, Cabrera lost the lead for RBI in the AL after Chris Davis drove in his 97th. Davis also leads the AL with 37 HR.
— Ryan Lewis