NEW YORK (AP) – Ryan Braun is the first player to receive a suspension stemming from Major League Baseball’s investigation of players reportedly linked to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season, causing him to miss the team’s final 65 games. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig cited Braun for multiple “violations” of baseball’s drug program and labor contract.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Matt Garza has landed in a playoff race after being acquired by the Texas Rangers. The Chicago Cubs receive rookie pitcher Justin Grimm, third baseman and top prospect Mike Olt, Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards and a player to be named for Garza, who’s 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts.
DENVER (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller will miss the first four weeks of the NFL season for violating the NFL’s drug policy, pending an appeal. Miller insists that he did nothing wrong, tweeting, “I’m sure this’ll be resolved fairly.” He was the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 with 11 1/2 sacks and he topped that last season with a franchise-record 18 1/2 sacks while making it to his second straight Pro Bowl.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco 49ers have nullified their trade for Eric Wright after the cornerback failed his physical. Wright was traded by Tampa Bay to the 49ers on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014, one week after he was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge. The Buccaneers released Wright once the deal was canceled.
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL and players union are talking again about starting to test for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season. The labor agreement that ended the NFL lockout in 2011 allowed the league to test players for HGH, once the union approved the process. The NFL Players Association says it favors testing, but has reservations about the appeals process.