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Rays minor leaguer refuses drug test, is suspended

Rays minor leaguer refuses drug test, is suspended

NEW YORK (AP) A minor league outfielder in the Tampa Bay organization has been suspended 50 games after refusing to take an offseason drug test.

Cody Rogers was penalized Monday by the commissioner's office. He was on the roster of Triple-A Durham, and the ban will begin at the start of next season.

The 24-year-old Rogers hit .244 with four home runs, 38 RBIs and 22 stolen bases last season for Class A Charlotte in the Florida State League.

There have been 103 suspensions this year under the minor league drug problem and seven suspensions under the major league program.

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Nationals remind fans of Juan Soto's GOAT status, he responds with first-inning RBI double

Nationals remind fans of Juan Soto's GOAT status, he responds with first-inning RBI double

The Nationals were forced to play their first eight games of the 2020 season without 21-year-old phenom Juan Soto, but they finally got him back in the lineup Wednesday just under two weeks after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Anticipation was building up ahead of his first at-bat and the Nationals’ official Twitter account did what it could to fuel the fire. Before first pitch, the team posted a photo of Soto’s “spray chart” that had the dots shaped like a goat around the field.

Though that may not actually be what Soto’s spray chart looks like, the leftfielder lived up to the “GOAT” status by smacking an RBI double in his first at-bat before making a diving catch the very next inning.

Soto may be a bit behind the rest of the league in terms of racking up at-bats, but he looked just the Soto that posted a .949 OPS last year and earned the distinction of a Gold Glove finalist.

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Max Scherzer leaves start against Mets after one inning

Max Scherzer leaves start against Mets after one inning

WASHINGTON -- Something didn't look right from the start Wednesday night when Max Scherzer took the mound.

He walked Mets leadoff hitter Brandon Nimmo on five pitches. Seven of his first eight pitches were balls. All told, he needed 27 pitches -- just 14 were strikes -- to make it through the first inning against the Mets.

His velocity was also down in the 92-94-mph range.

After the inning was over, Erick Fedde began to throw in the Nationals bullpen. Scherzer stood in the dugout with his hands on hips and talking to athletic trainers. Fedde came in to start the top of the second.

Scherzer made 27 starts last season, five fewer than normal, because of neck and back problems which put him on the injured list. He said at spring training he thought he figured out the reason for the problems.

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Injuries have been pervasive this season since Major League Baseball resumed July 23. That includes fellow Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, who has missed his first two starts of the season while dealing with a nerve issue in his right hand. Strasburg threw a simulated game on Wednesday.

Scherzer was 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two starts in 2020 coming into the game.

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