Found May 01, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Tim Beckham, the #1 overall pick in the 2008 draft, was suspended for 50 games today for violating the minor league substance abuse policy, as tweeted by the official MiLB account. Former No. 1 overall pick Tim Beckham of Tampa suspended 50 games for drug of abuse -- second violation. More to come. — (@MinorLeagues) May 1, 2012 Beckham was struggling this season for AAA Durham, with just a .568 OPS in 13 games. Beckham was placed on the DL last week while dealing with a wrist injury. When I hear "drug of abuse", the immediate reaction isn't steroids or HGH, but a drug more along the lines of marijuana or cocaine. If Beckham tested positive for weed, this suspension is pretty pathetic...really, 50 games for a joint? That's just sad. On the other hand, if the drug is more severe...yeah, I can see the suspension being more justified in that case. In any case, Beckham's suspension doesn't necessarily cripple t...

Konerko has been Captain Crunch

Back in spring training, the team captain glanced over to Gordon Beckham on the other side of the spacious clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, and shook his head with a laugh. "That used to be me," Konerko said. "You have a bad day at the park and everything seems so hard for the rest of that day. Now, I come home from the park, bad day or not and I have wonderful kids...

Rays' Evan Longoria headed to DL

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is headed to the disabled list with a partial tear of his left hamstring. The three-time All-Star is expected to be out of action for four to eight weeks, the team said Tuesday. Longoria was pulled from the Rays' lineup in the third inning Monday night against Seattle after getting thrown out trying to steal second. He complained of...

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Beckham suspended 50 games

Tim Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft and the Tampa Bay Rays top prospect has been suspended 50 games after failing the minor league drug program for a second time. Beckham was hitting .204 in 13 games for the Rays' Triple A team, Durham.  Beckham released a statement through the Rays: "I regret that my poor judgment resulted in me letting my teammates...

Chicago White Sox: One month in

Suffice it to say that the Chicago White Sox surprised pretty much everyone this April. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t look like they will become the awful 95-loss team that analysts predicted. Going into May, their record of 12-11 has them vying for first place in the AL Central. It is true that the Sox were in contention last year before the Detroit Tigers got red-hot, but...

Rays' Longoria to miss six to eight weeks

The Rays were being optimistic after Evan Longoria hurt his leg last night, but tonight, the mood is much less upbeat in Tampa Bay.   #Rays say Longoria has partial tear of left hamstring. Out 6-8 weeks. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 1, 2012   This is absolutely not what the doctor ordered for the Rays. Longoria had played in all 23 of the Rays games so far, and...

Rays' minor leaguer Beckham suspended 50 games

Tampa Bay Rays minor-league shortstop Tim Beckham has been suspended for 50 games for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Beckham, 22, is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Durham Bulls of the International League. He is hitting .204 with no homers for Durham this season...

Rays seek answers to Longoria's absence

ST. PETERSBURG So now what? Just when everything seemed to be clicking on all cylinders for the Tampa Bay Rays, the monkey-wrench-in-the-engine news hit late Tuesday afternoon: Evan Longoria is out for six-to-eight weeks with a partial tear in his left hamstring. One moment he was sprinting toward second on an attempted steal Monday night, the next he was standing outside the...

MLB: April’s American League top players by position

The first month of the major league baseball season was a whirlwind. In the American League, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Texas lead their respective divisions. As is always the case, some players have come from out of nowhere to surprise with their production while others have been flat out terrible. We’re only one month in so much will change, but with a full calendar month now...

Tampa Bay Rays close Hideki Matsui deal.

TAMPA BAY- The Rays just brought age and wisdom to their lineup with the announcement that they have inked Hideki Matsui to a minor league contract. Please click the link below to read the rest of this article and watch a touching video that documents Matsui's struggle.

Series Preview: Indians at White Sox 5/1-3

Roster Moves: This series will see a couple of changes to the lineup that should help the team offensively. Shin-Soo Choo is expected to return from his 5 game absence to take back his starting right field job from Aaron Cunningham. He has been bothered by a strained hamstring. The other addition will be new left-fielder Johnny Damon. He will most likely be taking Shelley Duncan...

Tampa Bay Rays to be without 3B Evan Longoria up to 8 weeks

The Tampa Bay Rays worst fears regarding 3B Evan Longoria were realized on Tuesday when the team learned that the club would be with 3B Evan Longoria up to eight weeks. An MRI revealed that Longoria suffered a partial tear of his left hamstring after taking an awkward slide into second base on Monday night. The team has decided that they will platoon various players...

A's, Inge Look For Boston Bounceback

As uplifting as Wednesday’s 14-inning, comeback win over the Chicago White Sox was, Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Baltimore in the bottom of ninth inning was the counterweight to offset that momentum for the Oakland A's.
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