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Report: MLB might fine Yankees prez over Mike Trout talk

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08:56 AM ET 04.13 | Over the winter, Yankees president Randy Levine made a comment about Angels outfielder Mike Trout to explain why the Yankees didn't offer second baseman Robinson Cano -- now a Mariner -- a ten-year deal. Levine said, "If Mike Trout was here, I would recommend a 10-year contract. But for people over 30, I don't believe it makes sense. I don't think Hal [Steinbrenner] thinks it makes sense. We were very clear about that." Trout, at the time, was still negotiating a contract extension with the Angels. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that commissioner Bud Selig is considering fining Levine for his comment. The amount of the potential fine has not been disclosed.

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Report: Jon Lester rejects Red Sox lowball offer

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09:33 AM ET 04.13 | It is looking more and more like left-hander Jon Lester's last season with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox's most recent offer to Lester was far below market value -- four years for between $70 million and $80 million, according to sources within the team's clubhouse. Lester, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, rejected the offer and will not resume negotiations with the club until the offseason, the sources said. The Red Sox will have an exclusive negotiating period with Lester between the end of the season and the start of free agency. They indicated a willingness to go higher, sources said, but are almost certain to lose Lester unless they dramatically increase their offer.

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MLB's injury epidemic result of stricter PEDs testing?

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09:43 AM ET 04.13 | When it comes to MLB's injury epidemic, in general, there also is no unanimity about why so many are going down so often. But there are two factors that work in tandem that make the most sense to me: Scheduling has become more arduous at a time when bodies might not be recovering quicker from the use of illegal performance enhancers. And it is hard to ignore that the skyrocketing frequency of injuries has coincided in the past three years with tougher and tougher PED testing and penalties. This is from a different AL official: "We have all anecdotally heard players attribute healing qualities to PEDs. If the sport has effectively reduced, if not eradicated PEDs, it stands to reason that we should see a dip in power production and a growth in injuries and an extension of time to recover from injuries. We accept the fact that the minimization of PEDs is largely responsible to a return to "normal" power numbers, but we have been less quick to acknowledge that the same minimization of PEDs has likely led to more DL placements and longer recovery times." Again, it is just theory.

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Is dominant Bartolo Colon pushing 300 pounds?

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10:57 AM ET 04.13 | At some point as Bartolo Colon dominated the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night, he walked through the dugout, looked down at his bulging belly, grabbed it firmly with his hands and shook it three times. Then, clearly pleased with himself, Colon smiled. He seemed proud of his size, or at least proud that he was talented enough to shut out the Braves for seven innings in spite of it. Colon is listed at 285 pounds, although his true weight these days is a guess. He looks as if he should be sitting in the stands and eating a hot dog, or two or three, while he watches the game. Playing in it seems like a monumental stretch -- which is what makes the 40-year-old Colon so fascinating to watch. On Sunday, in his third start of the season, Colon is scheduled to take on the Los Angeles Angels, one of the seven teams he has played for in his often-distinguished 17-year career. "He's a genetic outlier," said Jim Malone, the Mets' strength and conditioning coach.

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MLB botches Yankees-Red Sox replay review

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09:59 AM ET 04.13 | Upon further review, baseball's new replay system needs some fine tuning. The system failed in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 7-4 win over the Red Sox Saturday at the Stadium. Replays clearly showed Yankees shortstop Dean Anna should have been ruled out at second base, but the umpires ruled him safe and credited him with a double, then the review by replay officials in Manhattan confirmed the call after Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged it. Major League Baseball later admitted they made a mistake by upholding the call and said the conclusive angle on the play was not immediately available. Anna's foot clearly came off the base while Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts still was applying his tag. After the game, the Red Sox were steamed about the call.

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