Suspensions Handed Down

After weeks of speculation, Major League Baseball has handed down suspensions
to the Biogenesis-linked players. Of the 13 individuals disciplined, Yankees
third baseman Alex Rodriguez was the only one to appeal, meaning he'll be
expected to make his season debut when New York opens a three-game set against
the White Sox in Chicago Monday night. Rodriguez, the highest-profile player connected to the now-closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of supplying
performance-enhancing substances, had the harshest penalty levied against him
in the form of a suspension through the end of the 2014 season. By appealing
under the MLB drug policy, the 38-year-old Yankees star is eligible to play
until such an appeal is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the next three
weeks. Rodriguez, who previously admitted to using steroids during a two-year period from 2001-03 while with the Texas Rangers, has yet to play in the
majors this year as he recovered from offseason hip surgery and more recently,
a quad injury. Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny
Peralta, San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and pitcher Fautino De Los
Santos, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez,
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, Seattle Mariners catcher
Jesus Montero, Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, New York Mets utility
man Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello and free-agent pitcher
Jordan Norberto each accepted 50-game bans as part of MLB's drug
investigation.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

1 week 14 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Washington Softball Player Megan Micke. The Junior Shortstop had a terrific start to the season helping the Jays to a second place finish in the Union Tournament Saturday. In three games, Megan had 11 plate appearances, eight official at-bats, four hits, including a double, an rbi, a stolen base with six runs scored, three walks and two strike outs.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

3 weeks 5 days ago

I have been behind the microphone for 10 years now. In the course of time, I have covered many elections and have seen first-hand how bruising and hurtful campaigns can be to people. None have been as difficult to watch, however, as the annexation battle in Washington--which pitted good people who care about their community against good people who care about their community.

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SPORTS CORNER

5 hours 31 min ago

Matt Holliday singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Cardinals rallied past the Pirates 5-4 in the first of three from Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong hit a pinch-hit two-run homer earlier in the seventh to tie the game at four. Holliday also had a two-run double in the third for the Redbirds, who have won three straight to take over first place in the NL Central. St.