Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Braun finally fesses up

A month after acknowledging only that he made "mistakes," Brewers slugger Ryan Braun admitted Thursday to taking a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury during his NL MVP season of 2011.

Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled. Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample in his statement.

"I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately," said Braun, the first of 14 players disciplined this year as a result of the Biogenesis probe; Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game penalty.

Last month Braun accepted a 65-game ban after MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis antiaging clinic, which was accused of providing PEDs to players. In his initial meeting with MLB investigators, Braun declined to answer questions. But he said he initiated a second session where he admitted his guilt: "I came to the realization that it was time to come to grips with the truth. I was never presented with baseball's evidence against me, but I didn't need to be, because I knew what I had done."

Wilson returns: Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson took the biggest step yet in his comeback from elbow-ligament replacement surgery, pitching a scoreless ninth in the Dodgers' 6-0 win over Miami. Wilson gave up a double, struck out two and looked a lot like the pitcher who saved 171 games for the Giants. "It was long overdue, a very arduous process, but I'm glad I went through it so I could appreciate baseball even more," he said.

Heyward surgery: Braves OF Jason Heyward had surgery on his broken right jaw after being hit by a pitch. The team has not said how long he will be out.

Mets: The club signed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, released at his request by Cleveland after spending all season at Triple A, to a one-year contract and plans to start him this weekend.

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