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Nike dumps banned Braun

NEW YORK — Nike Inc. confirmed Friday it no longer has a relationship with Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, who is serving a 65-game suspension related to Major League Baseball's investigation of a now-closed South Florida antiaging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, accepted a season-ending suspension last week, saying he made "some mistakes."

He tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011, but a 50-game suspension was overturned in February 2012 by an arbitrator who ruled Braun's urine sample was handled improperly.

Braun wore Nike gear, and the company sold T-shirts with slogans including "Braun owns Milwaukee" on them.

A-Rod saga: Rehabilitating Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez is ready to battle any MLB suspension to the end in an effort to return to the majors, ESPN reported. Rodriguez, 38, coming back from offseason hip surgery and a quad strain, was in the Double-A Trenton lineup Friday, batting second and playing third base. He hit a two-run homer in the third inning. He was set to play for Trenton again today. Rodriguez said the Yankees told him the tentative plan was for him to rejoin the big-league team Monday in Chicago. Rodriguez said he was confident that would happen "unless I get hit by lightning, and these days you never know." Baseball has been attempting to suspend Rodriguez through at least 2014 and has threatened a lifetime ban. Negotiations over Rodriguez's penalty were likely to go through the weekend. He is among the 14 players linked to the South Florida clinic.

Daulton recovery: Former Phillies C Darren Daulton, 51, returned to the ballpark for the team's annual alumni weekend and spoke publicly for the first time since his brain cancer diagnosis a little over a month ago. Now a radio personality in Philadelphia, Daulton had two brain tumors removed July 1 but nine days later was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Daulton had trouble pronouncing several words, a problem he said he has to deal with daily. "I have a little bit of a problem during the day every now and then when I can't understand what — I mean, I know what I'm going on — but I can't … I have a problem with talking to myself," he said. "This eventually will get better."

Blue Jays: LF Melky Cabrera went back on the DL after injuring his left knee fielding a ball Thursday against the Angels.

Brewers: LHP Tom Gorzelanny left his start against the Nationals in the second inning after being hit on the left wrist by a Jayson Werth line drive. Gorzelanny was replaced by Alfredo Figaro. No details were available.

Mets: Closer Bobby Parnell (stiff neck) was out for at least Friday's start of the series against the Royals, and setup man Josh Edgin (stress fracture in rib) is out for 4-6 weeks. David Aardsma is expected to close.

Orioles: 2B Brian Roberts was put on the paternity list as he awaits the birth of his first child.

Tigers: Jose Iglesias, acquired this week from Boston, replaced 3B Miguel Cabrera (strained abdomen), not SS Jhonny Peralta in the lineup. The team wanted Iglesias partly as insurance if Peralta is suspended in the South Florida clinic drug investigation.

Nike dumps banned Braun 08/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 10:39pm]
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