Report: MLB examining link between Melky's agents, steroid distributor

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Report: MLB examining link between Melky's agents, steroid distributor

Major League Baseball is investigating whether Seth and SamLevinson, agents to Giants leftfielder Melky Cabrera, arranged a relationshipbetween former client Paul Lo Duca and steroid distributor Kirk Radomski, BobNightengale of USATODAY reported.Nightengale, citing three people with knowledge of MLBsinvestigation, reported that Lo Duca alledged that the Levinsons introduced himto Radomski and set up a checking account for Lo Duca to pay Radomski forperformance-enhancing drugs.The investigation was sparked by Cabreras positive test fortestosterone two weeks ago for which he was suspended 50 games. In an attemptto beat the charges, Cabrera and his associate Juan Nunez created a falsewebsite to try to create the defense that Cabreras positive test was theresult of a tainted product purchased over the Internet. The Levinsons told theNew York Daily News that Nunez was a paid consultant of their firm, ACES Inc.but not an employee.There is absolutely no truth to the allegation that eitherof us had any involvement in procuring performance-enhancing drugs for MelkyCabrera or any other baseball players, the Levinsons said in a statementissued last week by a criminal defense lawyer. Nor did we have knowledge thatanyone else was doing so.MLB is also looking into Cabreras Miami-based trainer, Cesar Paublini, USA TODAY reported, but Paublinisaid he hadnt been contacted by MLB. He also said he had never met theLevinsons but that Cabrera had once introduced him to Nunez.The Mitchell Report first revealed Lo Ducas relationshipwith Radomski and uncovered three checks from Lo Duca to Radomski for 3,200each. Radomski said in the Mitchell Report that the checks were payments forhuman growth hormone.USATODAY obtained a copy of one of the checks, which revealed that Lo Duca andSamuel W. LevinsonCO ACES Inc. were listed as joint account holders. Theaddress listed on the check matched the address of the Levinsons Brooklyn office.Seth Levinson told USA TODAY he had no relationshipwith Radomski and declined to comment on ACES Inc.s name appearing on thecheck sent to Radomski.Radomski pled guilt to money laundering and distribution ofsteroids on April 27, 2007. According to Nightengales sources, Lo Duca said henever met Radomski in person but talked to him on the phone to get advice onusing the performance-enhancing drugs responsibly.MLB wants to question Radomski on his relationshipwith the Levinsons and whether he was a paid consultant of their firm.

Giants lineup: Posey, Arroyo out against Braves

Giants lineup: Posey, Arroyo out against Braves

Mired in a big slump, rookie Christian Arroyo is getting a night off, while Nick Hundley is catching in place of Buster Posey Saturday.

Atlanta Braves:
1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
8. Danny Santana (S) 3B
9. Mike Foltynewicz (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
3. Joe Panik (L) 2B
4. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Aaron Hill (R) 3B
7. Nick Hundley (R) C
8. Mac Williamson (R) RF
9. Ty Blach (R) P

 

Giants get blanked by Braves, now have lowest-scoring team in majors

Giants get blanked by Braves, now have lowest-scoring team in majors

SAN FRANCISCO — Over in Cleveland earlier Friday, Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer for the visiting team and five other players chipped in a pair of hits. The Royals had six runs, which meant that when Jim Johnson closed the Giants out a few hours later, what has seemed true all season became officially true. The Giants have the lowest-scoring lineup in the majors.

At 3.32 runs per game, they have dipped below the equally-disappointing Royals (3.38). They are capable at the moment of making any pitching staff look dominant. A 2-0 shutout was the first of the year for the Braves, who previously had just two games this season where they allowed fewer than two runs. 

“Six runs in (the last) four games … I thought we would come home and get some rips in tonight, but it didn’t happen,” Bruce Bochy said. 

The manager’s frustration showed late in this one. After the only rally of the game — a two-run single by opposing pitcher Jaime Garcia — Bochy took his cap off and rubbed his forehead. He dipped his head and briefly stood as if he was going to fall asleep on the rail. The bats were equally still. 

The Giants had just four hits, all of them singles against Garcia, who is a nice pitcher but hardly one of the league’s best. One was an infield single by Eduardo Nuñez, another a single through Garcia’s five-hole, and a third a generous ruling by the official scorekeeper. 

“It comes down to, you’ve got to get some hits and create opportunities, and we’re not doing it very often,” Bochy said. “It’s just a matter of guys getting somewhat hot. We did, we had some success, and we won some games. The thing you like to see is some good cuts and I didn’t think we got enough of those tonight.”

That run, which spanned the last homestand and small parts of two road trips, has come to a screeching halt. The Giants have lost five of six. It seems silly to scoreboard-watch in May, especially when a team is playing like this, but it’s worth noting that the teams the Giants eventually need to catch keep winning. They fell 12 games back of the Rockies and 11 back of the streaking Diamondbacks. They are 9 1/2 back of the Dodgers, who might be the best team in the whole league. 

Matt Cain did his part to allow the Giants to keep pace. He got beat just once in seven sharp innings. The Giants intentionally walked Dansby Swanson to get to Garcia, who bounced a single into left. Brandon Belt had a play at the plate, but his throw was short and hit the runner. A second run scored. 

“That’s tough,” Cain said. “(Garcia) was throwing the ball really good and that’s what it comes down to, you’re looking for that one hit and he did it. He’s a good hitter. We’ve seen it in St. Louis. But it definitely is tough when the pitcher does that … it just stinks on my part to give up a hit to the opposing pitcher.”