The first of what could be many baseball players are suspended, a big night for the Tampa Bay Rays and the other “local” baseball teams and more in our Tuesday Sports News and Notes…
** Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been suspended for the remainder of the baseball season for violating baseball’s drug policy and labor agreement. Last year, Braun said he was innocent of being involved in any performance enhancing drug issues but now has issued an apology for anything he might have done wrong. He could be just one of several players who could be suspended for their alleged involvement in the Biogenesis Lab in Florida.
** The Tampa Bay Rays have moved to within a half game of first place Boston in the AL East after beating the Red Sox 3-0 Monday. Matt Moore throws a complete game to move to 14-3 on the year. Atlanta beats New York 2-1 and Miami beats Colorado 3-1.
** Former Gator Rick Eckstein has been fired as the Washington Nationals hitting coach.
** Former Gator guard Nick Calathes had his draft rights traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Memphis Grizzlies; the Mavs got a second round pick in return.
** Former Gator Earl Okine was placed on the physically unable to perform list by the Houston Texans as the free agent tries to make an NFL roster.
** Florida football’s second opponent this year, the Miami Hurricanes, were picked to win the ACC Coastal Division by media covering ACC Media Days. The Hurricanes have an experienced team back this year under coach Al Golden.
** Some trouble for former Gator and current Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer. He suspended star running back Carlos Hyde and disciplined three other players who are involved in legal issues of varying sorts.