There are no Dodgers major or minor-leaguers on a composite list of Biogenesis names compiled this morning by Deadspin.com, but the San Diego Padres are about to lose their everyday leadoff hitter and shortstop, Everth Cabrera.
That was perhaps the biggest takeaway for the Dodgers in the fallout from the shuttered drug clinic. Cabrera is one of 12 players who will reportedly accept 50-game suspensions today. New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is expected to appeal his proposed suspension.
Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal (along with A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon and Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera) has already served a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test and will not be suspended again. Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension in July.
Cabrera and the Padres have six games left against the Dodgers this year. Of course, San Diego is 10 games out of first place in the National League West and going nowhere fast. So you can count your lucky stars that no Dodgers are among the Biogenesis dirty dozen, move along, and pay attention to that little 14-game road winning streak the Dodgers are putting together.
• The Dodgers’ streak is longest road win streak in franchise history and the longest single-season road win streak by a National League team since the 1957 Reds won 15 in a row. The MLB record is 17, set by the 1916 Giants and 1984 Tigers.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com) it’s just the second time in MLB history a team has won 14 straight road games after being at least five games under .500 on the roar prior to the streak. The 1912 Washington Senators were the first to do so.
• One more note from that ESPN story: The Dodgers have trailed six times during the win streak. Their biggest deficit was on July 23 in Toronto when they trailed the Blue Jays 8-3 after six innings, then came back to win 10-9.
• The big news for Dodgers fans, expected sometime today, is the result of an MRI scan on Hanley Ramirez‘s shoulder.
• Why did the Dodgers push Zack Greinke‘s start back one day so he could face the Cardinals today? He’s 8-3 in 17 starts with a 3.43 earned run average and owns a 7-3 record to go along with a 3.13 ERA against St. Louis in his career.
• Two stories about baseball writers caught my interest this weekend. One is about the most brilliant communist, reptile-owning baseball mind you’ve never heard of (or maybe you have). Another is about “The Reporter Who Launched The Steroid Era,” which is an inaccurate headline but probably how Steve Wilstein will be remembered nonetheless. (Reporters don’t launch Steroid Eras. We generally don’t take steroids.)
• Corey Seager started his first game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga yesterday. He batted sixth in a road game against the Visalia Rawhide, going 1 for 3 with a walk, a single, and scoring a run.
• To some, this will be the Summer of Biogenesis. To the Beach Boys, Summer Means New Love: