The 28-year-old Marlins second-baseman tested positive for two different PEDs and has been suspended for 80 games effective immediately.
Gordon tested positive for “exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” MLB said in a written statement released after midnight ET on Friday.
I assume there’s no recourse because it would be a huge can of worms for MLB, but he’s the guy who got the game-tying hit tonight to knock Maeda out of the game.
Marlins at Dodgers, TV: SPNLA, FS-F
The Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda makes his fifth MLB start today, and he’s already a record-setter:
Maeda (3-0, 0.36 ERA) has made four starts and allowed a total of one run, becoming the first pitcher since at least 1913 to begin a career in that fashion. The Japanese right-hander is only the third pitcher since 1900 to throw at least 25 innings in his first four Major League starts while allowing no more than one run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his last start Saturday against the Rockies at Coors Field, finishing with 6 1/3 scoreless innings to record his third win of the season.
He’ll face right-hander Jose Fernandez, who was the NL’s 2013 Rookie of the Year but then needed Tommy John surgery in May of 2014. He started his recovery in August of 2015 but suffered a biceps strain and didn’t come back until mid-September. He’s 1-2 with a 4.37 ERA this year and hasn’t shown that he can pitch well consistently on the road. He has a career record of 5-10 with a 3.81 ERA away from Miami. He did beat the Dodgers once at Dodger Stadium in 2013.
If you think Stanton kills the Dodgers in Los Angeles, you’re right.
In 18 career games at the ballpark, Stanton is 21-for-66 (.318) with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. In this series alone, he’s 4-for-10 (.400) with three homers, one double, six RBIs and three walks.