The Orioles are a near-lock to win the American League East, but they’ll start the playoffs without slugger Chris Davis, who was suspended 25 games by the league for using amphetamines.

MLB announced the suspension Friday morning, saying Davis was suspended without pay “after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball‘s joint drug prevention and treatment program.”

Davis, who is batting just .196 but has 26 home runs and 72 RBIs, released a statement through the players association.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,” he said. “I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

The Orioles have 17 regular-season games remaining, so he would have to sit the first eight games of the postseason.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Kevin Millar checks in to talk about the Red Sox offseason, Dustin Pedroia's injury, and Giancarlo Stanton

[0:05:29] ... the obvious. Position that I think everybody is looking -- we're here James Shields and where would you -- they would spend their money on as far as pitching goes. I think they're gonna have to ...
[0:06:44] ... ever heard of an unsuccessful one but. There and successful surgery for Dustin Pedroia. On his on his wrist so. What's where we that would that with PD that's not I know what he brings the team defensively and know what he's all about and I refute reports of people -- they should trade him and everything but how concerned are you moving forward. A lot of hands a lot of wrist injuries to Dustin Pedroia. Yeah you know what that that all of this Eric Burke you know we appropriate and what situation what am -- -- and come back -- -- Lou. But I can you hear anybody I'll. Try out here so Mike talk about trade debt or. I would ultimately get to 35 Paul London looks -- life. And wanting. We appreciate the way Dustin Pedroia plate became a baseball he's crushing you make people around him better. He's got that little bit of an actor that describe. ...
[0:08:35] ... very next guy comes in to finish the at bat and -- Reed Johnson next at -- rather -- -- he hits him to in the benches -- Was that the right response from the Marlins ...





A number of Ravens fans wore Ray Rice jerseys to the Steelers-Ravens game last night and Bill Polian quickly changes his story.

[0:04:45] ... Bowl Ray Rice he'll -- out last year's than anybody else seem Ray Lewis now maybe even more so than Ray Lewis. The only way Ray Lewis gets cheered louder is of Ray Rice is welcome back before into Baltimore and I bet you that can happen to. I ...
[0:06:14] ... against your ability to see you think it will owner of the Baltimore Ravens. And -- clearly that's out there and boy in the street did you see them falling all over themselves to defend this ...
[0:08:00] ... military organization will never -- this is number tournament starts you know Ray Lewis on front of the street Louis -- football Ray Lewis came back for what how many years ten years -- -- football -- audience Ray Lewis. Was found guilty we all local public opinion can do whatever you want. You want a couple of super balls or lose our way Ray Rice won one so it's okay but here's how it happened so but -- -- batteries after we get the -- -- Ray Rice won one for the bulk carrier gets acknowledged okay that he does it. It's completely different -- what do you have Ray Lewis got a bit harder and you'll you'll be out there. Your Ray Rice. You joined some. Some group some woman's group against ...
[0:10:14] ... old guys like that. And they put to advance the vote. So. Ty Law as -- hall because the fans voted him in. I -- It's a bucket compared to what the fact is that. You might not have any power over so they put him on that list say there's five guys on that list this it was it was -- allows Bill Parcells. For generals and analysts at the time but it picked Ty Law so. The fans haven't overwhelming majority of the -- then he's getting in -- into the future but just got to your ...






Christian gives his three keys to Pats-Vikings. GET MEAN!

[0:01:35] ... always trying to stop their best player for Bill Belichick and the Minnesota Vikings best player he's on offense is Adrian Peterson. They're second best player it's really -- one and one day it's. We've been lately is coral status of the wide receiver kind of person -- if they could stop those two guys. And they're really -- need to sack up really convinced themselves. That they could do this because. Watching film of Minnesota Vikings on the ball and they are pulling their guards they're pulling their tackles. That too wide to I didn't out there and ...
[0:05:24] ... that nothing to do -- ski. This has to do with what Rodney Harrison said. The other day about that all these and I want to pay 2 o'clock and get a safety that was a ...
[0:05:58] ... going to be on offense on defense. And he goes with what Tedy Bruschi said last week. I think the more valuable part Logan was bats if somebody came and hit -- overcame -- who was ...





Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the leagues handling of the Ray Rice situation.
Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

During a week in which former Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL indefinitely for punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator in February, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy returned to practice Thursday, a day after he met with his lawyer about an offseason domestic issue.

In May, Hardy was arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The Pro Bowler was convicted on two domestic violence charges in mid-July but immediately appealed the decision. When he was arrested, the police officer filling out the report noted that Hardy grabbed and threw the woman around.

Two months before the domestic violence incident, Hardy signed a one-year franchise tag deal for $13.1 million.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera only talked about Hardy’s practice performance, and would not comment on his legal problems.

“I couldn’t tell you that,” Rivera said of the potential pressure Hardy is facing. “The only thing I can tell is he practiced very well.”

Carolina expects Hardy to play in the team’s home opener Sunday against the Lions. Neither the league nor the Panthers have suspended Hardy, and a decision most likely will not be made until the legal process comes to an end.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

[0:01:36] ... now. Always I don't know but I -- reports and they -- weather reports. In the middle of next week in the morning got hot highs. -- thirties. With the twelfth of September 12 her -- ...
[0:05:45] ... an -- -- if CBS is bright enough to get rid of Dan Marino and Cher and now Shannon. -- the -- -- enough to get rid of -- W overwhelmed with -- -- Bart Scott does a good replacement veteran Tony Gonzales says nothing but is he better than -- to push. -- was okay. Mario. Marino ...
[0:08:12] ... it's only live like years and that's the good parts of lesser Glenn Close is near by a true. Yes it is -- in jail right. Which rap rap rap about old rabbit yeah Iverson's beckoned ...





Rodney Harrison joined the show discussing the Ray Rice situation and the future of Roger Goodell.

[0:00:00] ... with Cumberland farms farm house blend iced coffee and with football legend Rodney Harrison Cumberland farms farm house -- ice coffee is so malicious. It's too good to put down just 99 cents any size and ...
[0:00:50] ... out there beware walk relative retract go. -- -- -- If Justine Damien Woody and unknown biggest Biggest Loser Scott Mitchell. Here you go home whites their repayment game it was around bigger goals -- barely ...
[0:06:45] ... like the guy the pretty quarterback some like the rookie quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger some like the pretty -- quarterback like outbreak. Look it's all about different personalities -- what would you like. But it's a ...
[0:10:17] ... don't know now never but he did you see the picture of Damien Woody notes. Scott Mitchell as somebody -- -- arm as somebody says the NFL thought it was that when Janet Jackson showed little that yeah I mean look at it Damien -- those things are -- doesn't look like saddle bag from the ...






The guys opened the show discussing the Ravens win and the Goodell fall out.

[0:06:06] ... I understand I I want quarterbacks healthy even. Quarterbacks. I hate like Ben Roethlisberger I want them to play there's nothing more disappointment tuning into a game NC in a -- You know it's the Green Bay Packers on Monday at Roger's -- like that you'd you'd turn in and Philip Rivers on the mean you just want starters in the game even if that state like Rome that -- but what are. But ...
[0:11:12] ... going down like flies out that's why ticket Brady missed a year Manning missed a year on the -- those two guys a Rodgers missed after that year very durable. Of the two -- stars' -- ...




Here are the highlights from Friday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Multiple reports indicate former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family were involved in a drunken fight at a house party in Anchorage. Palin and her husband, Todd, were invited to a champion snowmobile racer’€™s birthday party and took their kids along.

A brawl ensued after the family showed up, and daughter Bristol, of “Dancing with the Stars” fame, was at the middle of it, allegedly throwing multiple punches.

Said Dennis: “It was like an intrasquad scrimmage.”

Callahan wondered about the weather in Alaska because of the snowmobiler’s party. “Is there snow there now?” he asked.

Replied Dennis: “There’€™s always snow there.”

– Investigators found three children dead inside of vermin-infested home in Blackstone on Thursday, just two weeks after four children were removed from the house because of alleged abuse or neglect by the resident of the home, 31-year-old Erika Murray.

“Mother of the year candidate,”€ Dennis said sarcastically.

Dennis continued: “I heard a neighbor interviewed saying, ‘You walk past the house and you can smell the stench that’€™s ungodly coming from in.’ ”

Said Minihane: “That’€™s unbelievable that this happens in this world.”

– Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. He’€™ll start on the show on Sept. 15.

Callahan wondered if Tebow will try to make an NFL return: “Is he going to make a comeback at some point?”

Replied Minihane: “He sucks, he’€™s not coming back.”

– Detectives found 50 dead cats in four freezers and 30 cats running around in a man’€™s home in South Florida. Douglas Westcott, who owns the home, also happened to be serving a warrant for child pornography.

Dennis jokingly said the man could enjoy the cats for food.

Said Dennis: “€œWell, in case he can’€™t get out to shop, he can just defrost a cat for dinner.”

Replied Minihane: “€œI hate [cats] so much. When I hear this story, I should have sympathy for cats; I have none.”€

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano