Ji-Man Choi gets strike with 50-game suspension

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There’s always been one strike on Ji-Man Choi, and it’s either or not he can strike for energy during initial base. He’s strike any turn he’s been at, though scouts have been doubtful of his ability to make it though some some-more energy developing. He’s a pristine hitter, though a upside has always been some-more of a James Loney-type.

So what does Choi do to try to tablet his one fault, with initial bottom ceaselessly in motion in Seattle? Juice.

He’s a initial time offender, so he’ll get 50 games for his violation, that was methandienone — delayed adult before we conflict as we did, that was some Walter White shit — this is only an aged propagandize anabolic steroid (and really not crystal) that we customarily cocktail down your windpipe in tablet form instead of adhering in your buttcheek. This was a drug of choice for Arnold Schwarzenegger and other physique builders in his excellence years.

So most for subtlety. It seems like a sincerely apparent drug to get held on — we mean, come on. If you’re going to juice, shouldn’t it during slightest be on something new or remotely undetectable, not something that was en practice 25 years ago and criminialized in 2001? Somebody gave Choi some bad advice. Somebody is suspect.

Via Bob Dutton at TNT, Choi’s doing a whole “I didn’t know we took it though ok, we theory we accept it” routine, so there’s that.

“A criminialized piece was rescued in my urine sample,” he said. “I do not know what we could have taken that caused me to exam positive. we have not and never would intentionally use anything bootleg to raise my performance.

“However, we also know that though an reason we contingency offer a cessation and we accept that. we demeanour brazen to putting this behind me and to returning to assistance a Mariners ballclub once my cessation has ended.”

Regardless, it’s a good disappointment. While Choi has always had some yellow flags, initial bottom is a position that Justin Smoak has flattering most left far-reaching open for a past 3 years, and nobody has stepped adult to explain it. Outside of Jesus Montero, Choi is a categorical name being tossed around as a contender for a contingent pursuit before D.J. Peterson arrives. This won’t assistance his chances, as now both him and Montero will both lift a former charlatan tarnish around with them for a rest of their career.

Mariners Minor Leaguer Choi dangling 50 games

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ARLINGTON — Ji-Man Choi, a initial baseman for a Mariners’ Triple-A Tacoma club, perceived a 50-game cessation but compensate Thursday after contrast certain for methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance, in defilement of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Choi, who is on a Mariners’ 40-man roster, was attack .394 with one home run and 5 RBIs in 10 games for Tacoma this season.

The cessation is effective immediately.

Choi expelled a matter of his possess observant he didn’t intentionally take any bootleg substance.

“A criminialized piece was rescued in my urine sample,” Choi said. “I do not know what we could have taken that caused me to exam positive. we have not and never would intentionally use anything bootleg to raise my performance. However, we also know that but an reason we contingency offer a cessation and we accept that. we demeanour brazen to putting this behind me and to returning to assistance a Mariners ballclub once my cessation has ended.”

The Mariners released a following statement:

“The Seattle Mariners are unhappy to learn of today’s cessation of AAA infielder Ji-Man Choi. The classification entirely supports Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and a efforts to discharge performance-enhancing substances from a game. Per a Basic Agreement, a Mariners will have no serve comment.”

Choi is a 22-year-old from South Korea who sealed with a Mariners in 2009 and has played 4 years in their Minor League system, yet he sat out all of 2011 with a behind injury.

Choi strike .295 with 36 doubles, 6 triples, 18 home runs and 85 RBIs in 122 games final year while bursting time between Class A High Desert, Double-A Jackson and Tacoma.

Choi will be placed on a limited list, that opens adult a mark on Seattle’s 40-man roster.

Zynga Launches New Mobile FarmVille Game

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A screenshot from “FarmVille 2: Country Escape.”
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Zynga is following by on a guarantee to pierce a FarmVille authorization behind to mobile, a essential initial step entrance scarcely a year after Don Mattrick was named CEO.

The new offering, called “FarmVille 2: Country Escape,” is a mobile app rather than a diversion played by a browser on a computer. But a association says it has all a hallmarks of a FarmVille experience: animals, crops and all demeanour of other equipment that players have to manage. They perspective a plantation from a bird’s eye view, examination cows graze, farmhands fish and crops grow.

The diversion is being expelled for a iPhone, iPad and Google inclination Thursday, and uses a identical indication to a desktop diversion counterparts: Free to download, while Zynga will assign for additional equipment that assistance players pierce by a diversion quicker.

This FarmVille is opposite from other incarnations, though. Most importantly, Zynga says, it’s a apart diversion designed from a commencement for mobile devices–a initial for a FarmVille franchise, yet a diversion can correlate and share several plantation equipment with a desktop cousin.

An progressing FarmVille mobile version, expelled for a iPhone in 2010, was recognised some-more as a approach to play a desktop chronicle of a diversion while on a go. It was deserted by Zynga after dual years on a market.

A mobile app, for one thing, means that this chronicle of FarmVille can be played when business aren’t connected to a Internet. And users do not face a vigour in a strange chronicle to get other friends to play a game.

Jamie Davies, ubiquitous manager of a mobile game, pronounced Zynga’s aim is to daub into what it believes is a undying franchise. “It’s about formulating new hits and new hits on mobile,” she said.

Mattrick, who was named Zynga’s CEO final July, has regularly pronounced he believes a FarmVille authorization will be a core partial of branch a association around.

So far, Zynga said, it hasn’t heavily marketed a new game, yet it claims reviews in early contrast have been positive.

The Beautiful Mobile Game That Never Was

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The highway to video diversion mass is paved with unprepared projects and half baked ideas. Simogo, a little studio behind many worshiped mobile games including Beat Sneak Bandit, Year Walk, and Device 6 reminded us of that currently with a brief provoke of a video about one of their beginning prototypes. It’s a diversion called Brisby Donnovan, and it has a same uncanny reduction of horrible design and quirky amusement that a dual male group brought to their after work—i.e. a things they indeed finished.

Sadly, it sounds like this one won’t make it off a sketch board. Simogo’s possess Simon Flesser said that a diversion is technically owned by Southend, a now gone studio they were still operative during when they churned adult a prototype.

Don’t get too sad, though. Flesser also pronounced that he and his co-developer Magnus Gardebäck “already have something beautiful” in their subsequent game. Seeing how they done one of Kotaku’s all time favorite iPad games, I’m prone to trust them.

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Mariners’ Choi dangling after certain test

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Mariners awaiting Ji-Man Choi was dangling for 50 games on Thursday after contrast certain for a performance-enhancing substance.

Choi, 22, denied regulating a criminialized piece though pronounced he would not interest a suspension.

The Office of a Commissioner of Baseball indicated that a initial baseman perceived a 50-game anathema but compensate after contrast certain for methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance. Since Choi is on a Mariners’ 40-man roster, a cessation is deliberate a defilement of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, not a Minor League program. MLB pronounced a cessation is effective immediately.

“A criminialized piece was rescued in my urine sample,” Choi pronounced in a statement, according to The Tacoma News Tribune. “I do not know what we could have taken that caused me to exam positive. we have not and never would intentionally use anything bootleg to raise my performance. However, we also know that but an reason we contingency offer a cessation and we accept that. we demeanour brazen to putting this behind me and to returning to assistance a Mariners ballclub once my cessation has ended.”

Choi, who was named a Mariners’ No. 20 awaiting by MLB.com progressing on Thursday, is batting .394 with a homer, 5 RBIs and a .500 on-base commission in 10 Pacific Coast League games this year. The local of South Korea posted plain numbers during 3 levels in 2013, batting .295 with career highs in homers (18), RBIs (85) and walks (63).

“The Seattle Mariners are unhappy to learn of today’s cessation of [Triple-A] infielder Ji-Man Choi,” a Mariners pronounced in a statement. “The classification entirely supports Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and a efforts to discharge performance-enhancing substances from a game. Per a Basic Agreement, a Mariners will have no serve comment.”

Methandienone, infrequently famous as “d-bol,” is an anabolic steroid that can assistance boost protein singularity and flesh strength, that reportedly creates it renouned among some bodybuilders. Side effects might embody high blood pressure. Braves Minor League catcher Orrin Sears also tested positive for a piece on Feb. 14.

Choi, 23, sealed with a Mariners as a giveaway representative in 2009 and was a Futures Game All-Star final year. He was a Arizona League MVP in 2010, was voted a California League All-Stat in 2013 and was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star this past offseason.

The Commissioner’s Office has dangling 20 players this deteriorate for violating a Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, nonetheless Choi’s cessation falls underneath a Major League Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The certain exam is in outcome before to a new changes to a module that were jointly announced by Major League Baseball and a Major League Baseball Players Association on Mar 28.

Mariners notebook: Corey Hart draws a start in right field

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— So what changed?

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon pronounced progressing this week that Corey Hart “wasn’t anywhere close” to being prepared to play right margin due to concerns per a start/stop highlight on his surgically remade knees.

And then…Hart started Thursday afternoon in right margin for a initial time given Jul 21, 2012 when a Mariners sealed out a four-game array with an 8-6 detriment to a Texas Rangers during Globe Life Park.

Well?

“He told me he’s feeling good,” McClendon said. “That his knees are fine. Hey, listen, I’ve got to go with my player. He says he’s feeling flattering good. But we’ll watch him. We’ll keep an eye on him.”

Hart had no problems. He ran down J.P. Arencibia’s expostulate into a right-center opening in a second inning and combined a shifting locate after in a diversion on his dual surgically-repaired knees.

“I was nervous,” Hart admitted, “but once we got out there, I’ve been out there copiousness of times. It kind of came behind flattering quick.”

Hart missed all of final deteriorate while recuperating from medicine on both knees, though he contends whinging tenderness in his forearm and reduce behind have been some-more of a concern.

“I was a small distressed in open when we was out there,” he said, “because we didn’t know what would occur if we slid. As time’s left on, a knees haven’t been a problem. They’ve gotten stronger.

“I’ve indeed been means to run a small faster than we suspicion we would. The instincts have been there, and we haven’t even disturbed about that partial of a game.”

McClendon pronounced Hart is doubtful to play right margin this weekend in Miami, where games won’t embody a designated hitter. But he pronounced Hart could see time during initial base.

“He was (moving well),” McClendon said, “but we’ll take it slow. We’ll make certain we continue to build with him. Not get too distant brazen of ourselves. I’m certain he competence be a small bruise (on Friday).”

CHOI SUSPENDED

Triple-A Tacoma initial baseman Ji-Man Choi perceived a 50-game cessation from Major League Baseball after contrast certain for methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance.

The cessation takes outcome immediately. Procedurally, Choi is placed on a limited list for a length of a cessation though pay. It does emanate an opening on a Mariners’ 40-man roster.

Choi released a matter in that he voiced warn during a finding.

“A criminialized piece was rescued in my urine sample,” he said. “I do not know what we could have taken that caused me to exam positive. we have not and never would intentionally use anything bootleg to raise my performance.

“However, we also know that though an reason we contingency offer a cessation and we accept that. we demeanour brazen to putting this behind me and to returning to assistance a Mariners’ ballclub once my cessation has ended.”

The Mariners released a following statement:

“The Seattle Mariners are unhappy to learn of today’s cessation of AAA infielder Ji-Man Choi. The classification entirely supports Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and a efforts to discharge performance-enhancing substances from a game.

“Per a Basic Agreement, a Mariners will have no serve comment.”

Choi, 22, was batting .394 by 10 games for a Rainiers with one homer and 5 RBIs.

SUNDAY STARTER

There’s zero central yet, though right-hander Brandon Maurer looms as an increasingly expected graduation claimant to start Sunday’s array culmination in Miami.

Right-hander Anthony Fernandez, a other tip possibility, threw 83 pitches Wednesday in Triple-A Tacoma’s 8-5 feat over Salt Lake (Angels).

General manager Jack Zduriencik pronounced a Mariners would expected demeanour internally for a starter to reinstate harmed Blake Beavan, who was placed Wednesday on a infirm list since of shoulder tendinitis.

Fernandez and Maurer are a usually starters in a minors now on a club’s 40-man roster. Maurer, 23, loomed as a revolution claimant in open before an bum behind derailed his chances.

Maurer done 3 service appearances during Tacoma before throwing 54 pitches Monday in usually dual innings as a starter. He has authorised dual warranted runs and 5 hits altogether in 8 1/3 innings with a whopping 17 strikeouts.

McClendon pronounced a Mariners will expected choice a non-pitcher to a minors to transparent space for Sunday’s starter.

JONES ON BOARD

Outfielder James Jones did what probably each actor does when he gets a call to news for a initial time to a large leagues.

He called his mom.

“She didn’t know during initial what ‘being called up’ is,” he said. “But she finally satisfied it, and she was genuine vehement for me.”

That reason was easier for Jones than removing from Tacoma to Texas. Jones didn’t arrive in time Wednesday to be in uniform. His rigging didn’t arrive until late Thursday morning.

“I attempted to nap (on a plane),” he said, “but we couldn’t do it. we usually sat there a whole time and listened to a garland of music. we usually couldn’t wait to get here.”

Jones, 25, was a Mariners’ fourth-round collect in a 2009 draft. He was batting .310 with a .370 on-base commission in 11 games for a Rainiers before to his recall.

PRYOR ACTIVATED, OPTIONED

Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor was activated from a infirm list and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

The pierce came usually over a year (April 15, 2013) that Pryor went to a infirm list with a behind damage that was after diagnosed as a ripped behind muscle. He underwent medicine on Aug. 9.

Pryor 24, authorised 7 runs and 7 hist in 5 2/3 innings over 6 rehab outings this year during Double-A Jackson and Tacoma.

SHORT HOPS

Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled exam his liberation from a stretched vinculum in his center finger by throwing 45 pitches over 3 unnatural innings before to Friday’s diversion in Miami. If all goes well, Iwakuma could skip subsequent week on a rehab assignment. … Robinson Cano’s initial homer as a Mariner, a three-run shot in a third, came in his 63rd image appearance. … Erasmo Ramirez had a Mariners’ shortest tour of a deteriorate by a starting pitcher during two-plus innings. He has authorised 13 warranted runs in 11 innings over his final 3 starts. … Texas reliever Hector Noesi did not concede a run in 4 1/3 innings over dual outings opposite his former club. He did assent dual hereditary runners to measure in a third inning.

LOOKING BACK

It was 14 years ago Friday — Apr 18, 2000 — that a Mariners suffered an 18-11 detriment during Chicago that set a authorization record for runs scored (29) in a game.

The Mariners carried a 6-2 lead into a bottom of a fourth behind Aaron Sele before a White Sox struck for 11 runs. Sele gave adult 8 runs in three-plus innings. Paul Abbott have adult 8 in 3 service innings.

ON TAP

The Mariners open interleague play Friday when they make their initial outing to Marlins Park when they open a three-game weekend array during 4:10 p.m. Pacific time in Miami.

Their usually prior outing to South Florida was 2005, when they won dual of 3 from Jun 7-9 during Dolphins Stadium. Overall, a Mariners reason a 5-4 corner over a Marlins, carrying left 3-3 during Safeco Field in 2008 and 2011.

Right-hander Chris Young (0-0 with an 0.00 ERA) creates his second start of a deteriorate in Friday’s array opener. He worked 6 scoreless innings in final Sunday’s detriment to Oakland.

Miami is starting righty Nathan Eovaldi (1-1 and 4.19).

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Mariners awaiting Ji-Man Choi dangling 50 games for opening …

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Ji-Man Choi, a Triple-A initial baseman in a Mariners’ plantation system, has been dangling 50 games after contrast certain for a performance-enhancing drug methandienone.

Most teenager leaguers who get 50-game suspensions are non-prospects, though Choi got off to a good start during Triple-A this deteriorate as a 23-year-old and has put adult outrageous career numbers. He’s really a plain awaiting with some long-term upside.

Last deteriorate he strike .295 with 18 homers and a .929 OPS in 122 games separate among 3 opposite levels and for his career Choi is a .312 hitter with a .414 on-base commission and .512 slugging percentage.

Mobile takes a bigger share of amicable casino games in a initial quarter

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Social casino games have turn a multibillion-dollar worldwide market, and now mobile is apropos a bigger share of a revenues, according to a news on first-quarter revenues by marketplace researcher organisation Eilers Research.

Mobile now accounts for 46 percent of all amicable casino diversion revenues worldwide. In a initial quarter, mobile grew 13.8 percent from a prior quarter, while Facebook desktop amicable casino diversion revenues were down 0.8 percent. Mobile is approaching to turn a infancy in a subsequent entertain or so. That outlines a change that’s unchanging opposite a house with many digital diversion categories.

This bodes good for companies that have taken a heading mobile marketplace share. Caesars Interactive Entertainment, publisher of Slotomania and Bingo Blitz, has tip games on both Facebook and mobile. It widened a lead as a sector’s tip company in a initial quarter, flourishing a marketplace share to 17.8 percent, adult 15.7 percent from a prior quarter. Caesars acquired Pacific Interactive in mid-February, serve boosting a share in a category.

IGT’s Double Down Casino is No. 2 with 11.2 percent marketplace share, adult 1.6 percent from a prior quarter. Zynga is No. 3 with 8.8 percent share, down 2.8 percent in a quarter. The one-time social-gaming king is about to launch a new chronicle of Zynga Poker on mobile in a bid to recover mislaid share. GSN, that acquired Bash Gaming, is now No. 4 with 8 percent, and Big Fish Games is No. 5 with 5.1 percent share.

Eilers predicts that a amicable casino diversion marketplace will grow 31 percent in 2014 to $2.6 billion. The investigate firm noticed a solid boost in revenues in Asia among companies like Tencent, Aruze, Sammy Networks, Asobsim, and Mobage. In a initial quarter, sum income was $590 million, adult 5.5 percent from a prior quarter.

Zynga, that reports quarterly gain on Apr 23, saw a share cringe as it saw a income decrease on Facebook with a Texas Hold’Em Poker title, though it saw some gains from Hit it Rich! Casino Slots and Zynga Poker on mobile.

Top 10 amicable casino publishers in Q1 2014

Above: Top 10 amicable casino publishers in Q1 2014.

Mobile takes a bigger share of amicable casino games in a initial quarter

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Social casino games have turn a multibillion-dollar worldwide market, and now mobile is apropos a bigger share of a revenues, according to a news on first-quarter revenues by marketplace researcher organisation Eilers Research.

Mobile now accounts for 46 percent of all amicable casino diversion revenues worldwide. In a initial quarter, mobile grew 13.8 percent from a prior quarter, while Facebook desktop amicable casino diversion revenues were down 0.8 percent. Mobile is approaching to turn a infancy in a subsequent entertain or so. That outlines a change that’s unchanging opposite a house with many digital diversion categories.

This bodes good for companies that have taken a heading mobile marketplace share. Caesars Interactive Entertainment, publisher of Slotomania and Bingo Blitz, has tip games on both Facebook and mobile. It widened a lead as a sector’s tip company in a initial quarter, flourishing a marketplace share to 17.8 percent, adult 15.7 percent from a prior quarter. Caesars acquired Pacific Interactive in mid-February, serve boosting a share in a category.

IGT’s Double Down Casino is No. 2 with 11.2 percent marketplace share, adult 1.6 percent from a prior quarter. Zynga is No. 3 with 8.8 percent share, down 2.8 percent in a quarter. The one-time social-gaming king is about to launch a new chronicle of Zynga Poker on mobile in a bid to recover mislaid share. GSN, that acquired Bash Gaming, is now No. 4 with 8 percent, and Big Fish Games is No. 5 with 5.1 percent share.

Eilers predicts that a amicable casino diversion marketplace will grow 31 percent in 2014 to $2.6 billion. The investigate firm noticed a solid boost in revenues in Asia among companies like Tencent, Aruze, Sammy Networks, Asobsim, and Mobage. In a initial quarter, sum income was $590 million, adult 5.5 percent from a prior quarter.

Zynga, that reports quarterly gain on Apr 23, saw a share cringe as it saw a income decrease on Facebook with a Texas Hold’Em Poker title, though it saw some gains from Hit it Rich! Casino Slots and Zynga Poker on mobile.

Top 10 amicable casino publishers in Q1 2014

Above: Top 10 amicable casino publishers in Q1 2014.


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