Unconfirmed rumors began flying on Twitter Thursday that the Yankees' Robinson Cano is about to be suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and Peter Gammons admits the reports aren't surprising to him.
"I heard something . . . about three weeks ago," the veteran baseball reporter and analyst said Thursday on 'Felger & Mazz' on WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub). "And, like a lot of things, I've . . . never gotten any confirmation."
Nor does he necessarily believe them.
"I'm not sold on the Cano thing yet," Gammons said. "Especially since most of the time, the Scott Boras clients are very careful . . . "
However, he's not ready to dismiss them completely.
"Now, people are very careful about letting any information out . . . But these things do circulate. The one that did turn out to be true -- but, again, I could never get confirmation even though I was told by about six sources for five weeks -- was Melky Cabrera (of the Giants, who was suspended for PED use last month)."
And it it were true, and the Yankees lost the services of Cano for the postseason?
"It would certainly be an incredible bombshell," Gammons said. "I mean, if you get one of the handful -- three, four -- best players in the league, a guy who's going to be in the top three in MVP voting, and he ends up testing positive and misses the postseason, it would be an unbelievable story. Really."
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Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.
Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.
Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.
Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.
The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.