Video: Ruben Amaro Jr. Thinks Carlos Ruiz Probably Tested Positive Towards End of Season

Video: Ruben Amaro Jr. Thinks Carlos Ruiz Probably Tested Positive Towards End of Season

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Ruben Amaro Jr. recently (likely over the weekend before the John Lannan news broke) sat down with Tom McCarthy to answer questions submitted by Philadelphia Phillies season ticket holders. The two touch on a wide array of topics, from what he thinks of Ben Revere in center field, to what the GM's parents were like, to what he felt about Carlos Ruiz being suspended for 25 games to start the 2013 season for using the banned stimulant Adderall.

Ruben on Carlos Ruiz:

"I think what it comes down to is competition. Guys get to the point where they feel like they might need an extra boost to take them to the next level. I believe -- I don't know this for sure, because I don't know a lot of the background of the testing process and we don't know many specifics about it -- it's something that happened at the end of the year. I know that Chooch, when we were making a run late in the season, I know he wanted to come back and play. Listen, he just made a bad choice. It's something he shouldn't have done. He knows it. He realizes it. He was very remorseful about it. It's going to hurt us and it hurts me to have to deal with it. It hurts our club, but I know he feels terribly about it. I hope it's a learning experience not just for him but for our players and the players behind him. It's not like they're not educated. They know exactly what's wrong and what's right."

Websites Ruben Looks At: StatsPass, BaseballAmerica, MLB.com

Ruben Amaro Jr.'s Favorite Sports Teams: The Flyers, the Eagles, the Sixers, the Union. Shocking and diplomatic, I know. He added he really enjoys watching hockey the most and has a great relationship with Paul Holmgren. He respects what the Union have done with the Sons of Ben, etc.

He's going to spend his Christmas in the Poconos doing a little snow-tubing. He should totally invite Pedro Martinez and Charlie Manuel with him.


Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

BOX SCORE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.