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The Mets' decision to revoke Howard Megdal's press credentials is yet another worrisome misstep for the franchise.

Over the past few weeks, two relatively prominent writers have had their voices silenced for making disparaging comments about their respective teams’ owners. First, it was Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose accidental tweet about Browns owner Randy Lerner resulted in his removal from the beat. Yesterday, LoHud Mets blogger Howard Megdal learned that his book Wilpon’s Folly had put his press credentials in limbo.

Despite these parallels, there are important differences between the two cases.

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National League MVP has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and faces a 50-game suspension barring an unprecedented overturning of the result.

This story was initially published around 8:30 PM ET on Saturday night and has since been revised several times as new information has emerged. Please scroll down to see updates.


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Top stories for May 7.

Top stories from newspapers across the United States:

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Top stories for April 29.

Interesting stories from newspapers across the nation:

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The Indians beat writer recalls some moments from a career spanning almost 30 years.

The job of a baseball beat writer is evolving, and it is a lot more demanding than most people realize. Few do it better the Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Hoynsie” has been on the Indians beat for nearly 30 years, so from Andre Thornton to Manny Acta, and Albert Belle to the internet age, he has pretty much seen and done it all—in his own inimitable style. Hoynes talked about what goes into the job, how it has changed, and some of the most interesting players he has covered, one of whom attacked him in the clubhouse.

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Stories from newspapers across the United States.

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times writes that tempers flared as Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton had a dugout argument and the Rays' offensive slump continued in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

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Stories from newspapers across the United States.

Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune writes that the White Sox clinched the City Series and won their 11thstraight game behind a home run by Paul Konerko.

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Stories from newspapers across North America.

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register writes that the Angels learned they will lose Kendry Morales for the season as he won't be able to return from his broken ankle for the stretch drive and also lost to the Athletics.

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Baseball stories from newspapers across North America.

--Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that a distraught Jim Joyce admits he cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game in the Tigers' victory over the Indians. The News' Bob Wojnowski writes that it was perfect robbery as a blown call steals Galarraga's perfect game. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post writes that Major League Baseball must expand replay now. Kernan also writes that Don Denkinger, the villain umpire from the 1985 World Series, believes MLB should expand replay.

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Baseball stories from newspapers across the United States.

--Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Albert Pujols blasts three homers in the Cardinals' win over the Cubs.

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Baseball stories from newspapers across North America.

--Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Roy Halladay was picture perfect in throwing the 20th perfect game in major-league history as the Phillies beat the Marlins. Gelb also writes that Placido Polanco is to undergo an MRI exam on his elbow. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover wonders if this slump is different. The Inquirer's Stephen A. Smith thinks that for the Phillies, October will be the time to worry. The Camden Courier-Post's Martin Frank thinks a slump by the Phillies was inevitable.

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Baseball stories from newspapers across North America.

--Christian Red of the New York Daily News writes that a wake was held in New York for Jose Lima.

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