Jacobs suspended by MLB and released by Rockies

UNDATED (AP) – Mike Jacobs has the distinction of being the first player suspended by Major League Baseball for a positive HGH test under the sport’s minor league drug testing procedures. The 30-year-old minor league first baseman received a 50-game suspension for taking the banned performance-enhancing substance and was subsequently released by the Colorado Rockies.
Jacobs was in the big leagues from 2005-10. He says he took human growth hormone to overcome knee and back ailments. He was leading the Rockies’ Triple-A team in Colorado Springs with 23 homers and 97 RBIs while hitting .298 over 117 games with the Sky Sox.

Woodhead shines in preseason play

Danny Woodhead

Danny Woodhead rushed 5 times for 63 yards in the New England Patriots preseason game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last night. He led his team in rushing in the first half of play. Woodhead had no receptions in the game, which New England won 31-14. The Patriots are 2-0 in preseason play.

Mike Jacobs released after positive drug test

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have released minor league first baseman Mike Jacobs after he received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for taking a performance-enhancing substance. In a statement, Jacobs said he took human growth hormone to overcome knee and back ailments. He apologized and said he hopes to continue his playing career after serving his suspension. The 30-year-old Jacobs has played six major league seasons, collecting 100 homers and 310 RBIs with a career .254 batting average with the Mets, Marlins and Royals. He was leading the Rockies’ Triple-A team in Colorado Springs with 23 homers and 97 RBIs while hitting .298 over 117 games with the Sky Sox. The Rockies released a statement expressing their disappointment in Jacobs and saying PEDs must be eradicated from the sport.

Broncos claim DT Pressley off waivers

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos have claimed DeMario Pressley off waivers to bolster their depleted defensive line. Earlier in the week, the Broncos lost Marcus Thomas (strained pectoral) and Ty Warren (torn triceps) for an indefinite amount of time. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Pressley became available when he was released by Indianapolis. Pressley is a fourth-year player out of North Carolina State. He appeared in one game for Houston last season. With the injuries to Thomas and Warren, Brodrick Bunkley and Kevin Vickerson will receive a majority of the reps. It also opens up an opportunity for other defensive tackles such as Ryan McBean, Mitch Unrein, Ronnell Brown and now Pressley. Jeremy Jarmon, who’s typically a defensive end, is moving inside to create more depth at the position.

Nebraska’s Dennard out with pulled leg muscle

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is out indefinitely with a pulled leg muscle. Coach Bo Pelini announced Dennard’s injury after Wednesday’s practice.  Pelini didn’t say when the injury occurred. Dennard is the most experienced member of the Cornhuskers’ secondary. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season despite being overshadowed by New York Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound senior from Rochelle, Georgia, is one of the nation’s top returning corners after intercepting four passes and breaking up seven others last season.

Gonzalez, Rockies pound Marlins in 12-5 win

DENVER (AP) – Aaron Cook pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Carlos Gonzalez’ three-run homer highlighted a powerful offensive display that sent the Colorado Rockies to a 12-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night. The Rockies, who had struggled to provide Cook with run support in past outings, batted around twice in beating Ricky Nolasco for the first time in six tries. Chris Iannetta also provided much of the offensive pop, hitting a double and a single to drive in four runs. Gonzalez, who also had a run-scoring single, also finished with four RBIs. Nolasco (9-9) came in sporting a 5-0 record in his five previous starts against the Rockies, including going 3-0 with a 1.64 era in his three prior starts at Coors Field.