By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – The owner of a defunct anti-aging clinic at the heart of a steroid scandal that led to the suspension of Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Thursday to supplying performance-enhancing drugs. Anthony Bosch, 51, will be sentenced on Dec. 18 in Miami on a charge of conspiracy to distribute testosterone, his attorney Guy Lewis said. Authorities said professional athletes paid Bosch as much as $12,000 per month for testosterone-filled syringes and creams. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. …

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Two years ago at this time, outfielder Wil Myers was considered the top prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization. Now, as the Royals celebrate their first American League championship since 1985 and prepare to host World Series Game 1 on Tuesday, he’s among those offering his congratulations to the franchise that drafted and groomed him to be a major part of this moment.  Congrats to the #Royals ! Happy for everyone in that organization. — Wil Myers (@wilmyers) October 16, 2014 History was significantly altered for both Myers and the Royals on Dec, 9, 2012. On that date, Myers was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a seven-player deal that brought James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. Of course, both Shields and Davis now have starring roles in the Royals’ magical run. Though his postseason has been up and down, Shields is the team’s unquestioned ace in the starting rotation, while Davis is one-third of the most dominant bullpen trio in the game today. Along with the Zack Greinke trade to the Milwaukee Brewers, which brought back ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain and starting shortstop Alcides Escobar, the Myers deal is considered a key moment in the Royals rebuild and eventual resurgence. Those were big deals for the organization and particularly general manager Dayton Moore, but in many ways it has to be awkward for those who were traded away. Particularly in Myers’ case, because he was once pegged as an instrumental piece in the Royals future.  Perhaps Wednesday’s tweet was an attempt to alleviate some of the awkwardness or even resentment he might be feeling. Or maybe it was just Myers showing his appreciation to the organization that drafted and developed him, and the friends he likely made there along the way. Either way, it comes across as a classy gesture on his part, and not surprisingly it has been very well received by Royals fans. And hey, it’s not like he things haven’t been all bad for Myers since moving to the Rays. He took home Rookie of the Year honors and made a playoff appearance himself, albeit a relatively quick one, in 2013. Though injuries derailed him in his sophomore season, the soon-to-be 24-year-old Myers still has a very bright future in baseball, and many years with which he can create his own postseason moment. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is blossoming before our eyes after what many have considered a disappointing beginning to his major-league career. Since becoming a full-time major leaguer with Kansas City in 2012, Cain has shown a knack for making dazzling plays in the outfield, so that part of his game hasn’t changed a lot. But he’s definitely making those plays with more frequency, which can only be aided by experience, and now they’re coming on a larger stage.  At the plate, Cain hit a career-best .301, topping his career average coming in by 45 points. He hit five home runs to go along with 53 RBIs, 55 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.  It’s a breakout season, yet it still feels like the 28-year-old has another gear we haven’t quite seen yet. Still, it’s fun to watch a player grow up and begin playing near his potential on the field. It’s also cool to watch them grow up and become men off the field. In that vein, Cain and wife Jenny recently welcomed a baby boy, Cameron Cain, to the world. That’s Cameron Loe Cain if you want the specifics, and if you’re a baseball fan that name may have a familiar ring to it. It also holds some significance to Cain. When Cain made his Major League debut for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010, his first at-bat came in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter for 6-foot-8 inch reliever Kameron Loe.

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  ST. LOUIS — Travis Ishikawa started the season playing for another team at first base. That didn’t work out. Six months later, he found himself playing left field for the San Francisco Giants after having no major league experience there, and very little in the outfield at all, in 1,200-some major- and minor-league appearances. And he’s doing OK for himself. Ishikawa made a diving catch on a sinking liner by Yadier Molina in the fourth inning Saturday night that could have been a disaster, but wasn’t, in a 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series.  Ishikawa also had two of the Giants eight hits — one line drive, and one of the bloopiest bloops ever blooped, which happened to knock in a run. Though his offensive stats don’t make anyone go “whoa,” he’s in the lineup for his bat, along with his ability to handle left field well-enough without many reps out there.   “It’s a fun challenge, though, getting to play a new position,” Ishikawa said. “Things are new. Obviously, I would have liked to gotten a little more time out there before our postseason series.” Ishikawa came into the playoffs with a total of 29 innings played in left, most of them during the final weekend of the regular season. He could be a big weak spot on defense, but he hasn’t been yet.  Teammate Brandon Belt, who plays first base now but dabbled in left for 231 innings as a rookie in 2010 when the Giants weren’t sure what to do with him yet, has been impressed.

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Those hungry for an appetizer ahead of Saturday’s LCS doubleheader should look no further. From Whistle Sports comes this video focusing on all 37 home runs hit by Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton during the 2014 season, and as a cool aside it keeps a running count of his total home run distance. Stanton’s total home run distance is 15,366 feet, which equals 2.91 miles. Chances are the distance would have gone well beyond three miles had he not missed Miami’s final 17 games after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers’ fastball. In fact, had he connected for a 474-footer on his 38th homer, it would have put him right at three miles.  As we saw in the video, he’s quite capable of doing just that.  Here’s a rundown of his longest homers by distance.  1. 484 feet — April 5, in Miami, against San Diego Padres left-hander Eric Stults  2. 470 feet — Aug. 11, in Miami, against St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller  3. 469 feet —April 12, in Philadelphia, against Phillies right-hander Jonathan Pettibone  4. 466 feet — July 18, in Miami, against San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner  5. 463 feet — May 23, in Miami, against Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada  So Stanton got the best of a couple pitchers who will have a big say in how the NLCS plays out.  Stanton added two more home runs that  traveled over 450 feet. His average distance was 415 feet.  Perhaps the most interesting thing about going back and looking at Stanton’s home runs is remembering how impressive his second shortest homer was. On June 16, he hit a 366-foot opposite field clothesline off then Chicago Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel that never got above 48-feet off the ground .   That one defied the laws of physics, while reminding us that Stanton is simply a rare breed of power hitter.  BLS H/N: Eye on Baseball More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Wisconsin banker has returned a banner he stole from Royals Stadium during the 1985 World Series.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have fired hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base-infield coach Garth Iorg after the team’s late-season collapse.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers went into their game against Cincinnati on Thursday with their postseason hopes hanging by a thread.

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It’s fitting that the fates of the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers are tangled this way – two teams whose 2014 seasons will most likely be remembered for collapsing out of first place in grand fashion. That is, of course, unless the Giants go crazy in the postseason and make another World Series run. The Brewers lost 5-3 on Thursday to the Cincinnati Reds, and that loss cemented two things in the National League playoff picture: • The Giants clinch a wild-card berth, without winning a game,  not even 24 hours after they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers and watched Clayton Kershaw and the boys celebrate a second straight NL West title. The Giants probably aren’t having the same sort of champagne celebration, since they’re prepping for a game Thursday night.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Right-hander Matt Garza has been scratched from the Milwaukee Brewers’ game Friday night against the Chicago Cubs with shoulder stiffness.

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