Almost two weeks after the announcement of a 65-game ban for Ryan Braun (left), MLB finally handed down the remaining suspensions from the Biogenesis investigation -- and one of the big names frequently mentioned as a candidate to be disciplined, Toronto's Melky Cabrera (right), instead was OK'd to play. However, other key players are gone, and we're tracking their likely replacements as the pennant races heat up.
NY Yankees: A-Rod & Jayson Nix
Well, the hammer finally dropped on Alex Rodriguez. Jayson Nix, who was filling in at short with Derek Jeter out, has played the most games at third among all Yankees this season. As long as A-Rod is appealing, Nix can continue to fill in at short. If A-Rod winds up sidelined and Jeter makes it back, Nix can concentrate fully on the hot corner, but he needs to pick up his offense. He’s batting .235 with two homers and 21 RBI. He's also third on the team with 11 stolen bases. — Stats through Aug. 4.
Texas: Craig Gentry & Nelson Cruz
The Rangers lost a major offensive weapon in Nelson Cruz (right), who was batting .269 and led the club in homers (27) and RBI (76). Unable to make a big move before the trade deadline was somewhat surprising. Unless Texas can find gold on the waiver wire, it will have to stay in house with Craig Gentry, who is batting .241 with one homer and 12 RBI in 60 games. That's quite a dropoff. But at least rookie Jurickson Profar (.244, 4 HR, 13 RBI in 49 games) will get more at-bats. — Stats through Aug. 4.
Detroit: Jhonny Peralta & Jose Iglesias
Losing shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who was batting .305 with 11 homers and 54 RBI, definitely will make it a little tougher for the first-place Tigers to hold off the charging Indians in the AL Central. But the front office realized the possibility of a suspension and acquired Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox in a three-team deal just before the trade deadline. In just his second game with Detroit, Iglesias hit his first Tigers homer in a 3-0 win over the White Sox on Saturday. The 23-year-old, who is an AL Rookie of the Year candidate, is hitting .330 with two homers and 21 RBI. — All stats through Aug. 4.