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Defiant Thames says bring on the drug testing

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Defiant Thames says bring on the drug testing

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman is not bothered by the multiple drug tests he's had to take this season. USA TODAY Sports

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The Brewers' Eric Thames hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on Tuesday. (Photo: Dylan Buell / Getty Images)

Major League Baseball’s drug testing is supposed to be conducted randomly in-season but you’d have a difficult time convincing Eric Thames of that.

The Brewers’ slugging sensation thinks MLB might be listening to all the chatter.

Thames was drug tested for the third time since the start of spring training Tuesday night, coincidentally after becoming the first Brewers player to slug 11 home runs in the month of April.

All players are drug tested at the outset of spring training, with samples of both blood and urine. Thames was given another urine test while the Brewers were playing the Cubs in Chicago last week. It was during that series that Chicago pitcher John Lackey and pitching coach Chris Bosio made comments and gestures during interviews that seemed to call into question Thames’ power-hitting exploits. There were no actual accusations but it was easy to read between the lines.

After the record-setting 11th homer capped a 9-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park, Thames was asked to submit both blood and urine again. Random? Thames didn’t think so.

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But, bring it on, he basically said to the drug testers.

“If people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day. I have a lot of blood and urine,” said Thames, still wearing the Band-Aid in the crook of his left arm from the blood draw.

It has been patently unfair to Thames that anyone, especially others wearing major-league uniforms, suggested he must be doing something extracurricular to come back from three years in South Korea and seemingly slug home runs at will. Never mind that he belted 124 homers in 388 games in the KBO.

It doesn’t matter if that league is the equivalent of junior varsity baseball (which it isn't). Forty-plus homers a season shows you have some serious power.

So, Thames keeps belting homers – he has an amazing eight in six games against the Reds – and keeps getting drug tested. Sooner or later, he’ll either cool off and people will lose interest or he’ll keep slugging them and folks will understand it’s legit.

Thames is an easygoing, likable sort, with a big smile and laugh, so it was easy to assume he was taking it all in stride. But nobody likes being called a cheater, even in whispers behind his back. In an interview on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on Monday, after he hit two more homers against the Reds, he said he heard

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5 tips for home brewing from the woman behind Viceland's 'Beerland'

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Meg Gill, host of 'Beerland' and co-founder of Golden Road Brewery, talks with Cale Chapelle, a Santa Fe-based home-brewer featured in the docuseries. (Photo: Courtesy of VICE)

More drinkers are hopping on the home brewing trend.

An estimated 1.2 million Americans make their own beer, according to a survey by the American Homebrewers Association. It's a crafty, often cost-effective alternative that cable network Viceland is exploring in its six-episode docuseries Beerland (premiering Thursday, 10 ET/PT), which follows Golden Road Brewing co-founder Meg Gill on a cross-country trek meeting amateur brewers in cities including New York, Santa Fe and Honolulu.

If you don't know the difference between a lager and an ale, Gill recommends step-by-step guides How to Brew, by John Palmer, and The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, by Charlie Papazian, to get started. But for those with working knowledge of how the suds get made, she offers these tips for tastier DIY beer:

Hops are weighed on a scale during the brewing process.

Hops are weighed on a scale during the brewing process.   (Photo: Courtesy of VICE)

1. Know your hops.  Hops are cone-shaped flowers that give bitterness, flavor and aroma to beers. What variety you use depends on what type of brew you're making. If "you're doing a lager or something light, you work with some of the German hops, like a Saaz or Opal," Gill says. "If you're looking into the IPA category and pale ales, you can go traditional with Cascade or Centennial. Or there's just tons of experimental, fruit-forward hops that either come from the Yakima Valley or New Zealand." You can grow your own hops, buy them online or at homebrewing stores. You can also ask your local brewery for leftovers. "They basically have on their ground the amount of hops you need to home brew a beer."

2. Use what you already have.  Home brewing doesn't have to hurt your wallet. In fact, you can get started for under $100 simply by reusing what you already have around the house. "You can repurpose a lot of pots and pumps, and even coolers repurposed into little (containers) that act as fermenters," Gill says. Along with the core ingredients — hops, malt and yeast — "you definitely need to get some good hoses that are clean for transferring (the extracted liquid) from your wort kettle to what you're using as your fermenter."

Beer is infused during the brewing process.

Beer is infused during the brewing process.   (Photo: Courtesy of VICE)

3. Add flavors that natural ingredients in beer bring out.  "Oftentimes you'll get pineapple, orange or passion fruit flavors from really fruity hops, so why not add flavors that complement that?" Gill says. Throwing in peaches, after fermentation or during the boil, can "help elevate the natural flavors that are already in the beer. If you're dealing with dark, malty beers, what are the flavors that are naturally coming out? If it's coffee or chocolate, then why not add some fresh coffee grounds or (cocoa) nibs?"

4. Keep it cool. The fermentation process can take anywhere from a couple weeks for ales to at least a month for lagers. Assuming you don't

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Scientists claim humans reached North America 130,000 years ago

A concentration of fossil bone and rock. The unusual positions of the femur heads, one up and one down, broken in the same manner next to each other is unusual. Mastodon molars are located in the lower right hand corner next to a large rock comprised of andesite which is in contact with a broken vertebra. Upper left is a rib angled upwards resting on a granitic pegmatite rock fragment.

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