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Biogenesis may have taken the main stage on Monday, but Chris Archer received some merits as well.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

While the Rays were enjoying an off day before taking a road trip to the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers, Chris Archer was selected as American League pitcher and American League Rookie of the Month for July.

The Rays Twitter account provided some pretty impressive insight into the Rays presence in July's voting, and their history with dual honors:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Since <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB">@MLB</a> monthly rookie awards began in &#39;01, <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisArcher42">@ChrisArcher42</a> is 1 of only 3 AL players to win dual honors, joining <a href="https://twitter.com/JHell58">@JHell58</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/Trouty20">@Trouty20</a>.</p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/statuses/364496236771938304">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Six pitchers received votes for AL Pitcher of the Month--3 of the 6 were <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> (Archer, Price, Moore).</p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/statuses/364498912163270657">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Three players received votes for AL Rookie of the Month--2 of the 3 were <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> (Archer, Myers).</p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/statuses/364499164702322689">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So, eight total players received votes for AL Pitcher of the Month or AL Rookie of the Month for July--half were <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> and Archer won both!</p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/statuses/364500688409075712">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Eight players received votes. Half were Rays. Not too shabby.

Biogenesis reactions

At long last, the names of those players affected by Biogenesis not named Ryan Braun or Alex Rodriguez were revealed.

Evan Longoria took to Twitter to express his opinions, and various other figures around the majors provided theirs as well:

Brad Ziegler, Diamondbacks

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Remember when people were saying Tony Bosch likely didn&#39;t have any credible evidence to offer MLB? There are now 12 cases to dispute that.</p>&mdash; Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradZiegler/statuses/364432208787800064">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Not saying Bosch is a &quot;saint.&quot; But all these players accepted suspension knowing they had no grounds to appeal on. Evidence must be solid.</p>&mdash; Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradZiegler/statuses/364433590207000577">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The people that are writing me and telling me that these people didn&#39;t have a chance to appeal: you don&#39;t understand our process very well.</p>&mdash; Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradZiegler/statuses/364440790543511552">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If guilty players truly cared about the fans&#39; &amp; their teammates&#39; feelings, they would have NEVER done it. Just say &quot;I&#39;m sorry I got caught.&quot;</p>&mdash; Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradZiegler/statuses/364474239719444480">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Message to other players considering PEDs to get an edge: You WILL be caught. Your reputation WILL be ruined. Don&#39;t do it!</p>&mdash; Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradZiegler/statuses/364474315867041792">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>We, as players, are tired of talking about PEDs. I personally have little sympathy for those that act selfishly and scar the game we love.</p>&mdash; Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradZiegler/statuses/364474363552088065">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Buster Olney, ESPN

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Least surprising thing is that players accepted plea deals out of self-interest. They took the PEDs in the first place b/c of self-interest.</p>&mdash; Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) <a href="https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/statuses/364432779527720961">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ryan Zimmerman on Biogenesis stuff: &quot;It&#39;s great to see these guys get in trouble for what they&#39;ve done.&quot;</p>&mdash; Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) <a href="https://twitter.com/masnKolko/statuses/364482381186863106">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Tyler Clippard, Nationals

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tyler Clippard mentioned that he blew a save when now-suspended Jordany Valdespin homered off him last year. Doesn&#39;t sit well with Clippard.</p>&mdash; Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) <a href="https://twitter.com/masnKolko/statuses/364487132259160064">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Clippard: &quot;Those guys are doing stuff that are affecting my career, and they're not playing the game the right way.&quot;</p>&mdash; Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) <a href="https://twitter.com/masnKolko/statuses/364487253558435840">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Max Scherzer, Tigers

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Max Scherzer: &quot;I think every player in here wants to see stiffer penalties.&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Tigers&amp;src=hash">#Tigers</a></p>&mdash; Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) <a href="https://twitter.com/castrovince/statuses/364482416561242112">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Rick Hahn, White Sox GM

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Rick Hahn asked about ARod and didn&#39;t want to comment. Said &quot;You&#39;ve seen how this team has played: I&#39;ve got 99 problems and ARod isn&#39;t one.&quot;</p>&mdash; Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanHayesCSN/statuses/364495187017351168">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Mark Melancon, Pirates

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ARod&amp;src=hash">#ARod</a> may lose $34 million, but how much $ has he earned w/ them? Baseball needs a harsher punishment &amp; hopefully 2morrow is a start. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MLB&amp;src=hash">#MLB</a></p>&mdash; Mark Melancon (@Mark_Melancon_) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mark_Melancon_/statuses/364240271090778113">August 5, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Bryan Petersen, Marlins

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Whatever these guys were taking should be investigated more so than the actual suspension... Because they weren&#39;t failing drug tests...HELLO</p>&mdash; Bryan Petersen (@Peteypipes) <a href="https://twitter.com/Peteypipes/statuses/363010450381750272">August 1, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Links:

- "Mayor Bill Foster has reached the reluctant conclusion that keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the region means he has to let them cross the bay to explore a new stadium." Whoa.

- Wil Myers, the masher. It has a ring to it. ESPN took a look at his success since the All-Star break, and how he's just crushing baseballs.

- Desmond Jennings' mom is a witty woman.

- Jonah Keri's weekly podcast featured Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, and they discussed Biogenesis, and the war on drugs in professional sports.

- MLB's Threats vs. A-Rod's reactions.