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38 Minor League Players Violated the New Steriod Policy


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One day after Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Alex Sanchez was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's new drug policy, 38 minor league players have violated "Major League Baseball's Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program" against performance-enhancing substances.

The suspensions for 37 of the players will last 15 games, while David Castillo of the Oakland A's Single-A team was given a penalty of 60 games.

Among some of the notable names on the list are Seattle Mariners Triple-A players left-handed pitcher Damian Moss and catcher Ryan Christianson and Texas Rangers Triple-A catcher Robert Machado, who's since been released.

These results reflect 925 tests that were conducted at the minor league camps in Arizona during the 2005 Spring Training and includes one positive test from off-season testing. Minor league penalties for violations are 15 games for 1st positive test; 30 for second; 60 for third; 1 year for fourth; lifetime ban for fifth positive.

Random unannounced testing will continue to be conducted throughout the minor league season.

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