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A's Colon suspended 50 games for positive drug test

  • FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon tosses the ball after Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham hit a two-run single during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. Colon, a former AL Cy Young Award winner, has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, after testing positive for testosterone. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

OAKLAND — Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week — both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.

Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games Wednesday after a positive test, joining San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera on the suspended list for the rest of the regular season.

Major League Baseball made the announcement of Colon's penalty a week after All-Star game MVP Cabrera received his 50-game suspension

"I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A's," Colon said in a statement released by the players' association. "I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program."

He will miss the final 40 games of the regular season and the first 10 games of the postseason if Oakland advances that far. Any remainder of the suspension would be served in a future season, if Colon signs another major league contract.


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