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A's pitcher Colon suspended for 50 games

Aug. 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM   |   Comments

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OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games for violations of Major League Baseball's drug policies, baseball officials said Wednesday.

The Office of the Commission of Baseball issued a statement saying Colon tested positive for testosterone.

Colon, 39, is 10-9 this season with a 3.43 earned run average. The win total and ERA are team bests this season. The 10 wins in a season are the most for Colon since he won 21 games in 2005, when he was voted the American League Cy Young Award.

Oakland team officials issued a statement that they were "disappointed" to learn of Colon's suspension but that they supported baseball's drug policy.

Colon is the second player to be suspended for performance-enhancing substance violations in a week. San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera was banned for 50 games. His test was also positive for testosterone.

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