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Former top pick Beckham suspended

UPDATE, 6:05: Here are statements from the Rays Friedman and from Beckham:

Friedman: "We are very disappointed by Tim's actions. Tim possesses great potential, and he must rededicate himself in order to become the person and player we know he can be.”
 
Beckham: “I regret that my poor judgment resulted in me letting my teammates and the Tampa Bay Rays organization down.  I take full responsibility for my actions and I will use this experience to refocus my commitment to baseball.  I recognize that I am blessed to be able to play baseball for a living.  I owe it to my teammates, my family, and to myself to respect the game and the responsibilities that go with playing it as a professional.  I am sorry.”

BREAKING: MLB just announced that former top pick Tim Beckham, now playing at Durham, was suspended 50 games for drug issues relating to a drug of abuse.

The statement: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays Minor League shortstop Tim Beckham has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Beckham, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Durham Bulls of the International League, will be effective immediately.

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