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Ex-MVP Tejada banned 105 games for amphetamines

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Miguel Tejada, the American League MVP in 2002, was suspended for 105 games Saturday for testing positive for an amphetamine, one of the longest suspensions given by Major League Baseball.

The Royals infielder, 39, is on the 60-day disabled list with a calf injury. He is not challenging the penalties and will begin serving the ban immediately. He would have to finish serving it next season if he wants to resume his career.

Tejada is not signed with the Royals beyond this season. The penalty would force him to miss two months next year.

"I apologize to my teammates, the Royals organization and to the Kansas City fans," he said in a statement released by the players association. "I have a medical condition that requires medication to treat. I took that medication while re-applying for a therapeutic-use exemption. Under the requirements of the Joint Drug Program, I made a mistake in doing so."

Tejada tested positive for Adderall, a substance he had previously used to treat attention-deficit disorder, the Associated Press reported. MLB's medical staff occasionally grants therapeutic-use exemptions, which allow players to use drugs such as Adderall to treat ADD and other diagnosed disorders.

A-ROD ON OFFENSIVE: Joseph Tacopina, a new attorney for embattled Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, called his client a scapegoat for baseball's steroid investigations and said the team misled him about his injuries in the hope he wouldn't play again. "We have basically had enough," Tacopina told the New York Times. "The legacy of George Steinbrenner would be horrified. This is the New York Yankees. This isn't some thug-culture club." Yankees president Randy Levine said Tacopina's allegations are "specious and completely false."

REMY RESPONDS: Longtime Red Sox broadcaster and former 2B Jerry Remy said he could not describe his disgust and remorse after his son pleaded not guilty to stabbing his girlfriend to death. In his first public statement on the matter, Remy said he and his wife were "heartbroken" after his son, Jared, was accused of killing Jennifer Martel on Thursday night.

ATHLETICS: RHP Bartolo Colon went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.

METS: Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

NATIONALS: CF Bryce Harper was out of the lineup because of a bruised triceps.

PHILLIES: RHP Roy Halladay, who hasn't pitched since May as he recovers from shoulder surgery, will continue his rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Lakewood.

PIRATES: Closer Jason Grilli, out since July 23 with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm, threw from a distance of 90-100 feet and could throw off a mound this week

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