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Marlin gets 50-game ban for taking diet pills

MIAMI — Saying C Ronny Paulino's decision to take a banned substance was "extraordinarily disappointing," the Marlins will begin a top-to-bottom review of the organization and how it educates players on what they can legally take.

Paulino, 29, was suspended for 50 games Friday after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance under Major League Baseball's policy. Because Florida has 42 games left, the ban will extend into 2011. Paulino, hitting .259 with four homers and 37 RBIs in his sixth season, will lose about $272,000 in salary.

"To control my weight this season, I used a dietary pill," Paulino said in a statement. "I recently learned that the dietary pill contained a substance banned under Major League Baseball's drug policy. I am ashamed and saddened for disappointing and distracting my family, my teammates, the entire Florida Marlins organization and baseball fans."

The Marlins have had four players suspended under the minor-league policy this season as well. Paulino is the second player in the majors this year suspended for 50 games for a failed drug test. Reds RHP Edinson Volquez was suspended in April for testing positive for a male fertility drug that is not a steroid but is banned because it helps increase levels of testosterone.

Clemens says he looks forward to his trial

BOSTON — In his first comments to the media since Thursday's indictment on charges that he lied to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs, Roger Clemens said he is looking forward to having his day in court.

"All I'm going to say is that I learned a lot through what happened and what did not happen," Clemens told Boston radio station WEEI. "We're going to deal with it and have our day."

Clemens, who proclaimed his innocence through Twitter on Thursday, said he wasn't going to go into hiding and kept reiterating, "We'll get to have our say."

Meanwhile, LHP Andy Pettitte, Clemens' teammate with the Yankees and Astros, declined to comment on the indictments. Pettitte told investigators Clemens confided to him that he used human growth hormone. Clemens said Pettitte "misheard" him.

Pedroia out again: Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia went on the DL with a sore his left foot, which he broke June 25. He was activated this week and played two games before feeling sore Wednesday. Pedroia said he is unsure if he will play against this season.

A-Rod returns, leaves: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez started at DH after missing three games because of a strained left calf but left after one at-bat. Manager Joe Girardi didn't rule out a trip to the disabled list.

A's: OF Conor Jackson went on the DL for the third time this year, this time with a lower abdominal strain. It came four days after he was activated after a pulled right hamstring. Before being traded by Arizona on June 15, he missed time for surgery on a partial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Mets: Manager Jerry Manuel said LF Jason Bay might not return this year because of a concussion sustained July 23 at Los Angeles. Bay played the next two games after running into a wall while making a catch. He complained of headaches during the flight back to New York. Manuel said Bay still can't do much physically.

Pirates: Team president Frank Coonelly said he expects payroll to increase next season. But he didn't give a figure and added it won't be enough to sign a premium free agent. The Pirates began the season with a majors-low $34 million payroll.

Twins: SS Nick Punto went on the DL with a strained left hamstring. He came off the DL for the same injury Monday, then aggravated it Thursday while sliding into second.

White Sox-Royals, PPD: The teams got a half-inning in before rain started. They will play a doubleheader today.

Marlin gets 50-game ban for taking diet pills 08/20/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 11:58pm]
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