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TIGERS' PEREZ SUSPENDED FOR 80

Published Aug. 5, 2007

Tigers INF Neifi Perez was suspended Friday for 80 games after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant, a penalty that finishes his season.

Perez, 34, was suspended for 25 games on July 6 when he tested positive for a second time. Under the labor deal, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling. Perez's 25-game suspension had been set to end after Friday's game.

Under the labor contract, a player cannot be disciplined multiple times for a positive test stemming from the same use of a banned substance, meaning Perez had to take a prohibited stimulant more than once. Another positive test would lead to a suspension to be determined by commissioner Bud Selig.

His two suspensions will cost him $1,188,525 of his $2.5-million salary. He will miss the final 54 games of this season and finish serving the suspension next year, if he is signed.

MORE TIGERS: DH Gary Sheffield is day to day after experiencing numbness in his right arm as a result of a collision July 21. He said his collarbone was pushed out of place and caused numbness in his right shoulder. He won't go on the DL.

A CALLUP FOR ANKIEL?: Pitcher-turned-outfielder Rick Ankiel has good enough power numbers at Triple-A Memphis to earn him a callup to the Cardinals - possibly this month, manager Tony La Russa said. Ankiel went 11-7 with a 3.50 ERA in 2000 to earn the start in the first playoff game. But he lost his control, becoming the first pitcher since 1890 to throw five wild pitches in an inning. He switched to the outfield in 2005. Now 28, Ankiel is hitting .272 with 31 homers and 85 RBIs.

A'S: 3B Eric Chavez was placed on the 15-day DL because of lower back spasms.

Diamondbacks: RHP Byung-Hyun Kim (Marlins) and INF Jeff Cirillo (Twins) were claimed off waivers.

Orioles: Danys Baez, who had 71 saves with the Rays in 2004-05, is taking over as closer while Chris Ray is on the DL (right elbow strain).

Twins: RF Michael Cuddyer (bruised right thumb) was reinstated from the DL.

YANKEES: Jason Giambi homered in his first at-bat of a rehab start (left foot injury) for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.