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PEREZ: TESTS FOUND PRESCRIBED DRUG

Tigers INF Neifi Perez called his 80-game suspension for a failed drug test unfair and told ESPNdeportes.com that he might be a victim of the way baseball handles its drug programs.

Perez was suspended Friday after testing positive for a third time for a banned stimulant, ending his season and possibly his 12-year career.

"It's not fair," Perez told the Web site. "They called three different positives on a 20-day-period. I was using a medicine that was supposedly authorized by the doctors due to a personal condition."

Perez was suspended 25 games July 6 when he tested positive for a second time and was set to return Saturday. Under baseball's labor contract, a player who tests positive for the first time is sent for counseling.

He will miss the final 54 games of the regular season and finish serving the suspension next year, if he is signed. Because of his initial positive test, Perez is subject to at least six additional tests over the next year.

"Many people might be trying to understand how is it possible that a player tests positive for the same substance three times in half a season," Perez said. "The truth is that they tested me four times between May 10 and June 1 and they never told me if there was anything wrong. I have been using that same medicine all this time."

Also, Tigers rookie LHP Andrew Miller went on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

BONDS' EXTRA WORK PAYS OFF: Giants slugger Barry Bonds showed up at Petco Park well before he typically would and took early batting practice on the field for close to 45 minutes. It worked. Bonds, 43, had been stuck at 754 home runs, one from tying Hank Aaron's record, since July 27, but tied Aaron with a homer in the second.

A'S: The team swapped former Devil Rays pitchers when LHP Joe Kennedy was claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks and RHP Ruddy Lugo was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

BRAVES: CF Andruw Jones was not in the lineup because of a sore left elbow.

MARLINS: RHP Josh Johnson had elbow surgery and likely will sidelined through the 2008 season.

RANGERS: RHP Kameron Loe went on the 15-day DL with lower back stiffness.

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