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Everth Cabrera Accepts 50-Game Suspension

Monday, Aug 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:11 PM PDT
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Everth Cabrera Accepts 50-Game Suspension

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Cabrera leads the National League in stolen bases.

San Diego Padres All-Star Everth Cabrera was one of 12 Major League Baseball players who accepted 50-game penalties Monday.

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014, pending appeal.

In a statement timed with the official announcement, San Diego Padres said the team "...fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs from our game. The club will continue to stand behind the Commissioner’s Office to ensure the integrity of baseball.”

All-Star Nelson Cruz of Texas and Jhonny Peralta of Detroit also accepted the penalty AP reported.

Others include Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez; Philadelphia pitcher Antonio Bastardo; Seattle catcher Jesus Montero; New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello; Houston pitcher Sergio Escalona; San Diego pitcher Fautino De Los Santos; and free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto.

MLB informed the Yankees on Sunday that Rodriguez will be suspended for his links to the Biogenesis of America clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs, a person familiar with that decision said. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because no statement was authorized.

The Yankees weren't told the exact length of the suspension, though they were under the impression it will be through the 2014 season, the person said.

Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension two weeks ago, bringing to 14 the number of players -- including Rodriguez -- facing discipline in the probe, which was sparked when the Miami New Times published documents obtained from former Biogenesis associate Porter Fisher that linked several players to the clinic.
 

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