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Cheaters sure won't prosper in these cases

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THE 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday in the Biogenesis drug case, along with their salaries lost:

ANTONIO BASTARDO, left-handed pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies, 50 games. Salary lost: $382,514.

EVERTH CABRERA, shortstop, San Diego Padres, 50 games.

Salary lost: $348,361.

FRANCISCO CERVELLI, catcher, New York Yankees, 50 games.

Salary lost: $140,806.

NELSON CRUZ, right fielder, Texas Rangers, 50 games.

Salary lost: $2,732,240.

FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS, right-handed pitcher, San Diego Padres, assigned to Double-A San Antonio, 50 games. Salary lost: $1,473.

SERGIO ESCALONA, left-handed pitcher, Houston Astros, assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi, 50 games. Salary lost: $11,700.

FERNANDO MARTINEZ, outfielder, with Houston Astros at time of violation, now New York Yankees, assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 50 games. Salary lost: $24,642.

JESUS MONTERO, designated hitter and catcher, Seattle Mariners, on option to Triple-A Tacoma, 50 games. Salary lost: $79,820.

JORDAN NORBERTO, left-handed pitcher, Oakland Athletics at time of violation, now free agent, 50 games. He was released on May 8.

JHONNY PERALTA, shortstop, Detroit Tigers, 50 games.

Salary lost: $1,639,344.

CESAR PUELLO, outfielder, New York Mets, on option to Double-A Binghamton, 50 games.

Salary lost: $21,831.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ, third baseman, New York Yankees, 211 games (through 2014 season). Salary lost: $30 million to $33 million, if suspension lasts the full 211 games.

JORDANY VALDESPIN, second baseman and outfielder, New York Mets, on option to Triple-A Las Vegas, 50 games.

Salary lost: $61,773.

 

-- The Associated Press

 

Yanks frustrated

CHICAGO -- Alex Rodriguez was openly welcomed back into the clubhouse from which he's been missing all season.

The third baseman, suspended, pending appeal, for 211 games Monday by Major League Baseball, was driven by a friend to U.S. Cellular Field and entered the clubhouse at 3:15 p.m. He talked and smiled easily with teammates before making his 2013 debut, playing with many of those teammates for the first time.

But many of those who spoke before the game, while welcoming Rodriguez back, also drove home a general point regarding all of the suspensions handed down Monday:

Those caught cheating should pay a stiff penalty.

"That's what we're trying to do, we're trying to get it out of there," Lyle Overbay said of PEDs. "He's so good he doesn't need to do that kind of stuff," Overbay said. "That's what's frustrating for me."

Veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano, recently acquired from the Cubs, expressed a similar sentiment.

"Compete clean and see what happens," Soriano said. "A lot of guys, they have too much talent. "They don't have to try to do. God gave you the talent. Don't try to be a superhero or something like that. Just play with the talent God gave to you and see what happens."

-- Newsday

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 6, 2013 D5

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