4 minor league players suspended for drug violations

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NEW YORK — Four minor league baseball players have been suspended for violating the drug policy.

The commissioner's office announced the penalties Wednesday.

Free agent right-hander Raymond Hanson was suspended 80 games after a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

New York Yankees shortstop Tyler Palmer was penalized after testing positive for a banned amphetamine, and a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He is on the team's Gulf Coast League roster.

Arizona right-hander Felipe Perez and Pittsburgh first baseman Kevin Ross each were suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse. Both players were on the roster of Single-A affiliates.

There have been 22 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

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