Boston Red Sox Minor League right-handed pitcher Marco Duarte has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine.
Duarte, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, was traded to the Sox in the Rule 5 Draft last season.
"Duarte is a guy weve scouted in Mexico this winter and over the summer and his stuff really came on," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at the time. "It was up to 94 recently and hes performed for Mexico City last summer. Kind of a little bit of a late bloomer, but theres been some guys in Mexico that ended up being pretty good pitchers. Well see, well get to know him better in spring training."
Duarte, who will turn 26 in August, was a combined 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 15 games (34.0 IP) between Salem and Portland. He also had two saves.
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.
The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.
The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.
The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.
The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.
The Chicago Cubs get men on base early and often to win their first World Series game since 1945, a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians
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