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.
For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.
Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game.
David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division.
They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.
Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.
Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.