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Ex-Ray Gathright gets suspension

Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:27 PM
NEW YORK -

Former Tampa Bay outfielder Joey Gathright was suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.

The commissioner's office issued the penalty Tuesday for violating the minor league drug program. It will take effect if the free agent signs with another big league organization.

Gathright, 31, was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 32nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. He played seven seasons with Tampa Bay, Kansas City, the Chicago Cubs and Boston.

Greenberg returns, fans as pinch hitter

Adam Greenberg struck out on three pitches Tuesday night when he batted for the first time in seven years after the Miami Marlins gave him a second chance.

Greenberg signed a one-day contract before the game and stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter leading off the sixth inning against Mets 20-game winner R.A. Dickey.

After Greenberg received a standing ovation from the crowd and his teammates, Dickey threw him three straight knuckleballs. Greenberg took the first for a strike, then swung at the next two and missed.

The game was Greenberg's first since his major-league debut in 2005, when he was hit in the back of the head by the first pitch he saw — a 92 mph fastball.

TIGERS: Right-hander Max Scherzer will miss his start in the regular-season finale in Kansas City after twisting his ankle during the on-field celebration of Detroit's AL Central title clinching.

YANKEES: Manny Banuelos will have Tommy John surgery and not pitch at all next season.

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