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MLB suspends two minor league players

Major League Baseball announced the suspensions of two minor league pitchers on Friday following their violations of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Luis Atilano, a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds system, has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation for a drug of abuse, while Marco Duarte, a hurler in the Boston Red Sox system, has received a 50-game ban after testing positive for an amphetamine.

Both suspensions are without pay and are effective immediately.