Positive test for Sanchez

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Alex Sanchez became the first player to test positive for steroid use yesterday.

Major League Baseball hit the Tampa Bay Devil Ray outfielder with a 10-game suspension, which begins today. Sanchez was released earlier this spring by the Detroit Tigers and signed by Tampa Bay on March 19. Under terms of the Basic Agreement, Rays general manager Chuck LaMarr was not able to comment.

Sanchez, who was supposed to start in centre field, hit two homers in 2004 and has four career homers in 365 games.

The steroid testers have been in the Jays camp as well. Their random selection process called for reliever Vinnie Chulk to be tested earlier this spring.

"It was a lot different than any tests I had in the minor leagues," 6-foot-2, 195-pound Chulk said. "In the minor leagues it was go to the bathroom.

"This was wash your hand, pull up your shirt, drop your pants and go. It was pretty tough to go on command."

Sanchez, who said yesterday he'll fight the suspension, said he has never taken steroids.

"I did nothing wrong, the stuff I buy is over the counter, like multivitamins, protein shakes, muscle relaxants," Sanchez said.


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