MLB notes: League suspends Giants' Cabrera 50 games

Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the regular season after Major League...

Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the regular season after Major League Baseball suspended him 50 games for using a performance-enhancing drug. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters/Files)

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The San Francisco Giants have been hit by a bombshell in their pursuit of a playoff spot as all-star outfielder Melky Cabrera has been banned for 50 games for failing a testosterone test.

Cabrera, the most valuable player in this year's all-star game, was suspended Wednesday for violating MLB's drug prevention and treatment program.

It is effective immediately. With 45 games remaining in the season the suspension would carry over into the playoffs, should the Giants make it.

Cabrera, who was second in the NL in hitting with a .346 average, along with 11 homers and 60 RBI, accepted the test results.

"My positive test was the result of my use of a substance I should not have used," Cabrera said in a statement.

"I am deeply sorry for my mistake and I apologize to my teammates, to the San Francisco Giants organization and to the fans for letting them down."

SOX SUDDENLY SUPPORT VALENTINE

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and team owner John Henry are playing down reports of dissension in the Boston Red Sox ranks.

"I don't think Bobby (Valentine) should be fired," Pedroia said in the wake of a Yahoo story Tuesday in which sources said players had complained vehemently to ownership about their manager.

Some of the players allegedly said during a meeting with Henry and other Red Sox brass that they didn't want to play for Valentine any longer.

"I'm not going to blame anything on Bobby, and I don't think anyone else is," Pedroia told WEEI in Boston. "It's on the players."

Henry said the one overriding sentiment he heard from the players was that they had only themselves to blame.

"Players felt responsible for the record," Henry told the Boston Globe. "They weren't blaming injuries or anyone but themselves. At the same time they openly spoke about what could improve in addition to their play.

"No one in that meeting at any time took the position that Bobby should be or needed to be replaced."

EPSTEIN SHUFFLING MANAGEMENT

The Chicago Cubs have dismissed vice-president of player personnel Oneri Fleita.

Fleita had been with the organization since 1995 but apparently did not fit into the management structure under Theo Epstein, who took over as Cubs president of baseball operations last October.

Fleita was a minor league manager, scout, co-ordinator of Latin American operations and director of the minor league system during his 17 years with the Cubs. He also spent seven years in the Baltimore organization as a player, coach and manager before joining the Cubs.

BRIEFLY

Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has cleared waivers, opening the door for a possible trade, sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. The 36-year-old was on the block before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and must approve any move. Another obstacle: Soriano is owed $42 million through 2014 ... The Milwaukee Brewers expect Shaun Marcum to return to the rotation next week. The 30-year-old right-hander, who is recovering from a sore shoulder that has sidelined him for almost two months, was scheduled to wrap up a rehab assignment Wednesday ... Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco likely will be activated next Monday from the disabled list after completing a weekend rehab assignment. He has been out since July 23 because of lower back inflammation ... Second baseman Robinson Cano was out of the New York Yankees lineup Wednesday because of a stiff neck.


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