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Baseball: Mariners’ Cano banned 80 games for positive test

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(Reuters) – Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball (MLB) after testing positive for a banned substance, the league announced on Tuesday.

The eight-times All-Star, who won a World Series in 2009 while playing for the New York Yankees, tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, which violates the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The 35-year-old Dominican, who was placed on the Mariners’ disabled list this week with a hand fracture, was batting .287 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in (RBIs) this season.

A two-time Gold Glove winner, Cano began his MLB career with the Yankees in 2005 and signed as a free agent with Seattle in 2013.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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