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Friday, April 20, 2007
Twins pitcher suspended for positive drug test

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Twins minor league pitcher Anthony Swarzak was suspended for 50 games Friday for testing positive for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league testing program.

The 21-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA in one start and one relief appearance over 5 2/3 innings this season for New Britain of the Double-A Eastern League.

Swarzak is the fourth minor leaguer suspended under the drug program this year, the second for a drug of abuse. There were 37 suspensions under the program last year -- 32 for performance-enhancing drugs and five for drugs of abuse.

Under the major league program, there were just three suspensions last year: New York Mets pitcher Yusaku Iriki, former Arizona pitcher Jason Grimsley and Mets reliever Guillermo Mota, who is serving his 50-game penalty at the start of this season.