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Three minor leaguers suspended

Updated: August 17, 2012, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Three minor leaguers have been suspended for 50 games apiece under baseball's minor league drug program.

Deshun Dixon, an outfielder in the Tampa Bay organization, and free-agent right-hander Vincent Payne Jr. were each penalized for a second violation for a drug of abuse. Dixon, who plays for Class-A Hudson Valley, will begin his suspension immediately while Payne's penalty begins when he signs with a major league organization.

Michael Albaladejo, a catcher for Washington's ...

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