Two players tested positive for an amphetamine and earned 50-game suspensions. Amphetamines are classified as performance-enhancing substances under the Minor League Baseball's drug prevention and treatment program.
• Triple-A Fresno righthander Matt Kinney, a 33-year-old who has pitched in the Giants organization in five of the past six seasons, went 0-3, 9.64 in five starts and two relief outings for the Grizzlies. Injuries have limited him to 23 1/3 innings this season. Kinney first signed with San Francisco for the 2005 season and has re-upped with them every year but ’08, which he spent pitching for Seibu in Japan.
He has compiled a 5.29 ERA in 103 big league appearances, mostly for the early-2000s Brewers and Twins.
• On the other end of the service-time spectrum, Mets lefty Lachlan Hodge, a 21-year-old Australian, also tested positive for an amphetamine. Pitching for Kingsport of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, he went 0-3, 11.05 in six appearances, while notching 13 strikeouts and 14 walks over 15 innings. Hodge signed in January 2007 and spent the ’08 and ’09 seasons in the Gulf Coast League.
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