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Rays' minor leaguer Beckham suspended 50 games

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Tampa Bay Rays minor-league shortstop Tim Beckham has been suspended for 50 games for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Beckham, 22, is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Durham Bulls of the International League. He is hitting .204 with no homers for Durham this season.

"We are very disappointed in Tim's actions," Andrew Friedman, Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, said in a statement. "Tim possesses great potential, and he must rededicate himself in order to become the person and player we know he can be."

"I regret that my poor judgment resulted in me letting my teammates and the Tampa Bay Rays organization down," Beckham said in a statement. "I take full responsibility for my actions and I will use this experience to refocus my commitment to baseball. I recognize that I am blessed to be able to play baseball for a living. I owe it to my teammates, my family, and to myself to respect the game and the responsibilities that go with playing it as a professional. I am sorry."
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