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Two minor leaguers suspended 50 games

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Two minor league players were suspended by Major League Baseball on Friday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Pitcher Vaughn Covington, who is on the roster of the Cincinnati Reds' rookie-level Arizona League Reds, received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the drug policy.

His suspension takes effect at the start of the season.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim minor league catcher Carlos Ramirez also was suspended for 50 games for a second violation of the drug policy.

Ramirez is on the roster of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers.
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