Baseball-Pirates outfielder Marte banned 80 games for doping


April 18 (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has received an 80-game suspension after violating Major League Baseball's policy against performance-enhancing drugs, the league said on Tuesday.

Marte, a two-time Gold Glove winner who last year played in his first All-Star Game, tested positive for nandrolone, MLB said in a statement.

The suspension of the 28-year-old Dominican, who has been with Pittsburgh since his MLB debut in 2012, is effective immediately.

Marte has played in all of the Pirates' 13 games to start the 162-game regular season and has a .241 batting average. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto. Editing by Steve Keating.)

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