Giants’ Cabrera suspended for positive drug test

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Cabrera came to the Giants in a trade with Kansas City last November that sent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals. Cabrera _ who signed a $6 million, one-year deal to avoid salary arbitration _ batted .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs last season.

He is a big reason San Francisco began play Wednesday tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West. Cabrera had been listed in the original lineup Wednesday, batting third and playing left field. Gregor Blanco replaced Cabrera. Bochy said he wrote that lineup before notice of the suspension.

“We are a team. We’re trying to make the playoffs,” Pablo Sandoval said. “We’re going to fight.”

San Francisco said it will not make a roster move until Thursday’s off day before opening a weekend series at San Diego. The clubhouse was closed before the game when the news of Cabrera’s suspension broke.

“Sad, man,” Cano said. “He’s a friend. I’m going to be there for him. I never talked to him about anything like that. Sad day.”

San Francisco optioned reliever Dan Otero to Triple-A Fresno after Wednesday’s game and is expected to call up two hitters Friday in San Diego. Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean also plan to discuss who might be available outside the organization.

“It’s a big loss to any team,” shortstop Brandon Crawford said. “He was having an MVP-type season.”

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AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum and Howie Rumberg in New York contributed to this report.

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