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A’s outfielder Josh Reddick figures the two drug suspensions in one week out West might be enough to finally make other players think twice before taking performance-enhancing drugs.

“Let’s hope that guys are starting to realize this is a serious program,” Reddick said. “Nobody wants to be that person on TV.”

Colon was that name moving across the crawl Wednesday morning as A’s players prepared for their afternoon series finale with the Minnesota Twins. General manager Billy Beane heard word from MLB only shortly before the announcement was made.

The clubhouse became silent, then a closed-door meeting was called. Oakland’s players weren’t the only ones stunned, either _ exactly a week after the Giants went through the same range of emotions from shock to frustration and anger.

For Yankees manager Joe Girardi, the two suspensions hit close even if the guys are 3,000 miles away in Northern California. Cabrera and Colon both played for him.

While Girardi said seeing former players suspended “probably hurts a little bit more because you appreciate what they’ve done for you,” he does believe in the system baseball has in place.

“I think it’s working. That’s the idea,” Girardi said. “Hopefully there’s a point where we won’t have to deal with this, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Everyone’s always trying to get ahead. We see in the Olympics, and athletes know exactly when the Olympics are happening … (every) four years.”

Three of the five suspensions of major leaguers this season have been from either the Giants or A’s _ not the kind of notoriety these contending clubs were looking for with home run king Barry Bonds’ trial, the BALCO scandal and Mitchell Report still plenty fresh in people’s minds. San Francisco reliever Guillermo Mota is eligible to return from his 100-game suspension for a second positive test Tuesday.

“It’s the strictest policy in all of sports, and therefore they’re catching people. I think that’s all you can do,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said, noting he isn’t surprised some players still try to get away with it. “I think anybody’s always looking for an edge, unfortunately. I don’t think history has changed as far as that goes, but the league has and put together the best policy in all of sports.”

Whether teams can do more to educate players on the risks and potential punishment of using performance-enhancing drugs, Beane didn’t want to go there.

“It’s hard for me to elaborate,” he said. “Baseball and the union have both been pretty aggressive in their approach, and so once again, we support that.”

Beane signed suspended slugger Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal earlier this year and waited as the 12-time All-Star sat out a 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test. Ramirez requested his release in June when he was struggling at Triple-A with no guarantee he would even be promoted to Oakland.

The 40-year-old Ramirez retired from the Tampa Bay Rays last season rather than serve a 100-game suspension for a second failed drug test. The penalty was cut to 50 games because he sat out nearly all of last season.

“Obviously the idea behind the testing is to keep everything fair, and to keep people from doing things,” Girardi said. “It’s sad. It’s not good for our sport for these things to be taken lightly.”

What most players are saying now is that it’s ultimately up to each individual to decide whether the risk of using PEDs and potentially being caught and suspended is really worth the reward. Cabrera, for one, was enjoying a career year and likely cost himself a huge payday as he is set to become a free agent after the season.

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