- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Outfielders Spencer Edwards of Tampa Bay and Brian Ruiz of Cleveland have each been suspended 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following positive tests for performance-enhancing substances.

Free agent right-hander Joseph Gardner-Prophet has been banned for 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The commissioner’s office announced the penalties on Friday.

Edwards, on the roster of Bowling Green of the Class A Midwest League, tested positive for Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone and metabolite, Methasterone and metabolite, and a metabolite of Tamoxifen.

Ruiz, on the roster of the Class A Lake County, tested positive for metabolites of Methandienone and Oxandrolone.

Edwards turns 22 in April. He was picked by the Rays in the second round of the 2012 draft. He hit .202 for Bowling Green last year with no homers, 13 RBIs and 64 strikeouts in 193 at-bats.

Ruiz, who is 22, was a 41st-round draft pick in 2011 and batted .260 for Lake County last season with three homers and 28 RBIs.

Gardner-Prophet, who turns 27 next month, was selected by Cleveland in the third round in 2009. He was 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA last year in 10 starts for Mississippi and Tennessee of the Double-A Southern League.

There have been 34 suspensions this year under the minor league program, including 20 for drugs of abuse.


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