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Selig touts drug policy

April 6, 2005

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— Commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday that the suspension of Alex Sanchez for testing positive under major league baseball's new drug policy proved the system was working.

"We did what we said we were going to do," Selig said. "Alex Sanchez tested positive, there was no doubt that he tested positive and he's gone for 10 days."

Selig spoke at Yankee Stadium during New York's game against Boston, a day after 38 minor leaguers were suspended for violating baseball's minor-league steroids policy.

He was disappointed in the number of minor leaguers suspended, which included mostly players on the teams that hold spring training in Arizona. Selig did not know when the results would be known for the 18 teams that play in Florida.

Sanchez, a Tampa Bay outfielder, on Sunday became the first player suspended under the more stringent guidelines adopted in January.

"We left Arizona on Jan. 14, and people were complimenting us," Selig said, referring to the day after the new rules were announced.

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