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American Guttormson fails drug test in Japan

August 11, 2007

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— An American pitcher has become the first player to fail a drug test in Japanese baseball history.

Japanese baseball commissioner Yasuchika Negoro said Friday that Rick Guttormson tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for 20 days.

Guttormson's team, the Softbank Hawks in Japan's Pacific League, also was hit with a $63,000 fine.

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