Former All-Star outfielder Matt Lawton was suspended yesterday for a positive steroids test, becoming the 12th player penalized for violating major league baseball's policy.
Lawton, acquired by the Yankees from the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 27 and then left off New York's postseason roster, became a free agent last Thursday. He will serve a 10-day suspension at the start of next season.
''I made a terrible and foolish mistake that I will regret for the rest of my life," Lawton said in a statement that he read over the telephone to The Associated Press. ''I take full responsibility for my actions and did not appeal my suspension."
The substance he tested positive for was boldenone, said a person familiar with the tests results, speaking on condition of anonymity because drug-test results in baseball are supposed to remain secret.
An All-Star with Minnesota in 2000 and Cleveland in 2004, Lawton hit a combined .254 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cubs and Yankees.
Ray of hopeThe Devil Rays are expected to hire former Houston general manager Gerry Hunsicker as a team executive, the latest move in their front office makeover.
The Devil Rays, who began discussions with Hunsicker last month, scheduled an afternoon announcement for today.
Tampa Bay is looking for a new general manager, but it's unclear what role Hunsicker would fill. Indications are that he would not assume the vacant title of GM.