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38 in minors suspended

NEW YORK -- Seattle's Damian Moss and the Los Angeles Angels' Francisco Cordova were among 38 players suspended yesterday for violating baseball's minor league steroids policy.

Oakland's David Castillo was suspended for 60 games, the penalty for a third violation. All the others were suspended for 15 games, the ban given to first-time offenders.

Eight of the 38 positives came from the Seattle organization, seven from the Chicago Cubs, five each from the Angels, Oakland and Texas, and four from San Diego. No Red Sox players tested positive.

The commissioner's office said one suspension was the result of offseason testing and the rest stemmed from 925 tests conducted during spring training. Last year, about 1.7 percent of the minor league tests for steroids were positive, baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said.

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