CHARLESTON, SC: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankess speaks to the media before his game for the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on July 2, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.
TAMPA - Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reports the following players have been suspended 50 games:
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo
San Diego Padres infielder Everth Cabrera and reliever Fautino de los Santos
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez
Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Montero
Houston Astros reliever Sergio Escalona
New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello.
Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Ryan Braun lat week for 65 games for multiple unspecified "violations" of the league's drug program and labor contract.
He became the first player punished as a result of MLB's investigation into Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.
Cruz decided to forego appealing his suspension and continue playing with the Rangers because Cruz will become a free agent at the end of the season.
By serving his suspension this season, Cruz can be ready to play in all of 2014 without further discipline.