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Alfonzo Suspended 100 Games For 2nd Positive Test

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Eliezer Alfonzo of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by teammates after the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 10-6 in a baseball game at Petco Park on July 30, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Eliezer Alfonzo of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by teammates after the Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 10-6 in a baseball game at Petco Park on July 30, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – Colorado catcher Eliezer Alfonzo has become the first player suspended twice under the Major League Baseball drug program and will serve a 100-game suspension.

Alfonzo was penalized Wednesday by the commissioner’s office for a second violation. He was suspended for 50 games in April 2008 while a member of the San Francisco Giants.

Alfonzo said then he never knowingly took steroids but did take medicine for bronchitis while home in Venezuela. He said he was surprised by the latest positive test and intends to fight the penalty in arbitration.

Manny Ramirez retired in April rather than face a 100-game suspension following a second positive test.

A third violation would carry a lifetime ban.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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