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Marlins 2B Dee Gordon suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs

Reigning NL batting champ suspended 80 games without pay, effective immediately

MIAMI – Major League Baseball announced late Thursday night that Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon will be suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion, will be suspended for 80 games without pay. The suspension goes into effect immediately.

An announcement from Major League Baseball said Gordon tested positive for exogenous testosterone and clostebol, substances banned under the MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment program.

"Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested something that contained prohibited substances," Gordon said in a statement. "The hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization and the fans. I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20+ tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I made a mistake and I accept the consequences."

Gordon, 28, led the majors in hits and stolen bases last year. He batted .333, became an All-Star for the second time and won a Gold Glove at second base.

Marlins president David Samson said the Marlins "completely support the drug prevention program in every way."