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Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis suspended 80 games after testing positive for PEDs

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Red Sox’ no. 1 prospect Michael Chavis has been suspended for 80 games without pay, per a league announcement on Friday. Chavis tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. He was slated to begin the 2018 season in Double-A Portland later this month.

The 22-year-old third baseman batted a cumulative .282/..347/.563 with 31 home runs and a .901 OPS in 524 plate appearances for High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2017. He was selected by the team in the first round of the 2014 draft and has consistently ranked among Boston’s top ten prospects every year since then. While his power and high strikeout rate has yet to be tempered with patience at the plate and more developed pitch recognition, he was expected to continue climbing the rungs in the Red Sox’ farm system and break into the majors sometime within the next two years.

Following news of the suspension, Chavis issued a statement of his own:

Three other players were dinged for PED usage this week, including Giants’ no. 17 prospect, C.J. Hinojosa, who received a 50-game ban after his second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.