Marlins prospect Kolby Copeland suspended for refusing drug test

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Kolby Copeland, a 19-year-old outfielder who was the Marlins’ third-round pick in last year’s draft, has been suspended 50 games for refusing to take a drug test.

Copeland follows Rays minor leaguer Cody Rogers, who was also suspended for refusing a drug test back in December. However, unlike Rogers he’s actually a decent prospect.

Copeland was the 127th overall pick last June out of a Louisiana high school and got $367,000 to sign. Going into the draft Baseball America‘s scouting report noted that Copeland “sat out the first part of high school season serving a suspension stemming from an underage drinking and driving arrest.”

Nathan Eovaldi to start Game 3 for the Red Sox

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said last night that Nathan Eovaldi will start Game 3 of the ALCS against the Astros on Tuesday.

Rick Porcello was previously lined up to start that game, but he was used in relief in last night’s game. Not that Eovaldi is chopped liver. Indeed, he’s coming off seven innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts and no walks in his Game 3 start against the Yankees in the ALDS.

Houston will go with Dallas Keuchel in Game 3, followed by Charlie Morton in Game 4. That is, “unless Armageddon hits and we have a historically long game,” said A.J. Hinch yesterday.