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Cody Stanley suspended 162 games for second positive drug test

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NEW YORK — Free agent catcher Cody Stanley has been suspended for 162 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for the same performance-enhancing substance that generated a previous positive test and suspension last year.

The league announced the punishment on Friday.

According to the commissioner’s office, Stanley tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. The 27-year-old Stanley made his major league debut with the St. Cardinals last year but was suspended for 80 games in September after he tested positive for the same steroid.

Stanley says in a statement released by the players’ union that he “will never apologize for something I didn’t do.” He also says: “We will not stop searching for why all of this has happened.”

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.