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Two Minor Leaguers suspended 50 games

Outfielders Blash, Austin levied for second violations of drug program

Two Minor Leaguers suspended 50 games

SEATTLE -- Mariners Minor League outfielders Jabari Blash and Jamal Austin were suspended by Major League Baseball on Friday for violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, MLB announced.

Both players received 50-game suspensions without pay following second positive tests for a drug of abuse, MLB said.

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Blash is playing for Triple-A Tacoma, while Austin is with Double-A Jackson. Both suspensions are immediately in effect.

Blash, 24, was hitting .210 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs in 45 games since being promoted to Tacoma after batting .262 with five homers and 20 RBIs with Jackson. The 2010 eighth-round Draft pick is rated the Mariners' No. 18 prospect by MLB.com.

Austin, 23, is hitting .262 with one home run, 16 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 63 games for Jackson.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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