Giants minor leaguer draws 50-game drug suspension

NEW YORK (AP) A minor league outfielder in the San Francisco Giants organization has been suspended for 50 games without pay for a drug violation.

The commissioner's office said Thursday that Chuckie Jones twice tested positive for a drug of abuse, a violation of the minor leagues' drug prevention and treatment program.

Baseball defines drugs of abuse to include cocaine, LSD, opiates and Esctasy, as opposed to performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids, which are covered by different rules.

Jones plays for Single-A San Jose Giants of the California League and his suspension takes effect immediately.

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