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Sports log: Phillies’ Carlos Ruiz is suspended 25 games

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Philadelphia’s All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine. The 33-year-old had a career year in 2012, hitting .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 114 games. ‘‘I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,’’ Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. This had to be Ruiz’s second positive test for a stimulant. An initial positive for a stimulant does not trigger a suspension, only that the player must undergo follow-up testing. Erik Kratz will likely begin the 2013 season as Philadelphia’s starting catcher while Ruiz serves his suspension. Kratz, a career minor leaguer, filled in nicely when he finally got a chance after Ruiz went down with a foot injury . . . Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa are set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time when the ballot is announced Wednesday . . . The Athletics players will donate one full playoff share to eight local and national charitable efforts, a total of $34,325.16. Reliever Jerry Blevins, the team’s player representative, informed the front office that he and his teammates voted to donate one playoff share to charities . . . The Texas Rangers’ post-bankruptcy plan administrator and the team’s former owner settled a lawsuit over money generated from stadium parking lots. A court document filed Monday notes the settlement of the suit filed by administrator Alan Jacobs against Tom Hicks. Jacobs had accused Hicks of improperly taking millions of dollars from parking lots he controls at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and nearby Cowboys Stadium.

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