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Former Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves suspended 50 games

Alfredo Aceves was with the Red Sox from 2011 to 2013.

Associated Press

Alfredo Aceves was with the Red Sox from 2011 to 2013.

NEW YORK – New York Yankees minor league pitcher Alfredo Aceves has been suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s office announced the penalty on Thursday under the minor league drug program.

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The suspension of Aceves, who is on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, is effective immediately.

Aceves was with the Yankees earlier this season and was 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 10 games. He is 31-16 with a 3.83 ERA in parts of seven seasons with the Yankees and Boston Red Sox for his career.

Aceves played for the Red Sox from 2011 to 2013, appearing in 135 games. He was demoted to Triple A Pawtucket in July of 2013 and did not return to the majors again. His time in Boston was marked by flashes of brilliance mixed with clashes with management and teammates.

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