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D-backs, Pirates minor league pitchers suspended

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NEW YORK (AP)

Arizona pitcher Eric Smith and Pittsburgh pitcher Delvin Hiciano have been suspended for 50 games each for violations of baseball's minor league drug program.

Smith was penalized Thursday for a second violation for a drug of abuse, and Hiciano for a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol.

A 24-year-old right-hander, Smith is 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 32 relief appearances and one start this year for the Mobile BayBears of the Double-A Southern League. He was selected by the Diamondbacks on the second round of the 2009 amateur draft with the 60th overall pick and signed for a $605,700 bonus.

Hiciano, a 21-year-old right-hander, is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games this year for the Dominican Summer League Pirates.

There have been 33 suspensions this year under the minor league program, including five this week.

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