Pair of minor leaguers suspended for positive drug tests

NEW YORK (AP) — San Francisco pitcher Norwith Gudino has been suspended 80 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol, and Tampa Bay outfielder Bryce Brown has been banned 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Gudino, a 23-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, was 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA for Class A Augusta of the South Atlantic League, striking out 13 and walking three in 9 1/3 innings.

Brown, 22, was a 15th-round draft pick two years ago. He is hitting .200 (9 for 45) with one homer and six RBIs for Class A Bowling Green of the Midwest League.

The penalties were announced Friday.

There have been 17 players suspended this year under the minor league program, plus Boston pitcher Steven Wright, Kansas City pitcher Eric Skoglund and Houston pitcher Francis Martes under the major league program.