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Twins pitcher Pineda addresses 60-game suspension

Updated: September 10, 2019 06:42 PM

Twins pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended 60 days by Major League Baseball on Saturday for vioilating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

On Tuesday, he addressed reporters.

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Pineda tested positive for a trace amount of a banned diuretic substance called Hydrochlorothiazide. The suspension begins immediately and will carry into the playoffs. He will forfeit $989,247 of his $8 million salary this season and is a free agent after the season ends.

Pineda apologized to the Twins, his teammates, his family and fans for his "error in judgment" and said he "never intended to cheat the system, other players or opposing teams."

Pineda has an 11-5 record with a 4.01 ERA for the Twins in 2019. He's been their top starting pitcher recently and struck out 10 batters in six innings on Friday night against Cleveland at Target Field.

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