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Twins SS Polanco gets 80-game PEDs ban

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, a big blow to a team that has made a series of roster-enhancing moves throughout the offseason and into spring training.

The commissioner's office announced Sunday that Polanco tested positive for Stanozolol, becoming the sixth player to be banned this year under the major league drug program. That's already one more than last season.

Polanco started 127 games at shortstop last year for the Twins, finishing with a .256 batting average, 13 home runs, 13 stolen bases and 74 RBIs in his first full season as a regular in the lineup. His grandfather died in June, and the switch-hitting 24-year-old struggled through the early part of the summer until being benched temporarily in late June.


Mets LHP Vargas to miss 4-6 weeks

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets lefty Jason Vargas will have surgery after breaking his right hand in a minor league game.

The surgery is set for Tuesday. The Mets said Sunday that Vargas will resume his throwing workouts about five days after the operation, and no timetable was announced for him pitching in a game.


Yankees send rookie 3B Andujar to minors

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees rookie Miguel Andujar will start the season in the minors, rather than at third base in the majors.

The Yankees optioned Andujar to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, clearing the way for Brandon Drury to claim the spot.


Royals sign reliever Grimm for $1.25M

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Royals signed right-handed reliever Justin Grimm to a $1.25 million, one-year deal Sunday that includes up to $300,000 incentives after he was released by the Chicago Cubs last week.

The 29-year-old Grimm was 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 50 appearances last season.


Machado says pitch by Judge no big deal

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado says that recruiting pitch by Yankees star Aaron Judge was no big deal.

"I think it was just blown out of proportion," Machado said.


A's RHP Cotton to have Tommy John

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics pitcher Jharel Cotton will undergo season-ending surgery on his right elbow.

Cotton had been diagnosed with a sprain and had a second scan taken on his elbow on Friday, then was told he would need Tommy John surgery. The procedure is expected to take place next week.


Severino to start opener for Yankees

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Luis Severino will start the New York Yankees' regular-season opener March 29th at Toronto.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the news Saturday.


Marlins still weighing rotation options

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Jose Urena will make Miami's opening day start against the Chicago Cubs and Dan Straily gets the ball the following day.

Beyond that? It' a bit of a mystery that the Marlins have about a week to solve.


Sons of big leaguers fill Jays' lineup

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) It could have been called the "Legacy Game" when a Toronto Blue Jays split squad played the Canadian Junior National Team.

The Blue Jays' starting infield Saturday was Clemens, Biggio, Bichette and Guerrero, with a Grudzielanek as the designated hitter and a Smith in left field.