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Pirates Pitcher Nik Turley Suspended 80 Games For PED Use

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Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed reliever Nik Turley has been suspended for the first 80 games of the 2018 season without pay for violating MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program.

Turley, 28, tested positive for Ipamorelin, a performance enhancing drug that stimulates the release of growth hormone; news of his suspension broke on Saturday.

Pittsburgh acquired Turley off waivers from the Minnesota Twins back in November. 2017 was Turley’s first season in the majors, as he posted an 11.21 ERA in 17 2/3 innings for Minnesota (10 games, three starts).

Turley is the second Pirates pitcher to be suspended for PEDs this month, joining triple-A right-hander Montana DuRapau who received a 50-game ban following a second positive test.

A former 2008 draft pick, Turley was selected third-to-last that year (50th round) by the New York Yankees.

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Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Mike Pagliarulo

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The Miami Marlins have announced that they have fired hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

Pagliarulo took the post ahead of the 2016 season after previously serving as a hitting coach in Triple-A.

Pagliarulo will be replaced by Jeff Livesey on an interim basis, and Eric Duncan will take the role of assistant hitting coach.

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Cardinals Place Tyler O’Neill, Mike Mayers On 10-Day IL

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The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Tyler O’Neill and right hander Mike Mayers on the 10-day injured list.

O’Neill suffered an ulnar nerve subluxation in his right elbow and Mayers has a strained lat.

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Brewers Acquire David Freitas From Mariners

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The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired catcher David Freitas from the Seattle Mariners, according to an official team announcement.

The Mariners will receiver minor-league pitcher Sal Biasi as part of the deal.

Freitas will immediately report to Triple-A after appearing in 36 games with the Mariners last season.

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