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Orioles: Gibbons released for baseball reasons, not drug suspension

Updated: March 30, 2008, 5:38 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Jay Gibbons was released Sunday by the Baltimore Orioles, who lost patience waiting for the oft-injured outfielder to regain the form that enabled him to hit 26 home runs in 2005.

Gibbons batted .189 with no homers and four RBIs in 16 games this spring training after playing in only 84 games last season. Baltimore owes him $11.9 million for the next two seasons as part of a $21.1 million, four-year contract he agreed to in January 2006.

Gibbons, 31, was suspended ...

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