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Sanchez worked out on his own on Opening Day

4/4/2005

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay outfielder Alex Sanchez
began serving his 10-day suspension for violating baseball's new
policy on performance-enhancing drugs, working out on his own
Monday at the team's minor league camp.
"He's out at the complex staying in shape," manager Lou
Piniella said before the Devil Rays faced the Toronto Blue Jays in
their season opener. "We thought that would be the best
approach."
Sanchez became the first player publicly identified for
violating the sport's stricter drug rules Sunday but insisted he
has never used steroids. The suspension covers eight games and will
cost him $32,787 of his $600,000 salary.
The outfielder tested positive for an unspecified substance, and
blamed the result on something he bought over the counter.
Under the new policy that took effect last month, steroids and
other performance-enhancing substances are the only drugs to draw a
10-day suspension. Baseball officials and the players' union agreed
they would not disclose the exact substance for which a player
tests positive.
Sanchez's locker had been cleaned out when players arrived at
Tropicana Field for Monday's game. His name also had been removed
from the stall, although it was later returned.
Sanchez signed with Tampa Bay on March 19 after being released
by Detroit. He was drug tested last month while with the Tigers.
Sanchez had been set to start on opening day. He was replaced in
Monday's lineup by Chris Singleton.