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Franklin slapped with 10-day suspension

DETROIT -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Ryan Franklin was
suspended 10 days for violating his sport's steroids policy, the
eighth major-league player caught under tougher drug rules enacted
this year.

The announcement Tuesday came one day after Orioles slugger
Rafael Palmeiro was suspended after testing positive for steroids.

Franklin said he has "no idea" how he tested positive.

"There's got to be a flaw in the system," he said Tuesday
before the Mariners played the Tigers at Comerica Park. "I have no
clue. I tested in [early] May and again three weeks later. The
first was positive, the second was negative."

The pitcher said he first was told of his positive test in May --
and "thought it was a joke" -- then appealed and appeared before
two arbitration committees.

"I'm one of the guys who was supportive of strong testing,"
Franklin said. "I believe I got to the big leagues on God-given
talent, and that's how I've stayed here. It's hard to swallow."

"I know deep in my heart that I have never done anything like
that."

Franklin, a 32-year-old right-hander, is 6-11 this season with a
4.61 ERA in 22 games, including 20 starts.

"We are very disappointed to learn this news," Mariners
spokesman Tim Hevly said. "But at the direction of Major League
Baseball, and, following its rules, we are not able to comment
further."

Manager Mike Hargrove declined to comment before Tuesday night's
game.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Franklin pitched for the gold-medal
winning U.S. team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, going 3-0 with a
0.00 ERA in four appearances. He was an Oklahoma All-State baseball
player at Spiro and played two seasons at Seminole State College,
going 20-0 before signing with the Mariners in 1993.

Franklin would not discuss what he tested positive for. But he
did say that he took supplements he bought at a nutrition store.
Franklin said he gave up all supplements after the positive test.
After that, he said he tested negative.

"I'll never take [supplements] again. ... I won't even take a
vitamin until I'm done with baseball," he said. "I hate what's
happened for the organization, for me, and my family. I'm done with
taking anything."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.