Palmeiro requested ceremony be canceled

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles canceled a pregame
ceremony scheduled for Aug. 14 at Camden Yards to commemorate
Rafael Palmeiro's 3,000th hit at the slugger's request, the team
said Thursday.

"Through his agent, Rafael has specifically requested that the
planned event not be held," Joe Foss, Orioles vice chairman and
chief operating officer, said in a statement. "Given the
circumstances, the club is in agreement with Rafael's wish to not
move forward with the ceremonies."

On Monday, Palmeiro was suspended for 10 days after testing
positive for steroids. He has said he took a banned substance
unintentionally, but a person with knowledge of baseball's
drug-testing program told The Associated Press that Palmeiro tested
positive for a powerful steroid not available in nutritional

Palmeiro will be eligible to return to the lineup on Aug. 11.