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A's Colon not among players punished in Biogenesis scandal

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In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon stands in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case. - AP PHOTO/GENE J. PUSKAR, FILE
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  • In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon stands in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case.

As news of Major League Baseball disciplining 13 players for their relationship to Biogenesis of America dominated the sports landscape Monday, the A's were able to breathe a sigh of relief.

As had been expected but wasn't a guarantee, Oakland's ace Bartolo Colon was not among the players punished for his involvement in the scandal.

MLB's investigation began last year after Colon and Giants outfielder and All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera tested positive for elevated testosterone and both were suspended 50 games at the time.

The probe escalated in January when the Miami New Times published documents obtained from former Biogenesis associate Porter Fisher that linked several players to Biogenesis.

MLB said Monday that Colon and Cabrera would not receive additional discipline.

So with that in the rear-view mirror, the A's can turn their attention to their brief two-game series against the Cincinnati Reds which starts today.

Oakland has been in a bit of a slump of late, coming in having lost four of its past five games, including being shut out twice in that span. Dan Straily will start today's game for the A's against the Reds' Mat Latos, while Colon will take the hill against Homer Bailey on Wednesday.

— Staff, wire report

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