Daryle Ward suspended 50 games for amphetamine

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Daryle Ward, an 11-season veteran who hasn't played in the major leagues since 2008, has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned amphetamine under the minor league testing program.

Ward spent last season in the minor league systems of the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. He currently is a free agent.

The 36-year-old has a .263 career average with 90 homers and 379 RBIs for Houston (1998-02), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003), Pittsburgh (2004-05), Washington (2006), Atlanta (2006) and the Chicago Cubs (2007-08).

In addition, free agent left-hander Dustin Richardson was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for several substances.

Each penalty will start when the player signs with a big league organization.