“Robinson made a mistake,” the Mariners said in a statement. “He has explained to us what happened, accepted the punishment and has apologized to the fans, the organization and his teammates. We will support Robinson as he works through this challenge.”

A Dominican Republic native, Cano starred with the Yankees at second base from 2005 to 2013, and he was considered to be one of the best all-around players on a team that included Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira. Cano placed second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2005 and was in the top five in voting for the A.L. Most Valuable Player Award four times.

As good as he was, the Yankees were not willing to make him the highest-paid player in baseball after he became a free agent in 2013, so Cano headed to Seattle. A consistently strong hitter and gifted fielder, Cano owns a .304 lifetime average with 2,417 hits, 305 home runs, 522 doubles and a .848 in base-plus-slugging percentage. This season he was hitting .287 with four homers.

“I want to earn every penny that I get here,” Cano said this spring. “I don’t want to be like those guys that, two or three years into their contract, they do really good and then they don’t care. I do care.”

Cano is the seventh player to be suspended under the major league drug policy this season. Other All-Stars have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in recent years, including Starling Marte, Marlon Byrd, Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Ervin Santana, Dee Gordon and Manny Ramirez.

For Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who played with Cano for five seasons, the news of Cano’s suspension may have been a shock. But for a 37-year-old pitcher, it hardly qualified as a surprise.

“After the Ryan Braun thing, nothing’s surprising for me,” said Sabathia, a teammate of Braun with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. “That’s somebody I played with and I never suspected anything. You never know who’s doing what.”



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