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Dodgers' pitcher Ravin given 80-game drug suspension

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was suspended Monday for 80 games following a positive test under Major League Baseball's drug program.

Ravin is the eighth player suspended this year under the big league program and the fourth in three weeks. He tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), the commissioner's office said.

Ravin blamed the positive test on a supplement he took during spring training after a bout with intestinal flu and strep throat caused him to lose 20 pounds in about a week.

"To try and speed up my recovery, I took some supplements that I thought would help," he said in a statement. "Unfortunately, I was not...