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MLB Players Hit Hardest by Biogenesis PED Suspensions
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MLB has officially handed down its suspensions for the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug investigation on Monday.

A total of 12 players accepted 50-game suspensions on Monday: outfielder Nelson Cruz (Texas Rangers), shortstop Jhonny Peralta (Detroit Tigers), shortstop Everth Cabrera (San Diego Padres), pitcher Antonio Bastardo (Philadelphia Phillies), utility player Jordany Valdespin (New York Mets), pitcher Sergio Escalona (Houston Astros), catcher Jesus Montero (Seattle Mariners), catcher Francisco Cervelli (New York Yankees), outfielder Cesar Puello (New York Mets), pitcher Fautino De Los Santos (free agent), outfielder Fernando Martinez (free agent) and pitcher Jordan Norberto (free agent).

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was among the first to report the players that had been suspended, listing them in a series of tweets that can be found herehere and here.

However, the big story is Alex Rodriguez, who was handed a 211-game suspension that will take effect on Thursday and run through the end of the 2014 season, according to MLB.com. He will appeal the suspension, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports while the other 12 players suspended will accept their 50-game bans.

Obviously, suspensions are never good for anyone involved, but there are a group of players who had a more on the line. Here is a look at the players who were hit hardest by these suspensions.

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