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8/5/2013 3:11 P.M. ET

Phillies statement on Antonio Bastardo

The Phillies issue the following statement in response to Major League Baseball's suspension of Antonio Bastardo:

"Obviously, the Phillies are very disappointed to learn of Antonio Bastardo's violation of Major League Baseball's Drug Program. We strongly believe in the Program and look forward to a time when performance enhancing drugs are completely out of baseball. Hopefully the sanctions announced today will bring us closer to that day. We respect the fact that Antonio has acknowledged his serious mistake and accepted his 50-game suspension."

David Montgomery
Phillies President

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