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Strawberry Flunked Drug Test

February 23, 2000

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ New York Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry tested positive for cocaine on Jan. 19, according to a report by the Florida Department of Corrections.

A high-ranking baseball official, speaking on the condition he not be identified, said the commissioner’s office was investigating, and a decision of whether to take disciplinary action likely would be made by Thursday at the latest.

Strawberry is tested twice a week as part of his no-contest plea May 26 to charges of cocaine possession and soliciting a prostiture. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The official did not say what disciplinary action the sport was likely to take against Strawberry. But given his past penalties, a suspension that would last most if not all of this season appears likely.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman declined comment on the news, first reported by WTVT in Tampa and WLWT in Cincinnati. WLWT obtained the three-page report form from the Department of Corrections and made it available to The Associated Press.

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