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12 players accept 50 game bans; A-Rod gone until 2015

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The Biogenesis scandal is coming to a head today, as 12 major and minor leaguers have accepted 50-game suspensions for their part in the performance enhancing drug clinic.

Ryan Braun's suspension was the first in the ever-growing list of those to be punished by commissioner Bud Selig, and the alleged last in the series came just after 2 p.m. today, with former MVP and 250 million dollar man Alex Rodriguez being banned through the 2014 season.

Rodriguez barring, which is expected to begin Thursday, will cover 211 games, by far the longest PED-related suspension in the history of baseball.

A-Rod has all along claimed he will appeal the suspension, and is still expected to do so, making him eligible to make his season debut tonight in Chicago against the AL Central basement dwelling White Sox. Manager Joe Girardi has him penciled in at third base.

With that in mind, the headline writers for the NYC tabloids are having a field day:

A full list of the suspendees can be found here. As expected, no Twins were on said list.

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