Astros’ Emanuel banned 80 games for performance enhancer

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NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Astros left-hander Kent Emanuel has been banned 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s drug prevention and treatment plan. Emanuel has pitched at Triple-A the past three seasons but never in the majors. He is on Houston’s 40-man roster and was among the team’s pool of players available to use during the pandemic-shortened 60-game season. Emanuel tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a performance-enhancing substance. He denied intentionally taking the substance in a statement released by the union Thursday.