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    Monday for the season’s first 80 games after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances.The commissioner’s office said the positive tests were for selective androgen receptor modulators S-22 (Ostarine) and LGD-4033 (Ligandrol).Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement Skoglund “unknowingly made a mistake” and “we remain proud of who Eric is as a person and will support him as an organization.”Skoglund was 1-6 with a 5.14 ERA last season. The 26-year-old lefty was in the rotation in April and May Matt Holliday Jersey , missed the next three months because of an elbow sprain and pitched well in September.The 6-foot-7 Skoglund made his big league debut in 2017, going 1-2 with a 9.50 ERA in seven games. He was a candidate to begin this season in the rotation, a year after the Royals went 58-104 and finished last in the AL Central.Skoglund is the first player to be suspended this year under the major league drug program. Ten players were suspended under the program last year, including Robinson Cano, Jorge Polanco and Welington Castillo.“Unfortunately, when something like this occurs Austin Romine Jersey , I immediately think about how much work and dedication our medical staff does communicating to the players about the importance of being careful about what they put in their bodies,” Moore said.“Eric is a tremendous young man and he unknowingly made a mistake and he will have to accept his suspension, work hard and be ready to go after the suspension is served,” Moore said. Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesJose Bautista is headed to his third National League East team of 2018.The New York Mets traded Bautista to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.The Phillies designated pitcherMark Leiter Jr. for assignment to clear room for Bautista on the 40-man roster.This trade comes one day after Philadelphiaclaimedthe veteran outfielder off revocable waivers.Even with Yoenis Cespedes out for the season because of aheel injury, New York was facing a logjam in the outfield. Michael Conforto, 25 http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/aut...stanton-jersey , is viewed as a cornerstone. With three-time All-Star Jay Bruce (hip) returning from the disabled list this past weekend and Brandon Nimmo (finger) set to be activated on Tuesday, Bautista became expendable.Bautistasigneda minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves in April before beingreleasedin May after hitting just .143 with two home runs and five RBI in 12 games.The six-time All-Star was subsequentlysignedby the Mets, who were in need of right-handed power with Cespedes and two-time All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier on the DL.While his average (.204) hovered around the Mendoza Line in New York, the 37-year-old's bat did show some signs of life. He hit nine home runs, 13 doubles and 37 RBI with a .351 on-base percentage in 83 games.His average has dropped in each of the past two months, and he hit just .157 in 24 August appearances.He does have a .713 OPS over the last 14 games Bernie Williams Jersey , though.Bautista is 4-for-14 with one home run, one double, 7 RBI, three walks and a hit by a pitch in four games at Citizens Bank Park this season. He is a career .219 hitter in 22 games in Philadelphia.This marks the second deal of the two NL East rivals this season. The Philliesacquiredinfielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets in exchange for minor league right-handerFranklyn Kilome ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.Philadelphia (70-61) is 3.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the division and 2.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild-card race.