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DETROIT (WJBK) -

More than a dozen Major League Baseball players have been suspended for doping, including the highest paid player in the game and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

It was definitely a historic day as the suspensions were finally handed down in the BioGenesis investigation that found 13 players used performance enhancing drugs from the Miami clinic.

The biggest blow was delivered to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who was hit with a 211 game suspension without pay that will span the entire 2014 season. It is the longest non-gambling suspension in the history of Major League Baseball. Rodriguez has said he will appeal.

Peralta has accepted a 50 game suspension without pay. That will keep him out through September 25, which means he could be available to play in the final series of the regular series in Miami or in the postseason.

Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has also been suspended for 50 games. He leads the team in home runs and runs batted in.

Also out for 50 games are Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo and Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera.

Peralta released a statement that said, in part, "In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. My greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost."

"Very mixed emotions, mixed feelings," said Tigers President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski. "I've had a chance to talk to Jhonny, his representatives, people in Major League Baseball probably starting about last week Tuesday. Really didn't get any full pulse of what was going to take place until the weekend. But I think here's somebody in Jhonny's case that has done a lot of good things for our organization. He's a really good person, has conducted himself well, been a key performer for our club, and yet he's done something that no one can condone ... He broke the rules. He has to pay a price for it. We support that totally."

Justin Verlander, in particular, said "Peralta is my brother", and he is going to support him moving forward.

Max Scherzer was not as behind Peralta. He said, "You know how I feel about cheaters, and as for Jhonny, I'm very disappointed. I'm certainly disappointed."

Meanwhile, Fox 2's Jason Carr got reaction from metro Detroiters.

"If it's illegal, then he shouldn't have done it. They must have known what they were doing. It does put a little bit of asterisk to it," said one man. "I'd rather have it totally clean because then you can compare stats with old stats."

"I feel he (Peralta) just got caught in a bad spot. He wanted to do good in the league, he just made the wrong choice. So hopefully he can come back from it. I don't think it killed his career all the way yet, so he's still got another chance," another man remarked.

"If I do drugs at work, are they going to give me 50 days off or are they going to fire me? They're going to fire me," a third man said.

"He's a really good player, so I'm sad that he's being suspended for that amount of time," a woman commented.

The Tigers are in Cleveland for a three game series. As of Monday afternoon, they held a three game lead over the Indians in the Central Division.

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