CLEVELAND (AP) -- There was nothing Jhonny Peralta could do but apologize. The damage was done.
Peralta is gone for the playoff chase, leaving a sizable hole for the Detroit Tigers, who have no choice but to move forward without their All-Star shortstop.
Peralta was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday along with 12 other players for their association with Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.
Peralta's punishment -- the Tigers have not yet decided if they'll make him eligible if they qualify for the postseason -- is a tough blow for Detroit, which enters a four-game series against Cleveland leading the second-place Indians by just three games.
"He broke the rules and he has to pay for it and we support that totally," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said before Monday night's opener. "He's going to pay a price for it and our organization is going to move on from there. It wi...