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Sano not suspended for alleged assault

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Major League Baseball completed its investigation into Miguel Sano's alleged assault, and he will not face any discipline, MLB announced Friday.

Sano was accused by a Minnesota photographer of sexual assault on Dec. 28, and MLB promptly began its investigation, which came to a close six days before the start of the regular season.

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Major League Baseball completed its investigation into Miguel Sano's alleged assault, and he will not face any discipline, MLB announced Friday.

Sano was accused by a Minnesota photographer of sexual assault on Dec. 28, and MLB promptly began its investigation, which came to a close six days before the start of the regular season.

"The comprehensive investigation included interviews of more than 20 individuals, including Sano and the complainant, as well as a review of available documents, including communication records," MLB said in a statement.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, the Office of the Commissioner found that there was insufficient evidence to support a disciplinary determination against Sano, due to conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts and the absence of contemporaneous substantiation. Barring the receipt of any new information or evidence, the Office of the Commissioner will not impose discipline on Sano in connection with the alleged incident."

The Twins also released a statement shortly after MLB's announcement:

"The Minnesota Twins fully support the joint MLB-MLBPA policy which governs serious matters of this nature. The Twins are pleased that the Commissioner's Office has concluded its investigation with respect to Miguel Sano. Miguel can now return his sole focus to the season ahead. Per team protocol, the Twins will not comment further on this matter."

Through the MLB Players Association, Sano also released a statement.

"I want to thank Major League Baseball for conducting a thorough investigation, and I'm happy to put this behind me," Sano said. "I look forward to focusing on the upcoming season and playing alongside my teammates. I want to thank my family, friends, the Players Association, the Minnesota Twins and my fans for their continued support."

Sano, 24, was an All-Star for the first time last season, hitting .264/.352/.507 with 28 homers and 77 RBIs in 114 games, but he missed nearly 40 games at the end of the season with a stress reaction to his left shin that required surgery in November.

Sano, though, has been healthy this spring, and he will be the club's projected Opening Day third baseman for the second straight year.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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