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Baseball's drug suspensions could get longer — and shorter
Baseball's drug suspensions could get longer — and shorter

The suspensions levied on baseball players who test positive for banned substances are on the verge of getting longer — and shorter. The commissioner's office and players union are close to agreement on a revised code of punishment under baseball's drug policy, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations but not authorized to comment on them. The agreement would lengthen suspensions to about 80 games for a first offense and 162 games for a second offense — that is, half a season in the first case, an entire season in the second. The current punishments are 50 games for a first offense and 100 games for a second offense. However, the agreement would...

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