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MLB, Players Association Agree to Increase Penalties for PED Use

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Tougher penalties are coming for baseball players caught using performance-enhancing drugs.

In light of the recent suspension of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez last year, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to lengthen the suspensions.

First-time PED suspensions will go from 50 to 80 games, and second-time offenses will go from 100 games to a full 162-game season.

Any player suspended during the season won't be able to play during the postseason.

The changes come after 14 players, including Rodriguez, were penalized last year for their association with an anti-aging clinic.

The new rules also increase the number of random drug tests the league will perform every season.

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