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Originally published Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

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Selig calls for tougher penalties for first-time drug offenders

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major-leaguers who violate the sport's drug agreement, a move the union...

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major-leaguers who violate the sport's drug agreement, a move the union is willing to consider but not for the 2013 season.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday at the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring-training ballpark, Selig said last year's positive drug test for All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera and allegations players received banned substances from a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffer penalties as quickly as possible.

He declined to give specifics, saying Rob Manfred, the MLB executive vice president, and union head Michael Weiner will meet.

Weiner said some players have expressed support for tougher penalties. Selig said he was encouraged by Weiner's comments.

The current discipline structure has been in place since the 2006 season: 50 games for an initial PEDs infraction, 100 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. Selig wants a tougher penalty for first-time offenders.

Notes

• Two-time defending champion Japan rallied to beat Brazil 5-3 in its opening game of the World Baseball Classic in Fukuoka, Japan.

• The Angels played hardball with Mike Trout by renewing the star outfielder's contract for $510,000, a move they had every right to make but left a bitter taste in the mouth of Trout's agent and disappointed the 21-year-old phenom. He will make only $20,000 above the major-league minimum in his second season.

• Pitcher Aaron Crow, a 2011 All-Star for the Kansas City Royals, agreed to a $1.28 million, one-year contract that represents the maximum 20 percent cut.

• San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum was scratched from a start against the Chicago Cubs because of a blister on his right middle finger.

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