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Friday, January 11, 2013

Major League Baseball Plans New Drug Testing

At left, in a June 2011 file photo, former San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court in San Francisco. At center, in July 2011, former Major League baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington. At right in May 2009, former baseball player Sammy Sosa attends the People En Espanol "50 Most Beautiful" gala in New York. (AP)

At left, in a June 2011 file photo, former San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds leaves federal court in San Francisco. At center, in July 2011, former Major League baseball pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington. At right in May 2009, former baseball player Sammy Sosa attends the People En Espanol “50 Most Beautiful” gala in New York. (AP)

The same week that no players were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame due to the taint of steroids, Major League Baseball and the players union announced a deal to expand their drug testing program.

There will now be in-season blood tests for human growth hormone and a new test designed to nab players using testosterone.

Players with steroid-use shadows over them, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, were on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, but fell well short of the votes needed for enshrinement when the vote was announced Wednesday.

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