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BASEBALL

Selig: Get tougher drug penalties

– Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wants tougher penalties for major league players who violate the sport’s drug agreement.

Speaking at a news conference on Saturday, Selig says the situation surrounding last year’s positive drug test of All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera and the allegations players received banned substances from a now closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffening of penalties as quickly as possible.

He declined to give any specifics of what he had in mind, saying MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred and players’ association head Michael Weiner will meet.

Selig says he wants increased penalties “as expeditiously as possible.” Since 2006, initial infractions result in a 50-game suspension and second offenses in a 100-game ban. No player has been penalized a third time, which results in a lifetime suspension.

World Classic

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

Japan trailed 3-2 before adding three runs in the top of the eighth inning in front of a crowd of 28,181 at the Fukuoka Dome. …

In Taipei, Taiwan, Andruw Jones got two hits and Diegomar Markwell and Orlando Yntema combined for seven innings of four-hit ball to help the Netherlands upset South Korea 5-0.

Around the leagues

The Angels renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000. …

Kansas City pitcher Aaron Crow, a 2011 All-Star, agreed to a $1.28 million, one-year contract. …

Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the spring and Drew Smyly pitched three perfect innings for a Detroit split squad in a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh. …

Jose Quintana pitched three perfect innings for the White Sox in their 4-0 victory over Cincinnati.

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