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Pitcher Mejia banned 162 games for doping
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 30 - 07 - 2015


NEW YORK — New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended for 162 games after testing positive for banned substances a second time, Major League Baseball said Tuesday. The length of the ban is automatic for a second positive test, and equals the longest suspension in baseball for doping, matching the penalty handed New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez in 2013. Mejia's suspension is effective immediately and is equivalent to an entire regular season. It came after the right-hander tested positive for steriods stanozolol and boldenone, MLB said. Major League Baseball and the players' association last year agreed to increase the penalty for a second positive steroid test to 162 games. — Reuters

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