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MLB DRUG SCANDAL

Pressure builds to impose penalties so stars can still make playoffs

The Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a Major League Baseball game on Wednesday in Arlington, Texas.

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NEW YORK — Looming playoffs could force an end to negotiations in baseball's latest drug scandal as pressure builds to impose penalties so stars can still make the postseason.

Monday appears to be the deadline for Alex Rodriguez and 13 others to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. While A-Rod is expected to get a lengthy ban, a penalty starting that day would allow Texas All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz to return for October.

Major League Baseball is prepared to issue two simultaneous announcements no later than Monday, a person familiar with the process told ...


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