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Braun’s 50-game suspension for a positive test was overturned in February by arbitrator Shyam Das after Braun’s lawyers argued his urine sample was not handled in the manner specified by baseball’s drug agreement. Das, who had been baseball’s permanent arbitrator since 1999, was fired this spring.

The Braun case led to revisions in the drug agreement between owners and the players’ association to better define procedures for handling the urine samples.

Last December, slugger Manny Ramirez received a 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test. The 12-time All-Star signed a one-year minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics on Feb. 20, but was released in June per his request while playing for Triple-A Sacramento before even reaching the big leagues with the A’s.

Ramirez retired from the Tampa Bay Rays in April 2011 rather than serve a 100-game suspension for a second failed drug test. The penalty was cut to 50 games because he sat out nearly all of last season.

Cabrera, who became a marketing phenomenon this year with nicknames like “Got Melk?” “Melk Man” and “Melky Way,” produced a 51-hit month in May. He batted .429 in May with three homers, five triples, seven doubles and 17 RBIs while hitting safely in 25 of 29 games. The 51 hits matched Randy Winn for most hits in a month since the club came to San Francisco in 1958.

Cabrera also set the San Francisco record for most hits in May, passing Hall of Famer Willie Mays’ 49 from 1958.

Cabrera came to the Giants in a trade with Kansas City last November that sent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals. Cabrera _ who signed a $6 million, one-year deal to avoid salary arbitration _ batted .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs last season.

“We are a team. We’re trying to make the playoffs,” Pablo Sandoval said. “We’re going to fight.”

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AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum and Howie Rumberg in New York contributed to this report.