Braun suspension: What you need to know

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A: MLB and the union reached a joint drug agreement in 2002 that has gradually been toughened. Survey urine testing in 2003 led to testing with penalties in 2004. The sides agreed to 10-day suspensions for first offenders in 2005 and instituted 50-game penalties for initial offenses for the 2006 season, the same year many stimulants were banned. Blood testing for human growth hormone began in 2012. MLB and some players have asked that penalties be increased starting in 2014.

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