Baseball - RPT-Baseball-MLB, players agree to expand drug testing

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Reuters

Jan 10 (Reuters) - Major League Baseball and the players' union have agreed to expand their drug program to include random in-season blood testing for human growth hormone and a new test for testosterone, they said on Thursday.

The testing will start this season.

MLB has been conducting random blood testing for the detection of HGH among minor league players since July 2010.

Starting this season, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited Montreal laboratory will establish a program in which a player's baseline testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and other data will be maintained in order to enhance its ability to detect use of testosterone and other prohibited substances.

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Gene Cherry)

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