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Major League Baseball To Start Testing for HGH

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Commissioner Bud Selig said the league would begin testing for HGH during the 2013 regular season (Photo: FILE/LA Times) Commissioner Bud Selig said the league would begin testing for HGH during the 2013 regular season (Photo: FILE/LA Times)
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Major League Baseball has had enough, so beginning in 2013 the league will begin testing players for human growth hormone.

Players will be tested at least once, on a random basis, during the regular season.

"This agreement addresses critical drug issues and symbolizes Major League Baseball's continued vigilance against synthetic human growth hormone, testosterone and other performance-enhancing substances," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in a statement Thursday.

Selig said the timing of Thursday's announcement had nothing to do with baseball writers' decision Wednesday to not admit any new players into the Hall of Fame. Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens and Sammy Sosa, all of whom were linked to steroid use, were on the ballot but not admitted. Craig Biggio, who was NOT linked to performance enhancing drugs, was 39 votes shy of making it into the Hall. Selig said the plans for drug testing was "planned long ago".

HGH is detectable only in blood tests. Major League Baseball has been doing urine drug tests since 2004.

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