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A-Rod raises drug test scrutiny

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05:40 AM ET 02.21 | In defending baseball's drug-testing program, Alex Rodriguez ended up raising questions about himself. "Last year, I got tested 9 to 10 times," he said. "We have a very, very strict policy, and I think the game is making tremendous strides." The number of tests he cited is substantially higher than those mandated by baseball's collective-bargaining agreement. All players in the major leagues -- roughly 1,200 -- are subject to at least two drug tests between spring training and the end of the postseason. Another 600 random tests are conducted during the same period, and 60 more random tests are done in the off-season. Under the program, other circumstances call for extra testing. A player who tests positive for steroids is publicly identified, suspended and subjected to additional testing. With the approval of a small committee, baseball can also conduct extra tests of players who are suspected of doping, although it is unclear how often that happens. Players who fail a first test for amphetamines are not publicly identified, but they are subject to six more random tests over the next 12 months.

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