MLB notebook: Selig calls for stiffer drug penalties

| Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major leaguers who violate the sport's drug agreement, a move the union is willing to consider but not for the 2013 season.

Speaking at a news conference Saturday at the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring training ballpark, Selig said last year's positive drug test for All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera and allegations players received banned substances from a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffer penalties as quickly as possible.

Santana's status

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Johan Santana (shoulder) is becoming “less and less likely” to be ready for the team's opener against San Diego on April 1.

World Baseball Classic

• In Fukuoka, Japan, Japan rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth to beat Brazil, 5-3.

• In Taipei, Taiwan, Andruw Jones got two hits, and Diegomar Markwell and Orlando Yntema combined for seven innings of four-hit ball to help the Netherlands upset South Korea, 5-0.

Around the league

The Angels renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000, $20,000 above the major league minimum. ... Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez left Saturday's game with a strained left knee and is day to day.

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