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Pedroia 'absolutely' favors stiffer PED penalties


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If Major League Baseball wants to continue to stiffen its policy on drug testing, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will fully endorse it.

"Absolutely," Pedroia said. "This game, you want everyone to compete on the same playing field. It's all I'm asking, and [all] everyone else is asking. I'm sure we'll talk about it tomorrow when they come in. I haven't really given it too much thought. We're all trying to pay attention to what we're trying to do here right now."

Pedroia will get more information on Monday, when Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, pays a visit to Red Sox camp.

"I'm all for the most [testing] possible," Pedroia said.

When Pedroia hears of players who fail performance-enhancing drug tests, he is a bit mystified.

"I know that we have one of the best drug-testing policies in sports," Pedroia said. "They give us packets on what supplements you can and can't take. You get an app on your cellphone, so we're educated on what supplements you can and can't take."

The way Pedroia looks at it, no supplement -- however trivial -- should be ingested without making sure it's legal in the world of Major League Baseball.

"I don't know if more tests would help, I don't know. I just know, we as players, you're responsible to know what you put in your body," Pedroia said. "We have strength coaches, trainers, everybody gives us information on everything you can take and what's good for you."

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