Manfred says he’s not worried PEDs behind home run increase

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Texas Rangers Nomar Mazara points skyward after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 19, 2016. Texas defeated St. Louis 5-4. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

SAN DIEGO _ With home runs up to a level not seen since the height of the Steroids Era, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he is not worried performance-enhancing drugs are a reason for the increase.

There was an average of nearly 2.32 home runs per game before the All-Star break, up from 1.90 in the first half of last year and the most before the break since 2.56 in 2000.

Manfred told the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday: “The increase in the number of home runs takes place against a very, very different backdrop. It takes place against the backdrop where Major League Baseball does 22,000 drug tests a year.”

AP Baseball Writer

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