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Judge Orders MLB Drug Evidence Preserved
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals judge has ordered the preservation of all evidence that allegedly shows 104 Major League Baseball players tested positive for steroids in 2003.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month ruled that federal agents wrongly seized the material from drug testing labs when they were authorized only to take evidence related to 10 players listed in their search warrant.

If the ruling stands, the baseball players' association will be free to order the destruction of all the test results and related material, except for the 10 players listed in the warrant.

On Wednesday, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who wrote last month's ruling chastising the government, delayed implementing the ruling until the government decides whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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