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Electronic trail helped MLB gain Biogenesis bans

In these 2013 file photos are, top row from left; Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta, San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli, Philadelphia Phillies’ Antonio Bastardo and San Diego Padres’ Fautino de los Santos. Bottom row from left are: Houston Astro’s Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros’ Fernando Martinez, now with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners’ Jesus Montero, New York Mets’ Cesar Puello, New York Mets’ Jordan Valdespin and Oakland Athletics’ Jordan Norberto. Alex Rodriguez remained the lone holdout while All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were among 12 players who accepted 50-game penalties from Major League Baseball on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, as part of its Biogenesis drug investigation, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/File) by Ronald BlumAP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook friends. Transcripts of BlackBerry instant messages. Records of texts. Major League Baseball’s investigators used an arsenal of high-tech tools to collect the evidence that persuaded a dozen players to accept 50-game suspensions this week for their ties to the Biogenesis clinic. And when it came time to meet with the players’ association, they flashed some of their documentary proof. While there was not enough time for the union to thoroughly examine what baseball had collected, there was little doubt there was an electronic trail, one of the people familiar with the meetings said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized. “It both complicates things and adds a layer of proof that certainly wasn’t available many years ago,” union general counsel David Prouty said Tuesday.