NEW YORK — Melky Cabrera lost the right to play baseball by failing a drug test and now he has given up his chance to win the National League batting title.

NEW YORK — Melky Cabrera lost the right to play baseball by failing a drug test and now he has given up his chance to win the National League batting title.

Cabrera was disqualified from the NL batting honor at his own request when Major League Baseball and the players' association agreed Friday to a one-season-only change in the rule governing the individual batting, slugging and on-base percentage champions.

Serving a 50-game suspension, the San Francisco slugger holds a .346 average.