NEW YORK (Reuters) - National League most valuable player Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers won his appeal of an apparent violation of Major League Baseball's (MLB) drug program and will not be suspended 50 games as originally announced, the MLB Players Association said on Thursday.

A three-member special panel ruled 2-1 to spare the Milwaukee outfielder from suspension.

It marked the first successful appeal by an MLB player after a positive doping test.

(Reporting By Larry Fine; Editing by Gene Cherry)