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08/08/2009 - 2:32pm
Sox: Ortiz vigorously denies buying, using steroids

The Red Sox released a lengthy statement on Saturday afternoon following David Ortiz's press conference in conjunction with the MLBPA, and firmly backed their designated hitter's claims that he never bought or used steroids. In addition, the statement lauded Ortiz for his personal efforts to look into the New York Times report and mentioned "substantial uncertainties and ambiguities" surrounding the supposed list of 104 players that tested positive for performance-enhancers back in 2003. Here's the full statement released by the Red Sox:
The Players Association made clear in its public statement today that there are substantial uncertainties and ambiguity surrounding the list of 104 names from the 2003 survey test.  Indeed, there is even uncertainty about the number of players on this 2003 government list, whether it is 104, 96, 83, or less.  Many of those uncertainties apparently relate to the use of then-legal nutritional...

08/08/2009 - 1:55pm
Francona: 'I was very proud of the way David handled himself'

Speaking at his pre-game media session, Red Sox Terry Francona said he was, "very proud of the way David handled himself" in regard to the David Ortiz' press conference earlier Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. "We deal with distractions all the time," Francona said. "If something becomes a distraction and affects the way we play, I'm not doing my job... David looks to me to be very tired. I think it's been a very emotional week. I think he's nearly spent... I think we're al tired." Francona also mentioned that shortstop Jed Lowrie will visit Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed the player's wrist surgery earlier this season, in Arizona as a precaution. Francona reported that Jason Bay's hamstring feels a lot better, although it isn't clear whether the left fielder will be available for Sunday.


08/08/2009 - 1:18pm
Lineups: Youkilis back in left

The following is the Red Sox' lineup for their game against the Yankees Saturday at Yankee Stadium: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Martinez C, Youkilis LF, Ortiz DH, Lowell 3B, Drew RF, Kotchman 1B, Green SS, Buchholz P. The following is the Yankees lineup: Jeter SS, Damon LF, Teixeira 1B, Rodriguez 3B, Matsui DH, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Cabrera CF, Molina C, Sabathia P.


08/08/2009 - 12:44pm
Weiner: 96 most that could have tested for '03 test

MLBPA general counsel Michael Weiner clarified that a maximum of 96 players could have tested positive for the 2003 test for performance-enhancing drugs, not the 104 as was previously reported. Weiner went on to say that as few as 83 could be the number of positive tests, with as many as 13 of the tests being classified as inconclusive by the union, but because the 83 would be enough to trigger the new testing policy the exact number wasn't further pursued.


08/08/2009 - 12:38pm
Ortiz blames carelessness with supplements, vitamins; Claims never used or bought steroids

Speaking alongside the Major League Baseball Players Association general counsel Michael Weiner, Red Sox DH David Ortiz said he was 'a little bit careless back in those days when I was buying supplements and vitamins over the counter' but insists he never bought or used steroids. Ortiz said he did meet with Weiner in 2004 for a short meeting but was never told he tested positive for steroids. For all the news from the press conference see the 'Full Count Blog'. 
 


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