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05/07/2009 - 3:32pm
Red Sox statement on Manny Ramirez

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today issued the following statement:
 
“In accordance with the Basic Agreement between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the club is prohibited from commenting on the specifics or the facts of the matter related to Manny Ramirez.  Major League Baseball keeps these matters confidential, and as such we do not know any more than what was released by the league.  We staunchly support Major League Baseball's drug policy and commend the efforts associated with that program.”


05/07/2009 - 3:28pm
Red Sox activate Baldelli from DL; Option Van Every to Triple-A Pawtucket

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today activated outfielder Rocco Baldelli from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jonathan Van Every to Triple-A Pawtucket.
 
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
 
Baldelli, 27, has been on the disabled list since April 21 with a left hamstring strain.  He made two rehabilitation appearances with Pawtucket and went 0-for-7 with an RBI and run scored as the designated hitter.  In five games with Boston this season, Baldelli has hit .231 (3-for-13) with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk.  He has made four starts in the outfield, including three in right and one in center.
 
Signed by the Red Sox as a free agent on January 8, 2009, Baldelli has a career .281 average (491-for-1,749) with 94 doubles, 17 triples, 52 home runs, 235 RBI, 257 runs scored, 91 walks and 58 stolen bases in 452 career games with...

05/07/2009 - 3:10pm
ESPN reports that drug used by Manny is HCG

ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Mark Fainaru-Wada have reported that the drug used by L.A. Dodger Manny Ramirez is HCG -- human chorionic gonadotropin. Their story says that HCG is a women's fertility drug commonly used by steroid users to restart their body's natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. HGC is similar to Clomid, which is the drug that Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and used as clients of BALCO.


05/07/2009 - 1:52pm
Julien: "We have to make adjustments with our players"

RALEIGH -- Bruins head coach Claude Julien wouldn't confirm if it included line changes or a healthy scratch, but the B's bench boss indicated there will be "adjustments" with his players for Friday night's Game 4 against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center. Winger Phil Kessel has been held scoreless in first three playoff games against the Canes, and the trio of Michael Ryder (zero goals, zero assists, two shots on net and a -3), David Krejci (zero goals, zero assists, five shots on net and a -1) and Blake Wheeler (zero goals, zero assists, two shots on net and a -1) have been near invisible in Boston's two losses to Carolina. "It's other issues that we need to address with our team that I'm not going to address with the media," said Julien. "We'll make our adjustment like every other team. I don't think I'm going to stand here and give you our game plan. I don't think that's something any...

05/07/2009 - 12:49pm
Manny: Doctor to blame

 In a statement released by the Major League Baseball Players Association, Manny Ramirez blamed a medication given to him by a physician to treat a 'personal health issue' for him testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. The release issued by the MLBPA, which in a statement from Ramirez, reads as follows:
 
"The Commissioner's Office announced today that Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. That suspension was issued pursuant to Section 8.G.2 of the Program.  Manny, after consultation with the Players Association and his personal representatives, waived his right to challenge that suspension. Manny has requested that the Players Association release the following statement on his behalf:
 
'Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid...

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