BOSTON, MA—Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz issued the following statement today:
Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to get to the bottom of this.
I want to talk about this situation and I will as soon as I have more answers. In the meantime I want to let you know how I am approaching this situation. One, I have already contacted the Players Association to confirm if this report is true. I have just been told that the report is true. Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. Two, I will find out what I tested positive for. And, three, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. ...
On the same day David Ortiz was linked to a positive drug test, he hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning as the Red Sox topped the Oakland Athletics 8-5. Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen got the win after pitching in relief of Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth to close out the game for his 26th save. Red Sox Captain Jason Varitek was 3-4 with 3 RBIs in the Red Sox win. CLICK HERE for complete box score.
BOSTON, MA—Red Sox right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka issued the following statement today:
“I spoke to Tito on the phone yesterday, and I'm very glad that we had a productive conversation.
As for the reports from the past several days, I want to correct some misunderstandings. I did not go public with any complaints and I regret that some of my private conversations were made public without my knowledge or consent.
Also, I never said in public or in private conversation that: ‘If I'm forced to continue to train in this environment, I may no longer be able to pitch like I did in Japan.’
I had no intention of criticizing the team and we are, in fact, working together to communicate, to exchange ideas, and to try to understand one another's baseball culture as we move forward.
The team and I have had many meetings and conversations, and...
According to a report in the New York Times, both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez tested positive for performance-enhancing substances in 2003, according to lawyers familiar with the results.
According to the story, both players were among the list of 104 players who tested positive that season.
Ortiz has said repeatedly that his success has been achieved “the right way,” especially when he set a Red Sox team home run record in 2006 with 54 longballs. The results from the 2003 drug tests were supposed to remain confidential before being destroyed. Neither happened, and federal agents seized the results.
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