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Braun linked to clinic again

PHOENIX — A few hours after Ryan Braun said he would have no additional comment on a report linking him to a clinic alleged to have sold performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players, a new report surfaced Friday with the Brewers leftfielder's name on more documents.

The new list from the Biogenesis clinic, reported by ESPN's Outside the Lines, had Braun's name with the figure "1500" next to it. There were no performance-enhancing drugs affixed to his name, but ESPN reported that players on the list received such drugs from Tony Bosch, who operated the now-shuttered clinic in Coral Gables.

ESPN displayed the list it said was handwritten by Bosch in April 2012. The other names on the list were players Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Francisco Cervelli, all previously named on documents published by the Miami New Times or Yahoo Sports.

The ESPN report said the list was not "definitive proof" Braun had received or used performance-enhancing drugs.

Earlier in the day, Braun had stood by his previous statement that his name was in the clinic's logs because his attorneys used Bosch as a consultant in preparing their appeal of a positive drug test for elevated testosterone in October 2011. That test result was overturned on appeal, allowing Braun to avoid a suspension.

Ranger still mum: Outfielder Nelson Cruz, whose name was connected to the Biogenesis clinic, said he was shocked by the link and would cooperate if approached by Major League Baseball. "I want to be honest," he said at camp, "but this matter is under investigation by Major League Baseball, and so I can't really make any comment. As soon as it is done, I will."

Mariners: After signing his new seven-year, $175 million deal, Felix Hernandez reported to camp in Peoria, Ariz., miles from fans in his native Venezuela who are unhappy he has opted to skip next month's World Baseball Classic. Hernandez was on Venezuela's provisional roster but last week decided not to play. "Some guys say good things about me, some guys no," he said. "It's a decision of my own, and I just want to be here with my teammates, and after this, they better understand."

Marlins: First baseman Casey Kotchman, a former Ray, signed a minor-league deal and is expected to join the major-league camp today. The former Seminole High standout hit .229 in 142 games for Cleveland last year.

Nationals: Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Terms were not disclosed.

Reds: First baseman Joey Votto, who tore cartilage in his left knee while sliding into a base in June, said he got stronger in the offseason and passed his physical. "They had very positive things to say, but ultimately the real test is on the field," he said.

Tigers: Slugger Miguel Cabrera, baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last year, said he puts pressure on himself to help the Tigers win but he is pretty low key about individual achievements. "I always believe you can be consistent," he said. "I don't know if you're going to get better, but my goal is always to be consistent."

Braun linked to clinic again 02/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:10am]
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