Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Clinic owner sues MLB, claiming hacking

NEW YORK — The owner of a training and sports medicine clinic sued Major League Baseball and several of its employees Thursday, claiming they caused the company's social media accounts to be illegally hacked during the sport's Biogenesis investigation.

Neiman Nix and his DNA Sports Performance Lab claimed an MLB investigator misrepresented herself as law enforcement and MLB intimidated the company's clients and hacked accounts on YouTube, Facebook and PayPal. The allegations are similar to those filed in a suit two years ago that was dismissed.

Vincent White, Nix's new lawyer, said former MLB investigator Ed Dominguez is cooperating and will testify that MLB employees "illegally gained access to electronic accounts of individuals they investigated through various exploits and phishing schemes."

The suit admits Nix, a 29th-round draft pick of the Reds in 1998, and his company used Bioidentical Insulin like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which is derived from elk antlers and is on baseball's list of banned substances.

MLB called the suit "frivolous."

Nix and his lab sued MLB, Major League Baseball Properties, Major League Baseball Enterprises, then commissioner Bud Selig and MLB investigator Awilda Santana on Feb. 18, 2014, in Florida state court, alleging defamation, slander and tortious interference. The case was dismissed that Nov. 6 by Circuit Judge John W. Thornton, who said the plaintiffs and their lawyers never served the suit on the defendants and failed to show up for scheduled case management conferences.

The new suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, claims tortious interference under Florida and New York law and lists MLB, Selig, new commissioner Rob Manfred and Santana as defendants along with MLB vice president of information security Neil Boland.

Trade: Boston acquired LHP Drew Pomeranz from the Padres, the San Diego Tribune reported. San Diego will get top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza, ESPN reported. Pomeranz, 27, was 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts in his first season with the Padres. Also, Red Sox RHP Junichi Tazawa (right shoulder impingement) went on the 15-day disabled list.

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller was optioned to Triple-A Reno.

Mets: LHP Anthony Kay, the 31st overall pick in the amateur draft, agreed to a minor-league contract with a $1.1 million signing bonus.

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