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Manager admits to more drugs

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted Thursday that he used amphetamines and smoked marijuana during his playing days.

"When you're young, you make mistakes," Washington said. "I wish I could take back some of the mistakes I made when I was young, but I can't. The mistakes I made when I was young don't have anything to do with what I'm facing today."

He said he used marijuana while in the minors from 1971-81 and occasionally used amphetamines while in the majors. Washington, 57, played for 10 seasons. During his playing days, amphetamine use was common in a clubhouse.

He said he knows that doesn't make what he did right.

"I can just keep repeating: I made some mistakes in my younger days, and I want to get past them," he said. "I want to move forward."

General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers knew about Washington's drug use as a player, but that hasn't changed their thinking about him.

SIGN OF THE TIMES: The Cubs' new owners are working with automaker Toyota on a sponsorship deal that could put the company's logo on a sign hoisted high above the leftfield bleachers at Wrigley Field.

The red 16- by 22-foot Toyota sign would rise above the bleachers and, according to a rendition provided by the Cubs, would partially block a sign for a casino on a roof across the street.

Wally Hayward, the team's new vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, said the sign would increase the Cubs' revenue and would not affect the fans' experience.

In other Cubs news, right-hander Angel Guzman decided to have surgery on a significant tear in his pitching shoulder and is likely out for the season.

HGH TESTING: World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey said he believes Major League Baseball and its players' association should test for human growth hormone, despite the fact that random testing for HGH hasn't been proven effective.

Fahey said that if they were serious about getting rid of HGH users, MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association should immediately start out-of-competition testing and the collection of blood samples.

A British rugby league player last month became the first athlete suspended for using the hormone. The test was administered only after a tip that he was using, and the hormone doesn't stay in the bloodstream long enough to be consistently detected through random testing. In addition, the academic consensus is that HGH has minimal effect on athletic performance.

PUERTO RICO SERIES: A three-game series between the Mets and Marlins from June 28-30 has been moved from Miami to San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico. Florida will remain the home team.

A'S: Closer and reigning AL rookie of the year Andrew Bailey has been shut down for five to seven days with tennis elbow, but he remains optimistic he will be ready for opening day.

CARDINALS: Leftfielder Matt Holliday hasn't swung a bat since injuring his rib cage on March 10. Manager Tony La Russa said he hopes to have Holliday back in the lineup next week.

D'BACKS: Outfielder Rajai Davis will miss at least three days with a sore abdominal muscle near the left side of his stomach.

MARINERS: Top outfield prospect Michael Saunders, 23, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

TIGERS: Left-hander Dontrelle Willis appears a front-runner to make the rotation after right-hander Armando Galarraga was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Willis pitched three shutout innings against the Astros and has allowed one earned run in 10 innings this spring.

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