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MLB notebook — Aug. 19

Associated Press

A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez declined Major League Baseball’s challenge to make public the drug evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York Yankees star.

MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred wrote to lawyer Joseph Tacopina on Monday, urging him to waive his client’s confidentiality under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement so the documents could be released. Tacopina had said he wanted to discuss evidence publicly but was constrained by the provision.

“We will agree to waive those provisions as they apply to both Rodriguez and the office of commissioner of baseball with respect to Rodriguez’s entire history under the program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the program, and all information and evidence relating to Rodriguez’s treatment by Anthony Bosch, Anthony Galea and Victor Conte,” Manfred wrote in the letter, which was released by MLB.

Bosch was head of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Galea pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada. Conte was head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the target of a federal investigation that led to criminal charges against Barry Bonds, Marion Jones and others.

“The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt,” Tacopina said in a statement.

Pujols realizes he’s out for season

Albert Pujols finally agreed he should wait till next year.

Pujols will miss the rest of the season to rest his injured left foot, the Los Angeles Angels announced Monday.

The $240 million slugger has given up his hope to play again this season when the Angels’ medical staff and front office advised him to give several months of rest to his partially torn plantar fascia before spring training.

While sitting out the past three weeks, Pujols repeatedly said he hoped to return for the final two weeks of the Angels’ dismal season if possible.



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