Ruling could imperil steroids list

A federal appellate judge in San Francisco has ordered the preservation of all evidence that allegedly shows 104 Major League Baseball players tested positive for steroids in 2003.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month ruled that federal agents wrongly seized the material from drug testing labs when they were authorized to take only evidence related to 10 players listed in their search warrant.

If the ruling stands, the baseball players’ association will be free to order the destruction of all the test results and related material, except for the 10 players listed in the warrant – and that’s what federal prosecutors fear.

Prosecutors on Monday urged Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to freeze the legal proceedings until they decide whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

Marlins sluggers trade verbal jabs

The Florida Marlins’ two star sluggers exchanged heated words in a verbal confrontation in the clubhouse Wednesday, forcing a closed-door meeting as the team faded from the playoff picture.

A frustrated and injured Hanley Ramirez said Wednesday that he “got some people upset” for leaving the game early the night before with an injury, then teammate Dan Uggla openly argued with the NL batting leader in the clubhouse.

Uggla accused Ramirez of a lack of desire and effort to win. He also said Ramirez wasn’t caring because he’s already secured a $70 million, six-year contract.

Ramirez repeated some of the same comments later about teammates, and Uggla overheard it at his locker about 10 feet away and said: “I was one of them.”

The two exchanged words. And at one point, Uggla said: “Yeah, you got your $70 million” and went on to use an expletive while asking him why he had to come out of the game.

Rockies shut down closer Street

Colorado closer Huston Street has biceps tendinitis in his pitching arm and is being shut down for an undetermined amount of time.

Street said he first felt discomfort Tuesday night when he threw a six-pitch ninth inning against the New York Mets in his first action in a week.

He said he reported significantly more pain and swelling Wednesday night.