David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, the sluggers who led Boston to a pair of World Series championships, were among the more than 100 Major League Baseball players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to a report in The New York Times.
The article posted on the newspaper’s Web site Thursday cited lawyers involved in pending litigation over the testing results who spoke anonymously because the information is under seal by a court order.
Ortiz later acknowledged that the players’ union confirmed he tested positive in 2003.
The popular-but-slumping Big Papi had not been previously linked to positive tests.
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Ramirez, now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, recently served a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy.
Major League Baseball declined to comment on the Times’ report, telling The Associated Press it didn’t have the list of the 104 players who tested positive six years ago. The players’ union also declined comment.
In 2004, Ortiz and Ramirez led Boston to their first World Series championship since 1918. The sluggers helped the Red Sox win another title in 2007.
The results from the 2003 tests were supposed to remain anonymous, but they later were seized by federal agents. Alex Rodriguez admitted using performance-enhancing drugs after he was linked to the 2003 list. And in June, The Times reported that Sammy Sosa also was on the 2003 list.
Dodgers get reliever Sherrill from Orioles
Adding a big arm to their bullpen, the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers acquired former All-Star closer George Sherrill from the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday for two minor leaguers.
The rebuilding Orioles receive third baseman Josh Bell and right-hander Steve Johnson, both of whom were at Double-A Chattanooga.
Sherrill, the former Seattle Mariner, has 20 saves for last-place Baltimore and gives Los Angeles, with the best record in the NL, a left-handed complement to All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton. Sherrill is expected to join the Dodgers today in Atlanta.
An AL All-Star last season, the 32-year-old Sherrill is 0-1 with a 2.40 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .219 batting average in 2009.
The Chicago Cubs landed a new left-hander for their bullpen, acquiring John Grabow from the busy Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade. Locked in a tight race atop the NL Central, the Cubs sent right-handers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and minor league infielder Josh Harrison to Pittsburgh for Grabow and lefty Tom Gorzelanny. Grabow, a top situational lefty, is 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA in 45 appearances. … Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya is scheduled to have season-ending shoulder surgery in August. Zumaya, who has had shoulder problems since an offseason injury in late 2007, last pitched on July 18 against the New York Yankees. He was then placed on the 15-day disabled list. … Arizona pitcher Brandon Webb has had another setback with his ailing right shoulder, raising the possibility the Diamondbacks ace may need surgery. Webb missed the team’s trip to New York and instead will visit Dr. Keith Meister of the Texas Rangers in Dallas, the team said. … The Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Anderson from the Detroit Tigers for cash. The 26-year-old Anderson hit .242 with 16 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 74 games with Detroit this year. He was designated for assignment by the Tigers on July 24. … Joe West picked up his plaque behind home plate, and the ball from the first pitch was saved as a souvenir. Then, it was back to business as usual for baseball’s Cowboy Joe. Umpiring his 4,000th major league game Thursday when Washington played Milwaukee, West ejected Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman for arguing a check-swing strikeout in the third inning. … The Atlanta Braves released right-hander Jeff Bennett, who was 2-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 33 appearances.