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Report: Manny and Ortiz on 2003 doping list

Jul 30, 2009, 12:44 PM EDT

Here we go.

The New York Times reports that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were on that infamous 2003 doping list:

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the
sluggers who propelled the Boston Red Sox to end an 86-year World
Series championship drought and to capture another title three years
later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test
positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, according to lawyers
with knowledge of the results
.

Of course, these results were supposed to remain anonymous, but many
high-profile names, including Alex Rodriguez, have managed to slip
through.

Ortiz was asked about the story before Thursday’s game, saying:

“I’m not talking about that anymore. I have no comment.”

It looks like Papi’s lowly .224/.311/.409 line and general deterioration now has an obvious, and rather sad explanation.

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