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The only thing I dont like about this news story are the inevitable smug grins on every Red Sox fans face. Fuckers.

Very true...

I have looked at a few message boards and the Yankee fans are all over Boston fans saying their WS wins are tainted... lol I love sports


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Source: Ramirez’s substance a sexual enhancer

By Tim Brown and Steve Henson 1 hour, 14 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES – A source close to Manny Ramirez(notes) said Thursday that the illegal substance for which the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger tested positive was not “an agent customarily used for performance enhancing.â€

At least not on the baseball diamond. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the substance is supposed to boost sex drive. It is not Viagra, but a substance that treats the cause rather providing a temporary boost in sexual performance, the source said.

Ramirez tested positive for the substance during spring training, then was administered a second test more recently, and it also was positive. Major League Baseball notified Ramirez of the second positive test after Wednesday night’s Dodgers victory over the Washington Nationals. Ramirez admitted to having taken the substance and declined to appeal. His 50-game suspension begins today.

“The substance is not a steroid and it is not human-growth hormone,†the source said.

Ramirez, the source said, acquired the substance through a prescription from a doctor in Miami for his medical condition. The source intimated that Ramirez might bring legal action against the physician.

Ramirez released the following statement Thursday morning: “Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was okay to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.

The Dodgers, who have won a Major League record 13 consecutive home games to start the season, will be without Ramirez until July 3. Outfielder Xavier Paul was promoted from triple-A to take Ramirez’s place on the roster. The suspension will cost Ramirez close to $8 million in lost wages.

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Information sure does come out fast nowadays:

Form ESPN:

"two sources told ESPN's T.J. Quinn and Mark Fainaru-Wada that the drug used by Ramirez is hCG -- human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is a women's fertility drug typically used by steroid users to restart their body's natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. It is similar to Clomid, the drug Bonds, Giambi and others used as clients of BALCO."

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Why am I not surprised. This is kind of like natural selection in baseball. If you are dumb enough to keep using roids after all the warning and new testing them your are dumb enough not to play.

I think 50 games may be too light. How 'bout you get caught using and your gone forever!

Pete Rose is gone for that long and no one questions his accomplishments on the field.

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My first thought was "Simmons is gonna have a heart attack."

Im pretty bummed out about this. Manny has become one of my, if not favorite players in the league. He was on my list of guys that would ruin it for me if it ever came out that they cheated.

I just had a brilliant idea!!

They should take Snider and pump him full of roids and see how he does. He's got a terrific swing and just needs to get the mental part of the game downbefore he becomes a very dangerous hitter. Or maybe he just needs roids!

Edit to add: Shaq on Manny, via Twitter: "Dam manny ramirez, come on man Agggggggggh, agggggggh,agggggh."

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