Report: Manny and Ortiz on 2003 doping list

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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.

Yankees to activate Greg Bird tomorrow

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The Yankees have the best offense in all of baseball. Now they’re about to add a big power threat: Greg Bird will be activated tomorrow.

Bird has missed the entire year since undergoing ankle surgery to remove a spur back in March. He’s been on the mend of late, however, and recently completed a stretch of 12 rehab games in which he didn’t hit a ton, but he showed that he was healthy and that’s always been the biggest thing with him. As you’ll recall, he missed considerable time with trouble in the same ankle last season.

Bird has always shown considerable promise, and the Yankees — despite scoring runs in bunches — could use a little left-handed power and some better production at first base. Bird, hopefully, will be able to provide it.