Alex Rodriguez was ensnared in a doping investigation once again Tuesday when an alternative weekly newspaper reported baseball's highest-paid star was among a half-dozen players listed in records of a Florida clinic the paper said sold performance-enhancing drugs.
The Miami New Times said the three-time A.L. MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., near Rodriguez's offseason home.
The new public relations firm for the New York Yankees third baseman issued a statement denying the allegations.
The newspaper said it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, A's pitcher Bartolo Colon, former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and Texas' Nelson Cruz. Other baseball players the newspaper said appeared in the records include Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Rodriguez admitted four years ago that he used PEDs from 2001-03. Cabrera, Colon and Grandal were suspended for 50 games each last year by MLB following tests for elevated testosterone.
Colon will miss the first week or so of the season as he finishes out his suspension. At the A's FanFest Sunday, Oakland manager Bob Melvin talked about having Colon rejoin the rotation after his suspension is up. And despite the charges profiled in the Miami New Times' story, that reunion is likely to go on as scheduled.
History suggests that the A's and the other clubs who had players named in the report will not act on this information. Instead they will wait for Major League Baseball to react to the story, and that is expected to take a long time.
Snowmobiler Caleb Moore was in critical condition Tuesday in a Colorado hospital after a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, and a relative said the family wasn't hopeful about the 25-year-old's chances for survival.
Moore was performing a flip last week when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars and landed face first into the snow. The snowmobile rolled over him, but he walked off with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.
Moore later developed bleeding around his heart and underwent surgery. The family later said that Moore also had a complication involving his brain.
Staff writer John Hickey contributed to this report.