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    Positive Where He Stands
    Damon Responds To Rumor Linking His Name To Steroids
    August 19, 2005
    By DAVID HEUSCHKEL, Courant Staff Writer

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon addressed an unsubstantiated rumor that surfaced Thursday that he was among a group of players who tested positive for steroids.

    "Did he look at you and go, `I have never ...'" Mike Timlin said as he pointed his finger, an obvious allusion to Rafael Palmeiro's stern denial before Congress.

    Damon wasn't nearly as dramatic.

    "I just think people want to start something with anybody," said Damon, who entered Thursday's game against the Angels hitting .331, best in the American League. "I'd be more than happy to take any test. There's no way. If I tested positive for something, it's going to be because someone threw something in a drink or did something like that."

    Damon said he was tested twice this year, first in spring training and again two or three months ago. He said he wasn't upset that his name was linked to steroids.

    "I'm used to that stuff happening to me this year," he said. "There's been so many rumors in my personal life in Boston that it's been absolutely crazy. Rumors don't bother me. I know the person I am. What else can you do about it? You're in the spotlight. There's people in Hollywood that deal with it all the time. Our team is the closest thing to Hollywood in baseball."

    Damon has been an advocate of stricter testing for steroids, so it was surprising that he was linked.

    It's uncertain where the rumor originated. Astros pitcher Roger Clemens and Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein were also mentioned as players who tested positive.

    Major League Baseball officials received calls about it.

    "I just heard it walking in here as a rumor," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. "I don't even want to honor that by commenting on it."

    Hansen On His Way

    Righthander Craig Hansen, a first-round pick this year, appears to be on the fast track to Boston.

    The 6-foot-6 Hansen, picked 26th overall out of St. John's, has not allowed a run and has two saves in three relief appearances since joining Double A Portland last week. He has five strikeouts and no walks in four innings.

    "He stands out a little bit with his size and presence and command, especially for a guy who has had two weeks of experience in pro ball," Epstein said.

    Hansen, 21, will pitch tonight and Saturday, his first back-to-back appearances, and could join the Red Sox as early as next week in Kansas City.

    Bellhorn Decision Due

    The Red Sox are expected to announce a decision today on second baseman Mark Bellhorn, who has been on a minor league rehab assignment since Aug. 1. The team will likely trade Bellhorn or designate him for assignment. ... Keith Foulke will throw batting practice to Trot Nixon today. Both are expected to start rehab assignments soon. Epstein said that when Foulke returns he will probably ease back into the closer's role. ... The Red Sox backed off on having Wade Miller (shoulder) begin his throwing program. He won't do it until the team gets to Kansas City. ... Kevin Millar has gone 179 at-bats without a homer. ... Tony Graffanino (1-for-4) has hit in nine consecutive games, going 15-for-37 (.405). ... Damon has had a hit or scored a run in 56 straight. ... Bill Mueller, who hit a solo homer, has 34 RBI in his past 50 games. ... The Red Sox had scored at least five runs in nine straight games.

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    If Alex "Dirty" Sanchez can test positive, anyone can. Right?

    But I can't believe Eck would ever "use".
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    • #3
      I thought this was a joke.

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      • #4
        Guy will not buy a new car, but he will let someone stick him in the ass? I call BS.

        But maybe that is where all his car money is going...


        I call BS
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        • #5
          Originally posted by "F"_the_Cubs@Aug 19 2005, 02:23 PM
          If Alex "Dirty" Sanchez can test positive, anyone can. Right?

          But I can't believe Eck would ever "use".

          I believe the eckstein rumor, when he threw in Anaheim it his motion looked like a full windmill now its only three quarters windmill, he must be on the juice.

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          • #6
            Considering he'll probably have to donate a kidney to someone when he retires, I doubt Eckstein would use steroids.
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            • #7
              Note to David Eckstein: If you are on steroids, start upping the dosage.
              Dude. Can. Fly.

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              • #8
                I doubt Eckstein takes anything more than a Flintstones chewable.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Moon Man@Aug 19 2005, 02:31 PM
                  I doubt Eckstein takes anything more than a Flintstones chewable.

                  Moon
                  yeah, I mean, come on. Eckstein?!?!?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by backstop@Aug 19 2005, 12:24 PM
                    I thought this was a joke.
                    Me too.
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                    • #11
                      People lets face the facts its on the internet so it must be true.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Xavier@Aug 19 2005, 02:33 PM
                        People lets face the facts its on the internet so it must be true.
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                        • #13
                          Sort of surprising that the Courant would print names associated with rumors.

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                          • #14
                            I'm all for Eckstein taking steroids. Maybe it'll make him into a lifesize MLBers one day.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gibsongirl@Aug 19 2005, 02:30 PM
                              Considering he'll probably have to donate a kidney to someone when he retires, I doubt Eckstein would use steroids.
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                              After seeing all the health problems other members of his family have faced, I wouldn't think he would purposefully mess up his own body.
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