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Mitchell Report Links All-Stars To Steroids

Star pitchers Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, former MVP shortstop Miguel Tejada, and Eric Gagne, the free agent relief pitcher the Milwaukee Brewers signed to a one-year, $10 million contract this week, is named in the report on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball presented by former Sen. George Mitchell Thursday.

Home run king Barry Bonds, already under indictment on charges of lying to a federal grand jury about steroids, also shows up in baseball's most infamous lineup since the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

Gary Sheffield, Troy Glaus, Gary Matthews Junior, Brian Roberts, Paul Lo Duca, Rick Ankiel and Jay Gibbons are among other current players named in the report. Some were linked to Human Growth Hormone, others to steroids.

The report culminates a 20-month investigation by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. He was hired by commissioner Bud Selig to examine the Steroids Era.

Mitchell says "everyone involved in baseball over the past two decades" -- including commissioners, club officials, the players' association and players -- shares the responsibility to some extent. He adds that "there was a collective failure to recognize the problem as it emerged and to deal with it early on."

It's uncertain whether the report will result in any penalties or suspensions.


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