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Report: Nelson Cruz linked to clinic that sold PEDs

1/29/2013

Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz's name appears in records kept by Biogenisis, an anti-aging clinic in Miami that also sold performance-enhancing drugs, according to a story in the Miami New Times.

Cruz's name -- among other big league players including Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon and Melky Cabrera -- is in notes given to the newspaper before the clinic closed that include when certain performance-enhancing drugs were sold to players.

The Rangers issued a statement Tuesday morning that reads: "The Texas Rangers were contacted late last week by Miami New Times regarding the story posted this morning. At that time, the Rangers contacted Major League Baseball on that inquiry. The team has no further comment."

Here's an excerpt from the story:

But there are also several prominent professionals in Bosch's records who have never before been linked to steroid use. According to his July 2012 client sheet, Bosch sold $4,000 of product to Nelson Cruz, whom he nicknames "Mohamad." Cruz, the power-hitting Dominican outfielder for the Texas Rangers, has whacked 130 bombs in his eight-year career without any links to performance-enhancing drugs. Until now. Bosch writes in his 2012 book: "Need to call him, go Thur to Texas, take meds from April 5-May 5, will owe him troches and... and will infuse them in May."

The clinic was run by Anthony Bosch and after the newspaper received the notes, they interviewed six customers and two former employees and said that the interviews "corroborate the tale told by the patient files, the payment records, and the handwritten notebooks" kept by Bosch.

The report says the newspaper attempted to contact the players listed in the notes through their teams but was unsuccessful. Cruz has never failed a test done through MLB.