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Ephedra Education Council defends stimulant

Updated: March 13, 2003, 1:21 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos called on major league baseball to ban ephedrine, a stimulant that may have contributed to the death of pitcher Steve Bechler.

Bechler, an Orioles pitching prospect, died Monday, a day after he was unable to complete a workout. Xenadrine, which contains ephedrine, was found in his locker.

"Unfortunately, we're all human and don't move until something very grim and very tragic like this occurs,'' Angelos said Wednesday. ...

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