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Palmeiro's big hit

Rafael Palmeiro has 3,000 hits, but the biggest hit of his career just came with a positive test for a performance-enchancing drug.

Updated: August 3, 2005, 12:08 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

Well, there goes Rafael Palmeiro's career. There goes the legacy, the good vibes of 3,000 hits, the poetic musings on his swing. There goes the certainty of the Hall of Fame.

Too harsh? Palmeiro's positive test for a banned performance-enhancing substance is the tangible evidence that's been lacking throughout this entire steroid ordeal. This is stronger than the leaked grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi. It's far more important than Juan Rincon or a host of minor leaguers ...

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