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Report: MLB to interview players in Biogenesis probe

Report: MLB to interview players in Biogenesis probe

PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun declined to comment on Wednesday morning about a USA Today story that offered some details on Major League Baseball's ongoing probe of players linked to Biogenesis, the Miami anti-aging clinic.

"Anything I have to say about that, I've already said," Braun said.

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The newspaper reported that MLB investigators are planning, perhaps within the next two weeks, to interview players implicated in former clinic head Tony Bosch's records, which include references to Braun, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and the Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera. Among the other players in those records was Tigers Minor League pitcher Cesar Carillo, who has already been suspended 100 games. Carillo is not on Detroit's 40-man roster and thus lacked the right to appeal afforded Major Leaguers.

Braun has explained that his name appeared in Bosch's notes because Braun's lawyers consulted with Bosch during Braun's successful appeal of a suspension during the 2011-12 offseason, and a dispute arose over money. In records so far published by Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com, Braun's name has not been listed next to any banned substances.

Braun's winning appeal last Spring Training prompted MLB to dismiss the longtime arbitrator who cast the deciding vote in the verdict and led to changes to the collection procedure in MLB's Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program.

"Everyone whose name has surfaced surrounding the Miami New Times story and Biogenesis is being investigated with equal vigor," MLB vice president Rob Manfred said in a statement released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Braun has had a "no comment" policy regarding Biogenesis since making a statement after the story originally broke, but spoke this week with USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

"I'm extremely confident and secure in who I am and how I live my life," Braun told the newspaper. "I will never allow anyone or anything to get me down or change that."

He also said, "I have always tried to do everything right in life, and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. You get to the point where you almost don't care what people think. But anyone that knows me and who has ever known me knows who I am. They know the way I live my life. They know I'm a good person."

 

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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