September 28, 2007
Feb. 17, 2003 // Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler, 23, died of heatstroke while training with the team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A coroner ruled that Bechler's use of an ephedra-based diet product was a significant factor in his collapse and death.
February 2005 // In his new book, former major leaguer Jose Canseco made steroid allegations involving three 2005 Orioles - Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa and - and one other player who was attempting to make the team, Glen Burnie's Tony Saunders. Canseco said he was a teammate of Palmeiro's in Texas and Saunders in Tampa Bay when they used steroids. He made assumptions about Tejada and Sosa but said he had no proof on either. All the players denied the allegations.
March 17, 2005 // Prompted by Canseco's book, the House Committee on Government Reform held an all-day steroids hearing in Washington. Those subpoenaed to testify included Palmeiro, Sosa, Canseco and former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire. Palmeiro emerged as the most convincing when he wagged his finger and adamantly denied ever using steroids.
Aug. 1, 2005 // Just weeks after getting his 3,000th hit, it was announced at a Camden Yards news conference that Palmeiro had tested positive for a steroid (stanozolol) in May. His 10-day suspension began that evening.
Sept. 22, 2005 // The Sun learned Palmeiro told an arbitration panel he tested positive after receiving a vial of liquid vitamin B-12 from a teammate, who was later identified as Tejada. A congressional committee investigated the claims, tested samples of Tejada's B-12 and said there were no positive matches.
Nov. 10, 2005 // A congressional committee report revealed that Tejada and two unidentified teammates had repeatedly injected each other with liquid vitamin B-12, which is not a steroid but is available in liquid form only through a prescription in the United States. The committee also ruled it didn't have enough evidence to determine whether Palmeiro perjured himself at the March hearing.
June 6, 2006 // Federal investigators searched Diamondbacks reliever Jason Grimsley's home in Arizona as part of a steroid probe. They learned, according to a federal affidavit, that Grimsley purchased 10 to 12 shipments of hGH over several years, including in July 2004 while with the Orioles. The affidavit also stated Grimsley said he had discussions about amphetamines with at least three Orioles teammates in 2005. He allegedly named several major leaguers as steroid users, but those names were redacted in the filed copy.
June 18, 2006 // Former Orioles first baseman David Segui told ESPN he was mentioned in the Grimsley document and he used hGH legally with a prescription because his insulin-like growth factor reading was low. He later told The Sun he had informed the Orioles, and then-executive vice president Jim Beattie, as early as 2003 that he was taking hGH. Beattie told The Sun that Segui didn't mention his hGH use until Sept. 12, 2004, the date of Segui's final game in a big league uniform.
Oct. 1, 2006 // The Los Angeles Times reported that three Orioles, Tejada, and , were named as "anabolic steroid" users in the previously filed Grimsley affidavit. Also mentioned in the affidavit, according to the Times, were Segui and current New York Yankees pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. All three Orioles immediately denied the allegations.
Feb. 28, 2007 // SI.com reported that former Orioles outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was sent a shipment of hGH in August 2004 (while with the Texas Rangers) and was on the client list of the raided Applied Pharmacy Services in Mobile, Ala. Matthews, now with the Los Angeles Angels, denied the allegations.
March 2, 2007 // SI.com reported that former Orioles infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. was sent shipments of hGH in May 2004, when he was with the Orioles. The report said the raided Applied Pharmacy sent packages to Hairston's addresses in Maryland and Arizona. Hairston, now with the Rangers, denied the allegations.
Sept. 9, 2007 // SI.com reported Gibbons was sent hGH and steroids from the raided Signature Pharmacy of Orlando, Fla., from 2003 to 2005. Gibbons, who is on the disabled list, met with baseball officials in New York on Sept. 17 and told The Sun he cooperated fully.
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