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Manny's juicy bombshell

If you thought the steroid scandal had already peaked, you might want to take a look at the story that just broke in the Los Angeles Times. Dodgers superstar Manny Ramirez has tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance and faces a 50-game suspension that could begin as soon as tonight.

Manny becomes the biggest star snagged by Major League Baseball's steroid testing program, and could lose nearly $8 million in salary if he has to sit out until early July.

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Ramirez, in a statement released through the players union, claims that he tested positive for a substance that was in a medication prescribed by a doctor. I'm guessing he may also try to use the Rafael Palmeiro defense -- that at this point in his career there was no reason why he would intentionally take such a foolish risk -- which would probably seem fairly plausible if Manny wasn't such a strange character.

The news comes four months after the revelation that Alex Rodriguez was one of the 103 players who tested positive for steroids during MLB's survey testing in 2003. That means the two highest-paid players in the sport have both been linked to baseball's long-running performance-enhancement scandal.

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A-Rod has not been disciplined, because the survey program did not include any penalty for a positive drug test, but has suffered tremendous harm to his public image. Ramirez will lose 31 percent of his 2009 salary of $25 million.

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