Investigators can use steroid evidence

The Baltimore Sun

Federal investigators can keep using the names and urine samples of about 100 major leaguers who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.

After agreeing to reconsider its December 2006 ruling granting access to the evidence, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted 2-1 to affirm two parts of its decision in three consolidated cases, which overturned rulings that barred authorities from accessing the names.

Players are likely to ask to have the entire 9th Circuit rehear the case. They could also ask the Supreme Court to take the case.

Investigators seized computer files containing the test results in 2004 during raids of labs involved in Major League Baseball's drug-testing program. Investigators had warrants for 11 players but seized the results of every big league player.

Clemens -- Roger Clemens' meeting with a congressional panel investigating steroids in baseball was pushed back until Feb. 5. Clemens was originally asked to appear tomorrow for a deposition or transcribed interview with staff members from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Yankees -- Second baseman Robinson Cano and New York are nearing agreement on a four-year, $30 million contract. Cano, 25, hit .306 with 19 homers and 97 RBIs last season.

Braves -- Pitcher Rafael Soriano and Atlanta agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract. The Braves plan to make him their closer this season after he went 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA and nine saves in a career-high 71 appearances last season.

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