Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera among names linked to Miami PED clinic

By Daniel S Levine,

A new report out on Tuesday claims that Alex Rodriguez was just one of many star baseball players who received banned performance enhancing drugs from a Miami anti-aging clinic.

The Miami New Times obtained records from the now-shuttered Biogenesis, a clinic that was close to the University of Miami campus. While it was called an anti-aging clinic, the report claims that it really sold human growth hormone (HGH), testosterone and other banned substances. These records allegedly contain the names of stars like Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and others.

Anthony Bosch, the clinic’s chief, kept the records. He and his father’s names first popped up in connection with PEDs when they were linked to Manny Ramirez when he was suspended in 2009. The Boshes were not charged.

MLB issued a statement to the New Times, which read, “We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances and have been active in the issues that have emerged in South Florida... [B]anned substances... have no place in our game.”

The New Times suggests that Bosh built the East Coast version of BALCO, the infamous lab that allegedly supplied PEDs for Barry Bonds and others in California.

Rodriguez, who will be out with an injury this season, sent a statement to CBS Sports and other outlets denying the New Times’ findings.

“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true,” the statement from his reps read. “Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story -- at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez -- are not legitimate.”

Gonzalez, who plays for the Washington Nationals, denied the report as well on Twitter.

PEDs are still a hot topic in sports and the report comes just days after cyclist Lance Armstrong finally admitted to using them. It also comes after baseball writers elected not a single player into the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2013.

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