MLB Notebook: A-Rod denies leak of players' drug data

2013-08-17T00:00:00Z MLB Notebook: A-Rod denies leak of players' drug dataThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - Baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez on Friday denied a report on CBS' "60 Minutes" that members of his inner circle obtained and leaked documents that implicated Ryan Braun and other players in using performance-enhancing drugs.

Citing unidentified sources, the CBS news show said the leak occurred in February, days after the Miami New Times published documents implicating the Yankees star in the Biogenesis investigation.

In the Miami New Times documents, the names of Braun and one of Rodriguez's teammates, catcher Francisco Cervelli, are redacted. "60 Minutes" reports that members of Rodriguez's camp obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports.

Rodriguez's lawyer, David Cornwell, denied the allegations to "60 Minutes."

"The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex - this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game," he said in a statement to the show.

Phillies fire Manuel, hire Hall of Famer Sandberg

PHILADELPHIA - Charlie Manuel was fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, with his team way out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break.

Manuel, the winningest manager in franchise history, was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies' third-base coach. Sandberg managed the Phillies' Triple-A team at Lehigh Valley the previous two seasons.

"I never quit nothing and I didn't resign," Manuel said, making it clear this decision came from the front office.

Benson grad Curtis found guilty on six sex charges

HASTINGS, Mich. - Former major league outfielder Chad Curtis faces up to 15 years in prison after a jury in West Michigan found him guilty Friday on charges that he inappropriately touched three teenage girls.

Curtis, 44, a Benson High School graduate, was convicted of six counts of criminal sexual conduct and will be sentenced Sept. 26 in Barry County.

Curtis played for the then-California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He won two World Series rings with the Yankees.

Inside pitch

• Right-hander Alexi Ogando likely will miss his next start for the Texas Rangers because of inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder.

• Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso is likely to be sidelined another three to four weeks and perhaps for the remainder of the season as he recovers from a lingering concussion.

• The Atlanta Braves say infielder Tyler Pastornicky is out for the season after injuring his left knee in a collision with teammate Jason Heyward.

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