Sports shorts: Braun says he has 'nothing to hide'

2013-02-06T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Braun says he has 'nothing to hide'Staff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

NEW YORK - Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said he used the person who ran the Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball only as a consultant on his drug suspension appeal last year.

"I have nothing to hide," Braun said in a statement released to The Associated Press on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, Yahoo Sports reported the 2011 NL MVP's name showed up three times in records of the Biogenesis of America LLC clinic. Yahoo said no specific performance-enhancing drugs were listed next to his name.

The Miami New Times recently released clinic documents that purportedly linked Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera and other players to purchases of banned drugs from the now-closed anti-aging center.

Braun said his name was in the Biogenesis records because of an issue over payment to Anthony Bosch, who ran the clinic near Miami. MLB has asked the Miami alternative newspaper for the documents it obtained.

• Chris Carpenter won't pitch for St. Louis in 2013, and his career may be over after a recurrence of a nerve injury that cost him most of last season, the team said Tuesday. Carpenter, 37, is 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began in Toronto in 1997. He won the 2005 NL Cy Young.

• Outfielder Gerardo Parra and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $2.35 million, one-year contract, settling the team's last salary arbitration case of the year.

• Ex-Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson ($2.45 million) and reliever Kyle Farnsworth ($1.25 million) finalized one-year contracts with Tampa Bay.

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UA tennis player Smyth earns Pac-12 honor

Arizona junior Lacey Smyth was named the Pac-12's women's tennis player of the week after two singles wins last week. She beat Sacramento State's Rebeca Delgado 6-2, 6-0 and Texas Tech's Samantha Adams 6-3, 6-3.

• The Pima College softball team (8-2, 5-1) swept Mesa on Tuesday, winning 3-0 behind pitcher Yvette Alvarez in the first game and 12-3 in the second one, in which Alvarez went 3 for 3 with a homer and six RBIs. Gemma Contreras had five total hits.

• Joe Courtney shot an even-par 144 as the Pima men's golf team finished fourth in its tourney opener in Sun City, 33 strokes behind winner South Mountain.

• Top U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn is out for the season after tearing two ligaments in her right knee and breaking a bone in her lower leg Tuesday during the super-G at the world championship in Schladming, Austria. The U.S. team expects her to be ready for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

• Rafael Nadal won his first tennis match after missing seven months with a knee injury, partnering with Juan Monaco to defeat Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-3,6-2 on Tuesday in the VTR clay tournament in Chile Nadal faces Federico Delbonis in singles action today.

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