A rumor that circulated on the internet and on some sports talk radio outlets saying White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was under suspicion for steroid use was debunked by Major League Baseball and by Pierzynski on Friday.
``Apparently certain people in the media, they know who they are and I don't have to mention them by name--they just go ahead and run stories and talk about stories on their air without getting sources,'' an irritated Pierzynski said before Friday's first game of a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. ``It's a shame because people that don't do anything, haven't done anything, can be targeted, and you can say whatever you want on the internet.
``But that's the life we live and the world we live in, and unfortunately it's happened to other peoiple and this time it happened to be on me.
``It's over with now and hopefully people fine something better we can talk about [on] the White Sox instead of soemthing that is completely baseless.''
Pierzynski is having his best power season ever with 24 home runs and 71 RBI as the weekend series began. But there has never been suspiciion about him before, and MLB officials were said to have told Sox officials he has never had a positive drug test.
Players are routinely tested throughout the season. This season three players--Marlon Byrd, Melky Cabrera and Bartolo Colon--were found to have positive test for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and ordered to serve 50-game suspensions under MLB's penalty system.
Pierzynski drug rumor ``completely baseless''
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