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Gonzalez moves on after PED report

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Gio Gonzalez stepped on to the mound Feb. 25 and threw two scoreless innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-4 in a Grapefruit League game. That was the left-hander's first start of the spring, and it let him forget for a while the problems he's been having off the field.

The Miami New Times published a story in late January that linked Gonzalez to a South Florida clinic that allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs. The pitcher denied using PEDs.

The Washington Post reported that Major League Baseball had investigators go to Gonzalez's home for a drug test after the report surfaced. Gonzalez subsequently issued a statement saying that he passed the test.

Following the New Times report, two sources told ESPN that Gonzalez did not receive PEDs from Biogenesis of America. A document obtained by ESPN showed Gonzalez received $1,000 worth of substances from the clinic, but none of them were banned by baseball.

Attempting to put the controversy in the past, Gonzalez could just worry about being a pitcher again when he faced the Mets.

"It's good to get on that mound again and get back at it," he said. "Especially with the fan support I was getting out there, it's good to hear that fans still support and still love you.

Gonzalez will pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, and he'll likely continue to hear about the PED story, but the news is fading.

That's probably the way Gonzalez wants it.

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