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MLB: A-Rod, others tied to PED report; Teixeira takes Broadway stage

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Major League Baseball players Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera are among the athletes connected to performance-enhancing drugs to appear on records from a Miami anti-aging clinic, according to a Miami New Times report.

The report includes records from a Biogenesis, a South Florida clinic, which cites those players as being among those who received various performance-enhancing substances from clinic head Anthony Bosch, who is already being investigated by MLB and the DEA.

"We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances," Major League Baseball said a statement. "These developments, however, provide evidence of the comprehensive nature of our anti-drug efforts. Through our Department of Investigations, we have been actively involved in the issues in South Florida. It is also important to note that three of the players allegedly involved have already been disciplined under the Joint Drug Program."

The athletes' named have South Florida connections.

The Miami New Times said the records show the firm sold human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids. Bosch, 49, was also linked to former slugger Manny Ramirez when he received a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy in 2009.

The findings stem from a three-month investigation, the Miami New Times said.

Rodriguez, who is out for at least the first half of the 2013 season after hip surgery Jan. 16, issued a statement denying any involvement.

"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true," he said in a statement issued by a publicist. "He 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."

Rodriguez had previously denied used PEDs until a Sports Illustrated report in February 2009 said he tested positive for two steroids in MLB's anonymous 2003 survey. Two days after that story ran, he admitted that he used PEDs over a three-year period, but said he stopped after 2003.

---New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expanding his range to Broadway.

The switch-hitting slugger told WFAN radio that he will join the Broadway show, "Rock of Ages" for one night. The show is centered on classic rock and hair metal hits from the 1980s. Teixeira will perform on Tuesday night's show.

---The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a one-year, $1.5 million contract, according to a FOX Sports report. Gonzalez can earn another $1 million in incentives.

The 35-year-old appeared in 24 games last season, and batted .256 with four homers.

---Pitchers Tim Stauffer and Freddy Garcia signed minor-league deals with the San Diego Padres.

Garcia's agreement includes a $1.3 million base salary with another $1.25 million in incentives.

---The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training.

Dickerson, 30, appeared in 25 games for the New York Yankees in 2012, and played all three outfield spots.

---The New York Mets signed right-handed pitcher Scott Atchison to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training, the team announced. Atchison, 36, pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 2012, posting a 1.58 ERA with in 51 1/3 innings.

---Reliever Kevin Jepsen avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels by agreeing to a one-year, $1.18 million deal, according to the L.A. Times.
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