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MLBPA chief rips Biogenesis leaks

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Major League Baseball Players Association director Michael Weiner lashed out Thursday at leaks of players names and information in relation to the investigation of Andy Bosch's defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic.

According to multiple media outlets citing unnamed sources, New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun are reported to be among 20 players under investigation and in jeopardy of suspension.

In his statement, Weiner said: "The leaking of confidential information to members of the media interferes with the thoroughness and credibility of the Biogenesis investigation. These repeated leaks threaten to harm the integrity of the Joint Drug Agreement and call into question the required level of confidentiality needed to operate a successful prevention program. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged the results of the investigation based on unsubstantiated leaks that are a clear violation of the Joint Drug Agreement."

On Tuesday, an ESPN.com story cited "several sources" that said Rodriguez and Braun will be among as many as 20 players who will be suspended following the All-Star break next week. The All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday at Citi Field in New York.

According to ESPNDetroit, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta's name reportedly appeared in the records of Biogenesis lab founder Tony Bosch, but it is unclear at this point whether Peralta is one of the players who could face a suspension. Peralta initially released a statement saying he has never used performance-enhancing drugs and has declined to comment further on the issue.

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reported that Braun, who has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing drugs, refused to answer questions during a recent meeting with Major League Baseball about his connection to Bosch and the Miami clinic.

According to "Outside the Lines," the meeting took place June 29 and is one of several that MLB has conducted with players connected to the clinic. Citing the same unnamed source, the report added that Rodriguez has not been interviewed, but a meeting is expected to take place before the All-Star Game.

MLB could suspend players for up to 100 games for their connection to the Biogenesis scandal.
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