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Report: Tejada was connected to Biogenesis

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 20 2013 09:45:05 AM CDT
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Miguel Tejada accepted a suspension from Major League Baseball last week for amphetamine use, but ESPN.com reported Monday that there was more to the story.

According to the website, the Kansas City Royals infielder was connected to the Biogenesis clinic that allegedly supplied banned performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. MLB suspended 14 players for their involvement with Biogenesis, and all but Alex Rodriguez accepted their penalties.

Biogenesis chief Tony Bosch provided MLB with evidence that Tejada was one of his clients, ESPN.com reported. Rather than going after Tejada in the Biogenesis probe, MLB penalized Tejada for two positive tests for amphetamines. Those were the second and third amphetamine offenses of Tejada's career, leading to a 25-game suspension and an 80-game suspension, respectively.

Tejada accepted a 105-game ban Saturday, saying that he used Adderall after his therapeutic-use exemption for the drug expired in April. He said he was applying for an extension to his exemption but took Adderall before receiving approval from MLB.

A 39-year-old veteran who has played for six major league teams in a 16-year career, Tejada was a reserve for the Royals this year after playing only in the minors last year. He batted .288 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 53 games for Kansas City.

Tejada, a six-time All-Star, was selected the 2002 American League MVP after hitting 34 homers and driving in 131 runs for the Oakland A's.