Rocker implicates commish

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ATLANTA --- John Rocker claims he flunked a drug test ordered by Major League Baseball in 2000 and that he and other Texas Rangers were advised on how to effectively use steroids.

"Bud Selig knew in the year 2000 John Rocker was taking the juice," the former pitcher said Monday of the baseball commissioner on Atlanta radio station 680. "Didn't do anything about it."

In 2000, Rocker was suspended for racial and ethnic remarks.

"As part of the disciplinary process, Mr. Rocker was referred to the confidential Employee Assistance Program," Major League Baseball said in a statement. "Any test of Mr. Rocker would have been conducted by professionals who ran the EAP. Those professionals were obligated to maintain the confidentiality of the result and to use it in developing a treatment and education program for Mr. Rocker."

Rocker said that doctors from management and the players' association, following a spring training talk pulled himself, Alex Rodriguez , Rafael Palmeiro and Ivan Rodriguez aside. Rocker was with the Rangers in 2002.

"Look guys, if you take one kind of steroid, you don't triple stack them and take them 10 months out of the year like Lyle Alzado did," Rocker said the doctors told them. "If you do it responsibly, it's not going to hurt you."

ASTROS: Craig Biggio agreed to a three-year personal services contract with Houston, similar to deals the team struck with former stars Nolan Ryan , Roger Clemens and Jeff Bagwell .

The 41-year-old Biggio retired last season after playing his entire 20-year career in Houston.

RED SOX: First baseman Kevin Youkilis agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

ROCKIES: Third baseman Garrett Atkins agreed to a one-year contract worth $4,387,500.

PADRES: First baseman Tony Clark is close to signing a $900,000, one-year deal.

GIANTS: Agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with reliever Scott Williamson .

ATHLETICS: First baseman/designated hitter Mike Sweeney agreed to a minor-league deal.


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