PHILADELPHIA - With little fanfare, Major League Baseball and its players have banned the use of andro, the steroidlike substance made notorious by Mark McGwire when he hit 70 homers in 1998.
The ban, which began this season, was never announced by the commissioner's office or the players' association. Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, referred to it Friday during a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Associated Press Sports Editors.
The Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of androstenedione as of April 12. Baseball's decision, confirmed by management lawyer Frank Coonelly and union lawyer Michael Weiner, took effect the same day.
INDIANS, BOONE NEAR DEAL: Free-agent third baseman Aaron Boone has reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with Cleveland, the Associated Press reported.
Boone, whose 11th-inning homer in Game 7 of the ALCS last season put the Yankees in the World Series, hasn't played since injuring his left knee during a basketball game in January.
EXPOS MOVE: Major League Baseball is pushing back its decision on where to relocate the team until after the All-Star break. Baseball officials, who postponed deciding the team's future home in 2002 and '03, had targeted the July 13 game in Houston as their goal.
NEGRO LEAGUE PENSIONS: Negro League veterans received pension checks from Major League Baseball's new charity this week. The charity benefits 27 players, all of whom played in the Negro Leagues after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. It will provide more than $1-million in benefits.
ORIOLES: Melvin Mora played third after missing six games with a sprained ligament in his left foot. He homered in his first at-bat but left in the fifth after feeling pain in the foot.
ROYALS: David DeJesus was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and is likely to take over in centerfield for Carlos Beltran, traded a day earlier to the Astros. Baseball America rated DeJesus as Kansas City's fourth-best prospect before the season. ... Catcher Kelly Stinnett will have reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the rest of the season.
WHITE SOX: Left-hander Scott Schoeneweis went on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed pitching elbow.