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Records made available

Jeremy Giambi, now with the White Sox, told the Kansas City Star that he used steroids. "It's something I did," he said. "I made a mistake."

By wire services
Published March 14, 2005

WASHINGTON - Major League Baseball plans to hand over by today some of the records subpoenaed by the congressional committee investigating steroids in the sport.

"We're producing documents by the deadline," said Rob Manfred, executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner's office.

The congressional committee gave baseball officials until today to produce documents about their new drug-testing program, including results, with the names of players removed. The committee subpoenaed seven active or former players and four baseball executives to testify at its hearing Thursday.

The head of the panel predicted Sunday the full House easily would pass a contempt of Congress resolution if the subpoenaed players don't show.

Government Reform Committee chairman Tom Davis, R-Va., told NBC's Meet the Press that one or more of the players called to testify could be excused from appearing, though he did not specify whom that might be.

But Davis said his panel would vote to find players who fail to appear Thursday in contempt and said he thinks the House would approve such a resolution by a large margin.

Asked why Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire were called, Davis said: "They've been accused by former colleagues of having used drugs at this point. ... There is, I think, a widespread feeling that maybe they cheated their way to achieving these records by using illegal drugs."

Commissioner Bud Selig, in Scottsdale, Ariz., said Sunday he doesn't want to dwell on what's happened in the past and defended baseball's anti-steroids stance.

"I believe trying to go back and dealing in hypothesis is counterproductive. I resent people suggesting we're turning a blind eye," Selig said. "The pragmatic thing we can do is deal with the present and the future. We're not going to spend a lot of time talking about the past."

But Selig said Sunday he might be willing to conduct a "quiet" investigation into baseball's steroid past, a possible concession to keep players from testifying.

Major-league sources said they believed Selig was referring to a behind-the-scenes effort he has been conducting all spring, talking to club officials, players and medical personnel as he tours spring camps.

In another development Jeremy Giambi, now with the Chicago White Sox, told the Kansas City Star that he used steroids. "It's something I did," he said. "I apologize. I made a mistake. I moved on. I kind of want it in the past." He called off a news conference Sunday at the last minute.

Nationals tickets on sale

The Washington Nationals sold more than 50,000 tickets during the first six hours of individual game sales.

Hundreds of fans waited in line for the box office to open at noon Saturday at RFK Stadium. Tickets were on sale for all home games except the opener, which will be the first regular-season baseball game played in Washington in 34 years. The team is planning a special sale for that game, March 26.

BRAVES: Mike Hampton, not know for strong spring starts, gave up his first two runs of the spring in a 7-3 loss to St. Louis in Jupiter. Coming off arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Hampton worked four strong innings and hit a two-run homer off Mark Mulder in his third start.

TIGERS: All-Star shortstop Carlos Guillen made his first spring appearance, entering as the designated hitter for Magglio Ordonez. Both are coming off knee operations and have been held back this spring. ... 2B Omar Infante, who has not played because of a sore throwing shoulder, will DH today.

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