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Wire Taps: More On Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, New PED Revelations From ESPN Story

An ESPN report on Gio Gonzalez and the Coral Gables, Florida-based anti-aging clinic that allegedly provided PEDs to professional athletes seems to support the Washington Nationals' lefty's claims that he had no involvement with the clinic. It does raise other questions, however, or at least leaves some unanswered...

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So... What did we learn yesterday? Ross Detwiler's going to pitch for the U.S. in the WBC. Three Nats made BA's Top 100 Prospects List. Nats' FOF Ryan Zimmerman's shoulder's coming along fine, and he's going to be used as a DH early in ST. ESPN's OTL reported last night that two sources and a document (computer printout) they obtained appear to back D.C. LHP Gio Gonzalez's claim that he never received PEDs from the Biogenesis clinic or its chief, Anthony Bosch, though the report raises questions about some of the previous statements made by the Nats' left-hander, since last night's report says he did purchase $1,000 worth of substances that don't appear to be banned by MLB. There's sure to be more on this latest development in the near future. Read all about it all below in today's LP. Links and lots of them, starting... RIGHT NOW!!!:


• "According to two sources familiar with Bosch's operation, however, the Washington Nationals' Gio Gonzalez, previously identified as being named in Biogenesis documents, did not receive banned substances from Bosch or the clinic." - "Documents from South Florida clinic at heart of MLB performance-enhancing drugs investigation link five baseball players" - Mike Fish, T.J. Quinn, ESPN


• "According to the ESPN report, [Gio] Gonzalez was the only player previously identified in the Biogenesis documents who didn’t receive PEDs from Bosch or the clinic." - "Report: Gio Gonzalez didn’t receive banned substances from Biogenesis" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "In the documents the Miami New Times released on their website, the substances clearly linked to [Gio] Gonzalez were not on baseball’s list of banned substances and there was ambiguity about others." - "Report: Gio Gonzalez not tied to PEDs from Miami Clinic" - Washington Times

• "According to the report, both of ESPN's sources 'identified Gonzalez as the only Bosch client named thus far who did not receive performance-enhancing drugs.'" - "Nationals Pastime: Report: Gonzalez did not receive PEDs from Biogenesis" - Dan Kolko,

• "The left-hander did appear on a computer printout of Biogenesis documents, under the code name 'Gladiator,' according to the report." - "Report: Gonzalez didn't receive PEDs from Bosch" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "[Gio] Gonzalez did not return a phone message from on Tuesday night. Last week, however, Gonzalez acknowledged that his father, Max, was a patient of [Anthony] Bosch's." - "Gio Gonzalez did not receive performance-enhancing drugs, according to report" - Bill Ladson, News

• "[Gio] Gonzalez has been the same guy this camp as he was all of last year, bouncing around the clubhouse, joking with teammates and keeping things light on the practice fields." - "Nationals Pastime: Impact of the newest report on Gonzalez, Biogenesis" - Dan Kolko,

VIDEO: Spring Training... in slow motion?:

• "'Any time you can represent your country, especially doing your job, it’s pretty amazing,' said Detwiler, who this winter spent a week meeting troops overseas on a USO tour." - "Ross Detwiler will pitch in the World Baseball Classic (Updated)" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "'I’m really excited to do it,' [Ross] Detwiler said. 'I get to represent my country in a baseball uniform. There’s nothing better than that.'" - "Ross Detwiler accepts invitation to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Ross] Detwiler joins fellow Nats left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the Team USA roster. Gonzalez isn't scheduled to participate in the WBC until the second round..." - "Nationals Pastime: Detwiler to pitch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic (updated with quotes)" - Dan Kolko,

• "Though the departure of two members of their rotation could throw a bit of a wrench into their spring training plans, the Nationals didn't hesitate to let both [Ross] Detwiler and [Gio] Gonzalez go." - "Detwiler jumps at WBC opportunity" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "'This will be a good step in Ross' developmental curve. These things don't happen very often. Having that USA across your chest is something every player should have.'" - Mike Rizzo - "Nationals' Detwiler to represent USA in WBC" - AP/

• "[Gio] Gonzalez also was a late addition to Joe Torre's staff, but will not join the club unless it reaches the second round of pool play in Miami." - "Lefty Ross Detwiler makes it three Nationals to play in World Baseball Classic" - Joey Nowak, News

• "'Obviously, they’re your boys. You like to keep them close,' manager Davey Johnson said, adding he was 'surprised they didn’t take more.'" - "World Baseball Classic now a prime concern for Nationals" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "With both the 'A' and 'B' pitching groups having the day off to rest up from bullpen sessions, the Nationals took part in a laid-back workout on the minor league fields this morning." - "Nationals Pastime: Gonzalez keeps things light, Span sprays line drives" - Dan Kolko,

• "After waiting 80 years, since 1933, for a Washington team to come to spring training with serious unbridled optimism? And why wouldn't fans share it?" - "Ask Boswell: Redskins, Nationals and Washington sports" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "[Ryan] Zimmerman, who is already hitting in the batting cages, still likely won’t be ready to work out fully on both sides of the ball for about another two weeks." - "Nationals notes: Ryan Zimmerman making progress; likely will DH" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Ryan] Zimmerman played catch this morning from 75 feet and expects to advance to 90 feet tomorrow, gradually working his way back to the point he'll be able to participate fully in exhibition games." - "Zim progressing, but will DH early in spring" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington

• "In an effort to move [Ryan] Zimmerman along slowly, [Davey] Johnson plans to use Zimmerman as a designated hitter early in the spring." - "Ryan Zimmerman will DH to start the spring, and other notes" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "[Ryan] Zimmerman had arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right shoulder, which troubled him for most of 2012, in late October with a timetable of six weeks set for recovery." - "Zimmerman tabbed for some spring DH duty" - Joey Nowak, News

• "Nationals manager Davey Johnson said [Bill] Bray's delivery is noticeably different, but his arm strength remains the same." - "Bray looking to make comeback with Nationals" - Joey Nowak, News

• "'I just developed some really bad habits and I'm still working out of them, because that becomes the new mechanics. You've got to break those bad habits, and it's tough.'" - Bill Bray - "Nationals Pastime: Bray eager to bounce back from 'worst year I've ever had in baseball'" - Dan Kolko,

• "The Nationals’ grandiose hopes for this season rest, in part, on the broad shoulders and unspeakably high expectations for 20-year-old [Bryce] Harper." - "Bryce Harper is bulked up and ready to resume living his dream with the Washington Nationals" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Bryce Harper never played the outfield until after he was the first overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. But there was [Tony] Tarasco teaching Harper the nuances of playing the outfield." - "Tony Tarasco can relate as he tutors young Nationals" - Bill Ladson, News

• "[Bryce] Harper graces the cover of this week's magazine, standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial holding a bat behind his shoulders, the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol dome in the background." - "Harper on SI cover again" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Since 1990, four players who won the NL rookie of the year award won the league’s most valuable player award a few years later." - "What could Bryce Harper do in his second season?" - James Wagner, Washington Post


[Unfortunate Title Dept.]: "Just when you found yourself thinking, 'Phew, it's been a couple days since we had a PED story' comes the latest from Biogenesis.'" - "Spring headlines: More players linked to Biogenesis scandal; Bryce Harper hulks up the old-fashioned way" - Mike Oz, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

• "The ESPN report, citing two sources familiar with Anthony Bosch's Biogenesis' operation, also said that Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez did not receive any banned substances." - "Report: Five more players linked to Miami clinic" - Scott Boeck, USA Today sports

• "Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez has been absolved of any wrongdoing by the latest update in the PED investigation out of Miami, according to a report from ESPN." - "Report: Gio Gonzalez Did Not Receive Banned Substances from Bosch" -Chris Lingebach, CBS DC

• "[Gio] Gonzalez has strongly denied that he's ever 'met or spoken with' Bosch or 'used any substance.'" - "Report: Five more Biogenesis names; Gio Gonzalez received no PEDs" - Dayn Perry, CBSSports


• "Bryce Harper on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover" - Sarah Kogod, Washington Post

• "So Bryce Harper will be on the cover of the Feb. 25 edition of Sports Illustrated, eh?" - "Bryce Harper on the cover of SI, then and now..." - Nats Enquirer

• "ESPN says Gio Gonzalez is clean; Detwiler to World Baseball Classic" - William F. Yurasko, William World News

• "I wouldn't worry about Espinosa. I might worry about the pen." - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "ESPN report says Gio not tied to PEDS" - Nats Enquirer

• "Morning Pixels: Davey Johnson says let the Nats date your daughter" - Dan Steinberg, Washington Post

• "Some might bristle when asked about that injury-prone label being thrust upon them. [Anthony] Rendon laughs it off." - "Nats Insider: Ready to overcome injury-prone label" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "National writer Aaron Fitt told me the Giolito selection was a "bold" move by the Nats, and he predicted that if Giolito had moved on to UCLA, he could have easily been a No. 1 overall selection." - "Baseball America ranks Rendon and two others on top 100 list" - Byron Kerr,

• "Chosen with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft, [Anthony] Rendon played in only 43 games last year between Class A Potomac and Class AA Harrisburg after he broke his ankle in the first week of the season." - "Anthony Rendon, Lucas Giolito, Brian Goodwin make Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post


Phillies: "Asked what the Phillies need to do to run down the Nationals, [Jimmy Rollins] said, 'Nothing. Nobody is in first place. No one is in last place. So, when the season starts everybody is 0-0.'" - "Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is concerned with winning, not his batting spot" - News

Mets: "Right was wrong, so left must be right. The Mets are taking that approach with Lucas Duda this spring, after a failed right-field experiment last season left both the player and organization wondering if there was a remaining fit between the two." - "Mets hope of switch is right move for Duda" - Mike Puma,

Bonus Phillies: "The Phillies' best offseason move was the trade for Michael Young." - "Inside the Phillies: Pickup of Michael Young was Phillies' best offseason move" - Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer

Braves: "Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said not to read too much into pitching plans he announced for the first five spring games..." - "Hudson to start Braves' Grapefruit opener; Medlen planned for..." - David O'Brien,

Marlins: "Dominican-born left-hander Braulio Lara, a 23-year-old with a fastball that has been clocked at 100 mph, isn’t sure when he’ll pitch for the Marlins yet." - "JUPITER: Miami Marlins ready to make their pitch" - Manny Navarro,