go to MSN.com
Found April 22, 2013 on The Outside Corner:

Via The Outside Corner:

Hey, are you sick of the Biogenesis mess yet? Of course not! According to a report from ESPN's Outside The Lines, the latest person to be linked to the controversial south Florida clinic is a woman named Sonia Cruz, who is the spokewoman of Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano's foundation.

Cruz denies ever receiving anything from the clinic and claims that Cano also never received anything. Of course, this isn't stopping people from connecting dots that really aren't meant to be connected. From the OTL piece:

Cano has denied knowing clinic founder Tony Bosch or having ever used performance-enhancing drugs. But as his best friend, Melky Cabrera, his mentor, Alex Rodriguez, and now his spokeswoman have all been connected to clinic documents, MLB wants to know whether any relationship between Cano and the clinic exists.

Cruz, 31, says she was never a client of the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, but records obtained by "Outside The Lines" list her as owing $300 in both July and August of last year. The records indicate that she paid the full balance in July, but the August records do not mention any payment.

Two former Bosch associates said the $300 monthly tab was consistent with a weight-loss regimen, not performance-enhancing drugs.

[...]

"I met with a nurse who works for the clinic, but I met her outside the clinic just to talk to her about a diet program they have for women," she said. "I never went through with it once she explained what it was. I thought it was just a diet/nutritional thing, but it was diet, nutrition, pills and stuff."

Cruz said she was introduced to the nurse "by another person" and said she never followed up to find out what sort of pills the nurse was recommending. She said she could not remember the nurse's name.

A man described by several sources as Cruz's boyfriend, Orlando Dager, is also listed as a client in the July and August records. He is listed as having owed $300 each month but having paid $100 and $150. Dager could not be reached for comment, and Cruz declined to describe their relationship or anything about him.

So let's get this straight. Cano is being linked to the clinic because someone who works for his foundation was listed as owing money to Biogenesis. That employee has a completely logical story, and the payments were just over a two-month period in the middle of the season. It'll be interesting to see if the accusations toward Cano fade like they did with Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals, whose father's name was mentioned in Anthony Bosch's notebooks. But the elder Gonzalez trotted out the same "weight loss" excuse that Cruz is, and that was apaprently suitable enough for people to drop it.

I think it's extremely sloppy for ESPN to try to shame Cano just by tying him to Cabrera and Rodriguez, with no evidence aside from his foundation's spokeswoman's name tied to Biogenesis. This isn't a Yuri Sucart situation, where Cruz is a well-known advisor to Cano and has a history of impropriety. There is potential for this to spin out of control pretty quickly.

THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

By bunting, Travis Hafner yesterday broke the sacred Yankee Sluggers Code of Grandxeira

In the ninth inning of yesterday's bullpen-fueled heart attack, new Yankee Travis Hafner spat upon a grand tradition that extends to the final whiffs of the Giambino Curse: Facing an overwhelming defensive shift - six fielders jammed onto the right side - instead of taking his normal cuts, the honorable strikeout for a Yankee slugger, Hafner laid down a bunt.Naturally, he was...

MLB Investigating Robinson Cano For Ties To Miami Biogenesis Clinic

  Brace yourself Yankees and baseball fans alike. One of the game’s young premier hitters, Robinson Cano is the latest name that’s being tied to the infamous Miami Biogenesis clinic. CBSlocal.com is reporting that the slugger is being linked to the same clinic which was tied back to other players, including teammate Alex Rodgriguez. Cano’s foundation spokeswoman Sonia Cruz...

Interviews | Tyler Austin

Tyler Austin (Photo: Trenton Thunder on Facebook) New York Yankees outfield prospect Tyler Austin burst onto the scene in 2012, covering three minor league levels, plus a rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League. Austin led the Yankees’ system in batting average for the second straight year, and vaulted himself into the top five on Baseball America’s annual prospect rankings for...

The New York Yankees Bad News On Derek Jeter

The New York  Yankees received bad news on Derek Jeter on Thursday.  The news was that there was a small crack in the same ankle that he broke back in October.  Jeter will now be out until at least after the All Star Break.  The question now is what should the Yankees do?? Eduardo Nunez has been playing shortstop and the ironic thing is he has been a guy that has a lot of offensive...

Report: Cano associate, clinic linked

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano denied any involvement with a South Florida clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball after a report linked an associate of his to the facility.

Mariano Rivera speaks to vets at the Trop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The compliment for Mariano Rivera came early in a presentation that showed the closers class, a display as genuine as the looks he received. Rivera, meeting with veterans at Tropicana Field, gazed into the small group and shared his baseball passion. This is how the New York Yankees star right-hander wants to be remembered after he retires at seasons end: As...

Expect to see Jeter in walking boot

New York captain Derek Jeter is expected to be in a walking boot when he rejoins his teammates Thursday for the start of a homestand at Yankee Stadium. Jeter found out last Thursday that he fractured the ankle for a second time in six months, a blow to a New York team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the future of a shortstop who will be...
BAD TIMING

Nike pulls Boston t-shirts

An anti-Red Sox shirt with an unfortunate phrase on it made for rival Yankee fans has been 'removed from distribution' in light of the tragedies in Boston. 

Yankees' Youkilis out vs. Blue Jays

Kevin Youkilis is out of the New York Yankees' lineup because of a bad back, one day after his return from a six-game layoff. Youkilis played first base and was 0 for 3 with a walk in New York's 5-4 win Saturday against Toronto. Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided not to start him in Sunday's finale of the four-game series. Girardi says that while Youkilis felt OK Saturday...

Don’t heckle the Yankees on the road, they’re watching you

The New York Yankees don’t want you heckling their bullpen, those guys have a hard enough time keeping a lead for Mariano Rivera to finish teams off. This isn’t too much of a problem at their home park, but they take it very seriously while the team travels, as Justin Jackson of Sportto Network pointed out after the Yanks visited the Blue Jays this past weekend: I and many others...

Report: Yankees Security Guards Told Toronto Police, Security to Remove Fans at Blue Jays Game

The Yankees’ security entourage is so good that it can even spot trouble north of the border. Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports that the Yankees’ security detail had a hand in Blue Jays fans being kicked out of a recent game for heckling pitchers as they were warming up in the bullpen. Security guards traveling with the Yankees pointed out the fans and asked Toronto...

On This Day in History | 1903

The 1903 Highlanders (Photo courtesy of Flickr) On this day 110 years ago the New York Yankees, then known as the Highlanders, won the first game in franchise history. After dropping their inaugural game to the Senators the day before, the Highlanders topped Washington at American League Park in a 7-2 victory. Right-hander Harry Howell, with the help of a nasty spitball, allowed...

Joba Chamberlain as Lenny Pike

I do not often try to cross post, but I liked this a lot today. So check it out on It's About the Money, Stupid. With all due apologies to Joba Chamberlain.

Reggie Jackson's three-home run jersey taken off auction block for being wrong one

An auction house in New Jersey pulled a New York Yankees jersey that Reggie Jackson claimed was the one that he wore when he had his historic three-home run game during the 1977 World Series.  After no one bid on the legendary pinstriped top, an alert memorabilia expert discovered it was the wrong shirt and it was yanked from the block. The retired Yankees great said he kept the...

Rays allow 2 runs in ninth, fall to Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday night. Tampa Bay is winless in all five of Price's starts this year. The left-hander (0-2) allowed three runs and eight hits over eight-plus innings. Robinson Cano ended AL Cy Young Award winner David Price's night with...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Reggie Bush: I will 'harshly discipline' my daughter

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush made the media rounds on Tuesday. In hindsight, that may have been a bad idea. The former USC star did a handful of interviews as part of a sponsor campaign with Taco Bell. However, it was one interview with WFAN that will have sports fans and media talking about anything but the Taco Bell program. Bush appeared on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton”...
Via NESN.com
1 hour ago

Report: Greg Oden's alcohol abuse was an issue for Heat

Free agent Greg Oden NBA career has not been what we all thought it would be when he was drafted #1 back in 2007. Oden has been dealing with injuries since he came into the league, but now he may have a more serious problem. Back in August, Oden was arrested for felony battery charges after he allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend in the face. Oden admitted that he had been drinking...
Via No Guts, No Glory
2 hours ago

Joique Bell on Lions’ loss: ‘I let my city down’

Six days after jolting the Giants, the Lions were overpowered by the Panthers, losing 24-7 in Sunday's sloppy, mistake-filled contest. Nobody, it seems, is taking the defeat harder than Lions running back -- and Detroit native -- Joique Bell. "I let my city down," Bell said, per MLive.com. "Coming from a place I have a lot of pride for, I know a lot of people...
Via Helmet2Helmet
12 hours ago

MLB hands Jonathan Papelbon seven-game suspension

After giving up a career high four runs while blowing a save on Sunday, Jonathan Papelbon appeared to grab his crotch in response to fans booing him. Umpire Joe West thought the gesture was worthy of an ejection, and now we have learned that MLB thinks it was worthy of a seven game suspension. He will begin serving the suspension tonight, and will not appeal. Video of the crotch...
Via Phillies Nation
14 hours ago

Adrian Peterson: 'I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser'

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was deactivated for the team’s Week 2 game after an arrest early Saturday morning on child abuse charges, released a statement about the situation. In the statement, Peterson claims that he is not a child abuser and that his goal is always to teach his son right from wrong. ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted the entire statement,...
Via Sportsnaut
21 hours ago

Yankees bench Derek Jeter

Things have hit rock bottom in the Bronx.  In what should be a celebratory month of Derek Jeter‘s career (and potential final postseason appearance), the New York Yankees are just about out of options to make the playoffs.  One last option was exercised today.  Bench Derek Jeter.  Not demote him out of the number two spot.  Not give him a day of rest.  Benched.  The American...
Via Reading Between The Seams
15 hours ago

Chris Davis helps flip truck over after accident on highway

After accepting a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall, Chris Davis will be away from the Baltimore Orioles for the immediate future. That doesn’t necessarily mean Davis will be out of the news, however. On Monday, the Orioles first baseman found himself in a situation that required assistance, and he provided just that. Terrible […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago

RG3: MRI results negative, no fracture

When Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III seemed to suffer a catastrophic lower-leg injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday indications were that he would miss the entire season with a dislocated ankle.  The embattled quarterback is now telling us to hold up on rushing to a conclusion here. According to the Washington Post, RGIII indicated that he does...
Via Sportsnaut
22 hours ago

Kaepernick on language flag: ‘I didn’t say anything’

Colin Kaepernick became the first player in NFL history to be flagged for using “inappropriate language” on Sunday night. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback was handed the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, and there was speculation that the flag was thrown because he used the N-word. Kaepernick said that […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 hours ago

Vikings: Adrian Peterson to return to team, play in Week 3

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that RB Adrian Peterson will return to the team this week and will be allowed to play in their Week 4 matchup. Here’s the statement from Vikings Owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf: Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
1 day ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.