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March 12, 2013

Latest on MLB's investigation concerning Nelson Cruz

MLB is continuing its investigation into whether players, including Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, received banned substances from an anti-aging clinic in the Miami area.

But MLB will not receive cooperation from the Miami New Times, the newspaper that reported the story in late January. MLB asked the New Times to release documents to aid its investigation, but the paper has declined to do so.

“While we appreciate the New Times consideration, we have been proceeding with our investigation as if we were not going to be getting the documents from them,” MLB spokesperson Pat Courtney said in an email.

There is no timetable for MLB to complete its investigation.

Cruz, who is playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, has denied the allegations that he purchased and received banned substances.

However, if MLB deems that Cruz did purchase performance-enhancing drugs, he could be slapped with a 50-game suspension for a first-time offense.

-- Drew Davison

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