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Teams to help players

They'll now sell 'clean' products

Donald Fehr approved certified supplements being made available to players through their teams.
Donald Fehr approved certified supplements being made available to players through their teams. (AP Photo)

Major league baseball teams will start selling approved supplements to players in a bid to prevent positive drug tests.

Management and the Players Association are having NSF International, a company based in Ann Arbor, Mich., certify that products are clean. Once a supplement is certified, teams will buy the products and make them available for resale to players in the 30 major league clubhouses.

After meeting with Yankees players for nearly two hours yesterday in Tampa, union head Donald Fehr discussed the process of certifying supplements. He also talked about revenue sharing, likely to be an issue when the union and management start bargaining over a labor contract to replace the one that expires Dec. 19.

Commissioner Bud Selig advocates that teams should increase shared money, currently 34 percent of local net revenue.

''I don't see a need for increased revenue sharing," Fehr said, adding that revenue sharing and the luxury tax discourage teams from growing revenue.

Rueter retires
Kirk Rueter announced his retirement, ending a 13-year major league career during which he became the winningest lefthanded pitcher in San Francisco Giants history. Rueter, 35, finished with a 130-92 record and a 4.27 ERA. He won 105 games after joining the Giants near the end of the 1996 season, surpassing Mike McCormick last year as the winningest lefty in San Francisco history. Rueter went 2-7 with a 5.95 ERA in 2005 and was designated for assignment Aug. 14. No team signed him during the offseason. Rueter said he attempted to join the Cardinals because he lives close to St. Louis. When that didn't materialize, he decided to focus on his family.

Surgery for Redman
Kansas City Royals lefthander Mark Redman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to fix a lateral cartilage tear. A team spokesman said the surgery was performed in Kansas City by Steve Joyce, the Royals' physician. There was no immediate word on when Redman would return. Acquired in a December trade with Pittsburgh, Redman was being counted on to be in the starting rotation . . . Robert Fick of the Washington Nationals had surgery on his right elbow. The backup catcher and first baseman had loose bodies removed and the Nationals expect him to be ready by Opening Day . . . Chicago Cubs second baseman Jerry Hairston said he felt fine, one day after being hit in the head by a pitch from San Francisco's Kevin Correia . . . Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles returned to spring training after missing 10 days following the premature birth of his daughter . . . Kevin Millar doubled in two runs and scored during a four-run third inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-8, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . Mayor Anthony A. Williams signed the lease for a new Washington ballpark for the Nationals, a day after Major League Baseball signed the deal. The lease calls for a park to be built along the Anacostia River.

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