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McGwire is accused by kin

Brother says he injected slugger

Associated Press / January 23, 2009
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Mark McGwire's youngest brother says in a book proposal he injected the former slugger with steroids, according to

Jay McGwire is circulating a manuscript titled "The McGwire Family Secret: The Truth about Steroids, a Slugger and Ultimate Redemption," the website reported Wednesday. Jay McGwire, a body builder, said his brother started using steroids in 1994 and that he injected Mark with Deca-Durabolin.

"Mark is a man I think most would like to forgive because his reason wasn't nefarious - it was for survival," the proposal says, according to the website. "My bringing the truth to surface about Mark is out of love. I want Mark to live in truth to see the light, to come to repentance so he can live in freedom - which is the only way to live."

Jay McGwire, who says he has a strained relationship with his brother, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Mark McGwire repeatedly has denied using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. When he testified under oath before Congress in 2005, however, he wouldn't discuss whether he did.

"Who knows what might have happened if I didn't get Mark involved with all the training, supplements, the right foods, steroids, and HGH?" the website quoted Jay McGwire as writing. "He would not have broken any records, and the congressional hearings would have gone on without him."

Ricketts chosen
The billionaire Ricketts family has been selected by Tribune Co. as the winning bidder to buy the Cubs. The family said in a statement that it's looking forward to working with the Tribune and Major League Baseball to close the transaction promptly.

The bid is worth about $900 million, according to the website of the Chicago Tribune, which also is owned by Tribune Co. The sale would include Wrigley Field and a 25 percent interest in a regional sports network, the newspaper reported.

The selection of Tom Ricketts, a member of the founding family of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., and chief executive of Incapital LLC, was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cubs chairman Crane Kenney said last week that the team hopes to have a new owner in place by Opening Day, April 6. A sale must be approved by baseball owners.

Fielder gets deal
First baseman Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers reached a preliminary agreement on an $18 million, two-year contract. The agreement is subject to a physical, said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. Fielder was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He asked for $8 million and the Brewers offered $6 million when figures were exchanged Tuesday. He can become a free agent after the 2011 season . . . Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus will be sidelined for about three months after arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. The 2002 World Series MVP will begin physical therapy next week following Wednesday's surgery in Los Angeles . . . A lawyer who represented Roger Clemens last year when he denied under oath that he used performance-enhancing drugs has been chosen to lead the Justice Department lawyers now investigating the retired pitcher. President Barack Obama announced that Lanny Breuer, an accomplished lawyer in private practice, was his choice to run the department's criminal division . . . A tearful Jeff Kent announced his retirement after a 17-year major league career. "I believe I've played this game right and I believe I'm leaving this game right," said Kent, 40, who retires as the career home run leader among second basemen with 351 . . . Mariners lefthander Erik Bedard is fully recovered from shoulder surgery and is ready for the start of spring training Feb. 13 . . . Former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Mets, who also signed former All-Star pitcher Freddy Garcia, who missed most of the last two seasons with a shoulder injury to a minor league deal . . . Gregg Zaun returned to the team that drafted him in 1989, finalizing a $2 million, one-year deal with the Orioles . . . Bill Werber, who was the oldest living ex-major leaguer and a former teammate of Babe Ruth, died at age 100. Obituary, B12.

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