Canseco: 85 percent of players on steroids

Posted: May 18, 2002

Jose Canseco claims 85 percent of major league baseball players are taking steroids.

"There would be no baseball left if they drug-tested everyone today," he said yesterday during an interview with Fox Sports Net.

Canseco, who announced his retirement earlier in the week, refused to say if he took steroids.

"It's completely restructured the game as we know it," he said. "That's why guys are hitting 50 or 60 or 75 home runs."

During an interview with the Associated Press yesterday, Canseco refused to answer questions about steroid use, saying he would give details in the book he is writing.

Canseco announced his retirement Monday, leaving the game with 462 home runs, 1,407 RBI and a .266 batting average in 1,887 games with seven teams.

Noteworthy

* Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia was robbed at gunpoint at a downtown hotel by a group of men, who stole his necklace, earrings and wallet. He was shaken, but unhurt.

* Milwaukee righthander Brian Mallette was suspended for three games and fined by the commissioner's office, which said he intentionally threw at Cincinnati's Austin Kearns Wednesday.

* Orioles first baseman/designated hitter David Segui will miss 10 to 12 weeks after surgery on his sore left hand, and he isn't happy the team arrived at that conclusion three weeks after he did. Segui will have surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage and a damaged tendon.

In National League games:

* At San Francisco, Tsuyoshi Shinjo hit a grand slam in the eighth as the Giants beat the Florida Marlins, 9-3.

* At Los Angeles, Eric Karros hit a two-run homer as the Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos, 8-5.

* At San Diego, Mike Piazza hit a grand slam to surpass 1,000 RBI, leading the New York Mets over the Padres, 13-4. New York turned a tripleplay, from third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo to second baseman Roberto Alomar to first baseman Mo Vaughn in the fifth inning.

* At Milwaukee, Alex Sanchez hit a bases-loaded triple as the Brewers beat the Cubs, 6-2.

* At Houston, Jeff Bagwell hit a three-run homer, and the Astros topped the Pirates, 7-4.

* At St. Louis, Darryl Kile (2-3) allowed two hits in seven innings as the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-1.

* At Denver, Tom Glavine (6-2) allowed two runs - one earned - on six hits in 6 2/3 innings for his 230th victory, as the Atlanta Braves beat Colorado, 4-2. A woman sitting behind the Braves dugout was injured in the second inning when Atlanta's Javy Lopez accidentally threw his bat into the stands. She received a few stitches.

In American League games:

* At New York, Jason Giambi hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 12th as the Yankees edged the Minnesota Twins, 13-12. The Twins had gone ahead, 12-9, in the top of the inning.

* At Cleveland, former Phillie Paul Byrd (7-2) became the AL's second seven-game winner, allowing five hits in eight innings as Kansas City beat the Indians, 6-2, in Tony Pena's first victory as manager.

* At Boston, Jeff Cirillo's two-run single broke a sixth-inning tie as the Seattle Mariners rallied past the Red Sox, 6-3.

* At Toronto, Shannon Stewart hit a three-run homer as the Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-1.

* At Detroit, Robert Fick homered twice, and Dmitri Young and Wendell Magee also connected to lead the Tigers over the Texas Rangers, 6-3.

* At Chicago, Scott Spiezio homered and drove in three runs to lead the Anaheim Angels to their eighth straight win, 8-4, over the White Sox.

* At Baltimore, Jeff Conine hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Geronimo Gil drove in three runs as the Orioles beat Tampa Bay, 5-3. *

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