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Nationals have ties to Mitchell Report

Nationals have ties to Mitchell Report

WASHINGTON -- Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca and former center fielder Nook Logan, who was non-tendered by the club on Wednesday night, were linked to performance-enhancing drugs in the Mitchell Report released Thursday afternoon.

The news comes two days after the Nationals signed Lo Duca to a one-year, $5 million deal to be their starting catcher. According to the Mitchell Report, Lo Duca purchased human growth hormone from Kirk Radomski, a bat boy, equipment manager and clubhouse attendant for the Mets from 1985-95. The report said that Lo Duca made these purchases as a member of the Dodgers and Marlins.

Mitchell requested a meeting with Lo Duca about these allegations, but Lo Duca declined.

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Lo Duca and his agent, Andrew Mongelluzzi, were not immediately available for comment.

Through a spokesman, Nationals general manager Jim Bowden and team president Stan Kasten declined to comment on Lo Duca, but the team put out the following statement: "We have just received the Mitchell Report and have not yet had an opportunity to fully review it. It is clear though that, like all Major League clubs, the report includes names of players that have had or currently have an association with the Nats. We will let all comments on this matter come from the Commissioner's Office, and we will have no further comment at this time."

Logan was linked in the Report to buying human growth hormone from Radomski when he was with the Tigers in 2005. Mitchell requested a meeting about these allegations and, like Lo Duca, Logan declined.

When reached on Thursday, Logan said, "I'm not talking about it. You have to talk to my agent. I just play baseball."

Three former Nationals players also were named in the Report -- outfielder Jose Guillen, relief pitcher Mike Stanton and catcher Gary Bennett.

Several high-profile, superstar players were among those named in the Mitchell Report, the product of a 21-month, multimillion dollar investigation that could shape decisions, prompt punitive actions against active players, and usher in the next era of the sport.

Free agent Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte of the Yankees, Miguel Tejada of the Astros and Eric Gagne of the Brewers were among the most prominent former and current All-Stars to be mentioned in the lengthy report, which spans 311 pages, plus multiple exhibits, including evidence of signed checks, handwritten notes and shipping receipts.

The players listed in the paragraph above are by no means the only players listed in the report, but in MLB.com's initial review of the document, those names stood out by their notoriety. Our coverage will continue minute-by-minute through the course of the proceedings and for the foreseeable future thereafter, but the entire report is available for viewing here at MLB.com.

While the Report detailed drug use in baseball by naming those accused, it also contained 19 separate recommendations for the sport to move forward from this point, proceeding after a culture of steroids and performance enhancement grew exponentially in the late 1990s.

The Mitchell Report named both Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association in assigning blame, charging leadership -- from the Commissioner to club owners and general managers -- for allowing the issue to proliferate.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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