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Grimsley implicated players

NEW YORK — Jose Canseco, Lenny Dykstra and Rafael Palmeiro were among nine players accused of doping by former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley in a federal agent’s affidavit unsealed Thursday.

Roger Clemens wasn’t one of them, despite a published report last year that singled him out. He was, however, prominently mentioned in last week’s Mitchell Report on doping, but has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.

Grimsley accused Canseco, Dykstra, Glenallen Hill and Geronimo Berroa of taking steroids. He also accused Chuck Knoblauch of using human growth hormone; David Segui and Allen Watson of using performance-enhancing drugs; and Palmeiro and Pete Incaviglia of taking amphetamines, according to IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky’s sworn statement.

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All but Incaviglia, Berroa and Watson were mentioned last week in the Mitchell Report.

At the request of federal prosecutors, a judge in Phoenix unsealed the 20-page affidavit signed by Novitzky in May 2006 used to obtain a search warrant for Grimsley’s home in Scottsdale, Ariz. When the affidavit first was released in June 2006, players’ names were blacked out.

According to Novitzky, Grimsley said he had been referred to an amphetamine source by former New York Yankees strength coach Brian McNamee. Grimsley said he obtained steroids, HGH and amphetamines from that source, Novitzky said. The source was not identified.

Investigators in the BALCO case in San Francisco said last year Grimsley initially cooperated with their investigation but then withdrew his assistance. Authorities tracked a package contained HGH to Grimsley’s house in April 2006 and raided the home in June.

Grimsley, who spent 15 seasons in the major leagues, asked for and was given his release by the Arizona Diamondbacks the day after the raid. He has not pitched in the big leagues since.

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