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Baseball: Braun denies wrongdoing in doping clinic links

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Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun and other Major League Baseball players denied any wrongdoing on Wednesday after their names were linked to a Miami clinic that allegedly aided dope cheats.

A Yahoo! Sports report based on records obtained from a former employee of Biogenesis, the clinic at the heart of the doping scandal, said Braun's name was mentioned three times in clinic paperwork but not linked to any substance.

Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, won an appeal of a positive doping test last year when an arbitrator ruled his urine sample had not been handled properly.

"During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant," Braun said in a statement.

"He answered questions about (testosterone-epitestosterone) ratio and possibilities of tampering with samples.

"There was a dispute over compensation for Bosch's work, which is why my lawyer and I are listed under 'moneys owed' and not on any other list.

"I have nothing to hide and have never had any other relationship with Bosch. I will fully cooperate with any inquiry into this matter."

Major League Baseball refused comment on the latest revelations saying it was because they have an ongoing investigation into the clinic.

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Cesar Carrillo and a trio previously suspended for using banned substances -- Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal -- were named last month in a Miami New Times report based on clinic records from a former employee.

Francisco Cervelli and Danny Valencia were mentioned in the latest report with Braun but not in the original report. Both denied wrongdoing in statements as well.

"Following my foot injury in March 2011, I consulted with a number of experts, including Biogenesis clinic, for legal ways to aid my rehab and recovery," Cervelli said.

"I purchased supplements that I am certain were not prohibited by Major League Baseball."

"As any innocent person would be, I am shocked and troubled that my name is in any way connected to this story," Valencia said. "I have never met or spoken to anyone connected with Biogenesis."

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