MLB to launch steroid probe

NEW YORK: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig ended months of speculation about how he would handle the sport’s steroid scandal yesterday when he announced the league would launch an investigation helmed by former US Senator George Mitchell.

NEW YORK: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig ended months of speculation about how he would handle the sport’s steroid scandal yesterday when he announced the league would launch an investigation helmed by former US Senator George Mitchell.

During the commissioner's press conference he mentioned BALCO, the laboratory that allegedly supplied drugs to many of the game's stars, 10 times

BALCO's prevalence in the conference lead many to believe that the investigation will center around San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds, as well as New York Yankees sluggers Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield, all of whom were mentioned in BALCO indictments.

In response to Selig's announcement, the Giants, who said they will celebrate in some fashion if Bonds passes Babe Ruth for second on the all-time home run list, issued a statement.

"As we have said all along, the Giants support the Commissioner's decision to review all aspects of what is obviously a serious matter.  We commend the selection of George Mitchell to head up this investigation, and we pledge our full support to the Commissioner, Senator Mitchell and his team." 

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