Ankiel's comeback may have been chemically enhanced

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A pair of reports say the Cardinals' Rick Ankiel
and former World Series MVP Troy Glaus received
performance-enhancing drugs from a Florida pharmacy.
That same pharmacy is under investigation for illegally
distributing prescription medications.
Ankiel has hit nine homers since rejoining the Cardinals last
month. The Daily News reported he received eight shipments of human
growth hormone from January to December 2004.
Major League Baseball doesn't test for HGH, and the sport didn't
ban human growth hormone until 2005.
But a player who possessed it or used it after it was banned
could be suspended for 50 games.
When contacted by The Associated Press, Ankiel's agent said he
couldn't comment because of medical privacy laws.
Authorities have not accused Ankiel of any wrongdoing.
According to the Signature Pharmacy records, Ankiel stopped
receiving HGH just before baseball banned it in 2005.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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