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O's Valencia linked to Miami PED clinic

O's Valencia linked to Miami PED clinic

BALTIMORE -- Orioles infielder Danny Valencia is one of three new names that surfaced in records of the Biogenesis clinic alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs to Major League players, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night.

In response to the allegations, Valencia released a statement late Tuesday night.

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"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, in fact I had never even heard of this company prior to the New Times' story. 

"I take tremendous pride in the hard work and dedication I put into being a professional baseball player and have never taken PEDs or failed a drug test of any kind during my career. I look forward to fully cooperating in MLB's investigation in any way that I can, and will explore taking legal action if this issue is not resolved in a timely fashion."

Valencia, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun reportedly are on a list that also includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Cesar Carrillo, whom The New York Times reported allegedly received performance-enhancing drugs from operator Anthony Bosch. Braun is a former National League MVP Award winner whose positive test for synthetic testosterone during the 2011 postseason was overturned by appeal through a technicality related to the way the test sample was handled.

Valencia -- like Cervelli and Braun -- does not have his name appear next to any specific PEDs on the list, and his name is reportedly scratched out on the bottom.

Major League Baseball is currently investigating the clinic and Bosch to determine the scope of the alleged PED dispersal throughout the league, a case that figures to be a lengthy one.

MLB released a statement Tuesday night, saying, "We have an active ongoing investigation in Florida. Until that is completed, we can't comment on any of the details or information that has surfaced."

The Biogenesis clinic had ties to at least a half-dozen Major League players, according to the Miami New Times, which broke the story and also linked Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal to the facility.

The Orioles did not issue a statement Tuesday night regarding the report.

The O's acquired Valencia from the Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations on Nov. 28, and the expectation was the 28-year-old would compete for a bench spot.

Primarily a third baseman, Valencia hit .188 with a .199 on-base percentage and a .299 slugging percentage in 44 games this past season with Boston and Minnesota. He placed third in American League Rookie of the Year Award voting in 2010 and enjoyed his best season in '11, when he hit .246 with 15 home runs and led the Twins with 72 RBIs in 154 games. Valencia also led Major League third basemen that season with 260 assists.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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