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Canseco reveals big names in steroid book

NEW YORK -- Jose Canseco says in his upcoming book that he injected Mark McGwire with steroids and introduced several other sluggers to the drugs, the Daily News reported yesterday.

The long-awaited "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big" is scheduled for release by Regan Books Feb. 21. Regan publicist Paul Olsewski told the Associated Press in an e-mail that the release date could be moved up.

Parent company HarperCollins posted a book description on its website that said Canseco "made himself a guinea pig of the performance-enhancing drugs," and added the 1988 American League MVP "mixed, matched, and experimented to such a degree that he became known throughout the league as `The Chemist.' "

The Daily News did not quote from the book and said it was still being edited. The newspaper would not say how it got the information.

Canseco did not respond to an e-mail from the AP.

Canseco said he, McGwire, and Jason Giambi shot steroids together in the bathroom stall at the Oakland Coliseum, the Daily News reported. McGwire has always denied using steroids.

"I have always told the truth and I am saddened I continue to face this line of questioning," McGwire told the newspaper.

Canseco said he introduced Texas teammates Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez, and Juan Gonzalez to steroids after being traded to the Rangers in 1992.

"Neither our current owner, general manager, and manager were with the Rangers then," Texas spokesman Gregg Elkin said. "The Rangers continue to support baseball's initiative to get steroids out of the game."

Canseco also said President Bush, the Rangers' general managing partner at the time, must have known about the steroid use.

White House spokesman Trent Duffy did not specifically address Canseco's assertion, but said yesterday that Bush's position on steroids "has been known for some time," noting that he condemned the drugs in his 2004 State of the Union address.

A few years ago, Canseco claimed that 80 percent of major leaguers had taken steroids. Last spring, he said: "Maybe the numbers have diminished."

Canseco hit 462 home runs in a major league career from 1985-2001.

Baseball recently adopted a tougher steroid-testing program after the sport came under increased scrutiny about the drugs. Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, and Giambi testified before a federal grand jury investigating BALCO, a company that allegedly provided steroids.

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