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Report: Sosa tested positive in 2003

The New York Times is reporting that Sammy Sosa is one of the 104 players on the list of those who tested positive for performance-enhancing substances in 2003.

Sosa joins Alex Rodriguez as the only players to have their names leaked from the list. According to the Times, the lawyers who had knowledge of Sosa's inclusion on the 2003 list did not know the substance for which he tested positive.

Sosa has long been linked to steroids without their being any actual evidence fingering him. Besides the obvious increase of power as his career went along, he also had a corked bat incident working against him. Plus, he didn't want to pee in a cup for Rick Reilly.

Sosa has repeatedly denied using steroids. He did so in front of the House Government Reform Committee in March 2005, when he joined Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and others in speaking on baseball's PED problem. "To be clear," he said, "I have never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. I have never injected myself or had anyone inject me with anything."

The timing of the leak is interesting, given Sosa's recent comments on waiting to be elected to the Hall of Fame. ESPNDeportes reported early in the month that Sosa, who last played with the Rangers in 2007, would soon officially announce his retirement from baseball.