Peep Show

Updated: December 3, 2003, 12:35 PM ET
By Jim Baker

American League
Baltimore Orioles: Ah, the joys of a litigious society. The Orioles are scandalized that the maker of Ephedrine is claiming it is they who are at fault in the 2003 spring training death of Steve Bechler. As the blame game intensifies, Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that Nutraquest is laying off responsibility for Bechler's death from heatstroke on the Orioles. Their president, Robert Chinery, Jr., had this to say: "&the conduct of the Baltimore Orioles is tragic as well. In this case, there is no credible evidence whatsoever to support the theory that Xenadrine RFA-1 contributed to Mr. Bechler's death in any way. In fact, there is not a single published study linking heatstroke to ephedra and out of tens of millions of users, this represents the first case in which a fatal heatstroke has been allegedly linked to ephedra. Sadly, Mr. Bechler's death could have been avoided if the Orioles acted properly."

Detroit Tigers: Let's see, your production is steadily declining and you're going to be 35 a couple of weeks after Opening Day. Yup, you sure sound like a potential Detroit Tiger. Tom Gage of the Detroit News is reporting the Tigers have offered Fernando Vina a two-year contract. He writes that Vina is leaning toward becoming a Chicago Cub, however.
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