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Report: Gibbons received several shipments of steroids, HGH

NEW YORK -- Baltimore Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons
received performance-enhancing steroids and human growth hormone
after both substances were banned by baseball, SI.com reported
Sunday.

Gibbons is the latest athlete to be linked to the Florida
pharmacy under investigation for illegally distributing
prescription medications.

Major League Baseball asked Friday to meet with St. Louis' Rick Ankiel and Toronto's Troy Glaus after two reports said they
received performance-enhancing drugs from Signature Pharmacy
several years ago.

Between October 2003 and July 2005, Gibbons got six shipments of
Genotropin (a brand name for synthetic human growth hormone), two
shipments of testosterone and two shipments of human chorionic
gonadotropin (HCG), SI.com said, citing a source in Florida with
knowledge of a Signature Pharmacy client list.

SI.com said its information dealt only with receipt of the
drugs, not use.

Gibbons didn't immediately return a message left on his cell
phone by The Associated Press. Messages left with his agent, Sam
Levinson, also weren't immediately returned. Orioles spokesman Bill
Stetka declined to comment.

Major League Baseball banned testosterone in 2003, the same year
the sport began testing for steroids. HGH was barred in January
2005, but Gibbons allegedly received a shipment that July. HCG is
not on the list of banned substances, SI.com reported.

Prescriptions that were written in Gibbons' name were sent to a
Gilbert, Ariz., address that traces to the Baltimore outfielder,
SI.com said.

The substances were obtained through South Beach Rejuvenation
Center/Modern Therapy, a Miami Beach clinic, and sent through
Signature, SI.com said.

The 30-year-old Gibbons underwent season-ending shoulder surgery
last month to repair a torn labrum. The procedure ended his worst
year in the majors -- he batted .230 with only six homers and 28
RBIs in 84 games.

He broke into the majors in 2001 with the Orioles after being
selected from the Toronto Blue Jays in the winter meeting draft.
His best season was in 2003, when he batted .277 with 23 homers and
100 RBIs in 160 games.

But Gibbons has been plagued by injuries ever since. He played
in 97 games in 2004, 139 in 2005 and last year he had two stints on
the disabled list and played in only 90 games.

The Los Angeles Times reported last October that Gibbons was one
of the players a federal agent said was implicated in drug use by
former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley.