New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter swatted down a TV commentator's suggestions that his strong season at the age of 38 ought to come under scrutiny in this era of HGH.
"You can say whatever you want now, huh? There's no repercussions," Jeter said.
Jeter's .324 batting average is his best since 2009. His 169 hits lead the majors — a category he hasn't led the league in since 1999. His 13 homers are the most since 2009, when he finished third in the AL MVP race.
Those numbers prompted ESPN commentator Skip Bayless to say, "I thought, you'd have to have your head in the sand, or your head somewhere else, to not at least wonder how he is doing this. .. How could I not wonder, 'Is he using something?'"
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Jeter's response: "Maybe Skip should be tested."
Jeter will earn $17 million next year and holds a player option for $8 million for 2014.
Pitcher 'clean' but nervous
Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy becomes uneasy each time he is called to the bathroom for a random drug test, even though he's confident he's completely clean. "You just live in fear," McCarthy said. "When we go in for a pee test, you're legitimately nervous knowing you're 100 percent clean. It's probably being overly worried, but it is still a concern, 'What happens if I test positive?'"
McCarthy and his Oakland teammates might be a little paranoid in the aftermath of pitcher Bartolo Colon's 50-game suspension for testosterone Wednesday, the second such penalty for a prominent Bay Area player in the span of a week.
"It's kind of, how dumb do you have to be?" Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn said of the suspended players. "You guys see how many times the drug test guys are here."
Every player receives a urine and blood test upon reporting to spring training, and all players are selected for additional urine tests on a randomly selected date. The latest labor deal says there will be an additional 1,400 random tests from 2012-16.
■ The Yankees put pitcher Ivan Nova on the 15-disabled list because of inflammation in his right rotator cuff. The team said treatment will consist of medicine and rest, and that the right-hander will not play catch for five days. Nova is 11-7 with a 4.92 ERA. He has struggled lately and took the loss Tuesday night against the White Sox.
■ The Mets have scored two runs or fewer in six consecutive games, the first time that's happened since a streak of seven in a row from Sept. 17-21, 1982.
■ Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera left Thursday's game in the second inning because of right ankle soreness, but Manager Jim Leyland said he expects Cabrera to play Friday, possibly as the designated hitter.
■ Tigers right-hander Doug Fister will miss his scheduled start Saturday night because of tightness in his right groin. Leyland said rookie Drew Smyly will start in Fister's place against the Angels.